- Reviews: 379
St. Regis Lhasa: Lhasa's Best Hotel
When booking our trip through the agency, we've specifically requested that we stay in St. Regis in Lhasa - the newest resort that has been opened (managed by Starwood). We've not been disappointed - it's a true 5-star resort. Even the simpler rooms were spacious, at ca. 75 sq. meters, the resort had all the conceivable conveniencies and luxuries (even more remarkable, given you're still on the wilder side of travelling). The service was excellent, with a 24hr butler available, and the food great with choice of Tibetan, Chinese and international dishes served. My particular favourites were Italian ones, pizza and spaghetti, as well as the deserts.
- The amazing view of the Potala from the lobby of the hotel - there is a viewing balcony which is also perfect for taking pictures
- The rooms, spacious with a huge bathroom (my particular favourite)
- The library with a good selection of both local interest and international fiction titles (in the languages where most of the hotel's guests come from)
- The service, which is coordinated through the butler - so you only really need to dial one number, regardless of what you want. The butler will see to it
- The spa and pool facility, luxurious but still with a traditional Tibetan architectural detail (and I don't mean the gold-colour tiles there)
- Reviews: 241
Oh Dan Guesthouse: Comfortable in the heart of the old quarter
The Oh Dan Guesthouse is located right in the heart of the old quarter and is easy walking distance to the Jokhang Monastery and Barkhor Square and you can either walk or get a tuk tuk to the Potala Palace.
The staff are very friendly and mostly speak English. The rooms are clean but the beds hard and hot water often hard to get. There are heaters in the rooms as well as heaps of extra blankets.
There is a restaurant downstairs as well as a rooftop bar for the guests. The meals are fine but usually slow in coming.
Something that shouldn't be missed is the Momo making classes in the kitchen. It costs Y20 to do and takes around an hour and you get to eat your spoils afterwards!
Laundry is also available here at a reasonable rate.
- Reviews: 1
Shambala Hotel: Lhasa's Best Kept Secret
I had a wonderful stay at the Shambala Hotel. The staff were quick to accommodate and helpful in everything from changing money (the same rate as the Bank of China) to giving tips on where to get a massage. The rooms were clean and had heat (I was there in December) and hot water. The breakfast was good (but it was the same every morning)--coffee, scrambled or fried eggs, toast, grilled tomato, and bacon. Right outside the hotel is the Summit Coffeehouse, the Starbucks of Lhasa. Good coffee and desserts and fast Internet speed.
The hotel has a lift that operates outside the building. This is most helpful when you first arrive, as you don't want to be climbing up four flights of stairs before you are acclamated to the high altitude. The hotel is about a 50 meter walk from the Barkor, right in the center of old Lhasa. Right across the street is the best western restaurant in Lhasa (by most tourists' ratings anyway) in the Snowland Hotel.
- Reviews: 78
SNOWLANDS HOTEL: HOTEL WITH A GREAT LOCATION
comfortable rooms, bathrooms work fine (for the double deluxe rooms anyway), an internet cafe within, and a good restaurant as well (pls. see general and restaurant tips).
but, most importantly, it's right around the corner from the barkhor - the heart and soul of lhasa. it's location makes it very easy for the traveler to experience tibet's old world charm.
the staff is friendly and helpful when they're around (sometimes, the front desk isn't manned).
interiors may be a bit cheesy as the hotel definitely shows its age but i think it enhances the experience. somehow, a brand new hotel with first rate amenities just doesn't fit near the barkhor. in other words, it's a good place if your expectations aren't high.
rate for double deluxe room w/ bathroom is Y360 ($45) but can go as low as Y250 ($31).
great location, convenient internet cafe and restaurant within.
- Reviews: 39
Pentecostal: Budget Accomodation
Well, ariving in Lhasa 2 days before Christmas is not when most people arrive in Tibet. The arse end of the tourist season so to speak, not a lot was open! We headed for the travellers section and stayed at the Pentecostal inn , for a very small amount.
It was cold!
But, we hired an electric blanket, just as well really, as the temperature in the room on Christmas morning at 4am was -12 degrees C. Even the house cat was trying to get into bed with us, knowing that 2 heavy weight nuclear protection duvets could keep you on the right side of too cold!
Good location for Lhasa exploration and especially the Jokhang.
- Reviews: 421
Pentoc Guesthouse: One of the best guesthouses in Lhasa
I spent 8 nights in the 3-bed dorm room of Pentoc. It was very cozy and clean. I think all the dorm rooms faced the street, and it was nice for people watching, although the vedor across the street liked to blast its Tibetan music very loud during day time. At first it was interesting, but after a few days, I could remember almost all the songs! The shower and washroom were clean and had hot water. The guesthouse also provided boiling water in flasks that are free for all guests.
***Unfortunately, this guesthouse cannot continue its operation in Lhasa, according to its website.***
It was slightly more expansive than other guesthouses in the area, about 5 RMB more per night. But from what I heard from other travellers, it's well worth paying the little extra.
It's got a nice restaurant on the 2nd floor. But I never ate there coz the price was a little expansive. But most ppl said it's got very good food.
Other than the dorm rooms, there are also single and double rooms for 50-80 RMB/night.
- Reviews: 3429
Shambala Hotel: In a perfect location
The hotel couldn’t have a better position, right in the heart of the old city, half a block from Barkhor Square. It is set back from the Mentsikhang Lam, the road that runs perpendicular from East Dekyi Lam (the main road through Lhasa) to Barkhor Square, with a very nice courtyard in front of the entrance (used as a parking lot by rich Chinese for their huge 4x4 vehicles). The courtyard is beautifully lit by red lanterns at night, and the entrance has neon signs above it.
There are 70 rooms on five floors reached either by some nice wide stairs or a fairly slow and small lift on the outside of the building, with glass sides. The view from the lift is not spectacular, just into the courtyard. The best thing about the room was the view from the window - see General Tips below.
The lobby is bright and airy, with some seating and a small shop selling souvenirs, post cards and such like. The toilets in the lobby are Asian style.
The rooms are fairly small compared with other hotels we stayed at in Tibet, but more than adequate, with two beds, en suite bathroom, writing desk and kettle. They are nicely furnished and decorated. Room service is available. There are Chinese and Western restaurants, a business centre and a sauna. We didn’t try the sauna or the business centre.
- Reviews: 83
Post Hotel: No, Thank You.
We stayed in this hotel during our first visit to Lhasa in 2000. Things were okay back then, so we booked them again in 2004. This time, things were bad. The place had deteriorated, and ventilation was bad. When someone smoked in the hallway or next door, you could smell it too. And it was not cheap (RMB 300 for two). We quickly left the next day. By the way they have no elavator, which could be a problem if you have attitude sickness.
- Reviews: 83
Saikang Hotel: Half Way between Potala and Jokhang
We were looking for hotel at a location that allowed us to walk to local attractions. We found severals, stayed at two, and this one was quite alright. We paid RMB 300 for two persons. Price included lousy breakfast. The rooms facing the main street could be noisy. We picked a quiet one at the back, top floor, end of the corridor. We could even see Potala if we sticked our head outside the window. Right across the street was a departmant store and supermarket.
- Reviews: 108
"Ji Ri " Hotel: A Bright Hotel with a great Corridor
-One can make friends easily here also.
-The corridor is larger than in Banak xue hotel. The best one among the 4 hotels I stayed in Lhasa.
-Generally speaking, this hotel is cleaner than Banak xue.
Free of charge facilities:
- shower ( by 10 pm, after 8 am)
- lundry ( everyday between 9.00~10.00 am)
Also with a popular bulletin.
- Reviews: 108
Banak Xue hotel: Lhasa's most famous Hotel
It's on the main road - BeiJing East Road.
Staying here made me knew several friends.
A useful bulletin with many notes posted by travellers and some drivers seeking for sharing the fare of the car and companion.
Pretty old but in tibetan style.
Also a cheap choice.
But i saw a mouse.
Free of charge facilities:
- shower (24 hr.)
- lundry ( everyday 9.00~10.00 am)
- Reviews: 108
Sunlight youth hostel: cheap choice in hot season
I arrived Lhasa two days before "xue dun" festival so that it was different to find a bed availible in town. I heard that this hostel was new and not too many people knew it.
If you're going to Lhasa during hot season and there're no bed/room availible, maybe you try this one.
free of charge facilities:
- sunna/ shower
- Reviews: 2523
Banak Shol: great atmosphere
The Banak Shol hotel has dorm beds, chinese rooms and tibetan rooms. We stayed in a Tibetan room and that was really fun. The door was hidden behind a sort of curtain with a nice motive. The beds were a sort of benches, which we have to make up our self with the sheets and blankets. But surprisingly they felt good and we slept really well. Anbd the rest of the furniture was also tibetan that means with a lot of colors.
The bathroom was good and clean.
- Reviews: 35
At Nam-tso lake, you can sleep...
At Nam-tso lake, you can sleep in the dortory. There are around 10 bedrooms, each of them has two or three bed. No need to book before coming ;-)
You will have a very nice stay there, and you will enjoy to write your diary on the sunset, outside your room! Trust me, I did it and it was excellent...
The view is excellent (look at the picture)
The price is around 10 yuan
- Reviews: 35
If you want to hike, don't...
If you want to hike, don't forget to bring a tent! We camped at the Base Camp, and also on the way to Nam-tso, at the Lachen-la. Everytime it was snowing the whole night. I let you imagine the morning sight we had!
During the Lachen-la climbing, we read on a guide that it was easy to find a nomad camp to spend the night with them. But unfortunately, we couldn't find any :-(
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