Which Singapore lounge is better - Qantas or Emirates?

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obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

Emirates lounge in Singapore? Is there a dedicated lounge. If so better than Qantas which I have found underwhelming.

PeterLoh

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 25 May 2012

Total posts 356

There is an dedicated Emirates lounge at SIN T1 (the escalators are opposite the C Transfer desk), but I prefer the Qantas Singapore lounge.

However, the EK lounge does have runway views that the QF lounge doesn't.

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

Yes, there is a dedicated EK lounge. As Peter has noted, it is accessed by escalators at Transfer C, the same ones used to access the Rainforest lounge. Look for signage with the word 'Airline Lounges' somewhere on it that has the red EK logo.

If you have enough time, I would still pay a visit to both.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

Total posts 2,059

Define "better". The EK lounge in SIN does have "better" food offerings compared to the QF lounge in SIN but I find the atmosphere in the QF lounge to be more welcoming. Staff tend to interact with you rather then hide in/melt into  the background as they do in the EK lounge. 

Better food in itself is subjective. The food in the QF lounge would appeal to a contemporary palate.

obanpointer

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 08 Jun 2014

Total posts 308

Food, space, quiet, child friendly.  Yes I,m one of those awful people who flies his kids in j. 

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

The staff at the QF lounge are all lovely and really make the experience shine.

One of the bartenders, Eric, makes fantastic cocktails and always has something new and great up his sleeve.

edy4eva

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 115

EK will have more empty space to relax and will be much less noisy. Not sure if the lounge was updated recently but the food and staff attitude are superior to QF's. Last time I was there I tried both and felt QF was more like an IKEA inspired canteen, too noisy, too smelly/smoky (from the open kitchen). The only view you'll get from QF is the check in desks/departure area. Whereas EK you'll get a nice view of the tarmac, although at night I doubt you'll see much.

moa999

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 02 Jul 2011

Total posts 835

Agree that EK lounge will be quieter over the peak period.

Lounge design wise - I find QFs much more modern (and don't really agree with the canteen statement), EKs is classic EK with faux gold and wood but is looking a bit dated.

Foodwise they are different - QF probably has better quality, particularly with the fresh plates, but EK a bit more variety with more typical lounge food (more snack/canapes style)

Alcohol wise - EK has real champagne, and some global wines. QF misses on the champagne front, but always serves some decent Aussie wines, and the bar service is great.

Really depends on what you're after

watson374

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Aug 2012

Total posts 1,285

What food exactly does the EK lounge offer? Off the top of my head I can recall the QF lounge offering two hot main plates, a mixture of hot food (chicken and carbs, usually) and a cold salad bar from the buffet.

edy4eva

Member since 11 Mar 2012

Total posts 115

EK offers usually have 4 main dishes (beef, chicken, seafood, and a vegetarian) along with noodles (could also be with eggs), rice. One of the dishes is typically a pasta. There's also the soup. The menu gets rotated and changed every few weeks. I don't think any of the dishes qualify as 'snack/canape style' as described above. There are also cheese boards, salads, dips, cakes/desserts, fruit salads all served and ready to go. The chef comes out on occasians to seek feedback from passengers. 

The lounge was due for a major refresh since last year. Meaning change of furniture, bathrooms, and computers. Not sure why this hasn't been done yet.

My earlier reference to QF being reminiscent of a canteen was not just my view. Colleagues of mine expressed the same complaining on how loud it gets. The atmosphere is way off. There is little privacy to be found in that place. Anyone wishing to catch on some work will struggle in that environment.

sanj747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 142

Was at both lounges last night. Extremely disappointed with the Qantas lounge and is not much better than a Qantas Club/domestic business lounge. Expected the Singapore lounge to be similar to the HK lounge. Went to the Emirates lounge as well and found it much better.

Steve987

Member since 23 Feb 2015

Total posts 258

Emirates for the peace and quiet.

sanj747

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 01 Nov 2016

Total posts 142

EK offers usually have 4 main dishes (beef, chicken, seafood, and a vegetarian) along with noodles (could also be with eggs), rice. One of the dishes is typically a pasta. There's also the soup. The menu gets rotated and changed every few weeks. I don't think any of the dishes qualify as 'snack/canape style' as described above. There are also cheese boards, salads, dips, cakes/desserts, fruit salads all served and ready to go. The chef comes out on occasians to seek feedback from passengers.

The lounge was due for a major refresh since last year. Meaning change of furniture, bathrooms, and computers. Not sure why this hasn't been done yet.

My earlier reference to QF being reminiscent of a canteen was not just my view. Colleagues of mine expressed the same complaining on how loud it gets. The atmosphere is way off. There is little privacy to be found in that place. Anyone wishing to catch on some work will struggle in that environment.

Definitely agree with the canteen comment. The QF lounge is a glorified Qantas club/domestic business lounge. When First Class comes online with the A380 on QF 1/2 in March, I shudder to think what F class passengers will think about this lounge. Atleast teher is a choice with having an option to go to the EK lounge.

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