St. Regis – a brand of luxurious hotel all around the world – is perhaps something excessive for the old Lhasa environment. At a price higher than many other upscale resorts in East Asia it offers a small Potala palace or better a number of small Potala palaces in a wide court with a tiny lake in the middle.
The rooms and the ambiance are exquisitely elegant and refined, with a dominance of quiet wood decorations in the style of the best tibetan houses and temples.
Also the smaller rooms are practically suites with a huge bathroom in the middle and a number of windows overlooking the city and the mountains – some of them also the Potala itself.
You can find also a very nice SPA with a very atmospheric indoor swimming pool with a shimmering gold surface and all kind of (expensive) treatments.
There are three restaurants (but the Tibetan one is not open at the moment), we tried the chinese one and the international one and the perceived quality has been at a very good level.
What is not perfect in this temple of pleasure, as I discussed with the new very kind general manager, is the level of service (as normally it happens around english is not so well understood but it is not only a language issue) and some small details. I think that there will be some improvement, but at this price the improvement really is very important, because you have to pretend almost the perfection especially in the service area, not only a fabulous first impression.
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- Also Known As:
- St. Regis Lhasa Hotel Lhasa
- St. Regis Lhasa Resort Tibet