"Basic hotel, awful restaurants" Lhasa Hotel Tip by tonymcenery

Lhasa Hotel, Lhasa: 61 reviews and 4 photos

The Lhasa is ok, but it is surprisingly basic for the cost - the rooms are far from luxurious and the swimming pool is derelict. The Himalayan restaurant is simply vile - the food was awful. The Yak Cafe is just about ok. The Chinese restaurant is probably the best bet. Worst of all on the food front is the unconstrained spitting and throat clearing that is alive and well in Lhasa. It is really, really off-putting to hear the chef in the kitchen hawking up great gobbets of phlegm while he is preparing your meal. In the words of Viv Stanshall, you just hope he is not hawking up a bouqet garni!

The souvenir shops at the Lhasa are poor - nasty pieces of tourist tat for sale. There is a fairly reliable telephone service available and a foreign exchange counter. The English speaking staff in the desk were very helpful, which was nice. The travel beureau was ok, but manned by staff who barely spoke English. However, the English speaking staff in the desk were more than willing to go to the travel bureau with me and help out, which was very kind of them. They also helped me hire a taxi for an afternoon - a very cheap alternative to joining some tour. I had a car to myself for a whole afternoon for a few pounds - I used it (very succesfully) to tour the monasteries out of town. So - fairly lousy hotel, but fairly good front desk staff.

Unique Qualities: English speaking front desk staff - helpful.

Address: No 1 People Road Lhasa Ti 9999
Price Comparison: most expensive
Directions: By the Norbulingka.
Phone: 0086 0891-6832221
Price: US$80-120
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.lhasahotel.com.cn/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2008
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