Location: Meili Lodge overlooks the majestic Meili Xue Shan mountain range, home to a national park that’s rich in biodiversity and ecological wonders. The extremely remote location makes the lodge all the more exotic and tempting.
History: Meili Lodge is located in a tranquil villages inhabited by just a handful of families, who practice traditional Tibetan herding and farming. The area is also home to a 17th-century Dongzhulin Monastery.
Service: Past guests of the hotel wax lyrical about the infectious smiles and warmth that emanates from the hotel’s friendly, helpful staff.
This charming hotel must be one of the most remote hotels in the world, located in a tranquil village with just five families. It looks out onto one of China’s proudest features - the incredible Meili Xue Shan mountain range, of which each room in the hotel has a fabulous view. Since meals are included in the room price, guests need not worry about carrying around their wallet in this tranquil and relaxed environment. Instead, they may dine in the communal Tibetan restaurant, on anything from Western dishes, to traditional Tibetan yak cheese and barley wine. The cozy book bar provides an array of reading material for guests to enjoy, and bonfire parties are a wonderful occasion for guests to let their hair down, interact with other guests, and enjoy some traditional local performances.
The hotel is home to 17 Superior Rooms, which provide guests with luxuries they may not expect in such an extremely remote location, such as 24-hour hot water, and in-room WiFi. Fixed into the room price are three hearty meals and drinks, as well as 24-hour room service.
The spacious Superior Rooms all provide guests with stunning views of the sacred Meili Snow Mountain. Inside, there are large beds (twin beds are available on the first floor), comfortable seating, and even a fireplace to create a cozy setting.
Guests often rave about the lodge’s bonfire parties, which are accompanied by traditional Tibetan singing performances.
The book bar is where breakfasts are served, and it is home to not only lovely sunrise views over the snow-capped peaks, but also an extensive collection of books, which guests may read at their leisure.
Meals are served in the restaurant, which serves up a Western-style breakfast, fresh coffee and cold drinks, to help guests feel more at home. Home-made yogurt and yak cheese are a particular guest favorite. Most meals include a western or more traditional Tibetan option. Dinner is often served with traditional barley wine, and local beer.
Guests who are hungry between meals will enjoy the hotel’s tempting snacks, which include ginger tea and cookies, which are usually served beside a fireplace in the lobby.