Best hotels and hostels in Tibet

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lhasa

    Songtsam Choskyi Linka Lhasa

    Lhasa's most stylish accommodation comes thanks to the Songtsam chain, which runs seven boutique lodges in the Tibetan area of Yunnan. The 50 rooms here are scattered in nine stone-and-wood villas and are spacious, stylish and very comfortable, with separate living rooms and bedrooms, and private balconies. Upper-floor rooms have distant views of the Potala (¥200 extra).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lhasa

    Kyichu Hotel

    The renovated Kyichu is a friendly and well-run choice that’s very popular with repeat travellers to Tibet. Rooms are comfortable and pleasant, with wooden floors, underfloor heating, Tibetan carpets and private bathrooms, but the real selling points are the location, the excellent service and – that rarest of Lhasa commodities – a peaceful garden courtyard (with espresso coffee). Reservations recommended.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Bakha Island

    Rinchen Family Guesthouse

    Set on a slope above the Parlung Tsangpo beside Bakha Gompa, this family-run guesthouse is one of the most scenically placed in all of Kham, overlooking the monastery, the river and snowy peaks beyond. In the handsome pine main lodge you'll find cosy wood-panelled rooms (those on the 2nd floor are best) with large bathrooms, Tibetan details and outstanding balcony views.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lhasa

    Yak Hotel

    The ever-popular Yak has matured in recent years from backpacker hang-out to tour-group favourite, upgrading to a range of comfortable en-suite rooms. The best rates are through an online booking website such as The location is perfect and the 5th-floor breakfast bar offers great views of the Potala.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lhasa

    House of Shambhala

    Hidden in the old town in a historic Tibetan building, the romantic, boutique-style Shambhala mixes the neighbourhood's earthy charm with buckets of style and a great rooftop lounge, making it perfect for couples who prefer atmosphere over mod cons. The 13 rooms, decorated in natural wood and slate with antique Tibetan furniture, vary only in size.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Dhood Gu Hotel

    If you’re looking for a dash of style, this comfortable Nepali-run three-star place near the Tromsikhang market is a good choice, with ornate Tibetan-style decor, a decent restaurant and a superb location in the old town. Rooms are dark and on the small side, but were recently renovated and come with modern bathrooms. Upper-floor rooms are brighter, but there's no lift.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Heritage Hotel

    Located inside the artsy courtyard holding the Dropenling craft centre, the friendly Heritage offers 20 stylish rooms featuring stone-walled showers, wooden floors and Tibetan wall hangings. The huge suites are particularly good value. The old-town location is atmospheric if you don't mind a bit of a hike to most restaurants. Rooms were upgraded in 2018 and a rooftop cafe added.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Zanda & Thöling Monastery

    Thöling Monastery Hotel

    Easily the best choice in Zanda is this well-run guesthouse across from Thöling Monastery. The six clean and spacious standard rooms come with hot-water bathrooms, while the much simpler Tibetan-style rooms in the old building share grim public toilets outside the hotel (no showers). There's a cosy attached teahouse-restaurant, pleasant upstairs seating and a clothesline out the back to dry laundry.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Shangri-La Hotel

    It was really only a matter of time before the Shangri-La brand opened a hotel in Tibet. The decor is modern and tasteful, and there are fine restaurants, including an excellent buffet and lovely outdoor seating in the Shambhala Bar. Five-star facilities include gym, oxygen lounge and clinic – most likely in that order, considering the altitude –plus a pool and spa.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Flora Hotel

    The Flora is a well-run and reliable hotel in the interesting Muslim quarter (it’s run by a Nepali Muslim). Nice touches include a laundry service and English-speaking staff. The tiled rooms are clean and spacious, though the bathrooms are a bit crummy. Rooms face inwards so are quiet. Budget tour groups from Kathmandu often stay here.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    St Regis Lhasa

    Six-star travellers accustomed to uberluxury, 24-hour butler service and, yes, a gold-plated pool can finally consider a trip to the plateau. The fortress-like main building has three restaurants, a spa, a tearoom and a 6th-floor wine bar with the largest selection of wines in Tibet. Proximity to the old town is an unexpected bonus.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Lingtsang Boutique Hotel

    The eight rooms in this former residence of Nyi Rinpoche, a tutor of the Dalai Lama, make for an interesting choice in the heart of the old town. The hotel has a mix of authentic architecture and modern elements, with open-plan wooden bathrooms and dressed stone floors that add up to the designer-monastery feel.

  • Lodging in Lake Manasarovar

    Seralung Monastery Guesthouse

    The monastery guesthouse is a glass-fronted block with simple mattresses in four-bed rooms or more comfortable two-bed rooms (¥50). There are pit toilets outside. Simple food is available here and in the nearby teahouse. It's a great location for an overnight spent with the monks and fellow pilgrims.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Gang Gyen Hotel

    This huge, modern and quiet four-star place is popular with groups for its spacious, plush and clean carpeted rooms. Sure it's bland, but the location is great, and discounted agency or online rates can make this place a steal. There's a clinic and Tibetan massage centre on site.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Lhasa

    Shambhala Palace

    This quiet 17-room hotel is hidden deep in the old town, offering stylish rooms, a spacious rooftop and good service. Avoid the smallest rooms, though. Manager Lobsang Jigme is particularly helpful. Low-season discounts of 20% are available in April, May, November and December.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Tashi Choeta Tibetan Folk Hotel

    This new hotel has a great location on the edge of the old town, with 58 comfortable and fresh Tibetan-style rooms ranged around a sunny internal atrium of Tibetan-style seating. It's down an alley off Beijing Donglu so is quiet. There's another branch in Shigatse.

  • Lodging in Ali

    Ali Hotel

    The revamped Ali Hotel is now the fanciest and most expensive place in town. It's surprisingly stylish and modern, though the occasional fragrant bathroom drain proves that window dressing can only go so far. Still, it's a comfortable choice.

  • Lodging in Saga

    Saga Hotel

    After recent renovations this is once again the main tour-group hotel in town. Bedding is clean and hot water is plentiful in the evenings, making it Saga's most reliable choice. Doubles are discounted to ¥240 in May.

  • Lodging in Lhasa

    Dekang Hotel

    A well-run, modern Tibetan-run choice, with easy vehicle access but walking distance from the old town, offering fresh and modern Tibetan-style rooms. Rooms were renovated and expanded in 2018.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Gyantse

    Yeti Hotel

    The three-star Yeti is easily the best option in Gyantse, offering 24-hour piping hot water, clean, spacious rooms, quality mattresses and reliable wi-fi, so make sure you reserve in advance. The western-style cafe and excellent lobby Chinese restaurant serve everything from Sichuan favourites and yak steak to pizza, alongside a decent buffet breakfast.