In the travel diary of my Tibet trip, I mentioned quite a few very basic accommodations. I hope that you didn’t get the wrong impression that you have no other option while traveling in Tibet. So, let me talk a little more about the accommodation options in the remote areas of Tibet.
In general, once you are away from Lhasa, there are no lodge options on the road or in villages, except the one at the Guge kingdom ruins. However, bigger towns do have accommodations that are generally acceptable in terms of cleanliness and facilities. The bigger the town, the more options it can offer. If your budget is over 300 RMB per night, which is about 50 USD, you can have pretty decent options. Since my group had a tight budget, our choices were normally from the low to the medium levels. You can definitely have a more luxurious option if you would like to spend a little more.
I have marked down the places we went in the map below and summarized the accommodation options for each accordingly.
Tibet: this is a pretty modern city and has plenty of low, medium, and high-end lodge options. I highly recommend the Danjielin guesthouse, which is within walking distance to the Jokhang Temple, the ShoAkirat, and the Potala Palace. It is the perfect destination for a tourist. The guesthouse is nothing close to luxurious, however, it is well designed in the local style, and is quite tidy. Most importantly, the host is very friendly and willing to help whenever possible. The rate was around 200 RMB/night when we were there.
Coqen: there were about four hotels in the town, and about two of them were in decent condition. We picked the cheaper one between the two, which cost about 260 RMB/night.
Xigaze: it is a pretty large and relatively modern city, which offers many lodge options, similar to Lhasa. However, we were not very lucky when we got there, as all the rooms were sold out because of the Panchen Lama’s visit. Having no other choices, we stayed in a bath center which provides beds for over night guests. Although all men and women were put in one huge lodge, which made me feel very uneasy at first, it was pretty clean and quiet. You can consider this option when lodges are not available. However, they may take advantage as they did to us, and overcharge you. In my case, I paid 180 RMB/night for a bed, a bit of a rip off.
Tingri: since we arrived there pretty late and left very early the next morning, we didn’t get a chance to get know about the town. However, the lodge we randomly picked was in pretty decent condition. Its standard room, which was about 230 RMB/night, had a private bathroom and running water, which is less common in more remote areas at a similar price.
Zhongba: the town was not big and had limited lodge options. We chose a 200 RMB/night one, which was actually a bad decision. The lodge did have a private bathroom, but no running water, and the bathroom was pretty dirty. There was one decent hotel in town you may consider, which cost 360 RMB/night and the facility was close to the western standard.
Darchen: since it is a popular travel destination, there are quite a few lodge options, though the town is quite small. We stayed in the Savored Mountain and Lake Hotel, which cost about 250 RMB/night. The lodge was in decent condition, very clean room and comfortable beds.
Guge: under the ruins, there is a small village, where there are many locals offering accommodations to tourists. In generally, the local house is very tidy, though really rustic. It is a great way to interact with locals and get to know about Tibetans. The one we stayed in cost about 60 RMB/bed/night. There ware about 5 beds in the room.
Paryang: try to avoid this town if you can. It has very limited lodge options. The local home we stayed in was in very bad condition. The room had no locks and no private bathrooms and even the window was broken. We heard they were building a 4 star hotel there. Hopefully, it is completed now. Otherwise, you better go to a nearby, bigger town for the stay.
Nyima: it is a big town. You can find many good options for sure there.
Bangor: it is a big town as well, with many options for lodging, ranging from the low end inns to the medium level hotels. The one we chose was an inn, which cost about 160 RMB/night, with public bathrooms.
Namtso: it is a very popular national park. However, the lodging there is very uncomfortable. Due to the government regulations, the whole site had only public bathrooms which could be very far from your room. The room there was very basic, even though it would cost you more than 200 RMB/night. The service was also very basic as well. Hopefully, the condition can be improved soon.