Welcome to our North Korea Hotels section! See the good, the bad, the pretty and the ugly of every North Korean hotel listed! We’ve stayed at all of the hotels you can see and objectively write our opinions, pluses and minuses of each one so that you can decide where to stay when you travel to North Korea.
We have had added a comments/questions section at the bottom of each page, so feel free to share your honest review of any of the hotels you have stayed at in North Korea or to ask any questions you may have.
North Korea Hotels are classified into different standards according to DPRK ratings. The concept of stars is not used though there is an equivalent way to rate the quality of the accommodation in North Korea available to travellers. Luxury hotels are the equivalent of 4 star hotels, though there is one hotel that is above this range; the Hyangsan Hotel. First class Hotels are the equivalent of 3 star hotels and second class hotels follow these.
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Please note that generally speaking hotels in Pyongyang are in are in better conditions that those outside the capital of North Korea. We have divided this section into hotels in different regions of the DPRK; Pyongyang, Mount Myohyang, the West Side and the East Side of North Korea. These are the hotels mostly used in our trips but by no means all of the hotels we use and we will be updating our list.
If going on an independent trip to North Korea you may want to read this page when deciding on the accommodation that interests you.
You may want to refer too to our interactive map of North Korea to have a clearer idea of where each of these regions in located.
We are mainly based in Pyongyang on our trips to North Korea, especially if staying less than one week in the country. Please note that we have had travellers staying for example 4 nights in Korea and only a night in Pyongyang but these have been travellers who had been in the DPRK before and wanted to explore new areas out of Pyongyang.
Located on an Islet in the Taedong River
Located on the Yanggak Islet, it has great views all of Pyongyang from its revolving restaurant on the 47th floor
Located next to the Train Station
Twin tower hotel located right by the Pyongyang Railway Station, a fantastic place to see ordinary life in Pyongyang
Located by the Pothong River
Located in a quiet area by the Pothong River, it is considered to be the most luxurious hotel in Pyongyang
Sports teams usually stay here
In the sports village of Pyongyang, national and foreign sports delegations and teams tend to stay here
Very retro hotel in the sports village with great views of one of the main avenues of Pyongyang
Very retro hotel, it has great views of one of the main avenues of the city. It has an outdoors pool too
Best Karaoke in town!
Located in the sports village too, it has the best Karaoke facilities in Pyongyang and great views of the local football stadium
Great location and the best coffee in Pyongyang!
Located just across from the Pyongyang Grand Theatre, it's coffee shop is said to be the best in town
Very centrally located with views of the Pyongyang Cultural Hall and the Pyongyang Ice Rink
Close to the Pyongyang ice rink, the Air Koryo offices and the Ragkwon department store
Right next to the Headquarters of the Rodong Sinmun Newspaper
Mainly used by business people, it is located next to the Rodong Sinmun newspaper headquarters
The most luxurious hotel in the DPRK, it is rated as a 6 star hotel
The most luxurious hotel in North Korea
Second class hotel in Mt. Myohyang, it is a low budget alternative to the Hyangsan Hotel
Second class hotel
Traditional Courtyard Hotel where we sleep and eat on the floor
Traditional Courtyard Hotel located in the old part of Kaesong City
Villa at the Ryonggang Hot Spa Hotel
A Guarded Compound, Hot Salty Water Baths and Petrol Clam BBQ
Named after International Women's Day
Third class hotel with very interesting decoration, it is named after International Women's Day
The Jangsusan Hotel is the only hotel available for foreigners in Pyongsong City, a satellite city of Pyongyang
Second class hotel, it’s a handy option if you are visiting both Pyongsong and Mount Myohyang
Located right in the city centre of Hamhung
Soviet styled hotel located close to Mount Tonhung where the statues of the leaders are
Very basic, but a lot of fun. Villas are located right by the beach
Beach resort located in Hungnam district, about 30 minutes away from the centre of Hamhung
Retro hotel located in the city centre of Wonsan
A Blend of Soviet & Korean Styles with Great Sea Views
Smaller hotel built in the 1990s, it is just a few meters away from the Songdowon Hotel
1990s hotel right by the pier leading to Jangdok Islet