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Reviewed January 10, 2018

I thought my tour company (from China) would put me in Yanggakdo Hotel, which is considered to be the best in Pyongyang and even the whole North Korea, but they ended up arrange me in Koryo Hotel. Koryo Hotel is much more centrally located than Yanggakdo Hotel (and just around the corner from Pyongyang Main Train Station). Unfortunately, due to tense situation on Korean Peninsula, we foreign visitors are not allowed to wander out of the hotel by ourselves. While it is possible to ask our local guide to accompany us, she thought it was a bad idea to walk around after dinner time. Thus, after coming back from our daytime tours and dinner, I was practically trapped in the hotel.

There are actually quite a lot of places to go INSIDE the hotel, including a bathhouse (close about 9pm), Karaoke bar (almost no one there the three nights of my stay), and shops selling expensive imported grocery items. One place I did go every night is the revolving restaurants at the top. It is a good place to have a great view of Pyongyang's (not very bright) nighttime skylines. The waitresses there are very friendly (some even speak Mandarin-Chinese) and attentive.

The room itself is comfortable and clean. Though some power switches seem to be from 1970s (or older, I guess) and take time to get familiar with. There are several international channels (don't expect CNN or BBC here), including Japanese NHK, English news channel from Al Jazzera, and China's CCTV. It is also a good opportunity to watch North Korean channels - all three of them. One of the channels seems to have Kim Jung Un in every program, all the time. Since there is almost no traffic outside (even this is the city center), it is very quiet at night and easy to fall asleep.

Overall the whole experience staying at Koryo Hotel is eerily unique, with a special retro-style, but still quite comfortable.

The breakfast buffet is included in my stay. Though the choice is not abundant, it is generally decent, with both Korean and Western (like omelet) dishes. One thing that surprised me is that coffee costs extra (10 Chinese Yuen, or slightly more than US$1.5) here.

How about the hotel's Wi Fi? Does it function well? Well, I guess you are kidding me .... Okay, I do hear there are computer terminal downstairs that you can pay by minutes to get access to internet; there are also phone booths where you can call internationally. However, I never bothered to try them. When in North Korea, do expect to get cut off from the outside world... and it is not necessarily a bad thing!

  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled solo
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3  Thank Saricie_Q
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

Rated 5 Star hotel in North Korea, as you can probably guess, it's not rated by any international standards. Not being an expert in hotels, but, if I were to "rate" it, I'd give it a 2 Star rating...

As you have probably heard, if you are reading this, what you can see and where you can go in the DPRK are very strict, it's not much better in this hotel. You do feel like you are being watched ALL THE TIME. Not saying you'll see or hear cameras focusing in your room, but once you have stepped out of your room, it feels like you have at least 2 pairs of eyes on you.

Basic hotel, coffee prices various A LOT, be sure to ask for the prices before paying to order anything.

There is a shop with surprising amount of items to buy, overpriced, of course, but if you are in a desperate need for any home comfort food/items, they have it there.

There is a bar next to the main entrance to the hotel, has 2 kinds of locally brewed beer. That was probably the highlight of the hotel!

There is a revolving restaurant on the 44th floor. Offered good view of the city, need to ask your guide to organise that, try to do it when there is day light.

Room Tip: Go in numbers, as there is not much to do in the hotel, the bar next to the main entrance is the only place worth going to after dinner
  • Stayed: July 2017, traveled solo
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3  Thank Waynewulala
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

an interesting retro hotel in North Korea. Popular with business delegates and diplomats, this the hotel that allows you to have closer proximity to the North Korean people. It is the oldest in Pyongyang and the newly renovated lobby is a draw. It has what is missing in Yangkakdo Hotel: the plenty comfortable sitting sofas. However, once you enter the corridor to your rooms, you find yourself in the 70s world. The carpeting, the door, the interior of the room have the 70s vibe and these make the hotel even more special. It does have all the necessary amenities and conveniences like an electric flask for drinking. The room is big and comfortable. The toilet is extremely old-fashioned and seemed like a capsule toilet.

Other hotel amenities include a gym, swimming pool, massage, billiards, a bar on the revolving restaurant (which has great views over the city centre of Pyongyang).

Breakfast is buffet-style (depending on the number of guests) and the food is decent enough.

  • Stayed: December 2017, traveled solo
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Thank terlunche
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

View of Pyongyang is a really different feel and unique experience to average Pyongyang restaurant and hotel. Here is a good choice if you will visit Pyongyang. 旅館緊鄰平壤火車站, 頂樓有旋轉餐廳, 供有多國料理可選,值得一住. 地下室的休閒設施很多, 還可以按摩. 2樓的外文書店 & 1樓的涉外商店, 也有很多商品可以購買.

Stayed: April 2017
1  Thank Companion741951
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Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Much more rustic than some capital city hotels but had all the basics. Hot water is limited but staff turned it on for us when asked. Service was very friendly and a great restaurant, accommodated vegetarians too.

Stayed: October 2016, traveled solo
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