Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa Opens in Tibet

  • A guest room at the new Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa.

    A guest room at the new Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa.

  • The landscaped courtyards of the hotel.

    The landscaped courtyards of the hotel.

  • Tibet-inspired nibbles are on offer at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa.

    Tibet-inspired nibbles are on offer at the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa.

  • The high-altitude setting of the latest Shangri-La hotel offers views of Potala Palace.

    The high-altitude setting of the latest Shangri-La hotel offers views of Potala Palace.

  • The new hotel even includes an oxygen lounge.

    The new hotel even includes an oxygen lounge.

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A high-ceilinged lobby featuring colors drawn from thangka paintings and floating clouds (an iconic Tibetan motif) rendered in hammered bronze sets the tone for Lhasa’s latest luxury hotel. Opened on April 17, the Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (86-891/655-8888; doubles from US$375) also puts a local touch on its 279 guest rooms, some of which offer views of the Potala Palace. Come mealtime, there’s a tapas bar serving Tibetan-inspired nibbles and a menu of Cantonese and Sichuan dishes at the signature Shang Palace. And should the high-altitude setting leave you gasping, retreat to the hotel’s oxygen lounge, set in a pair of pavilions overlooking landscaped gardens. –David Tse

This article originally appeared in the April/May 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“High Style”).

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