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Top Luxury Hotels in Tibet for Your Lifetime Tibet Tour

At one time, hotels in Tibet were rated as low-grade, with the best hotels barely meeting three star standards. Since the opening of the first five star hotel in Lhasa in 2011, there has been an influx of foreign hotel chains setting up their top of the line hotels to cater for those more discerning travelers to the region.

Tibet is a region of China that has little in the way of luxury accommodation, and outside Lhasa, luxury has a very different meaning. As you travel further west into Shigatse Prefecture and on into Ngari Prefecture, the quality of the hotels and lodges gets lower, as there are less in the way of resources and supplies for top of the line hotels. For those trekking through the Gama valley or from Tingri to Everest Base Camp, the idea of luxury is a warm bath and a soft bed, combined with a filling meal. In these remote regions of Tibet, luxury is a thing of myth, and the accommodations are basic and functional.

Lhasa, the capital of the region, has the luxury of having luxury hotels, and if it is luxury you are looking for, then Tibet’s capital has just the thing, with some of the world’s top hotel chains having opened their five star accommodations in the city.

St. Regis Lhasa Resort

The first five star hotel to open its doors in Lhasa, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort offers a luxury and refinement that was previously lacking in Tibet. Situated within a few minutes’ walk of the Potala Palace, Norbulingka, and the famous Jokhang Temple, the hotel offers 162 guest rooms and villas that feature plasma-screen televisions, high-speed Wi-Fi internet, luxurious marble-tiled bathrooms, and spacious bedrooms with soft, luxurious beds.

 St. Regis Lhasa Resort St. Regis Lhasa Resort

The rooms all have awesome views of the city, and the St. Regis butler service will make your stay one of the most inspiring experiences of Tibetan hotels. The hotel includes four meeting rooms for business meetings and the Iridium Spa, where you can relax and wash away those aches and pains of trekking in the high altitudes or indulge in a Tibetan-inspired array of specialist treatments.

The three diverse restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisines, from Tibetan and Chinese cuisine to the international dishes foreign tourists crave when traveling in Asia. The tea rooms offer a range of Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan teas, including Tibetan butter tea and sweet tea that are the favorites of locals and tourists alike. The dedicated wine bar also has a wide variety of international wines, imported to the region for discerning guests, as well as a range of local and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Shangri-La Hotel

Inspired by the classic novel Lost Horizon, by James Hilton, which tells of the legendary story of Shangri-La, an ancient paradise hidden high in the Himalayas, the Shangri-La Hotel in Lhasa is one of the premier hotels in Tibet. One of the hotel’s complimentary gifts is a copy of the novel itself, which you can find in your luxurious and elegant room on your arrival at the hotel.

 Shangri-La Hotel Shangri-La Hotel

This five-star hotel in Tibet’s historic and spiritual capital offers luxury rooms with all the modern conveniences you would expect, such as the plasma-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, en-suite bathrooms, and stunning views of the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. With 262 contemporary guest rooms, 17 suites, and the exclusive Horizon Club lounge, the hotel offers an experience unlike any other. Rooms offer a spacious 43 square meters while the suites are up to 250 square meters of space designed to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Interiors are of traditional Tibetan design, and all rooms and suites include a private balcony. The Horizon Club is the height of luxury, with bespoke services tailored along the lines of some of the world’s best “gentlemen’s clubs”. A dedicated concierge takes care of your very need, secretarial services are available on call, and a daily complimentary breakfast and cocktail reception is available for all Horizon Club guests.

With several places to choose from, Dining is a unique experience, from the signature dining concept of the Shang Palace restaurant to the Altitude all-day restaurant, as well as the Lodger’s Lounge, the Shambala, and the Shu Garden. Among all these restaurants, you can choose from Sichuan, Tibetan, Thai, Japanese, Cantonese, and Yunnan cuisines, with tapas available throughout the day in the Shambala and ten private dining rooms at the Shu garden, as well as their main dining area. A true culinary journey awaits your taste buds.

The hotel also includes a comprehensive facility for health and leisure activities, including a swimming pool, a fully-equipped gym with professional trainers, the oxygen lounge and relaxation pavilion, and the Shangri-La’s own signature spa resort, named simple as The Spa. And if that is not enough, the hotel also has ten long-stay serviced apartments with separate living room, bedroom, bathroom, and fully fitted and equipped kitchens, all in traditional Tibetan styling.

Brahmaputra Grand Hotel

A unique museum hotel, the Brahmaputra Grand Hotel is built in traditional Tibetan design with modern techniques, to make it one of the most luxurious hotels in Lhasa. Situated in the downtown area of Lhasa, it is close to all the major tourist spots in the city, and is convenient for the Lhasa Gonggar International Airport.

 Brahmaputra Grand Hotel Brahmaputra Grand Hotel

The hotel’s 185 rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan styling, and have Wi-Fi internet, flat screen televisions, and private bathrooms. International direct dial telephones are available in all rooms, and air conditioning is standard throughout the hotel. With a deep cultural foundation, the hotel has elegantly tasteful décor, excellent service, and delightful staff that are always on hand.

The hotel also includes complementary laundry services, a fitness center and sauna/massage room, business and conference facilities, and a nightclub and disco for evening entertainment. The restaurant offers a selection of local and international cuisine, and the 24 hour bar has all the local and international beverages you could wish for.

Manasarovar Hotel

One of the few locally-owned five star hotels in Lhasa, the Manasarovar Hotel is situated in Yangcheng Square, a short walk from all the major tourist attractions of the city. Its 190 rooms and suites include private bathrooms with shower and bathtub, luxurious and comfortable beds in spacious rooms, and the suites all have separate lounges and dining rooms.

 Manasarovar Hotel Manasarovar Hotel

The hotel also offers a multi-cuisine restaurant, private tea rooms, a business and conference center, sauna, and fully equipped gym. It is also the only hotel with a five star sister hotel outside Lhasa. Situated in Shigatse, the capital of Shigatse Prefecture to the west of Lhasa, the Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel has 55 rooms that include luxury suites. The same facilities are available in the Shigatse hotel as in the Lhasa hotel, with the addition of a beauty parlor and hairdresser on site and a baby-sitting or child-care service.

Four Points Sheraton Hotel

Located in the very heart of Lhasa, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel is a short walk from the Jokhang temple and Potala Palace, with views over the city and within easy reach of the Ramoche Temple. The hotel has 102 rooms, with free Wi-Fi internet, air conditioning, LCD televisions, memory foam beds, refrigerators and mini bars. The private bathrooms have shower baths and are carpeted for that extra luxurious feel.

 Four Points Sheraton Hotel Four Points Sheraton Hotel

A family-friendly hotel, the Four Points also has a barbecue and grill dining area, as well as a multi-cuisine restaurant that serves a wide range of local and international cuisine. The lounge and bar has a variety of Tibetan and Chinese beverages, as well as the best in international liquors, and comfortable lounge chairs and sofas.

One of the few hotels in Tibet that has wheelchair accessibility, the Four Points offers wheelchair friendly rooms and bathrooms, with roll-in shower facilities. For those with kids, there is a babysitting and child care service offered as an extra, and oxygen facilities and humidifiers are available on request for those struggling with the altitude.

Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Sited alongside the Lhasa River in the downtown area of Lhasa, the Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise is close to the main attractions of the city such as Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, and the Tibet Museum. With 475 rooms, each including TV, air conditioning, mini bar, private bathrooms, and spacious interiors, the hotel has a modern look and feel, despite the traditional Tibetan design of the rooms and other areas.

 Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise Intercontinental Lhasa Paradise

Set in a series of pyramid-like glass structures, the hotel includes spa treatment facilities, shopping mall, several local and international restaurants, onsite business facilities, and three health and fitness centers. You can also find tropical gardens inside the pyramids, with streams and fountains that provide a delightful stroll in the evening. The many restaurants include the Feast All Day dining rooms, the Longxue Chinese restaurant, the Teppanyaki Japanese restaurant, the Moonlight Lounge, the Altitude Bar, the Himalayan Café, the Sense Reading Lounge, and the Cha Lounge for the real tea lovers.

The deluxe rooms are decorated in something of a Victorian feel, with canopied beds, gilden-framed mirrors, classic Victorian furniture, and antique-looking table lamps. The superior rooms, while missing the canopy beds, are just as sumptuous, with spacious bedrooms, oil paintings, chintz curtains, and luxurious carpeting. These regal-looking rooms are a true delight for guests, and a popular feature of the hotel.

Master Kungga Dundruk

About the Author - Master Kungga Dundruk

The Lhasa-born prodigy used to study business overseas, and got his Bachelor of Business in Nepal and India before moving back to his homeland.With pure passion for life and unlimited love for Tibet, Kunga started his guide career as early as 1997.

Responsible, considerate and humorous, he devoted his entire life guiding and serving international tourists travelling in Tibet.As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience , he once had an exclusive interview with the US media. Currently he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into troubles, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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