Formerly the Holiday Inn, this was the first international standard hotel in Tibet. A short drive from the Potala Palace, it is easily accessed from the airport and close to most sights in town. Whilst it claims to be a 4 star hotel and has an impressive list of facilities, in reality it is more along the lines of what is generally perceived as a 3 star. The 468 rooms have seen better days and would benefit greatly from a major refurbishment. Despite its weaknesses it is still one of the busiest hotels in Lhasa. There is a selection of restaurants to choose from and the food is generally fairly good. Some English is spoken by the hotel staff.