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Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel
Beijing East Road, Lhasa 850000, China   |  
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Ranked #14 of 272 hotels in Lhasa
Easton,Conn. USA
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

We moved to the Kyichu Hotel down the street because the breakfast was not edible, our guide had to ask that our room be made up because it was not touched at 2:30pm, it was a dark room with a cold cement floor, and we had to notify staff in order to get hot water. It is nice to see heritage in the Dretung Monestary like this but I don't want to live there.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

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.

Room Tip: Lower floors are better if you don't like steep stairs. Our room overlooked the inner courtyard...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

After travelling by train from Shanghai to Lhasa, we were staying in Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel which is the family home of the 11th Dalai Lama's family. During the first night we were put into 2 rooms on the groundfloor in the back yard. The rooms were not too clean, rather small (12 sqm) and loud, due to adjacent neighbours outside of the hotel playing card games until the wee morning hours. The next day, we were shifted into the 1st floor (Chinese 2nd floor) and got large and clean rooms of 20+ sqm. The hotel is perfectly located to venture into old Lhasa by foot (3 min to Barkhor and Jokhang Temple). People are friendly and trying to accomodate your wishes. During our stay the Hotel was partly booked7occupied by a Chinese filmcrew shooting a historic drama with the backset of the Hotel. In all a fantastic stay. Maybe just one remark, the breakfast could have a wider choice and a bit higher quality.

Room Tip: ask for the rooms inside the building or for rooms at the back yard in the higher floors.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We recently stayed at this heritage hotel for 4 nights. The location of the hotel is fantastic, footsteps away from Barkhor market and the dining and shopping that can be found there. It really is the best area of Lhasa to stay in.

As you would probably already know, the hotel itself was built for the 11th Dalai Lama's family. The rooms are decorated in traditional Tibetan design and have lots of character.

However, I found that this is where the hotel's finer points end. The hotel staff whilst always friendly are generally rather inefficient. The same breakfast provided everyday (a fried egg, some potato and 2 pieces of toast) - it would have been nice to have had some variety.

In their advertisements the hotel does heavily promote that it provides Illy coffee. Note that the Illy coffee is not inclusive in the breakfast and I cannot speak too highly of its quality (it is ok but nothing worth shouting about).

Overall, I would recommend the hotel based on its location and traditional appearance. However any background and history of the residence itself is not communicated in the experience. As a result, it feels very much like a hotel business that has moved into a heritage residence as opposed to an all round Tibetan cultural experience.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2011

The Yabshi (meaning parents) Hotel is a charming 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.)
You can observe the Buddist faithful make their trek either walking and meditating with prayer wheels or those postulating their way (full body prone on ground with mats and hand protection) their way to Jokhung or other area monasteries.
The hotel is decorated with traditional wooden painted pillars, fabric coverings over the doors and various Tibetan cultural artifacts. Bathrooms are spacious and modern. The second floor room we stayed in had a window bench area with low chairs and table to overlook the rear courtyard. The stairs to the second and third floors are more like broad ladders that you will experience in the monasteries such as Potala. There are laptops for rental and WiFi in the lobby. There is both an interior courtyard (with bar, refreshments) and an outdoor courtyard. The breakfast selection is very limited however there are traditional Tibetan restaurants nearby such as Snowland, Lhasa Kitchen and Second Floor Teahouse. The area also has many massage studios run by blind Tibetans who have learned these job skills as means of support (such as Tenzin studio).
The staff at the Yabshi hotel are warm, hospitable people who typify the gentle and welcoming Tibetan spirit. This hotel is an excellent choice for those travelers who want to avoid the predicatable western hotels in the Chinese area of Lhasa and engage with the Tibetans and a centuries old neighbourhood.
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel
Beijing East Road, Lhasa, Tibet, P.R.C. 850000
yabshiphunkhang@gmail.com, www.yabshiphunkhang.com
Tel. 86-89-6328885

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chiang Saen, Thailand
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16 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

A lovely old building very well restored with modern amenties. All good except one point. A fine layer of dust appears stuck to the floor. This will come off when rubbing with the finger, but wont come off with a normal mopping. Free wifi and very helpful staff in great location.
Overall, best place to stay in Lhasa I would guess.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2011

The hotel is a renovated palace that was originally built for the parents of the 11th Dalai Lama in 1838. It is in a great location, a short walk from the Jokhang and Barkhor. The rooms are excellent, the personal service provided by Tashi and his wife Tsetan was great. There is delicious Illy coffee, internet access, and a shop that may have the best Tibetan artifacts in town. The food when we were there was average, but we found out the chef had just left, and given the overall quality and attention to detail here, it's undoubtedly much better by now. Almost all of the good restaurants in Lhasa are within easy walking distance. Except for the newly opening St. Regis, this is currently the best hotel in Lhasa and certainly the best authentic Tibetan hotel in the country. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Also Known As:
Yabshi Phunkhang Heritage Hotel Lhasa, Tibet
Address: Beijing East Road, Lhasa 850000, China
Location: China > Tibet > Lhasa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Lhasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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