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“Charming Tibetan Style” 4 of 5 stars
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Tibet Gorkha Hotel
No.45 Linkuo West Road, Lhasa 850000, China   |  
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Ranked #6 of 296 Hotels in Lhasa
Shanghai, China
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“Charming Tibetan Style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed at the Gorkha Hotel twice on a recent trip to Tibet -- the first time was for a few days upon arriving in Lhasa, and then, again, for the last few days before our departure. We stayed in different rooms each time, both in the back, overlooking the courtyard.

If I were basing this review only on the experience of our second room, I would be rating it 5 stars instead of four -- or a 3 if only on the first room -- so there is definitely a difference in the room you get!

It tended to be a bit dark in the rooms, but we loved coziness of the place and the colorful Tibetan style (and it was plenty bright enough outside in the warm August sun)! We had the same floor plan both times. The rooms were spacious and quite comfortable, with a separate living room, bedroom, and a bathroom/kitchen area. The bedroom window opened onto the courtyard below.

In both instances the beds were big and comfortable, if typically hard, and the bedding was plenty warm. Our rooms both came with 5 pillows. Each had an extra single bed in the living room area.

There was ample closet space and both rooms featured full-size refrigerators, bottled water coolers with on-tap hot water for tea (very nice), flat screen tvs (but I don't know how much reception they get) and wi-fi (which, as in every place we visited in Tibet, was a bit sketchy). There are also in-room space heaters, which I imagine are quite welcome in the colder months. No in-room safes.

Overall the rooms are a bit dilapidated and seem in need of some basic repairs, but this also seemed to add to the authenticity and charm of the place and was not bothersome to us. Everything was clean, but sometimes appeared less so just due to its run-down condition. But this is Tibet, so travelers would do well to remember the standard is a bit different when you're on the roof of the world!

The only real issues we had were in the bathroom, and that was almost entirely limited to the first room.

In our first room the bathroom had no door; it wasn't really problematic for us since I was traveling with my husband and, due to the room's location and orientation it was still pretty private seeming -- but still! Also, the shower in our first room was quite the worst and most confusing thing I have ever encountered! The water was plenty hot (after I finally figured out how to use it) but the pressure was very, very low and even in a fully contained unit, I managed to soak the entire bathroom floor after one usage. We had a tub and shower in the second room which did not have these same issues at all, though the shower curtain was too short and so I still managed to get the floor pretty wet. Oh well -- we thankfully had an abundance of towels for sopping up the mess.

Additionally, the lighting was especially dim in the bathroom so it was quite hard to see, and sometimes there was a pervasive smell of offal which seemed to come up through the pipes (and which we remedied by lighting incense in the room). You cannot flush any paper products whatsoever in the toilets; this is quite common to the area, but I just want to mention it for those unfamiliar with Asian plumbing standards.

The hotel's staff was very friendly and speak a modicum of English, and also Chinese. We loved the 3rd floor dining room, and had a lovely breakfast there each day. And if you climb the staircase out onto the roof (but watch your head -- it's a small doorway, as I learned the hard way) you will be rewarded with wonderful views of the surrounding areas -- and you can see Potala Palace in the distance. It was especially nice at night.

The hotel is in a fantastic location, within easy walking distance of Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street. There are tons of shops to explore and restaurants to be found all over the winding alleyways which surround it. I definitely recommend a stay at this hotel -- its charm beats any of the inconveniences.

Room Tip: We loved room 6308!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I have stayed in this hotel during my (unfortunately too short) trip to Lhasa. We all loved this little hotel: very quiet, great position, just a walking distance from the central square and surrounded by little shops and restaurants. The rooms are spacious, very colourful. The bathroom was also quite big. Wi-fi in the room worked fine. We ate at the restaurant only for breakfast and that was OK, too. The staff was very polite; the girls at the reception spoke English.
I truly enjoyed my stay in the hotel, I can strongly recommend it.
Tibet is such a beautiful place, it's definitely a must see!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The hotel had a very cozy feel to it. Both courtyard and rooms were decorated in tibetan style. Our room was huge,clean and I liked the nonconventional hotel style. - Though there was no door to the bathroom and the room was heated by an electrical heater. Staff was friendly and helpfull. Restaurent was OK.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The Gorkha hotel was a reasonable stay option for Lhasa. The rooms were nicely decorated with Tibetan touches. While there was no central heat, the combination of a space heater and warm blankets made it very comfortable to sleep at night. The beds were pretty comfortable for Chinese standards, and we had good sleeping once we adjusted to the altitude. The hotel has a sunny courtyard with tables/chairs for lounging with a beer after a long day of sightseeing. The restaurant was ok, not great. The complimentary a la carte breakfast had a lot of choices, between omelettes, eggs, pancakes, muesli, etc and lots of tea and coffee options. The dinner was pretty average, and best avoided- also considering that one of the best restaurants in town- Lhasa Namaste, is 100 m away. The hotel is well situated, within short walking distance of the Jokhang Temple and the market, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of old Lhasa. Staff were accommodating- helpful for all requests and smiling. In all, a pleasant choice.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights. It is a Tibetan hotel in the old town, a convenient location to temples and restaurants and shopping. We really wanted to stay in a traditional hotel and this one was very pretty. The rooms were nicely decorated, the linens were nice and clean and the comforters warm. The decor was beautiful traditional tibet style. The bathroom was just ok, the tiles were old and some a bit grungy, though it was pretty clean. The towels were plenty and good. Some rooms have a flat screen TV, others the older style. We also had a water dispenser and extra blankets in the closet. I needed a hair drier and got one from the lobby.The staff was nice and helpful and spoke basic English. We asked for a space heater and they brought one right away.
We were there with 2 other families, for a total of 6 kids, and we really enjoyed hanging out in the beautiful courtyard. The staff even gave the kids paper for drawing.

Restaurant: breakfast was included and it was average. It took a few tries to get eggs to be hard boiled. The barley porridge is good, the pancakes are big and ok. The bread is poor. Warning coffee lovers: They have a decent coffee machine (Krups) but they put Nescafe in it (even though they call it "south indian coffee" on the menu), yuk.

Dinner: all the Indian food is pretty good, though the naan was a bit dry. We got pizza and spaghetti for a change of pace for the kids one night and though the spaghetti was ok, the pizza was inedible.

Service at the restaurant is pretty bad, though they are friendly and try to be helpful and accommodating. They get confused on who ordered what, stuff you order first comes last...you just have to be patient.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and it was everything we were looking for.

Room Tip: Ask for larger rooms in the corner, facing the courtyard.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

This place is a neat Tibetan hotel in the old town close to the Barkhor and the Jokhang temple (5mins walk).
I liked how surprisingly the hotel consisting of several Tibetan houses was renovated in a typical way and not spoiled by chinese influence.
Of caurse it had some technical flaws (as we can say about all places done under chinese quality which is not conducted for Europe) but after being 3 weeks in the backcountry sleeping in very limited conditions we loved finally sufficiently warm water running under normal pressure.
I like this place a lot and recommend to support as a local business.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

This beautiful hotel in the very center of Lhasa has very unique vintage atmosphere which will easily grab you. The staff while sometimes confused is always helpful and smiling. Rooms are bit small and dark though beautifully furnished, clean and modern. It was joyous stay and can be recommended for everybody who is looking for the hotel witch the great feeling.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.45 Linkuo West Road, Lhasa 850000, China
Location: China > Tibet > Lhasa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Lhasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 35
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This place is excellent. Just returned from 10 days in Lhasa. You should list this...may be one of the best places in old Tibetian town...regards, Sam Singer ... more   less 
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