Airport hotels are, at times, necessary evils. It’s hard to beat the convenience particularly when you need to be fronting up at an airline check-in counter two hours before an early morning international flight.

But would you stay at an airport hotel if you didn’t have to? When it comes to the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore, the answer is a resounding yes.

The hotel reception is a short stroll directly from Terminal 3 at Changi and a quick ride from the other terminals on the free Skytrain.

We booked an executive lounge room, so only minutes from walking off our Jet Airways flight from Delhi, we were ensconced in a light and bright lounge. And shortly after, we were eyeing off a great array of snacks for evening happy hour.

And it just kept getting better. The exceptionally friendly lounge staff couldn’t do enough for us. We spied a complimentary cocktail menu and asked, as you do, whether it would be possible to have our favourites – a Cosmopolitan and a gin martini.

The immediate answer was no, with a furrowed brow, saying they didn’t have the necessary ingredients on hand. Well, mere minutes later he bounded up to say he’d spoken with ‘a mate’ who ran the bar downstairs and he would be momentarily preparing our preferred drinks.

And here it is … An exceptionally fine drop it was, too.

A sensational Cosmopolitan

We passed a very pleasant evening in the lounge, enjoying the treats, chatting with the staff and relishing the quick and consistent wi-fi. When the moment came to head to our room, our very positive impressions continued.

The executive level rooms are very spacious. A comfortable bed (firm but not as hard as a rock which can be common in Asia) and an excellent bathroom, with full sized bath, walk-in shower and good toiletries, separated from the bedroom by a feature glass wall.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Huge bathroom

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Good toiletries

We could also make ourselves a cup of tea, sit at the desk and work, or lounge on the comfy sofa. We also had use of a complimentary mobile (cell) phone.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Cuppa tea anyone?

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Our complimentary cellphone

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Good desk area

Sleep quality was excellent – there was an occasional distant roar of a jet engine but the noise insulation here is clearly very good.

The next morning, we loved the breakfast spread, including a chef making eggs to order.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Breakfast spread – good hash browns!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Loads of fresh fruit

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Plenty of choice

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

A fine omelette

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

Large, sunny room

After breakfast, we headed out to the pool to relax on a shady lounge for a couple of hours. Again, the noise from the airport wasn’t intrusive.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport review

A delightful pool

There’s also a well-appointed gym and a spa – neither of which we had time to use, given we were only in residence for one night.

We were hugely impressed with the facilities here and the level of comfort. It’s cheap and easy to get a taxi to go further afield, or we just jumped on the SMRT and were in the middle of the action inside half an hour.

Generally airport hotels are hit and run – one night and off. We’d be more than happy to consider this again for a much longer stay in Singapore.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

75 Airport Boulevard, Singapore (adjacent to Terminal 3)

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