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Review of Songtsam Shangri-la (Lugu) Hotel

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Songtsam Shangri-la (Lugu) Hotel
Ranked #1 of 159 Hotels in Shangri-La County
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore
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64 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Nice and Cozy Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2008

Saw the review of this hotel on some travel portal and decided to go ahead and book this hotel for my trip to Zhongdian.

They are rather prompt in answering your questions and were very helpful in advising where to go in Zhongdian. Taking their advise, I booked 4 nights in with them.

The total package cost RMB4800 which includes the following:
- Pickup from Lijiang
- Sightseeing at Tiger Leaping Gorge / 虎跳峡 and Bai Shui Tai / 白水台
- Transportation to the various attractions during my stay in Zhongdian
- Accommodation for 4 nights
- Inclusive of breakfast
- Transfer to Zhongdian airport
- Period of stay: In 07 November, Out 11 November

Its rather reasonable and the driver cum guide, 阿紅 was very polite and careful with his driving. They got a Mitsubishi 4-wheel drive to pick me up from Lijiang.

The hotel is next to the famous Songzanlin Monastery / 松赞林寺, with the traditional setting. The hotel room is very nice and cosy BUT the room might be rather small for some. The hotel don't provide any toiletries as a way to promote "Save the Earth" BUT you may request for them should you need it. As I brought my own toiletries, so its okay for me.

I understand from my driver cum guide that the owners have bought a land behind the Songzanlin Monastery / 松赞林寺 and the new hotel wing [which has villas] will be ready by March 2008. He brought me to the back of the temple and I got to see the new hotel wing and its very big.

Food wise, its okay and I like their Tibetan steamboat, lamb and their pasta. Their Chinese dishes were a bit disappointing though as its rather bland but is quite unusual as food in China is usually very oily and salty.

I will definitely stay at the same hotel when I go back to Zhongdian again.

  • Liked — Their friendly service
  • Disliked — Nil
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank t0kid0ki
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2008

We stayed at the hotel for almost two weeks in November last year. The hotel is ideally positioned away from Shangri-la and beside the Sontsam Monastery. We loved the peace and quiet of the place and the staff which were really friendly. They can advise you on walks to take around the hotel and organise a car to take you to nearby lakes and mountains. The rooms are all beautifully decorated with old Tibetan furniture and very warm even during the cold nights. The hotel does not accept large tour groups and does not have a karaoke, so it is really peaceful. We will be going back!

  • Liked — staff, rooms and location
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank LLivia
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Bavaria
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2007

This is a very special hotel at a very special location. It is tibetan characteristic building with excellent service and food. Make sure you take a room with balcony, the smaller rooms without balcony are a bit dark.
The hotel is outside of Zhongdian, so there is not much to do in walking distance - you have to take a taxi. However, you have the absolut quiet nights and fresh air of a rural area.

In August, the road to the hotel was in construction and it was a bit of a mess when it rained. So take good shoes with you until the road is fixed.

  • Stayed August 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank vascodigama
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Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2007

The Songtsam Hotel is right next to the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, Songzanlin Monastery. A superb location with far reaching views.

The hotel is a grand building in authentic Tibetan style. The different dining rooms are intimate and beautifully decorated. Service is excellent - nothing is too much trouble. The bedrooms are a good size and have small balconies.

The hotel has its own private vehicle to take you into town, the airport and any tours. Saves the hassles of getting a taxi to come out.

It really is a great place to stay - representing great value and an authentic Tibetan experience.

  • Liked — Location, authentic Tibetan style, service
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank BrettAustralia
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Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
111 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2007

i was at lijiang when i decided to spend a few days in zhongdian (now renamed shangri-la). i checked on the internet and was impressed by the songtsam hotel's website. i called from my lijiang hotel and booked songtsam for 2 nights. a spanish couple from my lijiang hotel was also going to check in the same hotel and they very kindly invited me to join them for our journey from lijiang to zhongdian by a four-wheel drive sent by songtsam hotel to lijiang. of course this is a very luxurious way of travelling but it is worth every yuan of it as we get to stop at the tiger leaping gorge and all other amazingly beautiful places we like on the way north, to snap photographs. it's like having a personal guide and it costs 700RMB a car. if we had taken the coastal road from the tiger leaping gorge, we would have stopped at another village called baishuitai (which may add another 100RMB to the trip) but the weather was not permitting, so we opt for the highway instead. in my opinion, one would be very disappointed if one had stayed at any other hotels in the town of zhongdian as the town itself lacks the mystical "shangri-la feel" which one would expect from the fabled description of the place.
the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and situated at the foot of the famed songzanlin monastery. it is the most ideal place for people who come to zhongdian to seek tranquility, peace and quiet moments to relax. the hotel also offers some very good day trips to surrounding villages and small monasteries which are not tourist infested. facilities in the room is very good and there is a computer with internet access in the public area for guests to use. i think they only have 16 rooms and i was told that extensions are currently under way to build some villas to cater for larger groups. i thoroughly enjoy my stay at the songtsam and would highly recommend it to fellow travellers. the cost is 530 RMB per night including breakfast - and i think you will not be disappointed.

  • Liked — the location, the architecture
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Hannisze
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Hong Kong, China
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381 reviews
374 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 692 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2006

stayed at Songtsam for 3 nights after 4 nights at Banyan Tree (2 nights at Ringha 2 at Lijiang), loved everything about this hotel, from the moment I 1st contacted this hotel via email, they were very responsive, the Manager Min was helpful with my questions regarding things to do in the area

as the rooms at Banyan Ringha are huge, by comparison, the rooms at Songtsam were a bit small (they actually have 2 beds in the room but would only fit 2 skinny Asians) , somehow I thought the rooms would be bigger based on their very good website (--)
(this is expected to change as they are now renovating & expanding and rooms will be bigger in the future)

the location is next door to Songzanlin Monastery and also at the #3 bus stop (to go to the old city/Gucheng)

my room had a great view of the mountains and steppes, and while very basic (i.e. no shampoo/toothbrush & etc) the hotel is very tastefully decorated, with antiques all over the place, even the TV sat on an antique Tibetan chest

food was not bad (and in fact tastier vs. Banyan), their Lamb dish was excellent, great noodles & soup, their Sichuan Tofu was very so so, hot pot was not bad, they only have local Yunnan wine but it was drinkable

my room was just across the hallway from the restaurant (they have another two restaurants opened in the summer time in the courtyard and on the rooftop-- but only when it is warmer), this was not a problem at all because the few other guests were pretty quiet and I loved being able to just stroll across the hallway for a nice cold beer

when I was there the temperature was between 8 celsius to negative 8 celsius, when I complained about the heater not being warm enough, they promptly brought me a nice warm additional heater which made my room a sauna & a wonderful sanctuary to come back to after a day in the snow & wind

hired a driver from the hotel for my last two days there (LuoSang --), he was a very experienced and safe driver, laid back, good natured, and just a wonderful driver / guide, as he knows Sichuan and Yunnan very well, hearing him talk about the areas will definitely get your feet itching (as in make you want to spend the rest of your life exploring Yunnan & Sichuan), he also epitomized what I love about Zhongdian, ie the people & also the areas around Zhongdian (Zhongdian town, esp new town, itself is kind of ugly)

Songtsam is now closed for expansion & renovation (they look like they are tripling in size), will need to come back again soon, as I wonder how long "Shangri-la" can be preserved, now that this is becoming a more & more popular destination.

  • Liked — the location & the staff
  • Disliked — small room, no amenities
  • Tips/Secrets — get out of town, Zhongdian town is not very interesting
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank Anilegna
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Property: Songtsam Shangri-la (Lugu) Hotel
Address: Songzanlin, at the foot of Songtsam Lama temple, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Region: China > Yunnan > Shangri-La County
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 159 Hotels in Shangri-La County
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Songtsam Lodge at Shangri-la (Songtsam Lvgu Hotel) is the flagship lodge of Songtsam Lodges - a series of luxury boutique lodges built in pristine and beautiful locations in Yunnan.Songtsam Shangri-la (3,280m) is situated right next to the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunnan province. The lodge is housed in a traditional Tibetan dwelling within this typical, self-sufficient Tibetan farming village where the founder of Songtsam, Baima Dorjie, spent his childhood. Songtsam Shangro-la has hosted thousands of intrepid travelers from all over the world in the past 10 years. ... more   less 
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