Nestled in the maze of alleyways east of the Barkor, this 9-room boutique guesthouse aspires to Lhasa luxury and exudes the romance of a by-gone era. The meticulously restored three-story courtyard residence is historically connected to the 13th Dalai Lama, his general, and the general’s notorious poetic son. Even now, local pilgrims continue to visit the inner courtyard shrine.
Guests can relax on the tented terrace teahouse; enjoy camaraderie with Tibetans and foreigners in the bookshop café; dine on Cuisine from the Himalayan Scene and savor the widest selection of wine in Lhasa (including Shambhala’s own organic wine) at the Dakini Room; and indulge in massage and contemplative meditation and yoga at the Tibetan Tantric Spa. The rooftop restaurant offers visitors a 360-degree view of Lhasa with spectacular views of the Potala Palace and the golden rooftops of the Jokang Temple. Visitors to the hotel in the summer periods enjoy the special treat of traditional Tibetan bonfire singing and dancing.
Tibetan antiques adorn the hotel, including a unique collection of painted panels from western Tibet. Rooms are bathed in warm colors and are furnished with authentic Tibetan furniture. All restoration has been completed by Tibetans using only local materials and traditional building techniques. Visitors also have the opportunity to view first-hand the revitalization of local artisan traditions through visits to the workshops where the local community crafts the textiles, lanterns, Tiger rugs, mala beads and turquoise jewelry featured at the hotel..
Yoga courses at the Tibetan Tantric Spa are offered to guests complements of the hotel. Additional complimentary amenities include Internet, unlimited yak butter tea and daily breakfast.