Sydney - Kingsford Smith
- Good selection of food throughout the day
- 'Productivity pods' offer privacy and room to work
- No barista service
- Sydney Airport's best Star Alliance lounge
Singapore Airlines' SilverKris lounge at Sydney Airport is one of two Star Alliance lounges in the T1 international terminal – with the other, run by Air New Zealand, nestled right next door.
They're both relatively new lounges, and very different at that: while the AirNZ lounge has cool, bright and contemporary vibe, Singapore Airlines has chosen a calmer, more relaxed vibe with residential furnishings and arguably a better spread of food.
Location & Impressions
The SilverKris lounge is located on the upper level of what Sydney Airport calls 'Pier C' of its international terminal.
Few people know this part of the terminal by that name: it's simply the bit where most Star Alliance airlines depart from, along with Emirates and Etihad Airways, at gates 50-63.
If you're running a little late for your flight or simply want to shorten your journey through T1, take the shortcut via the TRS Tax Refund office...
Sydney's SilverKris lounge was the first to sport SQ's new 'home away from home' design theme, which is now also seen in Brisbane and London, and will eventually make its way to Singapore Airlines' home hub at Changi Airport.
It's actually two lounges, with a business class lounge to the left of the reception desk and a smaller, more exclusive first class nook (seen below) off to the right.
As you walk around the SilverKris business class lounge, you can appreciate how the 'home' theme comes together with soft furnishings, table lamps, decorative touches and a generally relaxed feel.
A customised batik design screen in the welcome foyer provides an immediate and highly-recognisable nod to the airline's heritage.
Different spaces within the lounge are modelled on 'home' elements such as a living room, kitchen and dining room.
Directly off the reception area is a quiet 'gallery' where you can sit with a cuppa...
... although most travellers will make their way through to the 'living room'.
This is the main part of the SilverKris business lounge, with comfortable chairs, conveniently-placed side tables and handy AC powerpoints.
Adjacent to this is a small but well-stocked buffet...
... although the coffee is purely a do-it-yourself (or should that be brew-it-yourself?) affair relying on Nespresso pods.
If you want a proper coffee, duck next door to the Air New Zealand lounge and hit up their barista for a pour of your choice.
Off to one side of the lounge is a row of 'productivity pods'.
The clever high-walled design combines privacy with personal space where you can work, dine or just relax.
The opposite end of the lounge affords an opposite experience: wide open views to the gates and the tarmac.
The high bench is a perfect place to perch with a meal, a drink and/or your laptop as you look forward to the journey ahead.
In addition to Singapore Airlines' business class travellers and KrisFlyer Elite Gold and PPS Club members, the lounge also rolls out the welcome mat for business class passengers and Gold-grade frequent flyers on fellow Star Alliance airlines flying out of Sydney.
That's a solid roster which includes ANA, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, Asiana, Thai Airways and United Airlines.
Also on the door list: Virgin Australia Velocity Gold and Platinum flyers and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Gold cardholders prior to Singapore Airlines flights only.
United Club and Air Canada Maple Leaf Club 'Worldwide' members are too welcome whenever flying onwards with any Star Alliance airline, including Singapore Airlines.
Note that if you're flying in first class with Singapore Airlines or any Star Alliance member, or have PPS Solitaire status in SQ's KrisFlyer program, you can waltz through to the adjacent first class lounge.
We've already suggested that travellers in search of a decent coffee pop next door to the Air New Zealand lounge, where a barista stands ready...
... but when it comes to food, we recommend you come back to the Singapore Airlines lounge!
The buffet is fairly compact, and gets crowded at peak times...
... but the quality and variety of dishes means there's something for everybody.
In the morning there's the usual western spread of hot and cold breakfast dishes but also antipasto, smoked salmon, chicken congee and frittatas.
Throughout the rest of the day expect salads, pasta, wraps and Asian dishes such as laksa and mee siam noodles.
The range of drinks won't bowl you over but nor is it something you'd complain about, at least not in a business class lounge.
These 'productivity pods' are Singapore Airlines' take on the trend towards workstation-style pods in airport lounges (which Cathay Pacific kicked off with its Solus chair, followed by the more 'residential' Solo).
Unlike the tight confines of Cathay Pacific's Solus workstation modules, the Singapore Airlines nooks are exceptionally roomy and include a generously-sized table.
Thoughtfully, each pod gets a pair of AC and USB power sockets.
There are several shower suites if you want to freshen up before your flight.
Singapore Airlines' SilverKris lounge has pretty much everything the business class traveller or frequent flyer could reasonably expect from a business lounge, and on the whole we'd say this is the lounge of choice for Star Alliance passengers flying out of Sydney.