Singapore airport-very early flight

Old Jul 29th, 2012, 04:42 PM
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Singapore airport-very early flight

Has anyone stayed at the Ambassador Transit Hotel or Lounge?
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Old Jul 29th, 2012, 04:48 PM
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Yes. Very basic. Rooms are clean, quite small, each room has to twin beds (rather hard) and very thin towels in the bathroom. I only use it when I am flying in after midnight and departing in the morning before 7 or 8.

Singapore is so small, the taxi ride from your hotel to the airport will be under half an hour no matter where you are staying. So for me, it's not worth the bother to stay at the transit hotel rather than spend another night at my hotel in Singapore.
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Old Jul 29th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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I've stayed at the transit hotel. It's clean, quiet, and you have a place to sleep and shower. It's extremely useful if you have several hours between flights and want to catch up on some sleep and clean up.

The transit hotel is airside, so in most cases you would need to be changing planes in Singapore. I suppose you could use the hotel if you had no checked baggage and could print your own boarding pass.
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Old Jul 29th, 2012, 10:51 PM
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MY daughter and I stayed there last month. it was just as described above..Clean, basic, quiet, with a good shower. I don't think there was anything except towels and soap; no shampoo.

The rooms are rented in 6 hour blocks, then per hour after that. For our double it was $92 for the six hours from midnight to 6 am. Worked perfect for us, and we were happy to find lots of restaurants open all night.

Make a reservation. They can be cancelled up to a day or two beforehand, if I recall.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 03:16 AM
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We've stayed there also and I second the comments above. We didn't sleep very well, mostly due to jet lag. If you have enough time to go through immigration and customs, I highly recommend the Crowne Plaza which is directly linked to Terminal 3.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Since our flight leaves @ 6:30 AM, we would like to stay there and sleep from, maybe, 10PM-4AM. Seems better than staying at a hotel in Singapore proper. Thanks for the help!
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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I think (as DonTopaz says above) that you would have to check in for your flight in order to use the transit hotel, as it is airside. Will your airline allow you to check in that early?
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 03:12 PM
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virginiafish: do you understand that you must check in for your flight before you can access the transit hotel, because you will need a boarding pass to clear security? If you have luggage to be checked, you might not be able to check in at the airport the previous evening, and you certainly will not be able to take that luggage with you to the transit hotel.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 03:32 PM
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So are you in transit or coming from time in Singapore? - can't tell from your previous posts...

If coming from time in S-pore, Crowne Plaza is the way to go. If not, do the transit hotel.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 04:06 PM
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We are coming from time in S-pore.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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The crowne Plaze was 50% more but was very comfortable and since we wanted restful sleep we thought it was worth the extra $75 on a $5000 trip.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 04:32 PM
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You are all correct. we can only check our bags in 4 hours before.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:00 PM
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If you are already staying at another hotel in Singapore, why waste all the time moving hotel, packing and unpacking, checking in and out - all just to get up 30 minutes later?
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Stan, you must have gotten a great deal if the Crowne Plaza was only 50% more than the Ambassador. I just checked a random date in November, and the Crowne Plaza was more than three times the price of the Ambassador.

Virginia, I expect your hotel in Singapore will be the same price or less than the Crowne Plaza, so it doesn't seem to be to be worth moving hotels. At that early hour, it will likely be 20 minutes to the airport from your in-city hotel.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:50 PM
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Kathie-we are staying at the Marriott, with 2 free nights and paying $350 for the third, so I think we will hang out at the 24hr Starbucks until we can check our bags at 2:30 and go to the rest lounge or something. We'll have plenty of time to sleep on the plane. Thanks, so much, everyone!
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 05:57 PM
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Mixed feelings on this. It will be 25 minutes to the airport even at the best of times - sorry Kathie. Walking to the terminal from your hotel is great - switching for the last day is not. Given all of the new info I have now, I would probably bite the bullet and stay put at my S-pore hotel rather than changing. Sleep on the plane...
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Posted before seeing your latest. Is it not worth it ON VACATION to spend the extra $$ for the night before your flight to get some sleep and to have a shower before the long flight home (no matter where you stay)? What if your flight is delayed or cancelled?
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 06:22 PM
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Well, it's been a few years since we were last in SIngapore, and the traffic certainly could have gotten worse. We usually clocked it at 20 minutes from the Grand Hyatt to Changi when we were catching that United flight out of Singapore. We'll get a chance to clock it again this year - sounds like we should leave a bit more time.

We haven't yet booked our Singapore hotel - seriously considering the Intercontinental in one of the Shophouse Club rooms, in part due to your rave review of the Club, Craig. The last of the contractors left today - so it's time to devote myself to trip planning.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 06:49 PM
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The flight is at 6:30a. I seriously doubt there's major traffic at 4:30 in the morning.
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Old Jul 30th, 2012, 07:02 PM
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The Transit Lounge at Changi airport has nap rooms and showers. That's what we will plan to use. Thanks for all of your help and insights, as per usual.
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