Changi Airport Lounges Reviews

Review: dnata Skyview Lounge – Singapore T3

Friendly staff, varied food and drink choices and quiet seating. It's not up to airline-operated lounge standards, but we think it's the best third-party lounge in Singapore Terminal 3.
Note 3rd July 2019: This lounge has now closed and been replaced by the Marhaba Lounge (part of the dnata group). The new lounge is in a slightly different location.

See our full review of the new lounge here.

Back in November 2017, we visited all of the third-party operated lounges in Singapore Changi Terminal 3, to give you the low-down on where to head to if you are travelling without access to an airline-operated lounge… and this was our favourite.

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Like SATS, dnata is a one-stop-shop for airline services. They do everything from ground handling, aircraft tow-truck services and catering, through to cargo handling and of course – airport lounges.

They were established in 1959 are now wholly owned by The Emirates Group. They currently run 10 Skyview and Marhaba lounges around the world at major hubs like Dubai, Zurich and Bahrain.

Location

To find the Singapore Changi T3 dnata lounge, after immigration, turn left and follow the signs up the first escalator. Incidentally, this is the location of all the Terminal 3 lounges, except for the Ambassador Lounge, and The Haven by JetQuay which is in the land-side / public area.

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Once you reach the mezzanine level, signs direct you towards the various lounges, and these also indicate access eligibility depending on which airline you are flying with.

However, if you are using a membership access scheme you’ll need to know which lounge you are heading for.

For dnata Skyview, make a right turn at the top of the escalator and you’ll find a very impressive and welcoming hallway, clad in dark wood which looks very smart, leading to the lounge entrance.

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Entrance to the lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Access

dnata Skyview lounge is the lounge provider for premium and status passengers departing from Changi T3 on the following carriers:

  • China Airlines
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • Myanmar Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • SriLankan Airlines

The following lounge membership programs also allow access:

  • Dragon Pass
  • Diners Club
  • Lounge Key
  • Priority Pass
  • Lounge Buddy (typically US$37-50)

Walk-up paid access is not allowed for this lounge. We used Priority Pass for access on this trip.

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General details

Opening Times: Open 24 hours
Showers: Yes
Bar: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Multi-standard Power Sockets: No (UK 3-pin only)
USB Charging Sockets: No

Walkthrough video

If you’ve read enough already – watch this quick walkthrough tour.

In detail

Seating

To the left of the entrance is a small, enclosed seating area – the quietest part of the lounge. This area was actually designed to be used if an airline required it for VIP or first class passengers, for example when Garuda were operating their 777-300ER service from Jakarta to London Heathrow via Singapore. Since that service is no longer stopping in Singapore, and no other dnata lounge airline operates a first class cabin product from Singapore, it is usually available for all lounge guests.

Next to the buffet is a dining area and beyond that – in the open area above the main public departure area, is a collection of comfy armchairs and tables.

Power Sockets are available, but they are Type G electrical sockets, not multi-standard. You’ll need an adapter if looking to use something other than the three-pin UK style plug. We also didn’t see any USB charging points.

Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi speed in this lounge was adequate, though not amazing:

Download: 3.7mb/s
Upload: 0.6mb/s
Ping: 10ms

Dining

Food choices are more limited than the nearby Plaza Premium Lounge – but they were of better quality. They vary throughout the day depending on airline requirements. When we were there, they were severing an Arabic style mezze – fresh and tasty for a light pre-flight bite. In addition, there was an array of salad, sandwiches and sweet choices.