Yak Hotel

100 East Beijing Road, Lhasa, Tibet, 850000, China
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Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 6, 2011

This is a supposedly 3 star hotel but why remains a mystery. We stayed there for 2 days on our arrival in Lhasa and 2 days before we left. On arrival we requested a non smoking room and were allocated a room on the 4th floor which we were assured was non smoking. When we got to the room it smelt very bad of smoke and something we could not quite work out. We asked to be moved but we were told that there was no other room available. The carpet was filthy, there were long black hairs all over the bathroom and the room stank. It was clearly a smoking room but the way the hotel dealt with this was to remove the ashtray, light some incense and open the window. The window opened onto a brick wall about half a meter away. On the second night it rained quite heavilly and we discovered the source of the stink. There was water dripping into the wardrobe which was slowly rotting away. The television did not work and when we asked if there was an english channel we were told no.

We told the agency who had organised our trip to change our hotel or make sure we had a better room for our second stay. This time we were given a room on the third floor, the carpet was filthy although the bathroom was slightly cleaner than the first room. The room had a double and a single bed and so much furniture that we could of been staying in a furniture warehouse. there was nowhere to put our cases and very little possibilty of moving around the room. This room did not stink and also somehow had an English TV channel. Second room a huge improvement on first but still way off the 3 star mark.

Unique Quality: good location near main shopping streets.

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Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 6, 2011

This is a supposedly 3 star hotel but why remains a mystery. We stayed there for 2 days on our arrival in Lhasa and 2 days before we left. On arrival we requested a non smoking room and were allocated a room on the 4th floor which we were assured was non smoking. When we got to the room it smelt very bad of smoke and something we could not quite work out. We asked to be moved but we were told that there was no other room available. The carpet was filthy, there were long black hairs all over the bathroom and the room stank. It was clearly a smoking room but the way the hotel dealt with this was to remove the ashtray, light some incense and open the window. The window opened onto a brick wall about half a meter away. On the second night it rained quite heavilly and we discovered the source of the stink. There was water dripping into the wardrobe which was slowly rotting away. The television did not work and when we asked if there was an english channel we were told no.

We told the agency who had organised our trip to change our hotel or make sure we had a better room for our second stay. This time we were given a room on the third floor, the carpet was filthy although the bathroom was slightly cleaner than the first room. The room had a double and a single bed and so much furniture that we could of been staying in a furniture warehouse. there was nowhere to put our cases and very little possibilty of moving around the room. This room did not stink and also somehow had an English TV channel. Second room a huge improvement on first but still way off the 3 star mark.

Unique Quality: good location near main shopping streets.

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One of a few open in July 2008

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 2, 2008

Because of events in Lhasa previous to our arrival (we were one of the first "groups" allowed in after the reopening in late June, 2008) there were many hotels closed down. The Yak Hotel, however, remained open. While I spent the first full day regretting having eaten something (and removing said something rather forcibly from my insides) the Yak Hotel was a quite comfortable place to stay.

There's a restaurant and bar within the hotel complex, where the food is decent, the yak butter tea salty and greasy, and the bar not stocked with much of anything.

You can buy oxygen and water nearby, as at the time of writing the hotel store wasn't open.

They have an internet center, though the printer sometimes doesn't work and not all of the computers work very well, and it isn't always open 24 hours a day like they say it is, notably when we were there (July 2008) it was open from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (0830-1800). There is an internet cafe down the road (out the hotel to the left and across the street- go a few hundred meters and look right... kind of hard to find) if you need it and it's pretty cheap.

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Best in Lhasa

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 11, 2006

The Yak Hotel was the best hotel I stayed at in Lhasa. I would recommend this hotel over all other hotels I stayed at in Lhasa.

The staff is very helpful with trying to find the right bus to go where you want. Most of the staff speak fairly good English. In some cases they spoke better English than they spoke Chinese!

Update 2013: Still my choice where to stay when I visit Lhasa. A major update is that all the rooms have WiFi. A very pleasant surprise. There is no fee for using the wifi.

Unique Quality: The rooms were very clean. The service was very good. The traditional Tibetan style room was great. The front desk staff speak English. I was able to leave bags in a safe room while I continued to travel around Tibet.

Directions: Here is a map of the area: Old Town Section

Good location and clean

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 21, 2005

Wasn't our first selection in Lhasa but its where we ended up for 9 nights in this wonderful city. Rooms are clean, sense of being secure, enough hot water and reasonably priced. Well located in the older part of the city near the Barkhor square area.

Directions: Old city

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Great value and location

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 19, 2004

The Yak Hotel has very friendly and helpful staff. We were travelling on a tight buget and were extremely impressed with the quality and cleanliness of the room that we stayed in. It was the best value place I stayed in for my entire trip.

Unique Quality: Looking out the window was a treat, our room was on the third floor looking out over the main street and spectacular mountain views.

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A clean and budget hotel

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 23, 2004

I stayed here only for one night in a 6-people dorm at 20 RMB, the cheapest I ever had.

But there's no corridor for travellers to chat and the bulletin was not as popular as in Ji ri or in Banak xue.

Unique Quality: Free of charge facilities:
- shower(24 hr.)

it has the cleanest toillet among the 4 hotels I stayed.

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