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The Best Hotels in Tibet with Free Oxygen and Potala Views

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3 Great Hotels with Free Oxygen Service in Lhasa and Shigatse

If you are particularly worried about altitude sickness, especially if you in the more likely to be affected categories, choose from the hotels that offer free oxygen service listed below for peace of mind.

1. Lhasa Shangri-La Hotel (5 Stars) — 24-Hour Free Oxygen Bar

The Shangri-La is a 5-star top-brand hotel. Its free oxygen bar is always open for customers to reduce their altitude sickness symptoms. You can surf the Internet and lie down on a comfortable sofa there to relax, while you increase your oxygen intake.

Top features:

  • Great location: It's within 10 minutes' drive of the Potala Palace.
  • Great views: There are about 70 rooms that look out on the Potala Palace.
  • There are family suites with connecting rooms for family groups.

2. Lhasa InterContinental Hotel (5 Stars) — Free Oxygen in Rooms and Oxygen Bar

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The InterContinental Hotel in Lhasa is the only one that offers free oxygen in its rooms. The oxygen system in its rooms operates from 10pm to 6am, so that you can have a good sleep at night. Most Tibet visitors find that they have trouble sleeping due, especially on the first couple of days, due to the lower oxygen content in the air.

There is also a free oxygen bar operating during the day when the room stops offering oxygen.

Key features:

  • It's the newest hotel (open since 2015) with the newest facilities among the top hotels in Lhasa.
  • Not-so-central: It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Lhasa city center.
  • There are no Potala Palace viewing rooms.

3. Shigatse Qomo Langzong Hotel — The Best Hotel in Shigatse with Free In-Room Oxygen

Qomo Langzong HotelQomo Langzong Hotel

If you are going to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Shigatse is the best place to stop and take a rest on the way. The Qomo Langzong Hotel is the best hotel in Shigatse, offering free in-room oxygen from 9 pm so that you can have a good sleep.

Key features:

  • Convenient location: You can get to Tashilhunpo Monastery in 5 mintues' drive, and Shigatse Railway Station in 10 minutes'.
  • There are many local shops and restaurants surrounding the hotel, so you can wonder around to buy some souvenirs and have the best choice of dinner.
  • The breakfast is not as high-standard as in Lhasa. It's a more Chinese breakfast. So you are suggested to bring your own coffee.

5 Recommended Hotels Offering Potala Palace Views

1. The Shangri-La

The Shangri-La Hotel mentioned above actually offers the most rooms with a Potala Palace side view. For other hotels in Lhasa with great views of the Potala, please see below.

2. Lhasa St. Regis Resort (5 Stars) — Rooms with a Side View of the Potala

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St. Regis Resort ranks the first on TripAdvisor among Lhasa hotels. It's well designed with Tibetan culture décor and green plants. There is no free oxygen, but every room is equipped with a pay-to-use oxygen bottle.

Key features:

  • It's located in the city center close to Jokhang Temple (about 10 minutes' walk).
  • There are about 10 rooms with Potala Palace views.
  • There are several buildings and you need to take a shuttle bus to the main building to have breakfast.

3. Tashi Nota Khangsang Hotel (4 Stars) — Rooms with a Potala Palace Side view

The Tashi Nota Khangsang isn't located in the city center, so it's quiet at night. If you don't want to stay near the busy city center, this is good choice for you.

There is a west building that faces the Potala Palace, and offers good views of the palace from its roms. There are family suites and triple rooms. If you are travelling Tibet with family or friends, it's a good choice for keeping your party together.

4. Lhasa Gang Gyan Hotel (3 Stars) — Public Viewing Balcony

Gang Gyan HotelGang Gyan Hotel

The Gang Gyan Hotel has many foreign guests, due to its good location, good English spoken by reception staff, and a public Potala Palace viewing balcony on the 4th floor.

It's well located in Lhasa's old town, only 10 minutes' walk from Jokhang Temple. It's a popular great-value hotel.

5. Xin Din Hotel (4 Stars) — Front View of the Potala Palace

Xin Din Hotel is well located, about 2.5 km south of the Potala Palace. Other hotels mentioned above only offer side views. Xin Din offers a great view of the front of the Potala Palace from its rooms.

If you want to enjoy the front view of the palace from your room at daytime or night, Xin Din is your best choice.

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