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“OK But Very Noisy Location” 3 of 5 stars
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Jokhang Temple Cool Yak Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   No.6 Xiasasu Zangyi Road, Lhasa 850000, China   |  
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Ranked #56 of 296 Hotels in Lhasa
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“OK But Very Noisy Location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

My stay at The Yak Hotel has been prearranged as a part of my tour of Tibet. It is considered a “Tourist Class” hotel and is centrally located but on one of the main busy streets in town.

There is a lot of construction going on around the city and The Yak does not escape the noise from it even at 2am. Besides the construction noise it seems that drivers here have a fascination with their horns which you will not necessarily appreciate if you have one of the street facing rooms.

Everyone in our tour group ended up with one of these but the property has inside hall rooms and rooms further away from the street which would probably be more desirable. However, I am told the front rooms are better appointed.

My room is spacious with nice bathroom facilities although my bed is a bit firm and so are the pillows. The room does have nice light blocking curtains which you will probably appreciate your first day here if you arrive by train from Beijing.

The staff at the hotel speaks limited English which can lead to a few things being lost in translation. For example, one clerk told us they do not have internet service but with further questioning she tells us that they do have Wi-Fi. I guess it would help if we spoke Chinese.

The Yak does offer a nice breakfast buffet with an omelet station which is included in the price of our tour. Located on the rooftop, you will probably be out of breathe and exhausted by the time you get there after climbing a healthy set of stairs.

Room Tip: Select Inside Hall Room Or One At Back Of Property
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I must agree that many aspects make this hotel a good choice like what Traveler 5548 noted. We stayed for 5 nights in September 2011 as arranged by a tour company. Yes it is very near to the Jokhang Temple and the Bakhor area, with a couple of nice restaurants. And the rooms are reasonably good and come with the internet and breakfast on the roof. Maybe because of the location it is very popular. The staff are generally friendly but what annoyed us (my wife and I) was that the linens were not changed daily or even at the third day so we complained but the management claimed that they were changed. We told them we were sure they were not changed and they (housekeeping staff) grudgingly did. Maybe they were trying to get back at us — they accused us of causing the "Do not disturb" sign used to hang over the door knob to be cracked and we had to pay for it — RMB15. We didn't even knew it was there. We argued and I refused to pay as a matter of principle so my tour guide paid to hush up the matter. I am sure there are other more friendlier hotels. And even if I had broken it management would not have demanded payment as it was old and would have cracked anyway in the harsh environment. Those who still want to stay there will have to be extra careful careful and check this and other items!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

The hotel is very near to the Jokhang Temple and the Bakhor area, where there are a couple of nice restaurants. The rooms are good, the internet worked well and the breakfast on the roof had something for everyone, including individually prepared eggs. Would stay here for the location alone. The only annoying thing is the bathroom has clear glass walls with only a sheer curtain over the glass. I am sure some archetect thought it exciting, but we are not used to such openness to all bathroom functions from the bedroom.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This place is not a palace but it is adequate and it is right the hustle and bustle of where everything is going down in Lhasa in the Tibetan quarter.

The room were a little bit cold, there was not much natural daylight and breakfast was very average and the alley which you have to go down to get there smells like a toilet.

Nevertheless it is Tibetan run, the staff is accommodating and it is right in the middle of where all the other foreigners are staying so there are a lot of places to eat and shop around.

Room Tip: High altitude sickness tablets are a must.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2010

We stayed three nights in the Cool Yak Hotel. Location is just perfect, 3 minutes walking to the Jokhang Temple and the Bakhor area. Rooms are spacious, clean and have a good working shower. The beds are average Tibetan (means: you will feel the metal fethers inside the matress).

If you stay there in the cold season, in will be a very cooooollll yak in the sense of really very cold! They don`t have a heating so prepare - you will need long underwear and thick socks for sleeping.

Breakfast is Tibetan style and usually included in the room rate. They have something related to bread but if you need something paticular for breakfast bring it with you otherwise you end up with some green jelly, brokkoli and cake.

A very fast, cheap and reliable laudry service is availiable.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

Cool Yak Hotel (this is not the Yak Hotel) was a great place to stay. The Location is very central, in a quiet alley right off the Barkhor Square. The hotel was very clean and nicely decorated, there is a huge Tibetan painting hanging in the center. The center of the hotel is an atrium so it was also very bright. The rooms were nice, clean and comfortable with good showers. The price was good and included the breakfast buffet. The staff was friendly except for the lady at the front desk, for some reason she was always miserable. One downside was that they allow smoking in the hotel, although most people didn't I could smell it sometimes. They had computers with internet. All in all I was happy to stay here, we transferred from the Kyichu Hotel and were pleased we did. The Cool Yak's location is much better and the hotel is quite nice.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: No.6 Xiasasu Zangyi Road, Lhasa 850000, China
Location: China > Tibet > Lhasa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #56 of 296 Hotels in Lhasa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Jokhang Temple Cool Yak Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
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