Hotel Review: Crowne Plaza Changi Airport
For a hotel that charges around SG$300-450 a night, I would expect Crowne Plaza - Changi Airport to at least offer one amenity that I can get for free from (way cheaper) backpacker hostels - free WiFi. Alas, I was disappointed. I was told that I can get free internet access using the RJ-45 jack in my room, but since I was carrying an iPhone and an iPad, means no luck for me.
Aside from that teeny bit about the lack of WiFi, the Crowne Plaza - Changi Airport is a nifty hotel. The building exterior looks avant-garde, with an exterior composed of metal latticework. Its location, right next to the Terminal 3 and the SMRT station, is very convenient to travelers.
A double room - minimalistically decorated - can accommodate up to 3 people. It comes with a nice view too, either overlooking the pool area, or a view of the runway - perfect for planespotters. Security is also tops - the keycard uses RFID, and you can only access your floor and common areas when using the elevator, meaning if your room is in the 6th floor, you cannot go to the fifth floor. The common areas contain the aforementioned pool, plus the gym, spa, business center, and several restaurants and bar.
The usual amenities are provided: free toiletries, a spacious bathtub, free bottled water and cookies, a well-stocked minibar and ref, a free copy of Straits Times every morning, LCD television with cable and a iPod-capable sound system/alarm clock, among others.
But no WiFi.
Useful info: Crowne Plaza - Changi Airport is located at 75 Airport Boulevard, right next to Terminal 3. Check in time is 2pm. And there's no free WiFi.
by Kin Enriquez