dnata Lounge Singapore Changi T1
Changi terminal 1 has quite a number of lounges but one I had yet to visit was the dnata lounge. I was somewhat unaware of it and according to their site it was only opened a few months before visiting before my flight to Helsinki on Finnair. Although a member of the oneworld alliance, Finnair uses this contract lounge in Changi. I intentionally spent most of my time waiting and dining in the Qantas Lounge instead. Although better than expected, the lounge is nothing compared to the Qantas, British Airways or Emirates offerings. It is comparable to the Sky View lounge used by, among others, Cathay Pacific however it suffered from overcrowding when I dropped in.
The lounge is located upstairs and central in T1. This is partly why I had not seen it before, most lounges are towards either piers, so location wise it could be a plus but being set into the terminal, it lacks any views whatsoever. As I mentioned my stay was very brief, but the seating arrangement seemed slightly crowded which wasn’t helped by having people everywhere, some sleeping or in various stages of slumber not far from large and loud groups of drinking gentleman. The overall colour chosen are dark and wood. This combined with the poor lighting makes it rather dark. Now I appreciate low and ambient lighting but it just felt like inadequate lighting. This is in complete contrast to the overly lit Qantas lounge I had came from. This also made taking photos on my phone down right difficult, the low-light levels left most photos blurry.
A small buffet of food was on offer including some hot food. Being in SE Asia however this was a bare minimum. Dishes were fairly poor, clearly some tight budgeting going on.
There were however a small and basic self-serve bar, fridges of beer and supposedly shower facilities so compared to some places (Singapore Airlines Kris Gold Lounge *cough*) they have the basics in place.
Overall better than the general terminal but if you have access to other lounges in T1 I would be picking them. One staff member did walk around to announce the Finnair flight to Helsinki and I was shortly off to the furthest reaches of the terminal to find my plane. It certainly didn’t feel only a few months old and possibly with further overcrowding will make this one to avoid entirely in future.