I arrived in Lhasa after spending three days in Beijing, one day in Chengdu, another one in Linzi (2600 km above sea level) before arriving in Lhasa (4000 km above sea level) and checked into this lovely hotel right away for an afternoon of rest. Despite taking medication in BJ upon arrival, unfortunately the free oxygen lounge in the hotel was good but not much help. Thankfully there was a doctor who works 24/7 and on examination, announced that I was suffering from typical altitude sickness of 3 highs and 1 low - high in blood pressure, high in heart rate and high in pulse rate but low in oxygen inside me - only 74%. There's no option to take further medications and ordered a cylinder of oxygen so I can rest and take in oxygen at the same time. Splendid. The rooms are simple yet adequate for their purposes. The buffet caters for all tastes and the staff were ever so friendly and attentive. There's a view of a mountain range just in front of the hotel, ideal for watching the sun set. The surrounding area is peaceful and tranquil but at the same time shops are never far away. Both check in and out were efficient and quick. There's a small but functional business centre. I was able to use its computer to amend a speech of mine and have it printed - for free. I've been told it is the best hotel in the city and there's a lot of visitors around, that's for sure but the place was not crowded at all. Heaven on earth, definitely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located within walking distance to Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace. Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa has 289 contemporary guestrooms and 10 long stay apartments. Some of which offer views of the Potala Palace, start from 43 square meters and are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa Tibet