It is an old Tibetan house made into a hotel. The room was large on the first floor by the street. Very noisy from inside as well as outside. The room appeared clean, but every carpet was dirty and so were every cushion and curtain. There is also a lot of dust around. I guess it looks more “antique” this way. The good thing is that we did not see any bugs.
There is confusion with the House of and Palace, take this into consideration when you read the reviews. They are both own by the same company.
Location in the old section of town close to the tourist area.
Reception is friendly with limited English.
Breakfast was the same every day. You have a choice of an overcooked egg with bread jam and butter, or mueslis with honey and milk. We were here 4 nights as part of a private package tour, we tried to tell them not to cook them so much but their English is not very good and our Tibetan is 0.
The rooms are decorated in the Tibetan style. They are very uncomfortable for westerners. The furniture is very hard and the places to seat are Tibetan style with your legs up. There is no way to comfortably seat and read a book.
The bed is very hard and the pillows very uncomfortable, after the 3rd day my back was killing me. One person gets the wall and another the side table.
Wi-Fi- works well but there will be government restrictions as to what you can use. No Facebook, no Wikipedia, etc. We could get our mail.
There is no television.
We used the sitting area to place our bags instead. There is a tiny closet with 2 hangers. They also provide you with 2 bathrobes, house and plastic sandals.
There is a tea kettle bring your own instant coffee or tea.
The bathroom is small but workable if very dark.
There is very little shower pressure. There was hot water the second day after we told them lukewarm was not going to do it in such cold weather. The next day it was cold water again.
There is a little room on the towel holder to hang your undies, the good news is that the laundry service is well priced, so no Iron or ironing board.
There is no safety bar in the shower, but it is a walk in, not a tub. The entire bathroom is made of stone.
Towels were a little wet after the first day and as they are very dark we don’t know if they were changed or just refolded.
There is a small soap, shampoo and gel. There is also a disposable toothbrush and a shower cap. Remember to put used toilet paper in the wastebasket, don’t flush it anywhere in China.
There is a hair dryer and a makeup mirror, but there is no light to use it.
There is no parking, but you will have to be very adventurous to drive here. Actually you have to roll your luggage from the main street.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shambhala Palace is a restored home of a high ranking Tibetan Lama. All of our rooms provide guests with the utmost comfort while surrounded by Tibetan history and tradition. Our rooftop restaurant together with four of our king rooms offer full on views of Potala Palace with other rooms looking out over the quiet alleyways of the ancient quarter. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- House Of Shambhala Lhasa, Tibet