The Tongmyong Hotel
Wonsan's main tourist hotel is the Tongmyong Hotel. This 1990s-built 42-room is a comon place to stay and has been undergoing on and off refurbishment for years now.
It is a pleasant enough place with an excellent seaside location plus the usual sprinkling of kitsch fixtures and facilities that you would expect to find in a North Korean hotel outside of Pyongyang.
Right by the seaside on the east coast of Korea, looking out across the bay towards the Kalma Peninsula which is currently undergoing extensive redevelopment into a new tourist zone, complete with a brand new airport.
Over this side of the bay in Wonsan, a pretty fisherman-lined causeway leads from just outside the hotel to Jangdok Islet.
Guides are sometimes happy to walk from here to dinner and other sites in Wonsan- the city centre area is quite compact.
The hotel is quite typical for an early-90s provincial Korean hotel- strong on the functionalism and concrete brutalism, a little less so on the more delicate aesthetics.
Tongmyong Hotel main building is a circular tower offering sea views from most rooms.
The rooms of the hotel run around the outside of the building, with an inward-facing balcony on each floor.
The lobby is a large circular area in the middle of the building, with adjoining bar, coffee shop, and bookstore.
The rooms are fairly basic but generally comfortable; superior rooms have comfier beds plus a lounge area with sofas.
The newer bathrooms are plastic, functional and forgettable- for a pampering and proper scrub, head down to the sauna and pool area.
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