Kyichu Hotel is located on Lhasa's main street next to a busy bus stop, 5 minutes walk from Barkhor Street and Jokhang Temple and about 15 minutes walk from Potala Palace. The hotel entrance is very unassuming but when you walk into the courtyard at the back of the hotel you are transported in a gentile and serene garden where tourists and locals gather to have long lunches and pass the afternoon away playing cards. And they have an espresso machine and they make good lattes!
I stayed at the Kyichu for 2 days at the beginning of my trip and 3 days at the end. Both times, my rooms overlook the courtyard which was quiet at night. I stayed in an older room at the front of the hotel and, later, a newer room at the back of the hotel. The rooms are large by USA standards. Both rooms had a flat screen TV, a hot water kettle and complimentary Chinese tea. Free WiFi is available in the hotel but the signal was weak in my rooms. The shower in the older room did not drain properly. There was an ethernet socket in the newer room which I could plug my wireless router into.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served in the dining area next to the courtyard. Breakfast is hot and cold western continental buffet. Dinner and lunch menus had western, nepalese and local dishes. Their Nepalese curries were quite good and so was the Sizzling Yak hot plate.
The staff was friendly and greeted everyone with a smile. Most of them spoke English. They made my stay very pleasant indeed and made a good hotel a great experience.
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- Also Known As:
- Kyichu Hotel Lhasa
- Kyichu Hotel (Jiqu Fandian) Lhasa, Tibet