Tibet, the “Roof of the World”, is called Xizang in Chinese. It is a uniquely different and exhilarating destination, with its own history, culture, religion and extraordinary scenery. For centuries, this mysterious land was the dream of innumerable explorers and adventurers.
Visiting Tibet is a great and unforgettable experience, but you had better know the hotel conditions in Tibet including the facilities and service are not what you imagined, not like hotels in big cities in China and other cities abroad.
There are two types of budget guesthouses: One is the twin room with/without the bathroom; the other is triple, four-bed rooms, or more beds like a dormitory, which all have no bathroom in them. The former one can be easily found in Lhasa and Shigatse (the second largest city in Tibet) while the later one is often the choice in remote areas in Tibet.
Some hotels have rooms with queen-size bed and some even have triple rooms, but the numbers of which are very limited.
Some hotels, not all, in Lhasa have internet access. You can inquire your travel advisor or guide for accurate information before booking a hotel. But some hotels have business center where you can use internet service.
The best available hotels in Lhasa are 5-star hotels, and the best hotels available in the region out of Lhasa are generally 3-star. In some places hotels with no star, but comparatively in good condition.
Standing on 3,680 meters above the sea level, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort (5-star hotel) which belongs to the Starwood Hotels & Resorts International Group was opened on November 15, 2010, offering a better choice for people seeking for luxury experience in Tibet.
With the investment of 750 million, the St. Regis Lhasa Resort becomes its first resort hotel in China and also the first luxury hotel in Tibet. The hotel boasts 150 exquisite, spacious rooms and private villas and 12 luxury suites including the Presidential Suite with exquisite decoration, contemporary luxury and traditional Tibetan elements blending in a harmony. In addition, world-class restaurants, bars, unique spa, the state-of-the-art equipments, meeting space will fulfill your tour on the roof of the world. When opening the window in the morning, you will get a piece of refreshment with endless vistas of the Himalayas and stunning views of the Lhasa Valley in front of you.