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Reviewed August 30, 2010

As a part of a tour group not much to choose from. Yanggakdo is standard tourist hotel if you use international standards. Altough it is huge and impressive colossal building. Rooms are nothing special, I shared a room with my friend. Two beds, tv, toilet, minibar same as anywhere else in the world. One thing I have to note; towels were extremely small, so you might want to bring your own.

Inside this hotel complex there are many restaurants, casino, revolving restaurant&bar, bowling alley, shops from where to get souveniers, drinking water, beer etc. They have business center from where you can send postcards, make international phone calls and even access internet. Of course prices are quite high. 2mins phone call to China was 40rmb.

Breakfast was okay, lot of stuff to eat but depends of your taste if you find something to eat or not. Basically it was quite close to traditional Chinese hotel breakfast, noodels, eggs, bread, pickles, rice "porridge" etc.

All in all go to North Korea, but don't spend to much money for a tour. It is interesting but not so "extreme" as many might think.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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8  Thank Bonfire_81
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

As other reviewers have stated, this is a typical, Soviet-style hotel. No major problems -- they could stand to introduce some non-smoking rooms, and they could also add some reasonably-sized towels to their accoutrements, but all in all it was good. The revolving restaurant is nice and the breakfasts were good. The lobby area and shops are convenient too.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled solo
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5  Thank malcolmrep
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Reviewed April 24, 2010

The hotel was selected for us. The rooms are ok, but a bit outdated. The television broadcast the BBC, but only the screen, we couldn't hear the sound..

We enjoyed the bars and the view, both from our rooms as from the rotatingbar in the top of the hotel. Bowling with the guides (in the basement of Yanggakdo) was fun too!

Breakfast was perfect, a full breakfast.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled solo
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5  Thank MarkKwakman
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Reviewed April 21, 2010

Firstly this hotel is unique and you should cherish your stay here. The views, the furniture, the rooms, the oddly dark corridors all add to the mystique. The bar stays open essentially all night and you will no doubt bump into some odd characters. The Egyptian themed bar is a bit of a waste of time, casino is a good laugh and surely the staff thee will be glad to have people present to break the boredom.

If you are on a group tour in reality you will have very little time here but whatever time you do have it will be comfortable and enjoyable. Great photo opportunities in a unique setting. There is also a good shop for books and DPRK themed crap behind the reception area.

  • Stayed: June 2009
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5  Thank Stephen B
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Reviewed April 6, 2010

First of all, when visiting the DPRK, you will be part of a tour group of some kind. House rules. Ours was a simple one, eleven strong. The 38th floor of this hotel was pretty much ours.

For the first couple of nights, the lights did not work in the hallway near the elevators. The rest of the hallway was well lit always though.

The room was very comfortable. I have traveled to Asia before and was expecting a firm mattress. It was a little softer than I expected. Roomy too. Plenty of room for two guys and what little stuff we brought for a five day, four night stay.

Calling abroad is easy, instructions are provided. BBC is the only channel in English, though NHK World does occasionally have some English language programming.

The towels were a good size for my roommate and myself. We were both about 6' tall.

The business center, near the front desk, is pretty low tech. They do international phone calls, email and faxes. Others in my group used them for the email. I only did a phone call to the States.

We did go downstairs on our first night, but only really used the bowling alley on our last day. It was 20 RMB per person, per game. There was also ping pong, billiards, slot machines, a sauna and a golf course outside. We did go to the revolving restaurant on the roof. It revolves very slowly. I, personally, preferred the bar downstairs on the first floor.

If you or anyone in your tour group speaks fluent Mandarin, congrats. You have bridged the language gap. Along with Korean and very little English, the staff (some, not all) speaks Mandarin Chinese.

  • Stayed: April 2010
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3  Thank l337sp34kr
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