With a striking backdrop of beautiful mountains, the urban resort of Shangri-La Lhasa is nestled high among Himalayas, overlooking the city. After passing through a grand entrance gate and an expansive plaza, guests are greeted in the lobby by a dramatic chandelier made of 61,000 pieces of crystal and draped in red fabric. 

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In Tibetan, Lhasa means “land of the gods” so it’s fitting that James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon is placed in each of the 262 guest rooms and 17 suites. In the book, Hilton establishes a utopian Shangri-La in Lhasa the Himalayan Mountains, which has become the inspiration for the hotel. Tibetan architecture and interior design reflect the culture of Tibet in the rooms, with bold colors and rich fabrics. Rooms also have stunning views of the Potala Palace or Himalayan Mountains with modern amenities like complimentary wireless Internet and satellite television.

Dine on a variety of cuisine at Altitude, The Shangri-La Lhasa’s international restaurant, serving Tibetan, Indian, Thai, Japanese, Cantonese, and Sichuan dishes with live cooking stations. At Shang Palace, diners enjoy Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine in the beautiful main dining room, or can opt for an intimate dining experience in one of the ten private dining rooms. Head to Shambala for a selection of imported beers, whiskies, and cocktails with Yunnan and Tibetan tapas. There’s indoor seating, but the outdoor garden terrace creates the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing night. Lodgers Lounge in the lobby also serves drinks and light meals.

Lhasa is the spiritual capital of Tibet and the largest city in the region. It sits at 12,000 feet above sea level on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, one of the highest inhabited regions in the world. To help acclimate to the city’s high altitude, guests are invited to spend some time at the Shangri-La Lhasa’s oxygen lounge and reflexology pavilion before exploring the area. The Shangri-La Lhasa is located near many monasteries and historic sites like Norbulingka Palace, and within walking distance of the Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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