When you travel to Tibet, you are going for the cultural experience of a lifetime. I'm glad to have read another review that recommended supporting Tibetan owned hotels(there are @ 8 but this is the best) vs. the 4+ star hotels which turned out to be inconveniently located and apparently poor service. Our friend who has been to Tibet over 30+ times always stays at the Kyichu. The location is unbeatable as you can walk to Barkhor Square, local shopping, Jokhang Temple, several good restaurants all in 5-10 mins(helpful to be close when its hot). It does require overlooking minor details regarding upkeep but overall the bathrooms and bedrooms were cleaned everyday, beds comfortable, food (acceptable-good) and available all day (good yak burgers, curry and yak momas ie dumplings, Lhasa beer and ginger lemon tea) and the service was friendly and English speaking. There were pink geraniums blooming in the courtyard(where free wifi is best) and we enjoyed lunch and after tour snacks near the fountain and prayer flags. The hotel will arrange a massage from the blind school students. They are very good and you are helping them to support themselves. I would not stay anywhere else.
Restaurants: Snowland - Dunya - Water Lotus - Lhasa Kitchen
Tour Guide: www.windhorsetibet.com, Jampa/Pruchung
Barkhor Square Shops: Nirvana Tibetan Handicraft (next to Lhasa Kitchen) - Thangka Art Gallery (by students)
- Also Known As:
- Kyichu Hotel Lhasa
- Kyichu Hotel (Jiqu Fandian) Lhasa, Tibet