Plane Spotting Singapore

Crowne Plaza
Is probably one of the best all round hotels in the world for aircraft viewing and photography. As an added bonus, from the rooms below the occasional movement from Paya Lebar can seen in the distance.
Location: *** Excellent location, connected to terminal 3 at Singapore airport. The hotel is a short walk from the terminal 3 viewing area. The viewing areas on terminal 1 and 2 are a short 5 minute ride on the airport monorail, the station of which is a 2 minute walk from the hotel. The airport restaurants are expensive, however a wide range of food courts, as well as a supermarket can be found in the terminals. If you decide to order room service to allow you to eat and spot a typical American Style breakfast of ham, eggs and hash browns is around £8, a pizza for dinner is around £11.
Spotting: *** Excellent. For the ideal views you require a room on the 7th,8th or 9th floor ending in *02,*04,*06,*08,*09,*10,*11,*12. These rooms give a fantastic view over the right hand runway in front of terminal 3. The hotel corridor is open plan allowing you to walk out of the room into the corridor to see movements on the busy central runway (SBS and a scanner is helpful for you to monitor movements on the central runway as you do need to leave your room to see this runway). At busy times the right hand runway is used for arrivals only, however in moderate to quiet times a mixed mode operation is in force therefore you do require a means of monitoring the central runway to ensure that you do not miss the movements. Be warned, the above rooms all are reported to have the one large queen size bed therefore if there are 2 of you be prepared to get cosy (or a roll away bed is available for a costly £30 a night)
Photos: *** Excellent. Photos can be taken from the room although the windows are tinted. A 10 second walk from the room will take you to an opening on the outside corridor where superb outdoor shots can be taken ( 80-200 for aircraft on the taxiway, 200-400 for runway shots). Morning to early afternoons are best with the sun behind you.
Value: * Expensive but well worth the money as you have your own private spectators terrace at your disposal!
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Above, general view from room 908 with the runway in the background

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Above, typical taxiway shot taken from the corridor balcony which is literally a 10 second walk from the room.


 

Changi Village Hotel
Is situated in the Changi area to the north of the airport on the coast 
Location: ** Located around 0.5 mile north of the runway 20R threshold. This hotel is not under the approach but is offset by around 0.5 mile to the north of the airport
Spotting: ** Ask for a room facing north east looking out to the sea. Room 325 has been reported as having a great view. When landing on the 20′s you should be able to read arrivals off on 20R, SBS will tie up arrivals for you once dark. If departing the 02′s traffic will be much higher and SBS would be required to tie movements up on a lot of occasions. 
Photos: ** Room 617 is reported to have a small balcony enabling photos to be taken of arrivals when approach the Runway 20′s. .Changi Beach Park is only a 10-15 walk away. This location is where the locals hang out to take landing shots when aircraft arrive on the 20′s.
Value: ** Prices starting from around £80 a night.
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 Left : The view from the infinity pool of the Changi Village Hotel shows that arrivals can be monitored from this location.

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Singapore Changi – Terminal 3 Aerotel Transit Hotel (previously The Ambassodor Hotel T3)

Is reported to be closed for restoration. When open the report below should still be useful however there is a chance that the room numbers may have changed. Updates to follow…

For those planning an extended transit time thru SIN using T3 and without wanting to clear customs to go ‘landside’, this is a good alternative to just sitting around in the terminal itself. There are also similar transit hotels in T1 (opening October 2015) and T2, but I have not tried these ones yet. Report credit Royston Wood

Location: *** Level 3, Departure Transit Lounge, next to the Movie Theatre. Excellent location, situated adjacent to one of the food courts above the main shopping area of T3
Spotting: **

Ask for a room with a runway view, there are only a few of them in the T3 hotel but if you book up in advance you should get one easily enough – I always ask for Room # 357 and am not disappointed. This room overlooks the mid-point of RWY 20R which has seemed to be the primary landing runway during my stays, plus arrivals onto the other parallel runway (20C) can also be seen on short finals just above the terminal building if the visibility isn’t too bad. If the 02’s are in use, then views from this room may not as rewarding (unfortunately I can’t advise as I haven’t experienced it when using this direction).

Please note that the Room mentioned here just has one large queen size bed, not sure if other runway view rooms have different configurations.

Also, despite being advised that the free wi-fi throughout the airport terminals cannot be accessed in the Transit Hotel rooms, I have discovered that in Room #357 at least you can in fact still access the free wi-fi by setting up your phone/laptop/tablet right next to the windows that look outside over the terminal itself. This is very handy when it gets dark, as it gets very difficult to identify stuff once the sun goes down.

Photos: * No good from Room #357 at least, and I assume other rooms with a similar view would be the same. Too many layers of glass plus associated ‘shading’ will affect the quality of your photos. 
Value: ** Not that cheap but then you are paying for the convenience aspect of not having to clear customs, plus being close to all amenities. Best to book up in 6 hour blocks where possible.
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  • Andy Smith

    Photo taken from the Changing Village Resort

  • John Davis

    Currently staying in room 922 at the Crowne Plaza. It does not face the runway but you get great views of all landing and departing aircraft. Free wifi for identifying aircraft and two queen sized beds. Photos on the landing runway possible in the corridor outside. Highly recommended room

  • Chris Mahaffy

    he hotel is excellent, location is excellent, possible pics are excellent, but jeez is it expensive, as is all of Singapore……#912 is an excellent room…

  • Bob Kimmings

    Stayed at the Changi Village Hotel, room 617, which has a small balcony. From there you can photograph arrivals on the 20s. Other great photo spots are just a short walk away. Remember the heat is stifling!

    • joannet jerome

      Please could you tell me which room i have to choose to have the room 617 (superior,deluxe, executive…)
      Thank you
      Jerome

      • Bob Kimmings

        You need to book an executive room, Jerome. This gives you access to their lounge as well. I think there are rooms on lower floors with the small balconies too. Only worthwhile if they are landing on the 20s, if the other way they are too high before they pass the hotel. Bob

      • Bob Kimmings

        executive

  • andy kelly

    staying at the changi village at the moment in room 603, on this floor are premier rooms which I was upgraded to at reception on arrival at a cost of £50 for 2 nights. for this you get access to the club room and breakfast, evening snacks and drinks and free internet, the rooms are very nice and clean with a big window to view from, rooms 602 – 623 will give you more or less the same view of arriving aircraft, you will need SBS or FR24 to tie everything up. the beach is only a 10 minute walk away from where you can get some great photos of arrivals but be aware the climate is hot here and the humidity is sometimes unbearable, if you want to go outside spotting go to the rooftop pool where you can cool off in the pool while you spot, theres plenty of sunbeds and hotel towels, 2nd time here for me in this hotel and would definitely stay here again.