Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa launched

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa opened. The property has 262 guestrooms and 17 suites, with the minimum size for the room measuring at 452 square feet. Each room category highlights the bold colors and delicate details found in Tibetan culture, dress and art. These rooms have garden, mountain or Potala Palace views, as well as complimentary mini-bar upon arrival, and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

The hotel’s signature Horizon Club Rooms and Horizon Club Lounge, which will open in July, will provide a host of extra benefits to guests, including Club concierge service, breakfast and evening cocktails.

The visual anchor of the lobby lounge is a 21.3-foot bell-like chandelier made from 61,000 pieces of crystal and draped in red fabric. The chandelier is reminiscent of a prayer wheel and is complemented by the lounge’s warm tones and earthy colors, which are drawn from thangkas (Tibetan paintings).

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Next to the lounge is the reception, where a floating cloud installation creates a dream-like space. Signifying unity and strength, the ancient Tibetan symbols of swirling clouds are made into a contemporary work of art using hammered oxidized bronze.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa also offers the first oxygen lounge in a hotel, as well as a full-service clinic. Inside the glass-walled lounge, the oxygen level is the same as that at sea level, so guests can breathe comfortably while relaxing and enjoying reflexology treatments.

In addition, guests can unwind in CHI, The Spa, which offers signature massages and facials along with a menu of Tibetan-inspired treatments. Leisure facilities also include a gym and a 82-foot indoor swimming pool.

Among the extensive entertainment outlets is Shambala, the hotel’s restaurant and bar on Level 3. Shambala specializes in Tibetan and Yunnan cuisine and opens in July. The venue has a dining area and lounge, bar and outdoor patio seating. On the same level is Lodger’s Lounge, where guests can relax and enjoy light snacks and beverages. Sharing a patio with the lounge is Altitude, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant serving a variety of local and international cuisines. Meanwhile, Shangri-La’s signature Chinese restaurant, Shang Palace, serves Sichuan and authentic Cantonese.

The corridor leading to the restaurant is lined with six illuminated Tibetan drums – measuring 150 centimeters in diameter – hung against the wall.

Just beyond the entrance is the main dining area decorated with floor-to-ceiling screens. For intimate gatherings, the restaurant has 10 private dining rooms.

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa also offers event and conference facilities, including the city’s largest ballroom and an event terrace overlooking Potala Palace and the surrounding mountain range.

Lhasa, the administrative center of Tibet, is set on a plateau 11,975 feet above sea level and is encircled by mountains, glaciers and desert-like landscape.