Shangri-La Arrives In Tibet

Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in Tibet, the brand new 289-room Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa. Positioned as an “urban retreat”, the property marks a homecoming of sorts for the brand inspired by the mythical Himalayan paradise, offering an authentic insight to Tibetan culture and hospitality.


Overlooking the majestic Potala Palace, a grand Tibetan-style gate and 6.5-meter bell-like chandelier welcomes guests to the hotel, where staff await with a traditional barley-throwing ceremony and yak butter tea served in Tibetan pots.


The 262 rooms and 17 suites boast a minimum size of 42 square meters and are decorated with Tibetan artworks to reflect the local culture. Each is elaborately furnished with luxury bedding and marble bathroom, with amenities including a 40-inch LCD television, complimentary wireless internet access, dual-line telephone and complimentary minibar. Guests of the Horizon Club Rooms also enjoy exclusive Horizon Club privileges, including access to the hotel’s Horizon Club Lounge.


Under the direction of Executive Chef Ida Tang, Shangri-La Lhasa’s dining concepts offer guests and locals indulgent options. The all-day dining restaurant, Altitude, features live cooking stations for a variety of international cuisines, while the Shang Palace offers its signature Cantonese and Sichuan dishes. Unique to the hotel is Shambala, a Tibetan-Yunnan tapas bar and lounge with indoor and seasonal patio seating, where menu highlights include “roast lamb marinated in Tibetan yoghurt” and local barley wine. Rounding out the quartet is the Lodgers Lounge, surrounded by sheer screens, red fabric and bronze details symbolizing Tibetan prayer flags.


The hotel also houses Lhasa’s largest ballroom and an event terrace overlooking the city for meetings and social gatherings, while recreational facilities include a CHI spa, gymnasium and a 25-meter indoor swimming pool. Guests who need to acclimatise to Lhasa’s high altitude can do so at the hotel’s oxygen lounge, an industry-first.


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts now manages more than 80 hotels, comprising 34,000 rooms, worldwide. The group is preparing to open Europe’s highest hotel, the Shangri-La at The Shard London, early next month.


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