In this review we will check out the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Lounge in Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi Airport.
Singapore Changi Airport
Having arrived in Singapore at 1.30pm on a flight from Surabaya and my onward flight only departing at 7.25pm, I had a couple of hours to kill in this wealthy Asian city-state.
During my Singapore layover I managed to go into town for a short walk on the esplanade to admire the city’s skyline. Once back at Changi Airport I also visited the lovely butterfly garden in Terminal 3.
Having still some time left until the departure of my connecting flight, I of course stopped by as well in Singapore Airlines’ business lounge at Changi Airport.
Terminal 3 has its own SilverKris Lounge – which is said to be better than the one in Terminal 2 from where my flight to Manila would depart. Given that the security check at Singapore Airport is done at each individual departure gate and this would add some extra time, I decided it was better just to visit the Terminal 2 SilverKris Lounge.
SilverKris Lounge entry requirements
The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge is the highest available lounge for business class passengers flying out of Singapore Changi Airport. To gain access to the lounge, you need a same-day ticket on Singapore Airlines or another Star Alliance carrier.
If you are a Star Alliance gold member who is flying in economy, you can access the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge instead. Priority Pass and other lounge membership cards are not accepted at the SilverKris Lounge.
The SilverKris lounges at Singapore Airport are open 24 hours a day. Upon showing my business class ticket to Manila, I was warmly welcomed in by the two friendly receptionists.
My first impressions of the SilverKris Lounge were mixed. The lounge is fairly big and clean, and there were plenty of seating options available.
There were tons of comfortable seats, dining tables and dedicated work stations throughout the lounge. Most of the seats in the lounge had access to power sockets and WiFi internet was fast and reliable.
Yet those were about the only positive aspects I had of the SilverKris Lounge when I walked in.
One major negative aspect of the SilverKris Lounge was its bland and boring décor. The lounge felt rather dark as there was no natural light, there were almost no decorations to cheer up the space and there was zero privacy as it seemed the lounge designers rather tried to cram in as many seats as possible within the main sitting room.
The buffet area was not much better, as it more or less had the looks and vibe of a cheap Chinese restaurant somewhere in a small provincial town. It all felt unimaginative and a decade or two past its prime.
SilverKris Lounge buffet
Although the buffet area of the SilverKris Lounge might not be the most intimate or appealing ever, it does make up for it by offering a solid spread of food and drinks.
There were several hot dishes available, a salad bar, sandwiches, snacks, fresh fruit and sweets. The SilverKris Lounge even has a small noodle bar where you can get some freshly cooked noodles.
You can of course expect some local dishes, as well as Indian, Chinese and Western options.
As I wasn’t that hungry and did not want to overeat before my upcoming business class flight, I just grabbed a small plate of samosas with some mint chutney – which were certainly tasty.
The drinks selection in the SilverKris Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 was certainly solid as well. Of course, plenty of (bottled) water, soft drinks and teas are available. The quality of the coffee was certainly decent.
At one counter of the buffet area you can get some self-serve alcoholic drinks. If you prefer beer, you can tap your own Tiger beer, or have an automated draught beer machine tap a pint of Chang for you.
The wines at the SilverKris Lounge are of decent quality and the booze selection was OK as well, with the most common mid-shelf alcoholic drinks such as Jack Daniels whisky and Bombay Sapphire gin all available.
Inside the SilverKris Lounge you can of course also find some toilets and showers, which looked rather nice with some orchids placed at the wash basins.
The restrooms were well-stocked with the same amenities (soap, eau de toilette etc.) which you can find in the business class cabin of Singapore Airlines.
Although I do love both Singapore Airlines and Changi Airport, weirdly enough the airport lounges of this airline do not rank among the best in the world.
The SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 2 of Singapore Changi Airport felt in particular need of some refurbishments and a fresh makeover. It might have looked good in the 1990s, but compared to other premium airline lounges it just felt bland, boring and dated.
In my opinion, I’d prefer to go into downtown Singapore or walk around Changi Airport – one of the finest airports in the world with tons of quality shops, restaurants and other facilities – than to spend a prolonged time in the SilverKris Lounge.
That said, the SilverKris Lounge isn’t bad either. When it comes to food and drinks, it’s a solid lounge where you can certainly have a decent bite or a drink. It’s also a fine, quiet place to get some work done or to refresh yourself before your connecting flight.
Just compared to how good Singapore Airlines’ business class product is and how nice Changi Airport looks like, you would expect something better from the SilverKris Lounge.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘Journey to Java‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. Review: Wizz Air Bucharest to Rome Ciampino (Airbus A321)
2. Half a Day in Rome: A Walk Around the Eternal City
3. Review: Casa Alitalia Lounge ‘Piazza di Spagna’ Rome Fiumicino Airport
4. Review: Saudia Business Class Rome to Riyadh (Airbus A320)
5. Review: Saudia Alfursan Business Lounge Riyadh Airport
6. Review: Saudia Business Class Riyadh to Jakarta (Boeing 777-300)
7. Review: The Hermitage, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia
8. A Day in Jakarta: Exploring Indonesia’s Bustling Capital City
9. Review: Garuda Indonesia Domestic Business Lounge Jakarta Airport
10. Review: Garuda Indonesia Business Class Jakarta to Yogyakarta (Boeing 737-800)
11. Review: The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta – Mgallery By Sofitel
12. A Magical Sunrise Visit to Borobudur Temple
13. A Visit to the Great Hindu Temple Complex of Prambanan
14. Review: Yogyakarta to Surabaya (Indonesia) by Train
15. Review: Majapahit Hotel, Surabaya, Indonesia
16. A Day in Surabaya: Exploring Indonesia’s Second Biggest City
17. Review: Concordia Premier Lounge Surabaya Airport
18: Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class Surabaya to Singapore (Airbus A330-300)
19. A Short Singapore Stopover: Into the City or Stay at the Airport?
20. Review: SilverKris Lounge Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2 (current chapter)
21. Review: Singapore Airlines Business Class Singapore to Manila (Boeing 787-10)
22. Review: PAGSS Business Lounge Manila Airport Terminal 1
23. Review: China Airlines Economy Class Manila to Taipei (Airbus A330-300)
24. Review: China Airlines Business Lounge Taipei Airport Terminal 1
25. Review: China Airlines Economy Class Taipei to Rome (Airbus A350)
26. Review: TAROM economy class Rome to Bucharest (Boeing 737-700)