Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, Tibet is set to join the Asian luxury chain’s portfolio in 2012, with 350 guestrooms featuring modern interpretations of traditional architectural motifs using locally produced arts, crafts and fabrics.
The hotel’s arrival in the destination is significant, as not only are there no internationally branded properties in the city – except for the Four Points – but Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts takes its name from the fictional utopian lamasery high in the mountains of Tibet imagined by James Hilton in his novel, Lost Horizon.
A copy of the book is a standard amenity in every Shangri-La guestroom.
Located on Lingkor Road, the hotel is 1.5km from the Potala Palace, a must-visit attraction for every first timer to Lhasa. Other accessible landmarks include Chokpori, one of the four holy mountains of central Tibet, the summer palace of Norbu Lingka and the Tibet museum.
Taking into consideration difficulties travellers have acclimating to the high altitude, the hotel will invest in extensive landscaping to increase oxygen levels around the complex, while offering a full service clinic and 24-hour medical staff.
Greg Dogan, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts president and CEO, said their new project in the Himalayas would "support development efforts in the region" and "bring greater prosperity to Tibet". The hotel is wholly owned by the group.
For more details, visit www.shangri-la.com
Margie T Logarta