Location: The Songtsam Shangri-La is located an incredible 3,300m above sea level in China’s Yunnan province, with stunning views of the towering Songzangling monastery.
History: The nearby Songzangling monastery was once home to 4,000 monks, and is now undergoing restoration.
Service: Songtsam Shangri-La is well-known for its warm and friendly staff who possess a keen knowledge of the surrounding area.
Set in the high hills outside Zhongdian, Songtsam Shangri-la brings a new level of five-star luxury to this wind-swept, scenic area. Each of the resort’s rooms feature a collection of hand-made fixtures, from antique furniture to Tibetan textiles and carpets; in addition, all rooms offer amenities such as cable and satellite television, complimentary high-speed Internet access, and large, expansive windows. Songtsam is home to a restaurant serving Tibetan specialties as well as creative, fusion dishes, such as pizza with Tibetan cheese. Additional amenities include a conference room, a rooftop that offers guests wonderful views of historic Songzanlin Monastery, as well as a delightful, spacious courtyard for guests to browse at their leisure. Songtsam Shangri-la lies twenty minutes from Zhongdian’s Diqing airport.
At just under 50-square-feet, the hotel’s standard rooms are modest in size, and provide a cozy, comfortable and traditional atmosphere. Cable or satellite TV is available for guests’ entertainment. Superior and Double rooms with twin beds are also available.
The hotel’s courtyard area is a guest favorite - a perfect oasis in which guests can connect with nature, where guests can observe beautiful flowers in the hotel’s gardens, as well as a pond area teeming with golden fish.
The hotel offers a complimentary guided tour of the nearby Songzanlin Monastery, which is the biggest in Yunnan province. The hour-long tour provides an indepth look into the intricacies of the structure and its history.
The cozy and intimate lobby lounge is where traditional ginger tea is served all day long. This charming area features traditional paintings, vintage furniture, and a fireplace.
Meals are served in the traditional Tibetan restaurant, where guests may choose from either Western, or Tibetan cuisine. This all-day dining organic restaurant serves up unique fusion flavors as well, including pizza with Tibetan cheese, using only the freshest ingredients.