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“Pretty hotel, but it's freezing”

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Overseas Tibetan Hotel
Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Xiahe County
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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“Pretty hotel, but it's freezing”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed here for a few days during National Holiday in October 2011. The hotel rooms are very pretty, with painted ceilings and Tibetan style furniture. However, it is FREEZING at night. There is no heat. Once we got under the blankets, we stayed there until morning. The bathroom is a bit dingy, but the hot water supply is good. The restaurant is good and filling, with a decent menu, and they'll pack a lunch for you to take on day trips.

The hotel staff will arrange everything for you. We took a day trip to the grasslands and some monasteries through them. They introduced us to an English speaking guide, who led us around the big monastery in town (absolutely worth it, pretty much the reason for being in Xiahe). They helped us buy plane tickets for our flight to Chengdu and arranged a driver to take us to the Lanzhou airport, several hours away.

Overall, a worthwhile experience. Just try to go when it's not so cold.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

My husband and I visited XIahe during the christmas and new year holidays. XIahe is a beautiful place and a must for all travellers. We stayed at the Overseas Tibetan Hotel, it is located close to the monastery and the bus station. The beds were clean and the rooms were tibetan style. There is some construction going on, we talked to the manager and he said they are renovating the hotel. It seems the renovating started november and will finish by april. He said they will have better rooms with hot showers all day, rooms are to be equipped with free internet and free phone calls within China. I recommend Xiahe and the hotel to all travellers, we were satisfied with our three days stay there, even though it was a bit loud during the days with the construction going on. The manager and staff were extremely helpful. It is cold there during the winter, would love to come back during the summer for the grasslands and the better weather

Room Tip: rooms on the back building are more quiet, the rooms on the front building can get loud with the ren...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We went to Xiahe beginning of November. As we no now there was a lot of unrest in that city at the time. When we came to the overseas hotel after calling them for directions they told us that there where no dorm available only a room for 200 yuan. We where with three and also a triple room was not available, our friend also had to pay for a double room 200 yuan. The lady who helped us was not honest, we new this straight away it was obvious from the look in her eyes. We decided not to stay here and went nextdoor to tara's guesthouse. There we were informed that in fact they are not allowed at this time to have foreign guests because of the unrest. The man was very helpfull and called the police to try and work something out. It was not possible. When leaving the Tara guesthouse there was a police man waiting for us and kindly but firmly asked us to leave, there was only one hotel where we were allowed to stay and in the morning it would be wise to take the first bus back to Lanzhou he said. We where shown to the hotel far away from the monastery were we payed 160 yuan for a triple room. After this fiasco we understood immediately that the Overseas hotel is taking advantage of this situation and are trying to earn money off unrest between chinese government and tibetan monks. Offcourse they had dorms available because there was nobody there they just knew they could ask for a lot of money because we would be turned away everywhere else. I think this is really really bad and nobody should stay in a hotel managed by people who think this is ok.

Room Tip: Don't stay here they will rip you of if they get the change!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Xiamen, China
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I was perfectly happy with my room for the price I paid and the location. It was great to be so close to the monastery, and I enjoyed watching people pass by enough that I didn't mind the noise from the street (get a room facing the courtyard if you're a light sleeper!). Their café is serviceable, but there are much better restaurants if you head across or down the street.

The rooms are aging, but are clean enough. Some replacement of things could be used in the bathroom (I was in a twin room), but the main surfaces were decent enough in my room. I avoided looking to deeply into a few of the bathroom corners though.

As LP said the staff could help arrange tours, I started there with some questions. The staff always took care of my needs efficiently (I was happy to get laundry done and use the internet), but didn't provide anything extra. There wasn't an English tour the day I was there, so that was the end of that discussion. I was left to my own devices to figure out more.

I thought it was a great option in Xiahe.

Note: I had no problem leaving the hotel to catch a 7:30am bus. I wasn't aware of the "locking the door" issue until I came on here to write this review and saw some other people mentioning it.

Room Tip: The street side is noisy!
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We had a reservation at this hotel and when we arrived there, after a long and difficult journey, the lady at the counter, laughing, told us that they had given the room. This was during the most popular holidays in China so it was impossible to find a room. After a long time our driver found somebody that rented us an apartment. This was a terrible thing to do so I want everybody to know about the terrible management of this place.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We spent two nights here as part of a two week trip through Sichuan, Gansu and Xinjiang provinces. The best thing about the hotel was the location, near Labrang monastery.

Our room was OK and thankfully was one of the few facing the inner courtyard, away from the blaring horns of cars on Xiahe's main road. Bed was rock hard but acceptable. The toilet and shower however are a disaster. The bathtub was covered with mould and the shower curtain covered with stains and algae. Lighting in there left much to be desired.

Cleanliness is most important to us, and for this reason I cannot recommend this hotel. Apparently one of the other hotels on this strip has much cleaner rooms, according to other travelers - I would suggest checking out the rooms in person before commiting.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Pune, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2012

The hotel is easy to find, on the main street, cheap, cheerful, a bit cold, a bit run down, but perfectly ok at this price range and location. Beware if you get up early to leave, the place is locked up, Wake the porter at the rear of the building.
LP chinese translation of Hezou (Local town) is incorrect. Get hotel to give you correct name if you want a taxi or bus.
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- Great local alochol shop in town, look out for the large pottery containers in the shop on the same side as the hotel about 0.5km down the road towards the bus station. 36RMB 1/2 litre.
- For an excellent cycle ride, go towards the grass lands, watch out on the left for a hydro power station (large pipes coming down the hill), cross the river by the bridge and head to the hills as far as you dare. Great scenary, no tourists and "real" nomadic tents.
- Try Ganser restruant, next to NOMAD for a real Tibetan experiance. Good food, cheap price and atmosphere that is unique.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Overseas Tibetan Hotel
Address: No.77 Renmin West Street, Xiahe County, China
Location: China > Gansu > Xiahe County
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Ranked #2 of 24 Hotels in Xiahe County
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Hotel Class:3 star — Overseas Tibetan Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
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