We stayed at Gangjian Long Zhu which is located on the main street around 5 minutes walk from Labrang Monastery. It is in full Tibetan style with prayer flags decorating the entrance way and Tibetan door covers on everydoor.
The rooms are quite comfortable (if not a little cold) with reasonable bathrooms that have hot water usually between 7pm - 9pm (very usual in rural China and Tibet).
There is a restaurant down stairs that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as drinks (at inflated prices) but there are plently of choices along the main drag for these things.
I stayed in a dorm for Y25 per night. The room was cold but had great views of the surrounding hills. The place was fairly quiet, contrary to its reputation, as all the tour groups were crammed into the Tibetan Overseas Guesthouse down the road.
The Snowland Hotel is located in the main street through Xiahe, the Renmin Road. Go right when you leave the hotel to go to the tibetan quarter and the Labrang monastery.
It has new spacious rooms, with a hint of tibetan decoration on the ceiling. The rooms were clean.
At the reception you can go on the internet for a reasonable price. They have two computers.
- Convenient location, at the border of the Tibetan and Han parts of town, very near to Labrang Monastery
- Dorms and rooms are of Tibetan style and are clean and comfortable, with living room areas to relax
- Host speaks English
- Basement rooms can be dingy and extremely cold as it is very large. Take a smaller dorm room at the top floors.
- Hot water available at designated hours
Dorms : Y20-Y25
In the Labrang hotel or Labule Bingguan we had rooms at the old romantic inner court. The rooms have hot water and a bath.
The verandah, the doors, the windows, all are very beautifully decorated and painted in bright colours like red, blue and green and a also a bit yellow and orange.
I enjoyed my stay in this wonderful ambiance, it looked like we stayed in the monastery itself.
There is a restaurant, where you can sit inside or at the verandah. Dinner at 6 pm for Y18, breakfast at 8 am for Y4.
Our rooms were in the inner courtyard, the original part of the guesthouse of the monastery. It was great to stay in such an historical and beautiful ambiance. The first evening we sat on the verandah in front of our rooms, waiting for dinnertime.
And then in the dusk something special happened. I looked at the silhouets of the neighbours at the opposite of the courtyard and recognized known voices. Thanks to the verandas I met old travelfriends of 9 years ago in Egypt. They travelled from the west to the east, from Uzbekistan to Beijing along the silkroad and I travelled from the north, from Mongolia to the south to Tibet. What a coincidence, in Labrang our routes were crossing, exactly at the same time !!
During our stay in Labrang we stayed in the Labrang Hotel or Labule Bingguan, just outside town, west of the monastery and Tibetan village.
We couldn't believe what we saw, looking at the colorfully decorated entrance. Did we sleep in a temple? The Labrang Hotel was a former guesthouse of the monastery.
What to pay for a room depends of you stay in a room at the old innercourt or not.
Prices from Y13 to Y77.
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