***This is part 3 of my “Big Fat Indian Wedding” trip report detailing a recent trip to Singapore and India***
2. United Global First Lounge at SFO
3. Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Lounge at SFO
4. Singapore Airlines First Class San Francisco to Seoul
5. Singapore Airlines First Class Seoul to Singapore
6. Conrad Singapore
7. Eating Singapore Part 1 – Flowers, Supertrees, and a River Safari
8. Eating Singapore Part 2 – Hawker Stands, Chili Crab, and Kouign Amanns
9. Dinner At Singapore’s Best Restaurant, Restaurant Andre
10. Premier Lounge at SIN, SilkAir Economy Class to Hyderabad
11. Part Hyatt Hyderabad
12. Exploring Hyderabad
13. Etihad Airways Business Class Hyderabad to Abu Dhabi
14. Etihad Premium Lounge at AUH
15. Etihad Airways (Jet Airways Config “Jetihad”) First Class Abu Dhabi to San Francisco
We arrived at the gate 30 minutes prior to our scheduled departure, and were eager to jump on-board and into our First Class seats. Singapore Airlines is usually very punctual and the plane was already sitting at the gate, so I started scratching my head when 15 minutes had passed and the boarding gates remained closed.
Then an announcement was made – “we’re sorry, but due to late arriving crew, we will be delayed by an hour”. I guess that made sense since on that day, a power line had decided to fall down across the 101 freeway, completely shutting down traffic in one direction. It had taken us twice as long as usual to get to the airport, so the crew was likely in a similar predicament.
With a newfound hour to kill, we headed back upstairs to the main terminal and decided to wander over to the Singapore Airlines lounge which is located right next to the security checkpoint, and around the corner from the United Club.
The main reason I’m not a big fan of this lounge? It’s always jam packed. It’s a small lounge to start with, so the premium cabin passengers from the Singapore Airlines flights alone could probably fill up the lounge. Once you add-in the Star Alliance Gold passengers it really becomes a zoo. This has become a big enough issue that I’ve read reports on Flyertalk that many non-Singapore Airlines passengers leveraging *Gold status have been turned away.
There was barely a seat to be had at first, but people started trickling out and over to the gate.
The lounge has a nice selection of self-serve alcohol and a great coffee machine.
Don’t be fooled by the menu, even though it says “today’s menu” I don’t believe it’s ever changed in the many times I’ve been here.
If you’re looking for a fancier option, there was a laksa noodle bar as well. Since we were headed to Singapore, I decided to just hold off for the real thing.
And a mix of stuff in the hot buffet, including kimchi fried rice and seafood pancakes.
The cold buffet was looking a bit sad, with a salad and fruit bowl that I witnessed get picked through multiple times before it was my turn.
There’s a nice mix of food and beverages here, but seating can be quite tight. If you’re looking for a more comfortable lounge to relax in, I’d recommend the United Club next door. Also, don’t forget the option to take the walkway over to domestic Terminal 3 for the American Express Centurion Lounge.