Yanggakdo Hotel is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Pyongyang, offering a quiet environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.
The hotel offers a concierge, to make your visit even more pleasant. The property also features a pool and free breakfast. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.
While staying at Yanggakdo Hotel, visitors can check out Kim Il-sung Square (2.3 km), which is a popular Pyongyang attraction.
If you like Korean restaurants, Yanggakdo Hotel is conveniently located near Rakwon, The Diplomatic Restaurant - "The New Diplo", and Grand Theatre Restaurant.
Best of all, Yanggakdo Hotel makes it easy to experience many great Pyongyang attractions like Tower of the Juche Idea, Mansudae Grand Monument, and Arch of Reunification, which are some popular monuments and statues.
Enjoy your stay in Pyongyang!
North Korea is one place you don't ever want to visit; it's like visiting a supermax prison. This is where at least most if not all tours take you to stay. And they literally treat you like you're in a prison. The room was monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the staff were like prison guards, it was exactly like a prison cell. On the whole, North Korea is a 46,540 square mile supermax prison. Worse than Pelican Bay. Stay away from North Korea; there are plenty of other countries on Earth to enjoy.
So you have no choice about staying at this hotel but its actually not that bad. You get amazing views over the Taedong River in the morning (frankly the guides work you so hard you don't actually see the hotel in the daylight!). The rooms are clean, reasonably comfortable (you are so exhausted by the day that any bed is comfy). The water pressure is amazing. The best showers ever. Breakfast is a bit hit and miss. Given that North Korea puts on an amazing show of food for lunches and dinners, the breakfast is hard to navigate. Trying to get a lift at peak times is also a tad trying
What can you say about one of the only 2 hotels you can stay at in Pyongyang? As far as worldwide hotels go, it wouldn’t even scrape a 2 star. The lobby is relatively swish but the rest of it is a 1980s run down old hotel. The corridors smell odd (I thought kind of like celery, but none of us could agree on exactly what it smelt like), the carpets are worn and stained, the lifts take FOREVER to come and when they do, it’s a painfully slow ride down 40-odd floors. The rooms have the most basic amenities, the decor is tired and bare and everything smells of smoke. Tip: Bring a bath towel from home if you can. The towels are the size of dishcloths. The best bit is the revolving bar! You can stay up there until the early hours drinking with your group and taking in the 360 views. It was definitely the highlight. The basement tunnels were also a real bonus. There’s a bar with pool tables, a karaoke room, a massage parlour, hairdresser’s, a couple of shops (selling Chinese goods rather than local which was disappointing), a cold noodle bar and a casino. We were shocked to find that the casino had WiFi! It was the only place in the whole of DPRK where you could make contact with home. I made a WhatsApp call home and was very surprised at the connection quality. There are a couple of bookshops and convenience/snack shops on the main floor. Buy as many souvenirs as you can - you’ll regret it if you don’t. Also, send a postcard home. I regret not doing this. The staff are very sweet - as are all of the staff, guides and various members of the public you’ll encounter on your trip. Despite any of the downsides above, the Yanggakdo gets 5 stars, because IT’S THE DPRK and you’ll never stay somewhere so surreal in your entire life, and the excitement of that alone means that all of the above becomes inexplicably endearing. It’s still the most memorable place I’ve ever stayed and I can’t see anywhere else in the world ever topping it.…
Stayed here over new years eve with Rocky Road Travel. It just oozes character. The lobby is newly refurbished and the bedrooms comfortable with lots of English TV channels. The best part is the basement with billiards, bowling, karaoke and swimming. You literally cannot go board here!
First impressions: immaculate and stunning. Large, gleaming foyer with front desk staff and bellhops and doormen with a live pianist playing classical music. However it starts to go downhill from there Here is a long and still, incomplete, list why: 1) Even though it would seem the hotel is staffed 24 hours a day it isn't. I had jet lag and at 4 am thought I would go to the gym to work out. Got to the foyer to find everything is shut down and no one is on duty save for the lone security guard stationed at the front door to make sure no guests attempt to leave the premises unattended. This is because the hotel is only for foreign tourists and they know beforehand who to expect. As we were the only guests scheduled for the hotel, no need to have people working all day... I guess. 2) Air conditioning and fridge in our room did not work. 3) There is a Chinese restaurant, a European restaurant, and a Korean restaurant on site but they all serve the same food... a Korean attempt at western food. And it was weird being the only ones in the restaurant even though it was fully staffed. 4) The revolving restaurant on the 47th (top) floor only revolves if you buy a drink. 5) The billiards room in the basement was filled with cigarette smoke from others blatantly smoking. 6) The three lane bowling lane is not bad although you play in your own street shoes and the machine breaks down often and has to be manually reset. A number of times I almost threw a strike before noticing there were a pair of shapely female legs standing where the pins should be. 7) Is it a coincidence that the table tennis attendant is a pro player and the snooker attendant is also a pro? And that they kept beating all night? I think not. 8) The piano on the 47th floor is badly out of tune... the one in the foyer is marginally better. 9) The elevators are possibly the slowest ever. 10) And don't ever try to go to the 5th floor... ever. No explanation why. I think it houses all the surveillance equipment. And yes, I believe we were monitored in our room... I found possible evidence to suggest so. So on the one hand the NK government wants to impress us foreigners and therefore shows us a facade of what they believe a 5 star hotel is like but once experiencing the stay it really is a 3 star hotel by western standards. However, on the other hand the vast majority of citizens in this impoverished nation live with no heat or hot water, very little electricity and squat toilets while we lavished ourselves in our opulent hotel taking hot showers and eating till we were stuffed. Makes one ponder...…