Finding the right hotel matters a great deal for your Tibet travel. After a long journey to Tibet, whether taking a plane or the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, besides being excited, you may want to have a good sleep. Especially, at the highest plateau – Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, high-quality sleep will help you acclimatize to lessen the risk of altitude sickness, which also makes your Tibet tour easier.
As we all know, Tibet, often referred to as the “Roof of the World”, has an average elevation of over 4000m. The accommodation emerges the regional feature, due to the isolation and extreme altitude and inhospitable environment. Generally, the remoter places you visit in Tibet, the poorer facilities the hotel may have. Besides, the price of a room is also much higher than that of other places. Fortunately, the style and facility of the hotel are often filled with Tibetan style. Now, let’s browse the detailed information about hotels in Tibet.
How to Book Hotels in Tibet
First of all, the most important thing is that how to make a reservation in Tibet. Usually, there are three ways. The first one is to book a room by the third-party platform, including all kinds of tourist websites. And the second is to make a phone call to the hotel, but, this is suitable for one who knows which hotel he wants to stay, or who has been to Tibet before. In fact, by these two ways, you need to make a reservation by yourself, it may take plenty of time to compare and choose, especially by the first way. More importantly, maybe you will fail to book a room in the tourist peak season, which will become the biggest problem of your Tibet tour.
Besides making a reservation by yourself, you can also find a local Tibet travel agency to help the booking, like us. Not only can we guarantee you a room according to your needs, but also help arrange an excellent Tibet tour. In addition, it is easy to avoid failing to reserve a room, even in peak season. We are a local Tibet travel agency focusing on Tibet travel for many years, possess vastly first-hand information about hotels in Tibet. As a professional travel agency, we have already established a thorough information sharing system. As a result, we are absolutely worth being trusted on the basis of rich experience. More importantly, the price offered by us also much lower, you completely need to enjoy your tour.
How to Wisely Choose Your Hotels
If you still have no idea about hotels or don’t know how to choose a hotel in Tibet before setting out, never mind, here, I will give you some practical options to help you.
Normally, the distance between scenic spots and hotels is of importance. If the hotel is nearby the famous sites, the price of the hotel also will be higher than that of the hotel in the distance. Certainly, it is quite convenient to go sightseeing if you stay near the scenic spots. However, there is also a problem of noise near the bustling region.
If you concentrate on the facilities, the experience, and the surroundings, maybe the 4 or 5-star hotels are the best choices. However, in Lhasa, Shigatse, and Nyingchi, there are many star-rated hotels that can be easily booked, except for the “Golden Week”, such as Labour Day, Chines National Day, and Shoton Festival. Star-rated hotels in other remote places are few, so it is comparatively difficult to succeed in reserving.
Besides, if experiencing the rich charm of Tibetan Culture is your purpose, there are lots of Tibetan hotels that you can choose. In general, these hotels are equipped with Tibetan decorations, handicrafts, and filled with the design of Tibetan style, as long as you enter into the room, you will bask in a wonderful Tibetan atmosphere. To be honest, we really recommend these hotels owing to the hospitable locals and special design.
Otherwise, tourists also care about the cost of hotels. The location, facility, feature, and star level will impact the price of the room, and the season will also have great influence on the price. Sometimes, in peak season (April to October), the price is twice as high as that in the off-season. So, if you want to save money, you can choose to stay in guesthouses or travel Tibet in winter. Not to mention the fact that travel to Tibet in winter can offer you a big discount on the rail, flight, hotels, even the entrance fees of some scenic spots. Also, many Tibetan festivals are celebrated in winter, including Tibetan New Year, Shoton Festival.
Recommended Hotel in Major Tourists Region
In order to assist you to choose a wonderful hotel, we recommend some hotels in major tourist region for you to choose. You can select one in accordance with your needs. If there is still any question, you can contact us, we must offer considerate service.
Hotels in Lhasa
As the capital of Tibet, Lhasa will offer lots of great hotels for you, and the facilities of hotels in Lhasa are also the best. There are luxury 5-star hotels, comfortable 4-star hotels, economic 3-star hotels, Tibetan-style hotels, and guesthouses in Lhasa. The star-rated hotels are usually equipped with a huge bathroom, living room and big and comfortable bed, the room also clean and tidy.
If you don’t care about the cost and prefer ultimate comfort, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort and Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise are the best two options. We really recommend the former, from here, you may have a chance to view the Potala Palace in the distance. Comparatively speaking, these two are further than those in Lhasa City, particularly on the Barkhor Street. In fact, St. Regis Lhasa Resort is 8km away from Potala Palace, you will not spend much money on taking a taxi. Simply considering the distance between the scenic spots, such as the Jokhang Monastery, Potala Palace, Barkhor Street, you can stay in Lhasa Shangbala Hotel, just 390m away from Barkhor Street. And Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel is the most recommended one, it is near tourist attractions, as well as our customer service center of Lhasa, which means it is quite convenient to help you when you come across the problems.
Besides selecting these star-rated hotels, you can stay the Tibetan-style hotel which is full of charm of Tibetan Culture, and the price is also much lower than those of star-rated hotels, including Lhasa Dhood Gu Hotel, Lingtsang Boutique Hotel, House of Shambhala and so on.
Hotels in Nagqu
Hotels in Nagqu are fewer than those of Lhasa, and the facility is also poor. The Nagchu Hotel is the best one in this county, but about 280km away from Namtso Lake. Normally, we go to Nagqu County to view the holy Namtso Lake, so we recommend Damxung Yang Guesthouse and Namtso Tent Guesthouse, especially the Namtso Tent Guesthouse, it is located on the bank of the lake. If staying here, you can appreciate the breathtaking sunset of Namtso, the Milky Way at night, and a stunning sunrise in the morning, if the climate permits.
Although the facilities of guesthouses are poor, there is no washroom in each room, imagine that you wander along the lakeside to encounter devout pilgrims, view the impressive panorama of the lake, what an excellent experience! All you suffer is worth.
Hotels in Lhoka
Lhoka is regarded as the birthplace of Tibetan civilization, located on the middle reach of the Yarlung Valley. In this region, you will view the canyon physiognomy, but we usually pay a visit to Samye Monastery, you can stay Samye Monastery Guesthouse which is the only hotel in town. It is located right next to the local bus station, a very short walk from the Monastery and even in winter, it was pretty busy. However, being far away from Lhasa, the facilities are absolutely poor, this hotel does what it can to bring comforts to their rooms. For the short distance between Samye Monastery and hotel, you can stroll along the street to visit, or you can join in our tour, we can lead you to go sightseeing and stay in a wonderful hotel in other bustling counties.
Hotels in Shigatse
Shigatse is the second-largest city in Tibet, also a hot tourist destination for tourists. So, the hotels in Shigatse will provide clean, capacious rooms with private washroom. If you travel from Lhasa to Shigatse, you will pass Gyantse. Here, you can stay in Gyantse Hotel in order to pay a visit to Pelkor Chode Monastery. Or continue to drive to Shigatse, there are the Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel, the Yak Hotel in Shigatse, Shigatse Hotel that you can choose. They are near the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery.
In the next morning, strolling along the street to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery is quite relaxing. At this high altitude, the good sleep is extremely essential, particularly, you will trek to Everest Base Camp. The energy and good physical condition will make your tour impressive one.
On the way to Mount Everest, the hotels are much worse, you usually stay in the guesthouse or the tent. There are Tibetan Tent Guest House at Everest Base Camp and the Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse for you to choose. Although there is no heating, you can use heat blankets in Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse. If you stay in EBC tent house with 7-8 people, the stove which works by burning yak dung will be used to warm yourself. Certainly, there are no bathroom facilities, but communal squat toilets can be used, the rooms are also dirty, extremely basic, even horrible, and crowded with people, but who care about basic facilities when you sleep with the epic Mount Everest.
Hotels in Nagri
Hotels in Nagri are also poor. There is only one star-rated hotel named Shi Quan He Hotel, it is equipped with western-style rooms and can offer a small bathroom and 24-hour hot water. Most hotels are guesthouse indeed, the facilities are extremely basic.
For we normally do a kora around Mount Kailash and Mansarovar Lake, it is quite difficult to book the hotels near these two places. If you want to sleep well, staying in a hotel of Saga is a good option, such as Saga Xingyue Guesthouse, Saga Post Hotel, Tibet, and Saga Hotel. When arriving in Darchen, the beginning of Mount Kailash Kora, the Chengdu Grand Hotel is the best choice for you. It is at the foot of the holy Mt. Kailash with the simplest service and facilities. But the pilgrimage is the most important for pilgrims, the facilities of hotels are of insignificance.
Touring in such a remote region, we highly recommend you should bring a sleeping bag to keep warm. If you catch a cold, the risk of altitude sickness also will be increased. Besides, some other necessary packages should be prepared well, including clothes, trekking gears, chargers and batteries, personal pieces of stuffs, high SPF sunscreens and so on.