No.143 East Beijing Road, Lhasa, China
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Kailash hotel Lhasa Reviews
rather basic with great location Jul 14, 2010
As we were originally supposed to stay at the New Mandala hotel in Lhasa, I didn't manage to do any research beforehand on the Kailash hotel. We were however warmly welcomed at the cosy lobby by staff in traditional costume and were given the traditional welcome shawl.
The Kailash hotel is excellently located in a small courtyard off the busy East Beijing Road, leading directly to the Potala Palace, the old Tibetan Quarter and Barkor Square with the Jokhang temple.
We were given a room towards the courtyard, not the most pleasant view, but it is fortunately relatively quiet. Rooms overlooking East Beijing Road have a more pleasant view but suffer from a lot of street noise.
The room was on the small side but well equiped with twin beds, a desk, working A/C, tea and coffee making facilities, slippers and even bathrobes.
Cleanness is another issue. The only means of house keeping being done at this hotel is the making of the beds. The floors and furniture havent's seen a a broom or duster over the past ten years!
The bathroom was very worn down with ill fittings and piping. The reservoir of the toilet could only be used until empty, then it needed a manual refill from the staff. Apart from that there was a constant stench from the sewer.
Breakfast is served in a greasy upper room in an outside building. We often found the room crowded with other tour groups and tables are hardly cleaned when they left. There's a chef preparing eggs to your liking and a sellection of Chinese dishes. For those looking for continental food there are eggs, toast and jam.
The plates and cuttlery are not well washed and the floor and tables are drenched in grease. On the last morning we didn't even bother anymore but bought bananas and rolls from a small shop nearby.
On the plus side the reception staff was always very friendly and helpful and spoke decent English but other than that there's not much to boast about.
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