Dnata Lounge in Terminal 3 – a Lounge Review

Lounge entrance
Dnata lounge sign at Singapore Changi Terminal 3

After checking in for my Garuda Indonesia flight to return to Jakarta, I had the chance to pop into the Dnata Lounge in Terminal 3, which is the assigned lounge for SkyTeam Elite Plus members. The lounge is easily visible after taking the escalator up to the second floor from the departure hall. Handing over my lounge invitation and my boarding pass, the receptionist pointed the way in.

Lounge reception foyer
Lounge reception foyer

Inside the lounge, most guests would see the centrally located buffet area and dining space, intersected by the walkway in the middle. The dining space looks comfortable with large circular tables and upholstered chairs.

Buffet section
Buffet section
Dining tables
Dining tables

On the buffet area, there are hot dishes like rice, pasta and stir-fried dishes since it was dinner time when I visited.

Buffet counter
Buffet counter featuring rice and stir-fry vegetables and pasta

Being an Asian airport lounge, there are cup noodles located behind the salad section. Much of the fresh vegetables have yet to be replenished though since there was a lot of guests during this visit and I did not see too much lounge staff on hand.

Salad sauce and cup noodles
Salad sauce and cup noodles

While the salad seems popular, I was more interested in the satay they have in the buffet area. At least that was plenty in stock. Maybe most lounge guests that day were vegetarians?

Satay at the buffet
Satay at the buffet

For dessert, there are some packed cakes and small pastries along with cheese. Wines are also available with nuts and crackers inside the jars. Soft drinks, juices and beers could be obtained from the fridge.

Cakes and pastries
Cakes and pastries
Wine and nuts
Wine and nuts
Beverage fridge
Beverage fridge

On the left side of the buffet counter, there is a small alcove that is probably the quietest section of the lounge. There are a couple of seats here and this space is suitable for guests who want the utmost privacy.

Quiet alcove
Quiet alcove corner

Next to this space, there is a small TV lounge with a magazine rack for guests to catch up on the news. There are limited seats here though and on my visit, it was occupied by a family with kids.

TV lounge
TV lounge with magazine rack

The other end of the buffet counter is the lounge space with the most seating space. This space also opens out to the airport terminal so it has tall ceilings and feels the most ‘open’. As a result, I like how the design of the lounge can vary from cosy in the dining section to open and bright in the lounge section.

Open lounge space
Open lounge space

While not a very large lounge the space has some good partitioning and there was plenty of space and amenities even when it was crowded. Since I only had a short stay, I did not try out the wifi. Though guests could still use the airport’s wifi which is decent even if users need to obtain a passcode beforehand. However, the Dnata lounges in Changi’s Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 are certainly nice additions to the lounge scene in Singapore and at least provide some noteworthy amenities to oneworld and SkyTeam airline guests.

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