YotelAir has landed in the Lion City, housed within the spanking-new, glittering Jewel Changi Airport. Rachel AJ Lee checks out the brand's first Asian hotel, and relates why business travellers should take notice.
The sister property of Yotel Singapore is situated on Level 4 of Jewel Changi Airport, the newest lifestyle destination in Singapore. YotelAir is easily-accessible and linked to Terminals 1, 2 and 3, and a short bus ride away from Terminal 4.
YotelAir Singapore Changi Airport offers 130 cabins, most of which are classified under Premium Queen Cabins. These are ideal for business travellers, as well as couples. Out of the 130, there are also four Family Cabins that can sleep up till four, as well as two cabins for guests with accessibility requirements.
I stayed overnight in a 10m2 Premium Queen Cabin, which had an en-suite bathroom with rainshower, a flatscreen TV, a small pull-out workstation, and free, speedy Wi-Fi.
The best part of the cabin was the gel memory foam mattress, and I slept well, and got up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated the following day. A note to travellers, please remember to set your alarms, as all of YotelAir’s cabins do not have windows, making it difficult to tell the time of day.
I liked having multiple power points, two of which are USB-only, to keep several of my gadgets juiced up. The small space was also optimised, where the table and chair folded away neatly. Note that once the table is open, the toilet cannot be accessed until the table is folded away. I’m also glad I didn’t feel squashed in the square-sized rainshower.
There is a small space to stow luggage beneath the bed, but I think that for travellers with more than one large suitcase or two medium-sized suitcases would have almost no space to move about.
There are no meeting facilities within the hotel itself. Corporate and private gatherings however, can be arranged at restaurants with private rooms like Violet Oon Singapore, as well as the Cloud9 Piazza on Jewel Changi Airport’s top-most floor.
There are three private shower cabins available for travellers who do not require a bed or have lounge access, as well as a 24/7 gym.
Komyuniti is the 68-seater multifunctional space where travellers can relax with a book, get some work done, and grab a free cup of coffee or tea and snack. A small a la carte menu is also available (chargeable). Open 24/7, Komyuniti faces Jewel Changi Airport’s centrepiece â€“ the HSBC Rain Vortex, a 40m-tall indoor waterfall.
I liked that at YotelAir’s doorstep were more than 80 F&B options â€“ out of Jewel’s over 280 units â€“ for me to choose from, some of which were open until the wee hours of the morning.
I only had to interact once with a staff member, when waiting for him to verify my particulars at check-in.
A fantastic option for business travellers who have short turnaround times in Singapore, as well as cramped economy passengers with long layovers and would love to rest in an actual, comfortable bed.
Prices are rather attractive, starting from S$80 (US$59) for four hours and S$25 every subsequent two hours, with flexible check-in and check-out options. Overnight stays start from S$140 per night (until July 31), after which it’ll be S$180 per night.
Number of rooms 130