This boutique hotel oozes charm and atmosphere, which, considering its heritage, is no surprise.
The stairs are steep, as they are in all traditional Tibetan homes and monasteries so it is not suitable for more frail travelers or small children. The traditional architecture has been maintained but coordinated with modern bathroom features and excellent heating.
It is pricey by comparison with what else is available in Lhasa but it is without comparison in terms of atmosphere and history. If you wanted to make an historical movie about Tibet, this is the sort of building that would be chosen to feature in it.
The staff are friendly and the young women struggled with some very heavy bags up several flights to our top floor room before I could stop them.
Rooms are clean and exceptionally well maintained, as is to be expected. The food in the restaurant is fine and it is worth a meal just for the atmosphere.
Location is perfect for the Barkhor and the most authentic part of Lhasa as the back door from the courtyard opens directly onto the old streets.
- Also Known As:
- Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel Lhasa, Tibet
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yabshi Phunkhang was built in 1841 for the family of the 11th Dalai Lama of Tibet. After four years of intensive reconstruction, it has now been turn into modern luxury hotel, while keeping the main building intact. The hotel aims to protect both Tibet`s rich architectual history and also showcase Tibet`s contemporary art. The hotel also has beautiful garden, Courtyard, Conference room and Meditation room. ... more less
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