The first hotel of its kind in Bhutan

Main frontage of Zhiwa Ling Ascent in Thimphu

After months of hard work and dedication, Zhiwa Ling Ascent is open for bookings. Keep reading to learn more about this extraordinary concept hotel realised through a joint collaboration between Bhutanese and Austrian project planners.

Authentic training experience for local Bhutanese students

Tourism and hospitality students at The Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality receive hands-on training of 120 hours each per year at Zhiwa Ling Ascent. Here they learn valuable skills from making room reservations to check-in and check-out, and culinary arts - including wine service - to spa therapy. All services are taught to the students under the supervision of an experienced and professional hospitality team.

If you have ever visited Zhiwa Ling Ascent’s sister hotel - Zhiwa Ling Heritage in Paro Valley - you will feel the same level of standard, care and attention. Like Zhiwa Ling Heritage, Zhiwa Ling Ascent is committed to developing an all Bhutanese team and strives for excellence in hotel service. Through your support, students strengthen core skills, grow in confidence and deepen their awareness of Bhutanese hospitality.

A staff member in the reception area of Zhiwa Ling Ascent

Hotel design inspired by Bhutanese farmhouses

The starting point for the draft design process was a study and analysis of Bhutanese farmhouses. Specific elements of Bhutanese dzong architecture have been incorporated into the design of Zhiwa Ling Ascent but overall the look is modern and polished. Smoothed natural stone, clay masonry and native timbers clad the exterior. The hotel is modest in size with an emphasis on personal connection, created by the many open spaces throughout the building. Zhiwa Ling Ascent is an ambitious project conceived by Austrian architect Irene Ott-Reinisch and realised through a joint collaboration between Bhutanese and Austrian project planners.

Concept drawing of Zhiwa Ling Ascent

All the features you would expect from a quality boutique hotel

Dine on internationally acclaimed food in the restaurant or unwind with a drink in the bar lounge, and on clear evenings, relax with a cocktail in our open air attic area - an incredible space offering 360 degree views towards Thimphu valley and surrounding forested mountains.


View from the attic space where guests can enjoy a cocktail on starry nights.

The hotel features 20 rooms in total - 16 double rooms and four twin rooms. All rooms have lovely views, from which at least two and even three points of the compass can be viewed. Two of the rooms on the second storey each have private access to part of the outdoor attic area.

Elegantly decorated double bedrooms

Strong ecological principles embedded into the design

Zhiwa Ling Ascent was developed to be totally energy efficient. From the double-glazed windows built to capture the sun, to the innovative collection of rainwater from the roof, to the generation of hot water by way of solar panels - Zhiwa Ling Ascent is low impact and therefore better for the environment. The construction, functional performance and technical equipment of Zhiwa Ling Ascent is a showcase to the vision of the Tourism Council of Bhutan to what can be achieved in the hospitality industry in Bhutan.

Double glazing on the windows seals in warmth through winter.

Explore many notable sights all within easy reach

From Zhiwa Ling Ascent you can experience a number of Thimphu’s main attractions, including: Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Motithang Takin Preserve, Phajoding Monastery, Royal Textile Academy of Bhutan and Sangaygang viewpoint.

From everyone at Zhiwa Ling Ascent, we welcome you to experience this exciting new hotel during your visit to Bhutan. Contact reception on +975 2 3364 86 for booking information.