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Old 5th July 2014, 10:44 PM   #1
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Default [SFO] SilverKris Lounge

As part of a trip to Europe and the USA in June this year, I visited the SilverKris Lounge in SFO.





This lounge is smallish, but no smaller than the lounges operated by many other non-USA based airlines at SFO.

Apart from seating and work areas, there was a buffet with a limited selection of hot and cold dishes, as well as a self service bar area.





This lounge has good views of the tarmac.



Refreshments...









The lounge also served a Singapore specialty, mee siam...



It was fairly full when I was there.

Overall impressions...

A comfortable but unexceptional lounge with what you would expect from a lounge in an overseas location, but not offering any more than the basics.

I would have thought that a flagship destination like SFO would have a larger, more impressive lounge (Look at Sydney, for example). Perhaps there are space constraints at SFO.

I for one would probably head for the United Club the next time (or check out any of the other A* lounges in SFO), simply because it is much larger, even if the catering or beverage selection isn't as large.
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Old 6th July 2014, 12:27 AM   #2
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I for one would probably head for the United Club the next time (or check out any of the other A* lounges in SFO), simply because it is much larger, even if the catering or beverage selection isn't as large.
The UA club might be bigger but it gets just as full during peak hours. There's no comparison when it comes to catering because it's pretty much non-existent in there
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Old 6th July 2014, 06:08 PM   #3
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The UA club might be bigger but it gets just as full during peak hours.
Might still be worth a look in the UA Club to see if it is crowded, as the UA peak hours may not clash with the SQ peak hours. Hopefully there is a window of time where it is off-peak for UA but suitable for SQ pax? At one stage long ago, the United lounge was quite empty in the late evening (before it closed for the night), which made it a good place to hang out if you were checked in early for SQ1 departing after midnight.

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There's no comparison when it comes to catering because it's pretty much non-existent in there
True...
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Old 4th November 2015, 08:30 AM   #4
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I used this lounge last week when I flew SQ1 from SFO-SIN in Y. Just a quick F&B update on what they are serving.

The red and white wine selection is now from the company Brass Tacks.



Cheese selection, and egg tarts as well...



Appetizers and cold cuts...



Hot selections...



The signature local dish on offer that day was prawn mee...



A very satisfying bowl of noodles, slurped up by quite a few in the lounge that day.

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Old 4th November 2015, 08:36 AM   #5
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The lounge was very full on the evening I was there. Just about enough seats for all the pax in that lounge.

There was a long queue for the 2 showers by the time I got there. At least this lounge had showers.

The UA lounge (Which is open to*G members) has far better ambience as it is much larger and is quite empty at the time SQ1 departs. But it closes some time before the SQ1 scheduled departure time so there is only a short window of time that the lounge can be used prior to that flight. Also, the UA lounge has no showers, and I don't recall the UA lounge having many food options either.

If not for the fact that I wanted to have a shower before the flight, I would have used the UA lounge (Or the Eva lounge up the corridor).

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Old 4th November 2015, 12:04 PM   #6
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The lounge was very full on the evening I was there. Just about enough seats for all the pax in that lounge.

There was a long queue for the 2 showers by the time I got there. At least this lounge had showers.

The UA lounge (Which is open to*G members) has far better ambience as it is much larger and is quite empty at the time SQ1 departs. But it closes some time before the SQ1 scheduled departure time so there is only a short window of time that the lounge can be used prior to that flight. Also, the UA lounge has no showers, and I don't recall the UA lounge having many food options either.

If not for the fact that I wanted to have a shower before the flight, I would have used the UA lounge (Or the Eva lounge up the corridor).
I was also there in Aug and tried all 3 lounges. My inbound flight to SFO was quite early and both BR and SQ lounges were not opened yet. SKL was actually opened earlier, but fully reserved for NZ passengers only. UA lounge looks quite old with only cold food and some hot (western) soup.
See here for SFO UA club food offerings.

Only SKL has showers and no proper queue system IIRC. I just got the towel from the reception, then waited near one of the shower. Then it becomes first come first serve basis, or after whoever is nearby and has a towel and was there before me. Shower was not cleaned after each use.

EVA lounge was also very full during SQ1 hours. I only remembered that EVA lounge has wings. I did not eat/drink much as I left the airport for a meal with a friend (with my baggage checked through all the way to SIN), but both UA and SQ lounge looks to have similar food offerings.
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Old 4th November 2015, 12:08 PM   #7
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does this lounge have a separate section for f pax?

will b flying from here end of the mth... my friend recommended the ua first class lounge instead

not sure if anyone can suggest how is the ua lounge compared to sk lounge?

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Old 4th November 2015, 12:19 PM   #8
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Nope, there is no separate F section. I've not used UA F lounge, unable to let you know for this, but they are rather nearby, so you can try out all of them.
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Old 30th November 2016, 09:13 AM   #9
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AusBT reporting that the SFO SKL will close along with the BR lounge to make way for a new dual floor UA Polaris lounge which will also cater to business class flyers on Star Alliance partners.

http://www.ausbt.com.au/singapore-ai...airport-lounge
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Old 30th November 2016, 08:22 PM   #10
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Bad news for Y flyers like me, if as report goes, Polaris lounge only for J and F passengers while Y passengers get the (new) UA clubs.
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Old 1st December 2016, 06:55 AM   #11
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AusBT reporting that the SFO SKL will close along with the BR lounge to make way for a new dual floor UA Polaris lounge which will also cater to business class flyers on Star Alliance partners.

http://www.ausbt.com.au/singapore-ai...airport-lounge
A bit of a loss as these two lounges offered refuge from the UA lounges.

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Bad news for Y flyers like me, if as report goes, Polaris lounge only for J and F passengers while Y passengers get the (new) UA clubs.
This may provide some hope for you:

http://travelskills.com/2016/11/29/p...ited-club-sfo/
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Old 1st December 2016, 10:34 AM   #12
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Loss of showers for Y pax. At least the SKL had showers.
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Old 1st December 2016, 03:39 PM   #13
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Reminds me of the old SKL lounge in LHR T3. Insufficient seats, cramp, mediocre food. At least they had a separate F lounge in LHR.
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Old 30th September 2017, 05:50 PM   #14
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Default Closure of San Francisco SilverKris Lounge for renovations

As per Singapore Airlines announcement SFO SilverKris Lounge will be closing from October 1, 2017.

Closure of San Francisco SilverKris Lounge for renovations

"The Singapore Airlines SilverKris Lounge in San Francisco will be closed for renovations starting from 01 October 2017. As part of the renovations, Singapore Airlines will begin a transition to a newly constructed, shared lounge facility operated by our Star Alliance partner, United Airlines. It is scheduled to open in early 2018.
During the closure period, eligible customers will be invited to the following lounges:

First Class, Business Class Customers: United Airlines International Departure Lounge (located in the G Concourse between gates 98-100)
PPS Club, Star Alliance Gold members: Any United Club lounges in Terminal 3
As these are shared lounges, no boarding announcements will be made. Customers are advised to be aware of the boarding time indicated on their boarding pass."

The lounge will make space for the future Polaris Lounge by United, which should be a nice upgrade. However, in the meantime please share your experience about any good alternatives?
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Old 30th September 2017, 10:18 PM   #15
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Not a bad thing, the SFO SKL was way too small.

But as Zilchster pointed out, I hope the new facility has showers. The existing UA lounge has no showers.
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