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Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Xiahe County
Seattle, Washington
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“A bit overpriced....”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

The Civil Aviation Hotel is newer and located in the centre of town. From the hotel, it is still quite a long walk to the monastery. The hotel looks very impressive from the outside and looks decent on the inside as well. Overall though, I think the hotel is overpriced. The breakfast was not good at all. None of the foreigners eating it liked it. The hotel offers no internet, despite being one of the most expensive hotels in town (perhaps even the most expensive). The bathrooms were not well ventilated and smelled like mildew. The rooms smelled like cigarette smoke.

If the price were lower, I would stay here again. However, with the prices they charge, this hotel is not a good value.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

We were travelling with 2 children, 7 and 9 years old and we arrived from Lanzhou with a rental car. Nobody spoke in english in reception. Room was clean and facing the main commercial street. Previous comments from travellers helped us to take the decission to visit labrang monastery in xiahe and we really enjoyed our trip. Our trip from Lanzhou by car took around 4 hours. We arrived directly at 10.00 to the monastery and to our surprise a monk with good english guided us together with other western visitors. When the guided visit finished we still walked around 2 hours. Tibetan architecture, monks, some small temples, and not too many tourists. Later, we spent some time around the commercial street. Tibetan families from villages and monks go there for shopping. Expensive prices for embroideries and curios. We took dinner in the hotel and all the menu had pictures. Staff was very friendly. Good value for the hotel, as we were in the peak season of the national holidays in October. Xiahe is much less developed compared with dunhuang. Nearby grasslands are nice and our children rode a horse walk.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

We changed our plans and travelled to Xaihe after the Chinese Govt decided to restrict foreigners visits to Lhasa, and wouldn't give us a visa. Xaihe is off the beaten track, it has a large Tibetan population (>80%)and a significant Monastery that makes the trip worthwhile. We stayed at this hotel for 4 nights.

They see few non-chinese visitors so were were as much a novelty to the locals as they were to us. We felt safe at all times, even with the occasional assault of sounds, smells, rubbish and footpath repairs. But that is what one should expect in rural China - if you don't like it, go elsewhere.

The hotel is only a couple of years old, it is modern, clean and well located in the middle of town. From the hotel you can walk to everywhere in town as the town itself is quite small.

Few people speak or understand english. When we were with our guide she helped with many of the meals etc. A few hotel staff had very limited english.

The room was new, clean, reasonably spacious. The hotel has electricity available 24hrs (apparently not all do). The bathoom was clean, a little small and had a design flaw. The shower was just a drain in the floor with a partial curtain. No matter how you set the shower the result was a small lake on the whole bathroom floor. After drying yourself you dry the floor with the towel, else the bathroom would be unsafe and unusable. According to our guide that bathroom configuration is common in that area, and she showed us some photos of arrangements in other hotels that were worse.
We didn't realise, but our guide had asked for a western breakfast for us. The perception of a western breakfast is unusual, I would have preferred to eat chinese.
A couple of nights we could hear the Kareoke from downstairs, but this finished well before 11pm, otherwise the rooms were well soundproofed.

But the hotel had some 'interesting' quirks. The hotel had decided that heating was not needed after May 1 as it was warmer then. Warm is a relative term. In early June we had night temps of 4 degrees centigrade, and we didn't feel that warm. The hotel is very stingy with the tissues provided. One roll of toilet paper less than 1/3rd of an inch thick (they must make them especially for the hotel). That was not enough for one night, and we couldn't get the hotel to leave a spare roll (fortunately we carried a spare). And we only got 8 tissues, never in a box, just a little pile each day. The lighting in the room was barely adequate. The most well lit was the bathroom. The room itself had 3 LED lights that were Ok if you were directly underneath them, else where there were very dark patches.

Also thru no fault of he hotel the local govt had decided that there would be no internet for foreigners.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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rome
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Reviewed October 3, 2011

this hotel is conveniently located near the main stret of Labrang (Tongren) where all the shops are andwithin walking distance from the monastery (the largest after the one il Lhasa).
Pls note that NOBODY at the hotel speaks any language but chinese and that they serve only chinese breakfast therefore if you do not fancy congee and vegetables for breakfast I would suggest you bring with you tea(although might seems funny tea is not something chinese have for breakfast) , instant coffee, instant milk, sugar and biscuits or whatever you usually have.
The rooms are clean and the bathroom furnished with amenities.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: Labrang Civil Aviation Hotel
Address: No.12 Renmin East Road, Xiahe County, China
Location: China > Gansu > Xiahe County
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Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Xiahe County
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Number of rooms: 100
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