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.
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- Also Known As:
- Yak Hotel Lhasa, Tibet