Shangri-La, Lhasa in the heart of the Himalayas
Few places in the world are as magical as Lhasa, the administrative capital of Tibet. Set on a plateau soaring 3,650 metres above sea level, the city is encircled by the fabled Himalayan mountains, glaciers and desert-like landscapes.
This intriguing destination became home to Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ newest property, the 289-room Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa, which opened on 17 April, 2014.
A warm welcome awaits
Welcoming travellers from afar, Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa will be a luxurious home base for those wishing to explore dramatic scenery and some of the world’s most culturally significant Buddhist sites, including World Heritage Sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery and Norbulingka Palace.
Indeed, Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa is conveniently located within walking distance to Potala Palace and Norbulingka Palace.
Guests will approach the hotel through a grand entrance gate, which opens onto an expansive plaza and is inspired by traditional Tibetan architecture, as is the hotel’s exterior.
The focal point of the lounge is a dramatic 6.5 metre bell-like chandelier draped in flowing red fabric which is reminiscent of a prayer wheel. Dressed in warm tones and earthy colours drawn from Thangkas (Tibetan paintings), high ceilings and windows surrounding the lounge let in light and fresh air, and guests can enjoy snacks and beverages inside or on the outdoor patio.
To the right of the lounge is the Front Desk, where a floating cloud installation behind Reception creates a dream-like space. Signifying unity and strength, the ancient Tibetan symbol of swirling clouds are made into a contemporary work of art by using hammered oxidized bronze.
Paradise on Earth
The Shangri-La brand was inspired by the mythical paradise found in James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon. True in spirit to that imaginary Shangri-La, the hotel offers guests Shangri-La’s heartfelt hospitality and a full array of facilities and luxurious comforts, from a range of dining venues and recreational facilities, to spacious guestrooms and elegant meeting and event spaces.
Visitors to Lhasa are advised to acclimate to the high altitude before exploring widely. To refresh and assist guests in doing so, the hotel has built the first oxygen lounge to be found in a hotel in Lhasa. In addition to the oxygen lounge, a spa, fully equipped gym, an indoor swimming pool, and a complete clinic with professional staff are located onsite.
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa comprises 262 contemporary guestrooms and 17 suites, as well as the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge. Guestrooms, some of which offer views of the Potala Palace, start from 42 square metres and are equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access.
The rooms’ modern décor is grounded in neutral colours and accentuated with the earthy reds, deep blues, and vibrant greens that are seen in traditional Tibetan dress. Traditional Himalayan accents such as turquoise stone, decorative metals, floral patterns and auspicious symbols complement the contemporary design.
Guests can enjoy stunning views of Potala Palace or the breathtaking mountains and relax among traditional Tibetan architecture and interior design. Among the hotel’s 289 contemporary guestrooms are 10 long stay apartments with 86 to 129 square meters of comfortable living space.
Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa also offers travelers extensive dining options. There’s the more casual Lodger’s Lounge, or the Chinese-themed Shang Palace, but the most impressive spot is Shambala, which specializes in Tibetan and Yunnan cuisine.
With its perfect setting and contemporary comfort, Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa is another jewel in the chain of the Shangri-La brand.
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