Tibetan Run hotel-Kyichu Hotel (Jiqu Fandian)
Add: No.149 Beijing East Road, Chengguan District, Lhasa 850000, China
Things to be aware of:
1) DEFINITELY ask/beg/plead/break down in tears to get a courtyard-facing room. Your experience at the Kyichu will be very different if you get stuck in a room facing the loud street.
2) There's pretty good WiFi service in the rooms around the courtyard, NOT in the rooms facing the street.
3) The food at the Kyichu is quite good and reasonably priced. The breakfast and dinner buffets are sumptuous and allows you to get your fill of as many yak meat dishes as you can handle.
4) Getting hot, or even lukewarm, water out of the taps is a hit or miss thing. It seems to depend on the room,
5) If your lungs can handle it, climb up to the fourth floor and climb the stairs to the roof around sunrise to get a beautiful view of the Potala as it becomes illuminated by the early morning light.
6) The Jokhang Temple and Barkhor are less than 10 minutes away by foot. It's a great place to people watch and get a sense for Tibetan life.
Story from tripadvisor.com
Sotry A) The Kyichu is a comfortable place to stay run by friendly and accommodating Tibetans. The staff is attentive and quick to smile, like most Tibetans I observed. There is a gem of a courtyard that's like a small oasis in the cacophany of busy, downtown Lhasa.
Sotry B) "Great location for walking to Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple areas. Helpful and pleasant staff. Reasonable food at reasonable prices. Internet access in garden and restaurant. Was quiet when we were there, but the city was deserted for the National Day celebration and the hotel was almost empty. Good laundry service--reasonable price, prompty delivery. Be sure to look at all available rooms; with the right room, this is a good small hotel, but there is huge room variation. Room 310 is great; faces garden, has shower in tub. Room 301 is terrible-shower is in middle of bathroom, would spray the whole room. We had twin beds, and didn't see any other type of bed in the rooms we looked at. Towels were thin, but okay. There were no washcloths."