There are two Ambassador Transit Hotels at Singapore Changi International Airport. This review is for the Ambassador Transit Hotel in terminal 3. The other Ambassador Transit Hotel is located in terminal 2. The Ambassador Transit Hotel terminal 3 is located adjacent to Transfer Lounge B, near gate B1. The hotel is located post-immigration so it’s important that you do NOT clear customs upon arrival. Just walk from your aircraft arrival gate to the hotel. It’s also important to note that you will NOT have access to your checked bags during this transit time so make sure to pack whatever items you need in your carry-on bag.
If you’re connecting through Singapore Changi Airport with an extended layover, booking a stay at the Ambassador Transit Hotel might be a good option for getting some rest and relaxation before your upcoming flight. On this trip, I had a 10-hour layover from 11:00 PM to 9:00 AM the following morning. And with an 18-hour flight back to the United States the next day, aimlessly hanging out in the airport terminal (or even in the airport lounge, for that matter) was the last thing that I wanted to do.
The hotel is located upstairs in the mezzanine level next to the butterfly garden and movie theater. Just follow the signs, up the escalator, for the transit hotel and pay-per-use lounge. The Ambassador Transit Hotel is open 24 hours a day and room rates sell for $90 SGD (about $64 USD) per 6-hour block. 1-hour extensions are available for $20 SGD and extra persons are charged $25 SGD. The prices are the same for same-day bookings but you do risk not having any available rooms if you do not book in advance.
The rooms are very simple but provide (almost) everything you will need for a decent stay. They are clean, comfortable and most importantly, quiet. The single rooms are furnished with a king-size bed, small work desk and an LCD television. Universal electrical outlets are provided to keep your devices powered without having to unpack your own travel adapter.
Connecting rooms are available if you are traveling with others. Room amenities include a water kettle with two water bottles and a variety of instant coffees and teas.
The bed are really soft and comfortable.
The rooms are fairly quiet as most guests are only there for sleeping in between flights. There are windows but not much for views other than the ramp and gate area below.
All guest rooms at the Ambassador Transit Hotel in terminal 3 have ensuite bathrooms. The enclosed bathrooms have shower stalls, a single sink and toilet. Bath towels and other amenities such as dental and shave kits are provided. Note: the “Budget rooms” of the terminal 2 hotel do NOT have an ensuite bathrooms.
However, my only complaint about the Ambassador Transit Hotel is the lack of WiFi provided for hotel guests. The hotel relies on the WiFi provided by the airport and not on a dedicated WiFi network for hotel guests. Instead of just having internet for the duration of your stay, 3 hours of internet are provided by the airport and must be signed up for at the reception desk. I feel like this is an easy thing to fix and hotel guests would be much better served with a dedicated WiFi network.
Overall, the Ambassador Transit Hotel is nothing special but it gets the job done. If you’re looking for a clean, comfortable and quiet place to lay your head down for a few hours, the Ambassador Transit Hotel will do just that for you. I found the prices to be fairly reasonable for an airside hotel and the convenience of not having to clear customs and immigration both ways to use a real hotel was definitely worth it for me. The Ambassador Transit Hotel is a nice stay and I would definitely recommend it to everyone.
Have you visited the Ambassador Transit Hotel? If so, please share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.
The other trip reports in this series include:
- Star Alliance Lounge LAX
- Singapore Airlines Business Class, Los Angeles to Singapore (via Seoul)
- Grand Mecure Phuket
- Ambassador Transit Hotel, Singapore Changi Airport
- ANA Lounge Tokyo Narita
- Korean Air Lounge Tokyo Narita
- Singapore Airlines Premium Economy, Singapore to Tokyo (part 1)
- Singapore Airlines Premium Economy, Tokyo to Los Angeles (part 2)