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“Central Location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Yak Hotel
Ranked #1 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lhasa
San Francisco, CA
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Central Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2008

Yak Hotel-centrally located 2 1/2 star hotel that is within walking distance of Bar Khor (Bar=central, Khor=circle) St. and Jokhang Temple. Adjacent to the hotel, there is same day laundry service (in by 9am, pickup by 8pm for 15Y for 2 shirts and 1 pant), grocery store (4Y for 1.5L and 2Y for 550ml Nongfu bottled water) and Dunya bar and restaurant (western-pizza/burgers/pasta, Nepali/Indian, Tibetan). Internet service was down during our stay but we used the internet facility at Snowland Hotel on Bar Khor Street.
Precaution: hotel towels are worn and stay in rooms with windows facing the courtyard versus the street due to traffic noise. Rooftop breakfast room has a good view of Potala Palace in the morning (70-200mm VR lens is long enough). Unless you intend to wake up early for a hot breakfast, you are better off arranging for a breakfast voucher or paying on your won at Dunya restaurant next door.
FYI: Taxi fare is 10Y anywhere within Lhasa. At this time, there is a new Sheraton Hotel and about 4-5 four to five stars hotel (St. Regis Hotel) coming to Lhasa. Keep in mind that the star ratings might not be consistent with our rating in the states.

Restaurants in Lhasa:
Lhasa Snowland-a favorite along Bar Khor Street---we’re there at least for lunch and/or dinner. You have to try their Yak steak with mushroom sauce. Unless you have dentures, they are tender enough (at least for me) to finish.
Dunya Restaurant---2nd favorite restaurant adjacent to the Yak Hotel. Hit the spot for us on day 1 with their chicken noodle thukpa (chicken noodle soup) and yak biryani. We’re here for breakfast and/or dinner. Warning: ketchup, mayonnaise, etc. cost extra and you have to ask for it. They should just build it into the price.
Lhasa Kitchen---tried it only once. Was not too impressed with the food compared to Lhasa Snowland and Dunya. Service was also not as attentive (relatively speaking).
Alternative restaurants: Chinese restaurants on the western part of town that specializes in Sichuan cuisine aka Chengdu/Chongqing type of food. We did not try any in Lhasa.
**Overall and when traveling past Shigatse, stick to the basics (at least for us) of diced chicken (if you have to have meat), noodles (chicken or vegetable chow mein, dan dan noodles), chicken thukpa (soup), masala or curry with naan, vegetable or chicken biryani (Indian fried rice), and chicken fried rice.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — None
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank rxchiu
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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54 reviews
30 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2007

I stayed a week because I was doing research in Lhasa. This was my second trip to Tibet. I thought the hotel was the best Tibet has to offer. My room was comfortable, clean and in a great location. Having a restaurant right next door was great and there's also a travel agency above the restaurant. You can get anywhere from the hotel and it's a nice place to just chill if you're getting over altitude sickness. My only suggestion would be to not have your room overlooking the main street. It seems like fun at first, just look out and see everything that's going on. The flip side of that is that the street is pretty noisy most of the night and the bicycle bells of the rickshaws didn't help my aching head!

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Liked everything
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank Fireweed
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San Jose
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2007

For 300 yuan per night in low season, this place is way over priced. It got the Lonely Planet Curse, just like other hotels in the book, prices are almost double of what's listed in the book.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank cilitate
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London
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2007

Stayed at Yak Hotel in Aug 07. Having travelled throughout Tibet I can tell you it was the best hotel I stayed at. Toilet and shower that works! Hard to find elsewhere! Loction is great, just a few minutes from markets and Jokhang and Potala 15 min walk. There are also various resturants in hotel. Staff were very friendly and Tibetan which I feel is important. I would stay here again.

Stayed August 2007
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Thank marios90
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Ottawa
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2007

Stayed at the Yak Hotel in Lhasa for 5 days in May and June 2007. I stayed at the Yak Hotel because I had heard that it was clean, in the older part of Lhasa and because it would have a "hostel" type of atmosphere (e.g. staff and other visitors would be friendly and helpful).

The Yak Hotel is clean and in the older part of town, however, it lacks the friendly and helpful atmosphere that I was hoping for. Gone is the hostel type atmosphere that I had heard existed in the past. Instead the Yak is very much just a "for profit" hotel. Staff are not particularly warm and accomodating, there are occasional language barriers and there are some service issues. For example, we had booked for three days, paid for the first night and came back to the hotel on day two to find out that are key card did not work. It appears that they had wanted payment in advance and had locked us out of our room; unlike any hotels we had stayed at. Incidents like the one I described happened frequently at this hotel and lead to uneeded frustration.

Stayed June 2007
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1 Thank Screams
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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112 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2007

The Yak's location is great! I had read previous reviews regarding rude staff, but I didn't find this to be particularly true. My magnetic key somehow "unscanned" itself two nights in a row, and it probably would have been nice for the front desk to at least say "sorry about that" A 2 flight walk is much bigger deal in this altitude!:) But to say they were rude? Nah.

We paid 300 RMB for a twin bedded room with private bath (abeit, it was an Asian, squat toilet) and it was clean, quiet and the air con worked great. 3 star quality room. The air con helped with any noise there might have been as our room faced the inside courtyard area.

Breakfast was acceptable in quality, the coffee was good and the staff willingly supplied me with cold milk for my cereral, rather than the yogurt that was on offer. The 5th floor location with a view of the Potala Palace was exceptional.

  • Liked — 5th floor outdoor terrace for breakfast
  • Disliked — Problems with magnetic key card
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank born2go
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Orange County
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84 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2007

The Yak has a great reputation, but the hotel is changing under new management. The staff at the front desk is about as rude and officious as I have ever encountered! The Yak has a wide range of accommodations, everything from 5 beds-to- a- room dorms with public showers to better rooms in the main building so you should ask to see several rooms before taking one. Our room overlooked the courtyard where cars and buses are parked, so it was noisy. We also had major construction going on everyday in the wing right next to us. The elevator is not working and the 4 story climb for breakfast in this altutude is worth noting. There are other hotels in Lhasa with equally good location in the old Tibet part of town.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Noisy room
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Shojin
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Property: Yak Hotel
Address: No.100 Beijing East Road, Lhasa 850000, China
Location: China > Tibet > Lhasa
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Ranked #1 of 43 Specialty Lodging in Lhasa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Yak Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 117
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