Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2 - The MileLion (2024)

After a hiatus of more than 30 months, the SilverKris Business Class Lounge at Changi Terminal 2 reopened on 11 October 2022, in conjunction with Singapore Airlines’ resumption of Terminal 2 departures.

Singapore Airlines uses Terminal 2 for regional flights which max out at 3.5 hours. As such, the lounge here is much smaller and more basic than its Terminal 3 counterpart (the fact it’s been more than a decade since its last makeover doesn’t help either). Passengers might want to keep their expectations in check.

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While I’ve visited this lounge countless times in the past, I was keen to see what changes Singapore Airlines had made during the COVID period.

🍸 tl;dr: SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2
Basic and dated (even for a regional lounge), the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 2 can’t hope to compete with its much superior cousin in Terminal 3.
👍 The good👎 The bad
  • Often less crowded than the Terminal 3 lounge
  • Very little seating variety; no sleeping or dedicated work areas
  • No live cooking stations nor manned bar
  • Lacks private shower rooms and attached toilets
  • Limited charging outlets

Getting to the SilverKris Lounge

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There are two SilverKris Lounges at Changi Airport, one in Terminal 2, and another in Terminal 3. This post deals with the former; for a review of the latter, refer to the post below.

Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge, Changi Terminal 3

After clearing immigration, turn left and head towards the E Gates. There’ll be signage pointing you in the correct direction.

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The route to the lounge isn’t particularly scenic. Terminal 2 is still undergoing renovations, and the handful of shops and amenities in operation are at the F Gates. The walk to the E Gates is almost entirely hoardings on both sides. In fact, the E Gates aren’t even being used for departures yet, so you’ll need to budget a bit more time to cross back to the F Gates to catch your flight.

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On the flip side, the featureless walk means it’s almost impossible to miss the lounge. Signage is abundant, and you’ll find an escalator on the right at the end of a long corridor. Head up to the third floor…

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…and you’ll see the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge on the left, with the SilverKris Lounge down the corridor. Fun fact: the space the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge occupies used to be part of the SilverKris Lounge, but was carved out in 2011 as a separate facility. That also explains why the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge has no toilets or showers of its own; those stayed in the SilverKris Lounge!

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Access and Operating Hours

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The SilverKris Lounge at Changi Terminal 2 is open 24 hours daily.

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Access is available to passengers departing on a Singapore Airlines flight in:

  • First Class (+1 guest)
  • Business Class
  • Premium Economy or Economy Class, with Solitaire PPS Club or PPS Club status (+1 guest)

Access is also available to passengers departing on a Star Alliance flight in:

  • First Class (+1 guest)
  • Business Class

All guests must be travelling on the same flight as the eligible passenger, per Star Alliance policy.

First Class passengers and Solitaire PPS Club members arriving in Singapore on a Singapore Airlines flight may also visit the lounge, together with one guest on the same flight.

Do note that KrisFlyer Gold and Star Gold members flying in Premium Economy or Economy Class do not get access to the SilverKris Lounge in Singapore. They’ll instead be directed to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge.

Review: Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Gold Lounge Changi Terminal 2

Overview: SilverKris Lounge Singapore T2

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The SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 2 was Singapore Airlines’ flagship lounge until Terminal 3 opened in 2008. While the lounge received some minor touch ups during its COVID closure, the last major overhaul came in 2011, so it’s not what you’d call factory fresh.

Separate First and Business Class sections are available. Business Class seats a total of 246 guests; less of an issue now that the massive Terminal 3 facility takes 1,150.

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Immediately inside the lounge is a small seating alcove.

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Prior to COVID there was a business centre located here with printing facilities and desktop computers, but since most people don’t need that anymore, the area has been converted into additional seating. The carpet has also been replaced to closer match the Terminal 3 design language.

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Frankly, I’d have preferred they removed the desktop computers and left the workstations, since office chairs and cubicles are much more conducive to laptop use. As it is, the lounge has no productivity pods, so it’s not very work-friendly.

Next is the dining area, featuring five sets of two-tops and two long marble communal tables.

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Beyond that is the lounge proper, which is basically numerous rows of low-height armchairs. It looks like the seat cushions have been replaced, and the lighting turned up a bit. Still, the overall tone of the lounge is dark, and with no natural lighting it feels much smaller than it really is.

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Moreover, there is hardly any seating variety. It’s not nearly as bad as the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge down the hall, but the lack of slumberettes, sofas and productivity pods limit the activities you can comfortably do here. Privacy is also lacking, due to the absence of partitions.

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Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2 - The MileLion (19)

Some seats are pushed together for the benefit of couples, though you’ll be sitting next to each other as opposed to facing each other (all the better to prepare you for the flight, I suppose).

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The vast majority of seats are either dark leather or with red cushions, though a smattering of beige and grey armchairs run along the lounge’s perimeter.

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A solitary TV set playing a muted World Cup game was the only source of entertainment in the lounge.

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Newspaper and magazine racks are still empty presumably because of COVID, but shouldn’t we be past that by now? It does make the lounge look a bit odd, and if physical newspapers and magazines are never coming back then I’d rather they replace the racks with something else.

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The area that used to hold a series of phone booths has been converted into a kids’ room. Apart from a TV playing cartoons, however, there were no toys or other amenities. I assume these are available on request, just like at the Terminal 3 lounges.

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Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2 - The MileLion (27)

Prior to COVID, this area was used for a trio of phone booths.

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Food & Beverage

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The SilverKris Lounge’s buffet spread is found inside the dining area, laid out across several marble top tables. As this is a much smaller space than the Terminal 3 lounge, there’s no room for permanent live cooking stations. In the past there’d occasionally be a single push cart with a pop-up laksa or fishball noodle station, but that’s yet to make a return.

Cold items include a rather sparse salad bar, cut fruits and sandwiches.

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My visit coincided with breakfast, so the hot items consisted of scrambled eggs, baked beans, ham, various dim sum, chwee kueh, mixed grain fried rice, and a couple of Indian options.

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Under the heat lamps were hash browns, croissants, waffles and vada. This selection rotates during the day, with french fries and chicken nuggets brought out later.

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Those who need a caffeine fix can make use of two Boncafe machines serving up coffee from freshly-ground beans, or TWG teabags.

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The drinks chiller had Coca Cola (Original, Diet and Zero), Sprite, Marigold apple and orange juice, tomato juice, Tiger and Heineken beer, canned Perrier, soda and tonic water.

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A Tiger Beer draft tap, liquors and wines were next to the fridge.

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The liquor selection included:

  • Absolut Vodka
  • Bacardi White Rum
  • Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • Bowmore 10 Years Scotch Whisky
  • Chivas Regal Scotch Whisky
  • Courvoisier XO Cognac
  • Jack Daniels Whisky

As for wines, one red, one white and one champagne were available. There was a period before COVID where Singapore Airlines removed the self-pour champagne and replaced it with a sign saying “champagne is available on request”, but thankfully that’s no longer the case. I do like that they serve an extra brut champagne, which has minimal sugar and a sharper, more acidic flavour profile.

🍷 SilverKris Lounge Changi T2 Wine List
WineTypeVivino Rating
🇦🇺 2018 Teusner The Riebke ShirazRed3.9/5
🇦🇺 2018 Stonier ChardonnayWhite3.6/5
🇫🇷 Piper-Heidsieck Essential Extra BrutChampagne4.0/5

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Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2 - The MileLion (47)
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Veterans will know that the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 2 used to have a manned bar, but it was removed in during the renovations in 2011. If you desire a co*cktail or barista-made coffee, you’ll need to head to Terminal 3.

Power & Productivity

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The SilverKris Lounge’s Wi-Fi network clocked in at 25 Mbps down and 20 Mbps up, based on a lounge at 50% occupancy.

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Power outlets aren’t as abundant in this SilverKris Lounge as they are at the Terminal 3 location. You’ll find universal power plugs with Type-A & C USB charging outlets sandwiched between some armchairs, but not all of them have it.

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Prior to COVID, most of the power outlets only accepted Singapore-style plugs, so it’s good to see they’ve all been upgraded to universal outlets.

Restrooms & Showers

Unlike the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge, the SilverKris Lounge has male and female restrooms and showers (I know, right!), located at the rear of the dining area.

Each toilet has four shower rooms, but they’re not very private. You’re bathing inside the restroom, which feels more locker room than luxury lounge. What’s more, there’s no attached toilet in any of the shower rooms, so you’ll have to relieve yourself outside.

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Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi Terminal 2 - The MileLion (55)

All four shower rooms are cramped, and if you have a carry on bag there won’t be much space to open it, much less move around.

And while I’vecriticised the new SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 3 for using unbranded shower amenities, those look positively luxurious compared to the wall-mounted white pump dispensers here!

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Amenities like toothbrushes, shaving kits, and Penhaligon’s Quercus toiletries are provided.

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Conclusion

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Here’s a quick rundown of how the SilverKris Lounges in Terminals 2 and 3 measure up.

Terminal 2 SKLTerminal 3 SKL
Opening Hours24h24h
Capacity246 pax.1,150 pax.
F&B
  • Buffet
  • Buffet
  • Live cooking stations
  • Manned bar
  • Barista-made coffee
Showers
  • Located inside main restroom
  • No attached toilet
  • 15 private shower suites with en suite toilet
Productivity PodsNoYes
Sleeping AreaNoYes
Power OutletsLimitedPlentiful
Tarmac ViewsNoYes
Other FacilitiesN/AMeeting room

Simply put, the Terminal 3 lounge is superior in virtually every aspect you could think of. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, really, given its newer vintage, bigger audience, and the fact that it’s meant to cater to long-haul departures.

It means there’s little reason to spend time in the Terminal 2 lounge, unless you don’t really care about frills, or want a less crowded venue (of course, there will always be those whodon’tknow they can visit the Terminal 3 lounge, and my heart goes out to them).

What’s clear to me is that the Terminal 2 lounge needs some love, since there’s no way it can hold the fort until Terminal 5 arrives in the mid-2030s. Until then, I’d head to Terminal 3 for a much better experience.

What’s your take on the SilverKris Lounge in Terminal 2?

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FAQs

Is SilverKris or Gold lounge better? ›

If you've somehow ended up at the SilverKris lounges (and don't have access to those), you're in the wrong spot. These are actually the Business and First Class lounges, reserved for passengers travelling in those cabins, as well as PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club members. 'Silver' is better than 'Gold', in this case.

Who can use SilverKris lounge Singapore? ›

Silverkris. Silverkris lounges are available to Krisflyer Elite Gold members, PPS Club members, and business- and first-class ticketed passengers flying on a Star Alliance flight. Silverkris lounges are found at many airports throughout the world, including in Singapore, Brisbane, London, and more.

Does Singapore Airlines have a Business Class lounge at Changi Airport? ›

The SilverKris Business Class Lounge at Changi Terminal 3 is open 24 hours daily. Access is available to passengers departing on a Singapore Airlines flight in: First Class (+1 guest) Business Class.

Can I sleep in SilverKris lounge? ›

I have slept a few times on the sofas in the Silverkris lounge in Singapore. The staff there even provide blankets and pillows. The lounge is quite empty from around 1 am until early morning. They now also have a separate "sleeping" room.

What is the difference between KrisFlyer Gold Lounge and SilverKris Lounge? ›

* The KrisFlyer Gold Lounge is available to Star Alliance Gold members no matter which level of service they will be leaving Singapore on with Singapore Airlines. The Silver lounge is only available if you are leaving with Singapore Airlines with at least Business Class, or you are a member of their PPS Club.

What is the difference between SilverKris and gold lounge in Singapore? ›

Silver Kris Lounge is the lounge for those flying in Business class / First class cabins on Singapore Airlines. Kris Flyer Gold is for customers with appropriate status level ( miles/points) with Singapore Airlines and Star Alliance partners.

Who is eligible for SilverKris lounge? ›

Travelling in Suites or First Class, access to The Private Room (no guests) Travelling in Suites or First Class, access to the First Class SilverKris lounge (+1 guest) Travelling in Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding Solitaire PPS Club status, access to the First Class SilverKris lounge (+1 guest)

Does Singapore Business Class lounge have showers? ›

REVIEW RATING: BEN SAYS: The new SilverKris Business Lounge Changi T3 is fantastic, as it's much bigger than before, has lots of natural light, and has an excellent selection of food and drinks, plus shower suites.

Does Singapore Airlines have a lounge in Terminal 2? ›

SilverKris Lounge London Heathrow

From 01 March 2024, First Class and Business Class customers, as well as PPS Club and KrisFlyer Elite Gold are invited to use the Plaza Premium Lounge in Terminal 2, located behind the Airline Service Desks (transfer desks).

Is everything free in business class lounge? ›

Usually, business class lounges provide free meals, snacks, and drinks, even alcoholic ones. For a price, certain lounges could also include upscale meal options. Passengers often have free access to Wi-Fi, workstations, newspapers, magazines, baths, and other personal care amenities.

How early can you access SilverKris Lounge? ›

Access and Operating Hours

The SilverKris Lounge at Changi Terminal 2 is open 24 hours daily.

Can I bring a guest to SilverKris Lounge? ›

3 Suites and First Class customers travelling on Singapore Airlines flights can invite a guest departing on the same flight.

How do I get into KrisFlyer lounge? ›

Lounge access

You can enjoy access to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge if you are a KrisFlyer Elite Gold or a Star Alliance Gold member departing on Singapore Airlines or Star Alliance operated flights, in Premium Economy or Economy Class.

Which lounge is better at Singapore airport terminal 3? ›

The Marhaba and SATS are the two best lounges that you should visit if flying out of Terminal 3 at Changi Airport. At a point in time, this also used to be the temporary KrisFlyer Gold Lounge. I love the modern design and how it opens up towards the terminal which makes it very welcoming with tons of natural light.

Which is the best Business Class lounge in Doha? ›

The Qatar Airways Al Mourjan Business Lounge in Doha is renowned as one of the best Business Class lounges in the world. And after spending many blissful hours here in September 2022, I can certainly see why.

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