Today, Tibet, Lhasa, Shannan, Nyingchi, Shigatse and other large and medium-sized cities have better star-rated hotels. Their environment, service level, facilities and supporting facilities, sanitary conditions, etc. can satisfy most tourists. Of course, due to the geographical restrictions in Tibet, even for star-rated hotels, the mentally expectations should not be too high, and there are some differences with the same-class hotels in major cities in mainland China. Different tour period defers variety of hotel price. April-October is a good time for Tibet tourism, with July-September being the peak season, and star hotels have the highest prices (in Lhasa as an example) ranging from RMB 500-1,800 /night; and in April-June, October is relatively speaking the price is lower, ranging from RMB 400-1,500 /night. However, in general, after the National Day in October, it basically entered the low season of tourism in Tibet. At this time, the price of the hotel will also decrease, about RMB 300-1,000 /night. In addition to star-rated hotels, there are also some high-end inns, B&Bs and youth hostels with rich Tibetan styles in major cities. For example, House of Shambhala in Lhasa and Pingcuo Kangsang International Youth Hostel are also very popular, welcomed by tourists. In terms of price, the peak season ranges from RMB 300-800 /night, and the low-season ranges from RMB 200-500 /night. Of course, the bed is cheaper, depending on the period of the tour, the price is around RMB 60-120 /night. It is also necessary to be noticed that after Tibet enters the low season of tourism, some hotels, hostels, guest houses, etc. will choose to suspend business, and will reopen to receive tourists in the following year of March - April.
If you go to Everest and Namtso, the accommodation conditions will be more difficult; there is not enough hot water to take a bath. Basically only the bed can sleep, even the public toilet can be used and the sanitary conditions will not be very good. Of course, the price will not be very expensive, usually around RMB 100 /night. If you go further into the Ngari area, the local best hotel (3, 4 star standard) basically starts at around RMB 400 /night, and the price of the bed is also around RMB 100-150/night. Whether it is Everest, Namtso, or Ngari, if you care about hygiene, you would better bring your own lightweight, warm sleeping bag.
Accommodation in Lhasa is the best in Tibet. From 5-star hotels to guesthouses, visitors can choose to their needs accordingly. The 5-star hotels currently have: The St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa, and Inter Continental Lhasa Paradiese. From the geographical point of view, the first two have more advantages. However, these three are very high-end, luxurious and globally renowned hotels. The peak season price starts at around RMB 1,200 /night, and in the low season, it costs about RMB 800-900 /night.
There are more choices for 4-star hotels, such as Four Points by Sheraton Lhasa, Thangka Hotel, Lhasa Manasarovar Hotel, Lhasa Yaluzangbu Hotel and many more.
The 3-star hotel is about the same price as some Tibetan high-end inns, but some Tibetan inns are very special (such as House of Shambhala Inn). It is especially popular, even more than the demands of a 5-star hotel, thus the price is even the same or higher than a 4-star hotel. In addition, there are many youth hostels and guest houses in Lhasa. The price during the peak season is around RMB 200-300 /night, and in the low season, it will down to RMB 150-250 /night. Lhasa’s accommodation, usually available for breakfast, 24-hour hot water supply, free WIFI, etc., and basic facilities are readily available.
The accommodation in Shigatse is mainly concentrated in the urban area of Shigatse within some more choices: there are 4-star high-end hotels, 3-star hotels, guest houses and small inns. The 4-star hotel has the Qomo Langzong Hotel, Gesar Hotel, and the Tashi Choe Ta Hotel in Shigatse. The price during the peak season is around 500-1000 yuan/night, the off-season is about RMB 400-600 /night.
In addition, Gyangtse County and Tingri County also have a three-star standard hotels with better conditions, such as Gyangtse Yeti Hotel and Tingri Bear Hotel, providing hot water and private bathroom. The off-season price is around RM 300-400 /night. In the peak season, it rose to RMB 400-500 /night. For those who plan to go to Everest and have higher requirements for accommodation can choose to stay in Tingri County. However, the weather is very cold in Tingri area, and there is no way to provide tap water. But, hotels with better conditions, such as Baiba Hotel, will provide artificial water lift and electric kettles are available in the rooms. If you need to travel further to Gyirong Port via Shigatse, you can stay in Gyirong Valley, but the conditions will be even worse. Hot water is likely to be available only for a limited time.
The accommodation of Nyingchi should be the best city after Lhasa. There are several 5 star hotels, such as the V-CONTINENT Nyingchi Hotel, the Botai Linzhi Hotel, and the Artel Linzhi Poly Hotel in Lulang, etc. There are also many choices for 4-star hotels, including Pingcuo Kangsang Zangbo Garden Hotel, Tianyu Hidden Secret Theme Hotel, and Nyingchi Style Hotel. The price of Nyingchi's 5-star hotel in the peak season ranges from RMB 700-1000 /night, during the low-season ranges from RMB 500-800 /night; the price of the 4-star hotel in the peak season ranges from RMB 400-500 yuan, and the low season ranges from 300-400 yuan.
3-star hotels and hostels, homestays, guest-houses, etc. reaches from 300-400, the price is uneven, ranging from RMB 100-800 /night. The accommodations in the Nyingchi area are basically provided with 24-hour hot water, shower facilities, etc. After the end of the day's travel, at least a hot bath can be taken, and then have a sound sleep. Regardless of the conditions of the accommodation, in the picturesque place of Nyingchi, you will feel very comfortable while you think of the place.
From Shigatse towards west, reached to town of Saga, the best accommodations in the area are: Mulinsen Hotel, Brahmaputra Hotel, and Saga Hotel, provide 24 hours hot water, heating supply, WIFI network, independent shower, etc. Peak Season price is around RMB 600 - 700/night, Low Season price is around RMB 400 - 500/night. A slightly less expensive hotel costs about RMB 200 - 300/night, and usually the bed seats costs about RMB 100/night.
Continue until you reach tach-in at the foot of the sacred mountain, which is the starting and ending point of the Ngari Mountain Trekking. Himalaya Kailash Hotel at Darchen is the best place to live in the town, with 24-hour electricity and 24 hours of hot water (though it is said to take at least 20 minutes to run out) and provide breakfast. Due to local conditions, even if the hotel is a 4-star standard, please do not expect too much. The price is pricier, at peak season one night will charge about RMB 600 – 800 and very hard to book during its period. In addition, there are many hostels and youth hostels, but the conditions are very simple and the price is around RMB300 - 500 /night, and extra bed costs about RMB100/night. The condition is not ideal, but the price won’t cheap, please prepare at heart before ahead for Ngari.
In addition, there are many guest houses, youth hostels and so on, but the conditions are relatively simpler, as the price is also around RMB 300 – 500/night; and extra bed would charge about RMB 100/night only. During the mountain trekking, only hostels’beds are available (the price is about RMB 100/night). There is a small amount of hot water supply in the snack bar around the scenic spot every day, and simple food and mineral water can be purchased there. As the high altitude along the mountain, the temperature is very low, must pay attention to the prevention of high altitude, prepare some good thermal facilities before hand.
Zanda's accommodation is not as good as Darchen's. The best hotel in the area is Tulin Chengbao Hotel; Tulin Chengbao Hotel and Zanda Chongqing Hotel are in favor with overlanders as well. Whether it is the southern line of Ngari or the northern line, the price of better hotels is about RMB 400 - 500/night in peak season and extra bed will charge RMB 100/night. Conditions will not be good, but the price will not be cheap, must be prepared before Ngari travel.
Accommodation in the Shannan area is concentrated in the Nedong District of Tsetang Town. There is currently no 5-star hotel. The Tsetang Hotel is the best 4-star hotel in the area. Equipped with free parking, Chinese and Western restaurants, bars, leisure facilities, etc. Free WIFI, 24-hour hot water, toiletries, international/domestic long-distance calls, and all kinds of facilities are available in the rooms. The price is around RMB 700-800 / night during peak season, in the low-season the price is about RMB 400 /night.
In addition, Yalong River Hotel, Shannan Hotel, and Jingdu Hotel are also good star-scale hotels. The price is cheaper than the Tsetang Hotel. The price in the low-season is around RMB 300 /night, and during the peak season is about RMB 500-600 /night.
Smaller hotels, guesthouses contains dozens, prices from RMB 100 to 600/night; of course, the decoration and facilities are also very different, if the accommodation requirements are relatively high, it is recommended to choose a slightly higher price of the hotel would be better. If you want to go to Ramla, you can choose to live in Jiacha County. The local Zhongxin International Hotel and the Ramlaco Hotel are both good accommodation options. The peak season price is around 500-600 yuan/night, and the low season is about 300-400 yuan.
If you want to go to Lhamo Latso, you can choose to live in Gyaca County. The local Zhongxin International Hotel and the Lamu Lacuo Hotel are both good options for accommodation. During the peak season the price is around RMB 500-600 /night, and in the low season is about RMB 300-400 /night. Due to local restrictions and not many other accommodation options, please be prepared in advance and do not expect too much.