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“A Comfy Refuge in Lhasa”

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Kaiyuan Lhasa Hotel Vip Building
Ranked #117 of 374 Hotels in Lhasa
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

Don't expect your usual 5-star int'l hotel standard here but this is as good as it gets in a decent local hotel in Lhasa Tibet. We stayed here for about 4 nights during our 12 day private tour in Tibet. The room is spacious, tidy with all the essentials you need while travelling, especially the hot water kettle was priceless. Yes, the shower door couldn't be close tightly in many of the rooms, so half of your bathroom floor would be flooded, the hair dryer stopped automatically if you turned it on max for 2 mins. Breakfast choices were good with mostly Chinese dishes, they do serve eggs cooked as requested. Just don't try the coffee. If you need any help in your room, staff arrived quite timely. Honestly, the hotel is probably a 3.5 to 4 star, but in Lhasa, it's already a delight for us.

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

For Lhasa I would say this was a pretty good hotel. I was expecting MUSH worse! The room was pretty clean, it is a good location, and had a decent restaurant.

I was here during low season, here are some tips to help with your stay:

1. The staff has "limited" english abilities. Don't expect much in regards to this. Try to get your guide to write a few sayings or questions down so you can use that to communicate with them.

2. GET A Humidifier. They have humidifiers available. This will significantly improve your sleep and comfort in the hotel room. We didn't find this out until the last night...

3. If your hall light keeps coming on in the night and it bothers you (like it did with me) cover the motion sensor with a piece of paper. This will prevent the light from coming on every time you go to the bathroom.

Last tip about this hotel, is that the dining is actually pretty good. The pizza in particular was quite good. The flour they use in Lhasa results in really fluffy and delicious breads. This was part of the reason it was so good.

Breakfast was also ok, the only negative was the local tourists who would taste test each item at the buffet with their chop sticks and then move on to the next dish.

Room Tip: Get NON Smoking.
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  • Stayed: November 2015, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dangei
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Reviewed 14 October 2015

On a small group tour this hotel was the let down of the trip. A lot of us suffered from altitude sickness and the extremely hard beds made it so much worse, as did the smoke in the halls and public areas. The pool has no water and meals are not readily available, unless you want a large buffet. Stafff don't speak English and communication is an issue. Breakfast was in a massive overcrowded room and was fairly ordinary. Loved Lhasa, but not this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Thank Jennifer W
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

Only 25% non-smoking. Carpets were exceptionally dirty. Had repeated problems with door keys. So-so breakfast for westerners. So-so WI-FI. Hard beds. No AC. TV only in Chinese if that is important to you. However, good location.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 December 2014

Lhasa Hotel, also known as kai yuan lhasa hotel, is one of the first hotels built in Lhasa. It is quite large, but it can get crowded during the peak summer seasons.

The main halls are pretty grand, but the halls are often filled with cigarette smoke. (Something common to all Chinese hotels)

The rooms are pretty good, but the room we had lacked a barrier for the shower, so when you shower, the water gets everywhere in the bathroom.

There is breakfast, which is a mix of chinese and western breakfast. It's pretty good for a chinese breakfast, but don't expect anything other than bread an butter for the western side of things (pretty sure the cinnamon bun was a show piece as it was harder than rock)

There is free wifi. The staff doesn't speak english, but they do speak Mandarin, Tibetan, and Sichuan dialect.

I was here in the off season so the hotel felt quite empty. It was quiet though, which is nice.

  • Stayed: December 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Kaiyuan Lhasa Hotel Vip Building

Address: No.1 Minzu Middle Road, Lhasa 850001, China
Region: China > Tibet > Lhasa
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Lhasa
Price Range: HK$461 - HK$610 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaiyuan Lhasa Hotel Vip Building 5*
Number of rooms: 505
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