My first stay at Songtsam and just surprised me at first sight. after trying several different sites and ending up with Linka, I just could say beyond my expectation. Linka is comparatively big and major one compared with other sites, and we happened to meet boss working there. Our room is big and located in first floor with tiny garden with view of the 松赞林寺。
Traveled during Chinese New Year 2021, original booking was at Lvgu lodge but due to a lot of cancellation (Chinese govn wanted people to stay put during Covid) and Songtsam travel re-arranged us to be at Songtsam Linka. We had a suite with a nice terrace facing the valley and the monastery from far. Suite was very large and very cozy, it felt like we are renting a friend's lodge. We did a few hikes and tours with the travel butler which was really good in terms of knowledge. The resort has a gift shop and also a specialty store for Yak wool products, which was very well designed and authentic! I also had a 90 min massage at the spa, the massage oil they blend was great and the therapist really knows her way around muscle groups!
This hotel at nearly 12K feet was just the place to have a respite on our 66 day trip. The rooms were very comfortable with a very comfortable sitting area with couches and a heater. Comfortable king bed and well designed furniture. The bathroom was just fine with a shower and.... We were in room 1703 with a unobstructed view of the monastery on the other side of the valley. We saw the horses and the monastery at various times of the day, including sunrise and sunset. The breakfast and dinner at the hotel was quite good and had local food preparations available.
The last 2 nights of our 8-night, 9-day Songtsam Yunnan tour were here. This is a spectacular resort hotel consisting of ~25+ beautiful stone buildings built onto a hillside and overlooking the back of a spectacular temple (like all Buddhist temples in China, this one was rebuilt after the destruction of the Great Cultural Revolution.) The location is on a very high plateau at nearly 12,000 feet. It is somewhat deceptive as there are no very high mountains in view, but you will feel it every time you climb a flight of stairs. We had been above 6,000 feet for a week on the tour, with the two prior nights at Songtsam Meili at 11,000 feet but you still feel the thin air. I'd advise against flying directly here from sea level, although they do have oxygen available in case of emergencies. The nearby Napa Hai (lake) is spectacular and the Old Town in the city is a wonderful place to spend many hours exploring shops and trying restaurants. The hotel had an evening outdoor Tibetan dance/music show that was fun to watch one evening. Like all the Songtsam hotels we visited on this tour, the staff were friendly and attentive and the food was delicious (much of it grown on a farm just outside the hotel compound walls.) China luxury travel at its finest!…
Beautifully decorated hotel with lots of nice details from warm hospitality to a comfortable room with nice bed. I am quite surprised with the level of details that I experienced within my stay here, considering this is not the big hotel chain like the Starwood or the Marriott group. Probably that’s also one of the reason I am quite happy with the overall experience at this hotel. The staff are very well trained in ensuring us enjoying our stay here. The breakfast is pretty steady with lots of choices from both the western and Chinese selection. Definitely try their hot noodles, the best way to make your stomach happy before you kick start the day of hiking or sight seeing.