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Reflect on The Material World From Your Luxury Suite at Shangri-la Lhasa

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  Site Where: 19 Norbulingka Road, Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, 850000
April 24, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | ()

What comes to mind when considering a trip to Tibet? Checking out (perhaps from a distance) Mount Everest? Studying the teachings of the Dalai Lama? Visiting seriously ancient temples? Whether you do all or none of these things, Shangri-La Hotels wants to end your day in the peak of luxury--no pun intended--at their first hotel in Tibet’s capital city, Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa.

The Shangri-La Lhasa is a new build in a very old city. Passing through a traditional Tibetan gate, the hotel’s interiors, created by LTW Designworks, offer a contemporary setting blended with creative details and symbolism of ancient Tibet, from the carpet patterns, to the chandeliers, to the furniture and artwork.

The hotel offers 262 roomy guest rooms and 17 suites, ranging from 43 – 250 square meters (463 – 2,691 square feet.) For extended stays of 3 months or more, there are 10 serviced apartments. That leaves plenty of time and space for plenty of internal reflection. Or none at all.

Amenities include 40-inch LCD TV (55-inch in the suites plus a 15-inch in the bathroom,) feather-stuffed bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, and free Wi-Fi. The views include the Lhasa cityscape, the mountains, and if you’re lucky (or pay more), the hard-to-miss hilltop Potala Palace. The Palace, originally a fortress, dates to the 7th century with substantial additions made in the 17th century by the 5th Dalai Lama. So much for shedding material things.

For a more personalized stay, members of the Horizon Club can enjoy airport meet and greet, private check-in and lounge, and dedicated concierge. Feeling hungry? You can choose from casual open-kitchen dining, Tibetan tapas (hmm that sounds good), or gourmet Cantonese fare at Shang Palace, a feature restaurant at several Shangri-La hotels.

One of the hotel’s most unusual amenity, if not a necessity, is the oxygen lounge, to help guests adjust to the Tibetan altitude— about 3,650 meters or just under 12,000 feet above sea level.

Here’s a brief tour of the hotel, from the comfort of the lower altitudes of your location.

Rooms from RMB 2,300 ($368)

[Photos: Shangri-la Lhasa]

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