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After a great time visiting my family in the Sydney suburbs and staying at the Park Hyatt Sydney for four nights it was time to move on.
Since we were in Sydney anyway Singapore seemed pretty much close enough, a short-ish flight away and an opportunity to eat some great food. Singapore is one of my favorite food cities in the world along with Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
After Singapore our next stop would be Paris. So what I had done was book a one-way Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Suites award from Sydney to Paris with a stopover in Singapore using points transferred in from my Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
The stopover on a one way cost a hundred dollars and had to be booked by phone. The ticket was booked before Singapore eliminated the 15% online booking discount and also eliminated fuel surcharges for their own flights. I got the 15% discount even by phone but did pay fuel surcharges on the ticket.
We’d be taking Singapore Suites from Sydney to Singapore, which also meant visiting the first class side of the Singapore Airlines lounge in the Sydney airport.
Check-in at the international terminal after arriving by Uber was quick.
Departure passport control and security were quick and it was time to head to the lounge. The Sydney airport is one of the most advanced at funneling passenger traffic through all sorts of shops hoping to encourage you to make purchases on the way to lounge or gate, but fortunately there’s a short cut and I’ve written about it before.
When you finish security here’s what you are looking at. Most people will head to the left.
However when you clear security walk to your right following the signs for the tax refund office instead of heading to the left towards gates.
Just walk down that corridor and you’ll pass the refund office and see signs for gates 50-63 which serve Etihad, Emirates, Singapore and Air New Zealand.
Following the signs you’ve still got a reasonable walk but you’ve skipped the duty free route along the way. You’ll head upstairs to the lounge.
Singapore agents will check your credentials and as a first class passenger you’ll be directed through a door on the right instead of heading left into the business lounge.
The first class side of the lounge is essentially three areas.
- A small sitting area
- A buffet dining area
- Another larger sitting area with workstations and windows looking out over airport operations
The sitting area you come upon when you first enter the lounge, without views, was empty so we decided to camp out there.
A staff member immediately came by to offer drinks and share the menu of cooked-to-order items.
I ordered satay and laksa, and took a walk around to see the rest of the lounge.
The dining room is dark, I didn’t really want to spend time there, but it was well-provisioned with buffet items and self-serve drinks (though staff will get you drinks and you can order off a menu). There wasn’t anyone sitting in the dining room while I was in the lounge.
The two or three other passengers in the first class lounge during my visit stayed in the seating areas by the window line.
Back at my own seat in the room off the lounge’s entryway the food I ordered was delivered. The satay was very good for airport satay in fact though while a smaller portion than what Singapore serves in the Private Room in Singapore I thought it was more flavorful.
And while the laksa isn’t what you can get in Singapore or Malaysia, or even as good as the inflight laksa Singapore serves off their Book the Cook menu departing Singapore, it was still very good laksa and something I’d thrilled to be able to get in the United States.
After some laksa and satay it was time to head over to the gate. It’s a first class lounge, the service in the lounge is great, but there’s not extensive ground service like coming to you at boarding time and taking you to the gate once boarding has commenced. We were on our own.