YotelAir at Changi Jewel: A perfect hotel to refresh during a layover in Singapore

Flown long haul to Singapore and facing a four-hour-plus layover before the final push to Australia? You could spend your time wandering the wonders of Changi Airport's dazzling new shopping, eating and entertainment complex, Jewel.

Or you could get horizontal.

New YotelAir, on Jewel's level four, is a clever cabin-concept hotel with flexible check-in and check-out times.

It's handy for those holidaying in Singapore, too, who might have checked out of their accommodation early, spent the day sightseeing and want to relax and refresh before a late flight.

The retro space age-style hotel has 130 cabins across two categories: premium queen for two, and family cabins sleeping four across a queen bed and set of bunks. There are disabled-access rooms as well.

Check-in and check-out is self-service at touch-screen terminals but there is also human help at hand.

Small-but-snazzy rooms have super-comfortable beds with adjustable back position, huge TV, fast Wi-Fi, USB and universal power points, adjustable mood lighting and, for their context, sizeable bathrooms that include good products and a rain shower.

The property also has a 24/7 gym, showers for those who just want to freshen up and not stay (their fee includes gym access) and Komyuniti: YotelAir's "public space and social hub" with work spaces and its own view of Jewel's 40-metre-high, HSBC Rain Vortex.

There's an order-in food menu, but with all that good eating on your Jewel doorstep, it would be silly not to step out.

Until July 31: from around $173 ($S165) a night; shorter stays from around $98 ($S94) for four hours. Shower and gym packages from $30 ($S29). 

See www.yotel.com