12,000 feet above sea level, and facing the jaw-dropping Potala Palace, The St. Regis Lhasa needs no help in the location department. In fact, it hasn't scrimped anywhere, inside, or out.
162 rooms feature calming and subdued interiors, plus plasma TV, high-speed Internet (good for looking up just how high you really are), and marble baths.
But honestly, who wants to stay in their room when such a treasure of history and culture sits just outside. UNESCO says Norbulinku is a heritage site, so who are you to argue? Check it out, along with various monasteries, lakes, monuments, and temples.
After your day, take a dip in the pool or strike a few poses in the Yoga room. Grab a change of clothes back at your room, and prepare to face a dilemma: which restaurant will you choose for dinner? Will it be Yan Ting, with its delicate and deep Chinese cuisine? Perhaps you yearn for a taste of home, and would rather a plate of International faire at Social.
Then again, you really should try local dishes. Luckily, Si Zi Kang is ready and waiting to introduce regional tastes - with a view of the region itself.