This is the DPRK so don't expect the style and service of the Ritz Carlton even if this is reputed to be one of the top hotels in the entire country.
Some of the food is decent although expensive by North Korean standards (which you will not get to experience anyway, most likely). Polite persistence will get your basic needs taken care of from laundry pickup to figuring out how to tune in BBC World on the TV set.
The BBQ restaurant seems to have a habit of bringing more plates of items than are actually ordered. You will be charged for it all unless you intercept the dish before it's on the table.
Also be sure to ask up front what sending e-mails will cost you. There is no internet available at the telecom center but you can send e-mails. I sent one photo attachment and was told I would be charged $150!
The beer in the lobby is decent. Avoid the pizza in the tea lounge but the spaghetti is edible.
Above all, bring a lot of dollars, euros or renminbi. All charges must be settled in hard currency, no credit cards.
- Also Known As:
- Koryo Hotel Pyongyang