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Reviewed 8 December 2010

The photos were pretty accurate. The service staff attended to me promptly. It is a large hotel as most foreigners stay here while touring Pyongyang. If you get to stay on the high floor, you get a pretty good view of the city. To regulate temperature of the room, all you need to do is actually open the windows. The thermostat thingy apparently does not work (the technicians told me when they came to assist me). There is fresh hot water in the flask daily but it would be advisable that you bring some of your own coffee/tea/hot cocoa mix from home as they have none in the room. Also, it would be wise to bring your own bath towel from home as their bath towels are just a little bigger than the face towels that we have back home (jokes aside).

  • Stayed: October 2010
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3  Thank angsana_tree
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

A pretty solid hotel - no major problems. As others have mentioned towels a bit on the small side. Staff tried hard to please, and, in general succeeded. Beer incredibly cheap (drank lots!). Sent a weeks worth of washing to the laundry: came back like new - oil stains that had been on a shirt for months miraculously gone! Never mind their nuclear programme I need to know what detergent they use! Wish I had been more adventurous and gone to the fifth floor as other poster mentioned.

  • Stayed: October 2009
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7  Thank YorksUK
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Reviewed 2 September 2010

Very nice and clean hotel, with comfortable rooms, clean sheets, warm water and no power outage. Located on an island with a nice view of Pyong Yang. Who cares if it's centrally located or not; anyway no tourist can get out of the hotel by himself.

The elevator has no 5th floor... but there is one fifth floor, which you can reach only by the emergency stairs. If you are courageous, go there and see a different reality of North Korean daily life. Floors 44 and 44 are also "private" but we did not succeed to get there. We were too scared after floor # 5:-)

  • Stayed: August 2010
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7  Thank Scilist
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Reviewed 31 August 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 2 August 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, travelled solo
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5  Thank malcolmrep
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