Sinapore Airport is a justly lauded marvel. My only two pet peeves are (1) security check at gates rather than terminal entrance (I loathe any airport that copies this) and (2) the Ambassador Transit Hotel.
In my decade and a half of occasional transits, Ambassador’s booking process has not modernized: fill out the online form, submit, and in 1-2 days hear back that it is sold out. One staff member told me that at least two week advance booking is normally needed to get anything. Walking in and hoping for cancels has not worked for me. None of the many airline and 3rd-party lounges has proper sleeping areas, though Singapore Airlines will let you push chairs together and give you a blanket and pillow. The terminal also has rest areas with chaise lounge chairs.
(Incidentally, why do those curved chaise lounge chairs exist? What is the problem with people laying flat?)
For an upcoming Singapore transit I am able to plan early. It turns out I didn’t have to deal with Ambassador.
Aerotel is run by Plaza Premium Group, that of many airport lounges. Priority Pass members can access the lounge, officially limited to 3-hour visit, though do not get Aerotel rooms (we wish!).
Update: William Charles pointed out in the comments that Aerotel is also listed on OTAs. Currently hotels.com has prices lower than direct bookings, and that earn hotels.com rewards.
Swim, Eat, Tan, Run, Repeat Package
Until December 31, 2016 Aerotel has a 3-hour US$ 25 package called Swim, Eat, Tan, Run, Repeat Package:
You can swim in the world’s only outdoor pool at the airport, run a mile on the treadmill or elliptical, take a shower to refresh themselves and enjoy one healthy meal with a choice of house wine/ beer/ soft drinks by the pool or in the indoor Library Lounge.
So Long, Ambassador!
Aerotel is located in Terminal 1, Level 3 Departure Transit Lounge (above Gate D41).
I am excited for my stay next month. US$38 for a 6-hour block in a single room. Will Ambassador step up its game or continue to coast?