The Hotel on the Roof of the World: From Miss Tibet to Shangri La (2020)

The Hotel on the Roof of the World: From Miss Tibet to Shangri La Alec Le Sueur The Hotel on the Roof of the World From Miss Tibet to Shangri La On a par with the best of Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer Alec Le Sueur s bestselling insider account of life at the world famous Holiday Inn Lhasa Tibet altitude feet pits Communist owners agains
  • Title: The Hotel on the Roof of the World: From Miss Tibet to Shangri La
  • Author: Alec Le Sueur
  • ISBN: 9781571431011
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
The Hotel on the Roof of the World: From Miss Tibet to Shangri La Alec Le Sueur On a par with the best of Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer, Alec Le Sueur s bestselling insider account of life at the world famous Holiday Inn, Lhasa, Tibet altitude 14,000 feet pits Communist owners against capitalist manager to create a chain hotel in Shangri La Against all odds, heroic Tibetan workers fight with Chinese bosses who turn off the heat in freezing weather whenOn a par with the best of Bill Bryson and Pico Iyer, Alec Le Sueur s bestselling insider account of life at the world famous Holiday Inn, Lhasa, Tibet altitude 14,000 feet pits Communist owners against capitalist manager to create a chain hotel in Shangri La Against all odds, heroic Tibetan workers fight with Chinese bosses who turn off the heat in freezing weather when occupancy falls below 20 percent They struggle against Maoist bureaucrats trying to break up the first Miss Tibet beauty pageant And they delicately remove the American Express card from the wallet of an apparently deceased guest to cover room charges Nonstop hijinks make this one of the funniest travel books on the planet.
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  1. Clare O'Beara

    Alec didn t understand that the assignment he thought of as a challenge, was seen as a hardship posting Even the flight was a challenge, on an industrial rather than luxury seating plan and a lunchbox of basic, awful food was served If the food wasn t eaten it was packed up again for the next plane The hotel in Lhasa was the highest hotel in the world and had to comply with Chinese enforced regulations as well as local Tibetan customs and weather The staff didn t know how to work a flush toilet [...]

  2. Ali

    I don t read as many travel books as I always intend to Those I have read I have tended to really enjoy, and on the whole this was no exception However this is much less a book about Tibet and it s people as it is about the least likely Holiday Inn in the world Alec Le Sueur introduces us to the peculiar people who work there, visit there and the hilarious fawlty toweresque chaos that comes with them Le Sueur seems to write with real affection for a place he spent a good deal of time in, he poke [...]

  3. Eric

    It was interesting to get the author s perspective of Tibet and Lhasa, but I felt like he was pretty removed from the whole thing, like it was a set of amusing stories that he s told a number of times to other ex pats But he doesn t have the flair, and held back a lot The timeline was vague, and I had the impression halfway through that he was just telling us about his first year, but it turned out that it was of his entire 5 years there Maybe it s the rarified air of the place, but the whole th [...]

  4. Anne

    This is an amusing account of the absolute craziness that can happen in a hotel, fuelled, in this case, by relative isolation and the clash of Communism, Buddhism and Capitalism Although the author doesn t dwell on the Chinese disregard destruction of the Tibetan culture, religion and landscape, it is evident and is so awful frustrating.

  5. Sjors

    Generally amusing account of an expat in Tibet that manages to steer clear from controversy or the overly personal As a long time expat myself though not in Tibet , recognised many typical fraught situations one encounters along the road The end of the book would have benefitted from some editing as there are quite a few repetitions of exactly the same sentences or even paragraphs.

  6. Maz Todd

    A funny and entertaining book Interesting as not many British people get to spend time in Tibet since it was taken over by China The frustrations of the Chinese bureaucracy and of working with the Tibetans are legion.

  7. Lauren

    Wanted to like this but found it very dry There s a difference between living through unusual circumstances and being a humor writer Did keep marveling at how things worked in the hospitality industry back in the late 80s early 90s.

  8. Alessandro Vicenzi

    L improbabile e autentica storia dell Holiday Inn di Lhasa, Tibet, tra gli anni ottanta e i novanta, raccontata dall interno.A un certo punto fa irruzione sulla scena un italiano fratello del regista teatrale Eugenio Barba e si divora la scena in un boccone solo.Divertente.

  9. Laura

    Perhaps it is because we recently visited China and Tibet and went up to the Potala Palace and saw the Chinese communism in full regalia that I found this such an interesting read It reads as a memoir of a young man who quite by accident ends up accepting a position at the Holiday Inn in Lhasa The book outlines clear differences between cultures and the ways of doing things It is at once funny and sad as you realize what it is like for a civilization that has no idea of what the world outside of [...]

  10. Bookguide

    De vergelijking met Fawlty Towers op de kaft was een beetje misleidend, want zo hilarisch was het verhaal niet Pas tegen het eind van het boek kwamen de grappigste momenten, waarbij de rattenplaag en de crematie niet onvermeld mogen blijven Wat meer evident was, was de enorme verschillen tussen de culturen van de buitenlanders, de Tibetanen en de Chinezen, en hun verwachtingen en gedrag Nog ongelofelijker zijn de verhalen van buitenlanders die verwachten dat alles precies hetzelfde gebeurt als i [...]

  11. Dominique

    Le Sueur s account of the several years he spent working at a highly dysfunctional hotel in Tibet will be enjoyed by readers interested in visiting the country and has some pretty funny moments It s been dubbed Faulty Towers in Tibet by many But for me this is, in part, its problem.While Le Sueur comes to understand Tibet, he seems to get to know few Tibetans well After all, he is working in a hotel populated by an ever changing contingent of tourists and manned largely by foreigners.Le Sueur gi [...]

  12. Liralen

    Interesting enough Very British humour look at working at a Western style hotel in Tibet Le Sueur keeps things deliberately light, poking fun at hotel employees, hotel conditions, the Chinese For the most part he takes a respectful tone with regard to Tibetan culture and people, although that may be a by product of the fact that his focus is almost entirely on trials and tribulations of running the hotel, and the expats and Chinese who do so, and not on the people of Tibet.In America, Holiday [...]

  13. Sean Conroy

    Lured by a sense of adventure, Sales and Marketing Manager Alec Le Sueur finds himself in the ultimate hard luck posting the Holiday Inn in Lhasa, Tibet Harrowing plane rides with secondhand boxed lunches and white knuckled taxi service takes him to the doors of his new home The Holiday Inn is two years removed from a housekeeping staff that, unfamiliar with their state of the art laundry facilities, washed bedsheets in the local water source and air dried them on the hotel grounds a receptionis [...]

  14. Coconut Creek Book Club ❧

    19th Pick, December 2013 Chosen by Sarah.Average rating was a 1.5 5 stars Vicki was the only one who thought it was witty enough to give it 3 stars, but even she skimmed heavily through the middle, LOL Everyone else gave it anywhere from 1 2.5 stars Not a huge hit It was too much of a special interest book to be a good book club pick Too much monotonous description, and not a very engaging look at Alec Le Sueur s journey from Paris to Tibet in the hotel business He also seemed to cast a negative [...]

  15. LindyLouMac

    bookcrossing journal 7Alec Le Sueur was posted as a Sales Manager to the quote unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world He works there for five years and in writing The Hotel On The Roof Of The World he has given a fascinating insight into life in Tibet generally.As for what happens within the hotel walls, the descriptions will have you both laughing and squirming at the trials and tribulations the staff had to contend with.This book can be read and enjoyed as either a travelogue or a hotel sitcom A [...]

  16. Rachel

    Im not sure how accurate a portrayal of Tibet this still is but it made me laugh out loud in points However, I did find other aspects mocking of people who the author deemed to be less developed much through politics than anything else But I did feel I learnt a little about the culture and people of Tibet and the different political viewpoints surrounding the country.In places it was quite superficial and reminded me a lot of Fawlty Towers and not at all like any of the hotels I have ever worked [...]

  17. Adele Levine

    This book is hilarious and full of wacky people in a strange place My favorite kind of situation I read this in Africa when I was touring around Namibia by myself I gave the book to a girl on my cheapo safari We were bouncing around in this jeep thing and she managed to keep her nose in the book without throwing up I could hear her laughing the entire time she was reading it Since then, I regularly give this book as a gift to people I know who like to travel It is hard to find But everyone alway [...]

  18. Lady Drinkwell

    A note at the end of the book, in which the author explained that this was a book about running a hotel about Tibet with just a bit of background political and cultural explanation, reconciled me to it I had felt that something was missing Although it is very funny and the conditions in which they had to run the hotel were extraordinary, I did not feel I had much of an insight into Tibetan culture or spirituality the country remained closed for me.

  19. alana Semuels

    Amusing account of a guy accustomed to working in luxury hotels who goes to work at the Holiday Inn in Lhasa in the late 80s, just as China is opening Tibet to foreigners Hospitality hilarity ensues Probably only interesting to people traveling to Lhasa China or people who are interested in Tibet.

  20. Rui Igreja

    The average elevation of Tibet is 4900m The highest point of the highest ski station in Europe is 3200m The highest point in western Europe is 4810m This shall be enough to say a lot about Tibet A French guy spends 5 years working at the Holiday Inn in Lhasa in the 1990s An account on how communist and altitude mentalities may differ from what we are used.

  21. Brian

    As indicated on book cover, very reminiscent of Faulty Towers, though in this case completely true Tales from Alec who worked in sales at the Holiday Inn in Lhasa, Tibet Poor sanitation, corruption, endless misfortune and shenanigans made for many stories over 3 years time Not terribly well edited, but at least coherent and very funny.

  22. Unwisely

    A fun, fast read, which pretty much is exactly what the title says it is There s the usual antics of running a hotel, compounding by bizarre Communist politics, and the background of Tibetan culture None of these are anything I knew about, but it was sure interesting to read 3.5 stars, I think.

  23. PathPainters

    This book is perfect for all who love to escape in their minds to the far corners of the Earth It struck a perfect balance between humor, culture and life lessons The reader is so effortlessly taken into the unique world of Tibet, the imagery is a good as watching a film

  24. Daniel

    The hotel had this on their shared bookshelf and it was surprisingly good It s a pretty funny account of his time working at a completely dysfunctional hotel in Tibet I laughed out loud several times.

  25. Bibi

    First read this book as part of my studies in Hotel management Recently reread it and loved it again.Ik registreerde een boek op BookCrossing BookCrossing journal 12522161

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