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 Lhasaâ€™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, thereâ€™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 hotelâ€™s oxygen lounge, set in a pair of pavilions overlooking landscaped gardens.Â â€“David Tse
This article originally appeared in theÂ April/May 2014Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śHigh Styleâ€ť).