A good accommodation is undoubtedly the most important part of a Tibet trip, as it not only provides safety for travelers who are traveling far away from home but because it helps travelers explore local life in a better way. Anyway, it influences tourists’ Tibet tour in many ways. Since a good accommodation is so important in a Tibet tour, well, how to choose the best one in Tibet?
This is a subjective question - it greatly depends on your needs and budget. Some travels might like to live in luxury 5-start hotels, while others may prefer to stay in cost-effective hotels. But more importantly than selecting the right hotels is to determine which city you want to stay in.
Generally speaking, travelers would like to choose Lhasa as their first destination in Tibet, partially because it has various hotels that can suit the needs of different travelers, but also because Lhasa’s low altitude is better for travelers to acclimate the high-altitude sickness. Anyway, there’s a massive choice of hotels in Lhasa, how to choose the best one that meet your needs?
To help you pick out the best hotel, this guide collects 4 types of hotels in Lhasa including luxury 5-start hotels, Tibetan style boutique hotels, frequently used hotels by BudgetTibetTour in Lhasa and some of the most cost-effective hotels. All of these hotels are chosen by experts and travelers, you can choose the right one based on your needs and have a great trip.
Category 1. Luxury Hotels in Lhasa - International 5 Star Ranked Hotels
Category 2. Tibetan Style Boutique Hotels in Lhasa
Category 3. Frequently Used Hotels in Lhasa by BudgetTibetTour
Category 4. Cost-effective Hostels in Lhasa
Note: Tibet is lagging behind other Chinese cities in terms of development, so the overall level of accommodation in Tibet is lower than other tourism cities in China.
A 5-star hotel is the best potion for travelers who pursuing a high-quality and comfortable travel experience, since it can offer tourists better service, better night’s sleep, excellent amenities, and beautiful surroundings, etc. There are 10 renowned five-star hotels in Lhasa, the most famous of which are St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Shangri-la Hotel, InterContinental Lhasa Paradise. All of the three hotels are the top 3 best hotels in Lhasa in terms of facility, service, location. While in respects of price, location, service, features and surroundings, they are different from each other. Below is a brief instruction about the most recommended 3 luxury hotels in Lhasa, hope you can find what you want.
(瑞吉度酒店; Tel: 630 8888; www.stregis.com/lhasa; 22 Jiangsu Lu; from ¥2500 )
Located in the heart of downtown, several minutes away from the Potala Palace, St. Regis is the BEST as well as the FIRST international luxury brand hotel in the Tibetan Autonomous Region. As a world-class hotel, it can offer tourists breathtaking accommodations and exclusive amenities. More importantly, form where, you can catch a stunning view of the Potala Palace.
(香格里拉大酒店, Tel: 655 8888; www.shangri-la.com; 19 Norbulingka Lu; from ¥2488)
Shangri-la is a comfortable 5-star hotel with acceptable price, excellent facilities, good service, convenient location and comfortable environment. The most important distinguishing feature is the Oxygen Lounge that is designed to help tourists adjust to the high-altitude sickness of Lhasa. Besides, good location also makes it very convenient to go to scenic spots like Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace.
(圣地天堂洲际大酒店, Tel: 656 9999; Jiangsu Donglu; from ¥2000)
Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise is the biggest luxury hotel at the roof top of the world. It has everything tourists need to relax in Lhasa. Spacious rooms (the standard rooms already have 45 sq. meters), complete facility, comfortable beds and outstanding service will bring you ambience at home. The location is an easy start point to explore Lhasa and the surroundings. More importantly, every room has The Central Oxygen Supply System (TCOSS), which can help tourists adjust to the high-altitude sickness of Lhasa.
If you want to have a good insight on the Tibetan life and culture, living in a Tibetan style boutique hotel in Lhasa is a good option. A boutique hotel can surprise and delight you with many traditional Tibetan decorates like handcrafts, furniture, brass, Thangka, etc. And all of these Tibetan Style Boutique Hotels have something in common in terms of design and culture. But in the aspect of size, individuality, design, character, location, service, gastronomy, etc. they are distinctive. Now, we have found the most famous 3 Tibetan style boutique hotels in Lhasa for your choice, you can choose what you like.
(松赞拉萨曲吉林卡酒店; Tel: 0891-6547666; Near No.102 Country Road Lhasa; www.songtsam.com; from ¥1180-1680)
Songtsam Retreat Lhasa, one of the best boutique hotels in Lhasa, located in the Cijiaolin cultural creative industry park, a countryside surrounded by nothing but mountains and rivers. Songtsam Retreat Lhasa is a typical Tibetan-style hotel that is made up of large amount of wood, stone, and pure local soil. Many crafts displayed in hotel are designed and handmade by local craftsman Besides, the founder of hotel, Songtsam Retreats, Baima Duoji, also contribute many private collections like Tangka and mural to hotel to display. All of these make Songtsam Retreat Lhasa more like a museum than a hotel. If you want to experience the real Tibet culture, Songtsam Retreat Lhasa is the best option.
(尧西平康; Tel: 632 8885; www.yabshiphunkhang.com; 68 Beijing Donglu; ¥ 799-880)
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel is a remarkable traditional hotel in the heart of old Lhasa. Formerly the home to the 11th Dali Lama's parents this hotel is on the edge of the Barkhor Market and along the clockwise pilgrimage routes to the Jokhung Temple (647 A.D.). It is an old Tibetan-style hotel with various Tibetan cultural artifacts, traditional wooden painted pillars and Thangka decorated in it. If you want to see the pilgrims pass by your window, then Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage hotel is what you need.
(香巴拉宫, Tel: 63-7779; www.shambhalaserai.com; 16 Taibeng Gang; incl breakfast ¥450-720)
Hidden in the old town in a historic Tibetan building, Shambhala Palace is a romantic and traditional Tibetan guesthouse, once a home of high-ranking Tibetan lama. It has 17 stylish rooms, all decorated in a romantic and classic style with traditional furnishings and art, which makes it perfect for couples who prefer atmosphere over mod cons. More importantly, it has a spacious rooftop, which offer tourists a great view of the Potala Palace.
If you want to spend more time sightseeing, and less time in buses or taxis, the frequently used hotels by Busgettibetour is the best option. These hotels are Yak Hotel, Gangyen Hotel, and Tashi Noda Hotel, all of them stay close to the main tourist attractions like Potala Palace and Barkhor street. Say to here, some tourists might think these hotels might cost them a lot, as people always hold the opinion that hotels near the tourist attractions are generally quite expensive and cheaper hotels are often far away from tourist sights. However, this view is not entirely right, because all of the three hotels budgettibettour recommend are cheap and have a good location.
If you are in Lhasa for a long journey, staying in hotels that are close to the center may help you save much time in taxis.
(亚宾馆; Add: Tel: 630 0195; No.100 Beijing East Road, Lhasa. Fax: 86-891-6336906; ¥350-450; VIP ¥580)
Yak Hotel is a comfortable Tibetan-owned hotel and has a great location in center of Lhasa, which is only 5 minutes walking from Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple and Barkhor Street. This hotel is built in traditional Tibetan style around a central courtyard, opened in 1986, served to thousands of guests every year. It provides 62 rooms and 185 beds, with hot water available 24-hour every day. More importantly, it is often used by western groups and almost all staffs in Gangyen hotel can speak English, so you don’t have to worry about communication problems.
(刚坚宾馆; Tel: 0892-8820777; No.83 Beijing East Road; ¥350-450)
The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel (Gangjian Lasa Fandian) is situated in downtown Lhasa and close to some major sights in Lhasa like Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple. The convenient location and fair price make it very popular among tourists. In addition to its convenient location, it offers tourists good service, clean rooms, travel services and a good view of Tibeta’s capital.
(Tel: 86-891-6349360 (8613628999610, or 8618080158435) Fax: 86-891-6329956; Email: email@example.com; from ¥360)
Tashi Noda Hotel is situated at No.24 Lingkor Road Lhasa Tashi Nota Hotel, Lhasa. It has a beautiful and comfortable environment which is ideal for leisure and business travelers. The price of Tashi Noda Hotel ranges from US$47 to 150 per room night with breakfast (depends on room type and season). Comfortable rooms, good location, decent price, and excellent service make it really a valuable accommodation in Lhasa which we highly recommend.
No matter where the places you choose to travel, one thing everyone has in common is that no one wants to pay a fortune for it. Especially for budget travelers, who try to spend less and visit more places. In reality, many factors that may have impact on your budget, such as flight, accommodation, entrance ticket, food, etc. Among which accommodation is the biggest factor that can influence your budget, since you have to stay in the hotel every night, reducing this expense can save you a lot of money off the total cost of your trip.
To help budget tourists find the most-effective hotel in Lhasa, we select the top three cost-effective hotels in terms of its price, location and comfort. Now, you can choose the most available one based on your needs.
A common misconception is that traveling cheap means you have to stay in sketchy hostels or flea-ridden hotels.
(平措康桑国际青年旅舍; Tel: 86 891 692 7618; Duosen'ge North Road (Near Shenli Shidai Square), from ¥ 55)
If you are looking for a convenient and cost-effective place to stay, Pingcuo Kangsang International Youth Hostel is the best option. It is one of the newest hotels in Lhasa, having been renovated in 2016. Everything in this hotel is new and well decorated with various Tibetan crafts. The price of it ranges from $8 to $118(depends on the room type you choose), which is cost-effective. If you are a budget traveler or backpacker and not mind sharing a room with other people, this hotel is what you need.
(风马飞扬旅舍; Tel: 0891-679 0250; 10 Beijing E Rd, Chengguan Qu, Lhasa; ¥ 80-328)
Tibet Bike Hostel is another cost-effective youth hostel with a fairly low price and good location, which is located just 9km away from Lhasa Railway Station and 60km away from Gongga Airport, with many famous sights like Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple surrounded. It has all basic amenities like hot water, Wi-Fi, and parking lot, etc. More importantly, the boss and staffs are really nice and enthusiastic.
(西藏西措青年旅舍; Tel: +86 891 681 5232; 3 Luobulinka Rd, Chengguan Qu, Lasa; ¥56-289)
Westcoo International Youth Hostel is very conveniently located in… just 7km from Lhasa Railway Station and 58km from Gonggar Airport and is definitely a clean and quiet place for budget travellers. The nearby area boasts an abundance of sights like Norbulingka, Zongjiao Lukang Park and Yaowang Mountain. It provides travelers with comfortable rooms, travel service, and laundry. Above all the hospitable boss and staffs will make you feel at home.
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I would be interrested to join a Lhasa to Kathmandu tour in November (26th novembre). Do you have other tourists on this tour and what would be the price of it for one or two person?
Dear Mr. Si***,
Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have one departure date on 26th November for Lhasa to Kathmandu group tour, but there is no person joining in at present. If you are two persons together, we are able to open this tour for you. If you are only one person, here we suggest that you can join our 8 days Tibet Mt. Everest group tour, the major scenic spots of this tour are almost the same as the Lhasa to Kathmandu tour, the difference is that you need to get back to Lhasa and fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Best regards.
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