BEST HOTELS NEAR CHANGI AIRPORT

By LINDA JAMES | Updated MAY 16, 2022| STAY

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If you’re only in Singapore for a short stopover then staying in in Changi is a great option. The best hotels near Changi are: the Crowne Plaza, Capri by Fraser Changi City and the Yotel.

Rather than cart your luggage all the way into the city, you can leave your luggage at the hotel and just transport yourself. The MRT system is so efficient that you could see a lot in a day.

I’ve put together some great itineraries about the most popular places and activities in Singapore.

If you’re attending a conference at Changi Exhibition Centre, you should check out my area guides for activities and food options in the area.

I hope this overview of some of the best hotels near Changi Airport will help you decide where to stay. While there isn’t a lot of accommodation near Changi Airport, what is available is great.

Where to stay in Singapore Airport

Luxury

Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

In terms of stars, this is the best hotel at Singapore Airport. Indeed, in 2020 it was crowned the world’s best airport hotel for the 6th year running.

It’s landside so you’ll have to go through Customs to check-in but you can kickback and watch the planes land from the Premier Runway View rooms. And going landside means you get to experience the fabulous Jewel retail/entertainment complex.

The hotel is inside Changi Airport at Terminal 3 and connected to Jewel and the other terminals via Skytrain or link bridge.

The Crowne Plaza is popular for weddings and conferences with a ballroom and five function rooms.

Changi Business Park is a 10-minute taxi ride and the city is easily accessible by taxi or MRT.

There’s also a spa, gym and outdoor pool as well as the usual bars and restaurants.

Premier rooms are 36sqm and deluxe 28sqm and have bathtubs and rainfall showers. Some rooms have views of Jewel and others have walk-out access to the pool, however, these are lower down and lack some privacy.

Price: From $S320
Address: 75 Airport Boulevard 01-01
More information: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

Mid-range

Capri by Fraser Changi City

I really like the Capri by Fraser concept of apartments combined with hotel facilities and service. While there are other brands that do this, Capri by Fraser does it so much better.

The Changi City property is a reasonably short walk from Expo MRT Station and just one stop from Changi Airport (and the amazing Jewel retail/entertainment complex).

Expo is on two train lines so if you want to use this as your base for a quick stopover, you can get to many of Singapore’s top attractions without changing train lines.

There is a restaurant on level 1 – Caprilicious, which offers all-day dining – and a lobby bar.

However, one of the advantages of staying here is that you’re opposite Changi City Point shopping centre, which has a food court as well as a host of restaurants and factory outlet stores like Adidas, Nike, Lactose.

One of the features of Capri by Fraser properties is the Spin and Play rooms, which are 24/7 launderettes (machines at an additional charge) that includes a play zone with Playstation 4s, XBOXs, iPads or dart boards. Some even have massage chairs.

On the second floor, there’s a large rooftop area with a swimming pool (with kids’ section and spa), lounges and tables and chairs. Nearby there’s a gym with steam and sauna rooms.

You can also rent trek bikes here.

All the rooms are studios with a kitchenette as you enter, a living area and workspace. The bathrooms have rain showers.

The kitchenette includes a Nespresso machine, induction cooktop, sink, fridge and microwave as well as basic self-catering items – cooking utensils, dishware and cookware.

It was also nice to see the rooms have filtered drinking water taps, which helps to reduce plastic bottle waste.

If you’re arriving on the East West line, take Exit B or Exit D if you’re on Downtown Line.

Price: From $S180
Address: 3 Business Park Central 1
More information:  Capri by Fraser Changi City 

Mid-range

YotelAir

I love staying in 5-star hotels if I can get a great deal but, that said, I also enjoy experiencing the quirky and different – and that’s YotelAir. It’s one of the cheapest hotels near Changi Airport but the quality is pretty impressive.

It’s also one of my favourites because you literally have eyes on Jewel’s Rain Vortex from the Komyuniti lounge terrace.

One of the best hotels near Changi is the YotelAir Changi
YotelAir … “mood” lighting is free

Located directly above the pedestrian walkway linking Jewel with Terminal 2, the hotel is extremely easy to find. As you enter, you’ll see the reception desk (which Yotel calls Mission Control) as well as some self-check-in stations. I tried using them once and couldn’t get them to work. Since then, the staff at the front desk have checked me in.

The Komyuniti lounge, which is on the right-hand side of the entrance, is open to all guests and provides 24/7 complimentary tea, coffee and water (and ice). There is a small menu of food available here but I’ve always headed out to the restaurants and cafes (of which there are many) in the Jewel complex.

Yotelair also has a fully equipped 24-hour gym, which actually does have some windows if you’re feeling the need for sunlight. There are the usual free weights and cardio gear.

There are 127 hotel rooms over two floors – the entry level and one above, which is accessed by elevator). None of the “cabins” have external windows, which I don’t think is a problem if you’re only staying a night and I’m not sure why people would do very long stays here.

There are only two types of rooms – the premium queen and a family. I’ve always stayed in the former. These rooms are very small – only 10sqm – but I’ve always been impressed by how much they pack in. I should mention that there’s also an accessible premium queen, which is much larger at 21sqm. 

The queen bed takes up most of the room and is against the wall on two sides. It has luggage storage under the bed and there are clothes hangers on the wall. The large flat-screen TV is directly in front of the bed, which can be inclined via an up-down button beside the bed. You can stop it anywhere so you can adjust the bed for watching TV, working on your laptop or sleeping. The beds are comfortable (I’ve stayed in a few different ones) and I felt quite cocooned with no windows. It does make for a good night’s sleep.

The space has been used so efficiently with narrow shelves on the wall that hold everything from your complimentary bottled water, pen and paper, and the TV remote control. It also houses a fold-down desk and there’s a small fold-up stool, which is housed in a specially designed recess beside the bed.

The recessed pink lighting felt a little odd at first but was sort of soothing over time.

The bathroom at the back of the bed is visible from the door and, like the bedroom area, is very compact. It’s got both a conventional shower head and a rain shower as well as a small sink. Last time I was there the toiletries, the kind in large containers attached to the wall, were by Australia’s Urban Skincare Co. There’s hair wash and body cleanser and hand cleanser. Two dental kits and a hairdryer are also provided.

Below the storage console at the side of the room, and above the desk when extended, are two multi-standard power sockets and two USB charging sockets.

The family cabins are 19sqm and cater for up to four people with a queen bed and a bunk bed.

If you’re just transiting and would like a shower, you can book a shower room.

Price: from $S120
Address: Jewel, Changi Airport
More information: YotelAir

Conclusion

These are three of the best hotels near Changi Airport. While there’s a range of prices, they’re all very good. The key differences between them probably rest on room size, amenities and the degree of service provided. However, if you want my recommendation of where to stay near Singapore Airport, YotelAir wins hands down because of its price and its location in Jewel. I don’t spend enough time in the room there for size to matter. If you’d like more detailed information or ideas, checkout my area guides and itineraries.

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