Tibet Hotel Tips by tiganeasca
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Tibetan-style room at Gyantse Hotel
Rooms here were fairly typical of the (higher-end) hotels we stayed in. (You can often choose between Western-style and Tibetan-stile; these are the latter.) I don't know anyone who was unhappy. Hanging in each white-walled room was a traditional fabric-framed thangka (a religious scroll painting). The top of each wall was lined with multi-colored fabric trim under which hung green and red striped valence extending several inches.
A square knee-high table in the middle of the floor boasted colorful Chinese designs; on its glass top sat a blue and white porcelain tea set and an unusually large Chinese thermos. These hot water containers were a staple of every Chinese hotel we visited. Unlike American-made models which keep water acceptably hot for a few hours, these wonders kept water nearly scalding for more than twenty-four hours, making tea a long-term opportunity.
In another corner of the room a small television rested next to a Chinese-inspired dressing table and mirror. A squat radio looking like a refugee from the 1950s, complete with fancy white pushbuttons, sat between the "beds." The furniture which passed for beds looked dismayingly uncomfortable at first glance. Undoubtedly not a millimeter longer than six feet (if that) and barely wide enough to turn over, each lacquered wooden base framed a four-inch thick mattress on top of which lay a small woolen carpet that just covered the top of the bed. Stacked nearby were a wool blanket and a plain white comforter. As we would discover, however, the beds were very comfortable--or maybe we were just exhausted.
Comparison: most expensive
Not our first choice, we ended up here nonetheless, courtesy of the Chinese government, which changed our plans. It is not exactly centrally located but I can't imagine a more luxurious hotel in Tibet.
Unique Qualities: You name it, they've got it: two restaurants (including, sadly, the Hard Yak Cafe), laundry, karaoke lounge, coffee-shop, bar, room service, swimming pool, a whole floor devoted to souvenirs of virtually every imaginable kind, air-conditioning, telephones, televisions, 468 rooms (all with private baths). It was renovated in 1999, is largely Chinese-run (except for the local Tibetans lucky enough to have menial jobs), and is modern enough to take credit cards and offer supplementary oxygen!
As to the rooms themselves, the Western rooms (they also offer Tibetan-decor rooms) are fairly standard mid-class American hotel rooms. In fact, though I know this doesn't help non-Americans, picture a typical Holiday Inn. Very clean, very nice. No more.
Address: 1 Minzu Road
Comparison: most expensive
Phone: (86) 891-6832221/891-6324509
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