Four of us stayed in this Tibetan style boutique hotel for three nights. I particularly chose to stay there because of the good reviews and the hotel was run by Tibetans.
It is situated at the end of a small lane way within walking distance to Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Square. but you do need to find your ways around as it was like a maze amongst many similar looking lane ways. The hotel rooms were quite spacious and comfortable but were VERY dark. We had two rooms in different floors. One room had heater but the other one's didn't work. Hot water was hard to get, having just a lukewarm shower in cold evening may not be ideal for everyone. They were only relied on Solar, but that could easily be improved by having a booster so that clients can enjoy a hot shower which is a basic requirement for hotel accommodation. The hotel is listed as 4 stars in Lhasa, I believe that is overrated.
Staff at the reception were very friendly and helpful. But not the staff in the dining room (a very small place) is situated on the top floor. Breakfast (which was included in our tour) was extremely poor in choice and expensive. For CY$58, one gets EITHER cereal OR toast (with butter, jam OR omelet, sorry no boiled egg!), tea or coffee. On can get much better value breakfast elsewhere for HALF OF THE PRICE!
I was feeling quite sick from the high altitude on the second morning, I went up to the dining room about 9:50am. I was told by the staff that breakfast finishes by 10am. I ordered the toast with jam and butter, she only gave me a piece of toast. I asked her for the jam and butter, she told me to use the leftover on the table which was left behind by my family! She also swept the floor next to me to make sure I will leave the room as soon as possible. I could not believe this is 4 stars hospitality in Lhasa. I complained this incident to the reception area later, they said they will improve their services and hospital and I hope they do!
- Also Known As:
- House Of Shambhala Hotel
- House Of Shambhala Hotel Lhasa
- Hotel Of Shambhala
- Of Shambhala Hotel
- Shambhala Palace Lhasa, Tibet