Nirvana Hotel

Top choice hotel in Xiàhé

Run by a friendly, English-speaking Tibetan-Dutch couple, Nirvana's cosy rooms are decorated tastefully in traditional Tibetan style, with giant, comfy beds. Small details make its slightly higher prices worthwhile: international plug boards, free coffee/tea/bottled water and toiletries. The bonus of having Nirvana's popular bar-restaurant downstairs and the friendliness of the proprietors make this a haven in this part of China.

Nirvana also takes a number of eco-friendly measures, including using solar gain to heat water (best time for a shower is the evening) and outsourcing laundry services to a local single mother.