As a budget backpacker, I normally do not stay in hotels, preferring instead to stay in locals' homes and hostels. However, my travel companions (two "high maintenance" females) wanted to stay in more upscale establishments. So I grudgingly agreed to try out this hotel. I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel's offerings, given its budget class rating. Its location is quite superb, within a 5 minute walk of Barkhor Square and Jokhang Temple. The Potala Palace is only a 15-minute walk away. The rooms themselves are fairly commodious. I especially appreciated the heat lamps in the bathroom ceiling, especially after a shower in the cold evening. However, of the five nights spent at the hotel, I had a hot shower for only one night. The bathroom itself is very clean and modern, with faux marble walls and flooring. We stayed in this hotel in November, when it was quite cold at night. Fortunately, the hotel staff is happy to provide portable heaters if you so request them. The hotel has a functioning elevator, which some people may find welcome (particularly if you are suffering from altitude sickness). I stayed on the third floor, so I just used the nicely-angled stairway. As for the hotel restaurant, I only partook breakfast. In addition to the usual Western breakfast fare, the restaurant also offers a traditional Tibetan breakfast. Since I was in Tibet, why not try it? I was especially eager to try the Yak Butter Tea after having heard many travellers vilify it, with one likening its taste to "unwashed athletic socks". The first impression that came to my mind after the first cup was "Ovaltine". It was somewhat sweet but not altogether a gag-inducing beverage. In fact, I was to order Yak Butter Tea as my preferred drink over our two and half week stay in Tibet. I recommend that everyone try it at least once. Overall, I enjoyed this hotel. By the way, do consider visiting Tibet in November. There are few travellers (Chinese and others) to encounter; many Tibetan faithful make their pilgrimages to Lhasa at this time; and the skies at Mt Everest are usually clearer.
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