Day Room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore

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After our relaxing time at the Park Hyatt Maldives, it was time to start the long journey home.  Our route home took us to Male, then Singapore, then Taipei, then LA, then finally home to Houston.  We had a good chunk of daytime in Singapore between flights, and I had hoped we would use it to see some of the city and eat at a hawker center.

However, long haul travel, even if you are in lie flat seats, gets to be exhausting at a certain point and we were far too tired after flying the six hours or so overnight from Male to Singapore to want to go out and explore.  Instead, we opted to get a day room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport in Singapore so we could stretch out in a real bed, use a real shower, and get some real sleep.

In this post I’ll talk about how to book a day room and tell you why I think the hotel is pretty fantastic.  First, here are previous posts in the series.

Introduction to an Around the World Trip on Points

Highlights from Business Class Flights Around the World on Miles (Part 1)

Review of Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht

Things to Do With 36 Hours in Amsterdam

Overview of the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa

Which Park Hyatt Maldives Villa is the Best

Food and Activities at the Park Hyatt Maldives on a Budget

Are the Maldives Worth It?

Review of Singapore and EVA Business Class Flights Home

How to Book a Day Room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport 

We arrived to Singapore in the morning, and it was well before check-in time if we were staying the night.  We couldn’t find a day room option on the IHG website, but when we went to the hotel to ask about booking a day room it wasn’t a problem.  We did see regular rooms for sale on their website, so we assumed the hotel wasn’t full before heading over there.

There are some websites that allow you to book day rooms at select hotels including Between 9 and 5 and Book a Day Room.  I didn’t actually use either of those sites, but you may find them useful when trying to book day rooms online.

The hotel is physically at the airport with no shuttle required, but you do have to clear immigration and enter Singapore to get to the hotel, so allow for that in your schedule.

The day room was booked until 6PM and the price was a bit lower than an overnight stay would have been.

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Review:

As I mentioned the hotel is right at the Changi airport, so you don’t have any hassle getting there other than walking across an air conditioned link from Terminal 3.  We didn’t try out any of the restaurants or amenities at the hotel other than the room on our brief stay, but the room itself was quite nice and great for sleeping.

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If you wanted to book a room here overnight you could choose to spend 40,000 IHG points earned via the IHG® Rewards Club Select Credit Card or it would be a pretty good use of the annual free night the card provides or that you can earn via various IHG promotions.  Overnight room rates with cash seem to often be around $200+ USD if you wanted to go that route.

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We were asleep for 90% of our time in the hotel, but had no complaints at all.  It was easy to get to, clean, modern, quiet, had good water pressure, and was just what we needed before three more flights home.

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If you have a little more time or energy than we had on our stay, the pool area actually looked pretty nice from what I could see on our walk to and from the lobby!

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

I’m sad we were too tired to really take advantage of our layover in Singapore, but am very grateful for the good rest we were able to get via our day room at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport.  If you find yourself in need of a place to get some real rest at Changi or any other airport, don’t forget that many airport hotels do make rooms available to rent just for the day.

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the perfect timing of your review. I am heading to this Crowne Plaza tomorrow as I have a 5:45 AM flight to Hong Kong and did not want the hassle of a taxi ride from the Orchard area in the morning. Heard lots of good things about this hotel but your review cinched the deal.

  2. Were you tired of jetlag or there were no fully flat seats on your previous flight? I have a similar situation on my way to HKG from SFO. The flight arrives at 6am in the morning and since it is too early to check in at the hotel, I thought first I should go to Tian Tan Buddha temple which is kind of in the way. Problem is if you have a 12+ hour long flight, can you do the sight seeing first before going to the hotel? I am not so sure.

    • Just tired from boat ride + Maldivian flight + overnight 6 hour flight. We could have done it, but wouldn’t have been worth it this time.

    • Jimmy, I don’t remember the exact rate. I can try to look next week, but I remember it was less than the overnight rate, but maybe by just 25-30% if I had to guess.

  3. kinda a pointless post when you went out of your way to avoid disclosing the price. anybody who has been to SIN can’t miss the HI there. if it was close to the $200, as you implied, that’s pretty poor value. of course, not compared to…

    i realize you really wanted to work in a plug for the Chase IHG card, but suggesting that this might be a good use of the free night is beyond stupid (sorry, can’t think of a less harsh way to express the truth of the matter). if ANYONE uses their annual free night on a $200 room, they’re clueless. and 40k points? 8 nights at a point break IC or 8 hours sleep at the SIN airport. hmmm….

    i realize your intense desire to shill cards, but you could have shilled by saying DON’T use your free night. btw, was your undisclosed rate tied to shilling the card?

    btw, i’ve had long layovers in SIN many times. i go with an hour in the massage chair (if nobody is waiting) and then put 2 chairs together in the back of the KF lounge (they actually suggest it) and sleep a few hours. a pretty decent massage, butterflies, a few hours sleep and some lounge food and drink. cost: $0. perhaps when i’ve got a 7 figure income from affiliate links i’ll opt for the CP. for now, i’m good.

    • Abby, thanks for weighing in, but every one of your assumptions about me or the post are wrong. First, I can assure you there is nothing resembling anything close to a 7 figure income, though that would sure be nice so just tell me where to apply for that gig. The exact price of the hotel isn’t there because I don’t remember 10 months later. It’s been way too nuts here today treating a kid with lice, dealing with a backed up sewer, getting myself to the doctor for an injury in Jamaica, and more to go back through old receipts to find the exact price when that doesn’t mean someone else will pay that price anyway. The post was written because I think the hotel was very, very handy for travelers looking for a real break at SIN instead of some chairs pushed together.

      Sometimes a make-shift nap in the airport is sufficient, and sometimes using whatever points, cash, or free nights you have at your disposal for real rest is the best play at the time. I think good attached airport hotels like this one, Grand Hyatt DFW, and more are worth their weight in gold when you need them.

    • Cluelessly, I chose to book 2 nights free at this property (later this year) over the Intercontinental (actually, booked the IC first). Yes, the IC’s slightly larger rooms cost more and the property is, overall, maybe a bit nicer, but I have never received an upgrade on paid/points stays at the Singapore or any other IC. I have platinum status (solely as a credit card benefit) and have enjoyed really nice suites both times I stayed at this Crowne Plaza (one paid stay, the other points). Obviously, nothing guaranteed but the potential seems worth a gamble. But, then again, I really have no clue.

  4. This post kind of makes the case AGAINST premium cabin travel. While I realize the circumstances are a bit more complicated than simply getting off a straight flight it doesn’t seem to make sense to me to spend more on a premium cabin if you’re going to have to go through the same time consuming recuperation as if you flew economy.

    On the other hand, you probably got a good start overcoming jet lag.

    • Larry, it is true that even premium cabin travel doesn’t guarantee not having to rest when you land. I think if the flight had been longer from Male to Singapore we would have been in better shape, but it was just long enough to get a little sleep, but over before you could get real sleep. It was totally worth flying in lie flats to get all the way home, but that one segment was just the wrong length to be rested upon landing.

      We did do pretty well with jet lag when we got home, for what it’s worth. 😉

  5. “Day Rooms” is a great idea but unfortunately a rip-off.

    The prices are higher than you can get deep discount overnight stays.

  6. I’m curious why you went with the Crowne Plaza when the ambassador transit hotel is located pre-immigration in every terminal. I booked a day room stay there in december and I think it was about $60 for 6 hours for a double room. Sure the rooms are on the small side but just for passing out totally worth it.

  7. This was a helpful post – thank you! Next week, I have an overnight layover at the Crowne Plaza, but was unsure if it required going through immigration.

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