Facility and Services of Hotels in Tibet
As a newly developing tourism region, the facilities, conditions and services of hotels in Lhasa and other places in Tibet may not be as good as you could expect from a hotel with this rating in other cities of China, especially in some remote places of Tibet. However, hotels and accommodations in Tibet have been greatly improved due to rapidly developing tourism in Tibet.
In most cities and counties in Tibet, there are hotels and guest houses for lodging, but the equipment and service may be inferior to those of the other places of China. Even some famous international chain hotels in Lhasa, like Sheraton and St. Regis, the service standard and facilities of most 3, 4 even 5 star hotels are not what you would expect from the same rating hotels in Beijing or Shanghai.
About Rat Issue: In Tibet, rats living in the urban and remote areas have few natural predators. Besides, Tibetans are believers of Tibetan Buddhism. They tend to see every living creature as equal as human beings, including rats. In some hotels or guesthouses, you are very likely to see and hear little creatures in your room. Don’t panic and they are harmless. Do ask staff of the hotel to change your room. Most importantly, never leave snacks and fruits unattended on the table of your room. Please forgive this inconvenient truth of Tibet tour.
Hotels in Lhasa Tibet
In general, the facility and service in Lhasa and Shigatse, starred hotels are more than other regions of Tibet. Except for the golden weeks of May Day Holiday, National Holiday and Shoton Festival, the hotels are not difficult to book. Most of the standard rooms of the starred hotels in Lhasa have private washrooms with water heaters. The guesthouses there have own public bathrooms with fixed time service.
Double room in Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (4-star)
In Lhasa, accommodation ranges from guesthouses to five star hotels. Usually internet service is available in the business center or the separate internet bar in the hotels, and private internet service may be offered in the luxury rooms of a hotel. However, in some remote areas, the internet is not accessible due to the limited condition. Coffee is uncommon in the rooms, but many hotels have a separate cafe.
Hotels in Shigatse Tibet
As the gateway to Mt. Everest, Shigatse is the second most popular destination in Tibet, next to Lhasa. The most common accommodations in Shigatse city are three-star hotels.
Double room in Shigatse Yak Hotel (3-star)
However, if you move to remote areas like Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve in TIngri, the accommodation and facilities become extremely basic due to the inhospitable natural environment, mainly in guest houses, usually having a public bathroom with squat toilet, or even in yak tent with filthy pit toilet at Everest Base Camp in. The sanitary situation of hotels in Tingri is no compare to western standards. So try to downplay your expectations and do prepare your sleeping bag to keep warm and clean. You can bring a tent if you would like to camp for the night, such as at EBC or Namtso Lake.
Typical yak tent at Everest Base Camp in Tingri, Shigatse
Hotels in Tsedang, Nyingchi, Chamdo Tibet
In Tsedang and Nyingchi, the highest standard is 4 star hotels. Most of the hotels are three star hotels. The hotels in these prefectures can be easily found with proper and clean facilities. Besides, the average altitude in these regions is far below than other parts of Tibet. You can have a sound sleep.
Standar room in Ningchi Basong Co Hotel(3 star)
Hotels in Ngari and Nagqu, Tibet
Apart from the hotels of Tingri in isolated Himalayan regions, Nagri, the vast wilderness in western Tibet and Nagqu, the boundless Changtang prairie in northern Tibet are another two remote regions with few human presence. Therefore, the accommodation and hotel facilities are less developed than Lhasa and Shigatse City.
Typical guesthouse for Mount Kailash Kora
In most cases, home-run hostels and guesthouses are the most common accommodation you can find in small town and villages in Ngari and Nagqu. Understandably, the sanitation for the hotels could be far from your satisfaction. However, the unparalleled scenery and divine experience will make you believe that the tour is worth the ordeal.
Hotel Services in Winter Tibet Tour
Due to the poor business in winter, a lot of hotels remain closed from December to next April. Few hotels like New Mandala Hotel, Yak Hotel etc are available in winter. The poor business and low room usage rate sometimes make this hotels reduce the service quality on hot water supply, breakfast, heater or heating to cut down running cost. If you travel in winter in Tibet and choose guesthouse, 3 star, 4 star hotel, you may have such problems.
Tibet Vista kindly reminds you these possibilities of such problems before you enter Tibet and suggest you using better hotel in 5-star rate. Hotels and hostels in small cities and towns outside Lhasa only have very basic facilities, some even without a heating system and hot water in the winter. We will provide hot water bottles for our clients.
Hotels Run by Local Tibetans
In the off-season, most hotels go out of business due to fewer travelers. But in the high season, the prices are about 30% higher than those during the low season, sometimes up to twice as much. Tourists can enjoy much discount as they travel during the off-season of Tibet. Besides, if you want to get more close to local life and learn about local customs, Tibetans welcome you to their houses. Nowadays, Tibetans have opened their own hostels themselves, which are very popular with travelers. In Lhasa, there are many hostels of this kind in the old district, especially around Barkhor Street.
Asking your travel advisors to arrange your accommodation in Tibet is a better way for your Tibet travel. For detailed information on hotels in Tibet, refer to Tibet Travel Guide.
Tips for Tibet Hotels Booking
a. The prices of star-rated hotels in Tibet are relatively expensive, especially during the peak tourism season, generally from June to September; End of Oct to Feb next year is the off-season.
b. Rooms in high floors are not wise choice for the higher the ground is the thinner air becomes.
c. Bring your own sleeping bag and toilet paper if you plan to visit remote areas outside of major cities in Tibet. Or you can buy these supplies in Lhasa.
d. For your safety, we advise you to avoid staying in local homes or camping outside on your own.