Something you most likely wouldn’t have imagined With two on-site alternatives in the landside (public) sector and three more in the airside zone for those leaving or in transit outside immigration control, Singapore Changi Airport offers a good selection of hotels like Normanton Park.
Despite this, the airport is still planning to meet the demand from travelers for overnight accommodations. Within the next three years, a brand-new, 220-room property connected to Terminal 2 is expected to be built.
That changed in 2019 with the completion of Jewel Changi Airport, which is currently home to YOTELAIR and is closest to Terminal 1 (though it is also easily accessible from T2 and T3 Price).
But in the upcoming years, it appears that a third option will enter the picture.
According to The Straits Times, Changi Airport Group put out a bid for a brand-new hotel near Normanton Park Showflat that will be situated at the southernmost point of Terminal 2’s landside area in late 2023.
With a minimum of 220 rooms, the property will occupy at least 60% of the newly constructed building above the T2 coach stand, which is situated at the L1 arrivals level, directly outside the southern portion of the terminal.
It is unclear exactly what will occupy the other 40% or so of this new structure, but given its somewhat awkward placement far from the other terminals and the MRT station, it is unlikely to be any sort of “Jewel 2.0”; instead, it may just be office space or something equally uninteresting.
Naturally, these will almost definitely be included in the hotel itself. Hopefully, at least a few F&B alternatives will be included in the mix.
Since the YOTELAIR is essentially a T1 facility, only Terminal 4 at Changi Airport will be left without a hotel after the new one opens.
There will be no “more of the same.” You might need to lower your expectations with this one if you’re looking for a five-star hotel with all the current amenities.
The new hotel’s design and caliber will need to fall in between the two current landside establishments at the airport, the luxurious Crowne Plaza in T3 and the low-cost “capsule” YOTELAIR in Jewel, according to the tender document obtained by The Straits Times.
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