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Review: Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge Changi T2

The oldest Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge at Changi Airport T2 has had a minor spruce up - but its dark, dated design remains.

General details

Opening Times: 24 hours
Capacity: 210
Re-opened: 11th October 2022
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Spa: No
Bar: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Multi-standard Power Sockets: Yes
USB Charging Sockets: Yes
Wireless Charging: No
Dress Code: None

Entrance to the T2 SilverKris lounges. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Lounge access

The following passengers are eligible to access the Singapore Airlines SilverKris Business Class Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 2.

Departing on a Singapore Airlines flight:

  • in Suites; or
  • in First Class; or
  • in Business Class; or
  • in Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding one of the following status tiers:
    • Singapore Airlines Solitaire PPS Club; or
    • Singapore Airlines PPS Club; or
    • Air New Zealand Airpoints Elite*

* Only when travelling to New Zealand

Departing on a Star Alliance flight:

  • in First Class; or
  • in Business Class

Departing on an Air New Zealand flight:

  • in Business Class; or
  • in Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding the following status tier:
    • Air New Zealand Airpoints Elite

Arriving on a Singapore Airlines flight:

  • in Suites; or
  • in First Class; or
  • in Premium Economy or Economy Class and holding the following status tier:
    • Singapore Airlines Solitaire PPS Club

Note that PPS Club members travelling in Premium Economy or Economy Class on a Star Alliance airline are instead directed to the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge (T2 review here), as are KrisFlyer Elite Gold and Star Alliance Gold members flying on SIA or Star Alliance carriers.

Guest policy

Passengers departing on SIA in Suites or First Class, and both PPS Club and Solitaire PPS Club members departing on SIA flights, can bring one guest into the lounge with them, provided their guest is departing on the same flight, as part of a recently tightened policy (previously, your guest could be departing on any same-day SIA flight).

Passengers departing on a Star Alliance flight in First Class can bring one guest into the lounge with them, provided their guest is departing on the same flight.

Business Class passengers are not entitled to a guest allowance, nor are Air New Zealand Airpoints Elite members departing to New Zealand in Premium Economy or Economy Class.

Solitaire PPS Club members, Suites and First Class passengers can also visit this lounge on arrival following a Singapore Airlines flight, with up to one guest travelling on the same flight as them.

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However, it’s worth noting that in both the departure and arrival case Solitaire PPS Club passengers have access to the superior SilverKris First Class lounge in T2 or T3, which they will likely choose over this one.

Similarly Suites and First Class passengers will no doubt choose The Private Room in T3 or the SilverKris First Class lounge in T2 or T3 when departing or arriving, rather than this lounge.

Our visit

We reviewed the SilverKris Business Class lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 2 back in January 2018, but the facility has recently reopened following a hiatus of over two years during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike the T3 lounges, this one didn’t go under the knife during COVID-19 and instead has reopened with its original decor and only a minor spruce up, along with the adjacent T2 KrisFlyer Gold lounge we recently reviewed.

T2 SilverKris Business Class lounge seating. (Photo: MainlyMIles)

Since we had a flight in Business Class from T2 recently, it seemed like a great time to check out how this rater dated facility stacks up against the newer T3 lounges, and what has changed since its pre-pandemic operation.

Location

As you may recall from our recent review of the T2 KrisFlyer Gold lounge, currently Changi Airport has only reopened the southern end of the T2 departures concourse, including the southernmost check-in desks, immigration clearance section, and ‘F’ gates.

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The Singapore Airlines lounges in T2, however, maintain their original location in the northern section of the terminal closer to the ‘E’ gates, which is still largely under renovation.

That means clearing immigration then making a left turn to the opposite end of the terminal, where the lounges are located.

You then make your way to the lounge via a kind of temporary corridor, flanked by hoardings on either side, protecting it from ongoing construction work behind.

Signposted route to the northern end of T2, where the SIA lounges are located. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

It’s about a five minute walk from clearing the immigration area to the escalator that then takes you up to the SIA T2 lounge complex. You can’t miss this – there is currently nowhere else to go once you reach this end of the temporary corridor!

Escalators to the SIA lounges. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Once you reach the top of the escalator you’ll see the entrance to the DBS Asia Treasures lounge, then immediately after that the KrisFlyer Gold Lounge on the left.

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Simply continue along past these entrances to the SilverKris lounge entrance right at the end of the corridor (don’t be confused – Gold is not better than Silver in this case!).

The entrance to the SilverKris lounges is at the far end of the corridor. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

First impressions

An elegant foyer for the SilverKris lounges splits into two entrances, the left for the Business Class section and the right for First Class. This review only covers the Business Class section.

Break left for Business Class. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Once inside you’ll find the self-service food and beverage section to the left side, with the toilets and showers beyond that.

The F&B section is immediately to the left upon entering the lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Meanwhile the main lounge seating area is to the right of the entrance, beyond three attractive illuminated pillars designed to demarcate the two spaces.

A trio of illuminated pillars marks the entrance to the main lounge seating area. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

The ambience of this lounge couldn’t be more different than the newly renovated T3 SilverKris Business lounge, with this T2 facility featuring dim lighting and dark colours, make it quite sultry.

The lack of any windows, even with internal views, is a big shame. Combined with the lounge’s relatively low ceilings and dark lighting – it can certainly feel slightly claustrophobic.

Dark and sultry is the ambiance in the T2 SKL Business Class lounge. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

We find that for an evening flight the moody atmosphere is quite relaxing, however on a daytime flight it can be quite disorienting (and good luck if you’re jet lagged!).

However, this lounge does boast a nice calm and quiet atmosphere. We arrived at 2pm and found the place almost deserted, and very silent.

The lounge is almost completely deserted at 2pm. (Photo: MainlyMiles)

Finding a seat was no problem whatsoever, and this is likely to be the case for most of the day outside T2’s current morning rush, with no significant departure peaks after that (unlike T3, which has a significant late night departure bank).

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We noticed that the carpets have been replaced throughout the lounge, and lamps between the seats against the wall have been upgraded to a more modern, brighter version, compared to pre-COVID.

Granted we have a much better camera now than we did during our pre-COVID visit to this lounge, but as you can see the brighter lighting and new carpets do help lift the dreary, windowless space a little, compared to before.

Seating options

This lounge predominantly offers the usual armchair-style seating, with a few different designs including all-leather, mixed leather and fabric, and all-fabric deigns.