Chongnyon Hotel North Korea aka The Youth Hotel
This hotel was recently refurbished but still holds its DPRK hotel signature retro style; long corridors, marble floors, high ceilings, chandeliers and rooms that seem straight out from a Bond movie all embodied in a tall green structure that stands proudly at the Kwangbok intersection. Please check our Youtube video below:
Westerners hardly stay here, so if in on an independent trip and looking to avoid Western tourists this may be an option to consider. Facilities are actually very good for a budget hotel.
The Chongnyon Hotel (or Youth Hotel) was built in 1989 and is a first-class hotel. First-class hotels are not the highest rated hotels in North Korea unlike deluxe-class North Korean hotels like the Yanggakdo International Hotel and the Koryo Hotel.
It is located nearby the sports village in Mangyongdae District on Kwangbok Street. This is about a 15 minute drive west of Pyongyang's city centre. Close by you will find Pyongyang Circus, Chilgol Revolutionary Site, as well as the Hyangmanru and Chongchun restaurants.
The hotel boasts great views of the Pyongyang Circus, and the Ryugyong Hotel in the background. Nearby sites include the Chilgol Revolutionary Site, as well as the Hyangmanru and Chongchun restaurants.
Handy Tips & Facilities
The Youth Hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a slide. So if you come during the summer months make sure you do bring your swimming trunks. You will find that many of the pool guests are North Koreans who have paid to use the pool for the day, which makes it more interesting as you will have the chance to mingle more with locals.
On the second floor of the hotel there is a souvenir shop and a bookshop and there is a shop too in the lobby. Other entertainment facilities inside the hotel include billiards, karaoke and table tennis rooms and an indoor sauna with a massage parlour as well as a big indoor swimming pool.
The Chongnyon Hotel has 30 stories and 465 rooms. As you enter the hotel you will see a very large reception area. This is where tour groups usually met up with their tour guides in the mornings before setting off for the day. Like most other hotels, rooms here clean, have a fridge and a flat screen tv.
There are three different types of rooms; 3rd class, 2nd class and 1st class. First class rooms have an office and small living room.
There are two bars in and a restaurant in the lobby which serves Western breakfast (toast, eggs, jam etc). But if you are craving for Western food after a few days in North Korea, then why not pop in the fast food burger restaurant just outside the hotel as well as a snack shop open until late at night? UPDATE: as of 2017 the burger place is no longer opened.
There used to be a burger joint right by the hotel. Please note that fast food restaurants are a rarity in North Korea. Please check our North Korea Food options page for a list of restaurants in the DPRK.
Another, though perhaps not as interesting, fact to point out is that The Air China ticketing office is located in the Youth Hotel.