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.
To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.