Hotel Kyichu Review

by Touring Mama on June 30, 2010

Our room was quite large - our flat screen TV, a desk and 2 cabinets are out of the frame

Our last hotel in Tibet was by far the best, even one of the best we’ve stayed at in our cumulative 7 months in China.  It is newly remodeled and the beds are soft western-style pillow tops.  I was absolutely not worried about bed bugs.  We had a huge room with a separate sitting area. We had a flat screen TV and one of the few showers I’ve seen in China that didn’t flood the entire bathroom. At night we moved the two small couches together to make one kid bed and the hotel brought us an extra small bed for the other kid.   The hotel tried to charge us for the extra bed when we checked out, but since no mention of the extra charge was made when the bed was brought to us, they took the charge off without a fuss.

Most of the staff spoke excellent English and it was easy to communicate what we needed.  The food offered is a variety of western, Indian, and Tibetan.  We didn’t eat dinner there but the breakfast was pretty good.  When there are tour groups staying at the hotel there is a decent breakfast buffet.  It is close to the Jokhang Temple and all the Tibetan and Western restaurants in that area so you have a lot of choices for meals.

A painting on the hotel wall shows the demon godess of Tibet being tamed by several sacred temples

The best thing about this place is the pleasant central garden area which I neglected to get a photo of.  The patio seating is a lovely place to unwind with a cold beer at the end of the day.  The children can run around in the grass while you update your blog via the wifi. This place definitely has a hotel feel and doesn’t have the laid back camaraderie of a guesthouse or a hostel, but the relaxing nature of the garden makes for a convivial atmosphere where you can talk with other travelers or visiting monks passing through.

The new rooms and the garden made this place well worth the $47 a night we paid to stay there.  Smaller or older rooms may be available for less money.

Read about all our adventures in Tibet here.

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