Youth Hotel | North Korea Travel Guide
The Youth Hotel, also known as the Chongnyon Hotel, was built in 1989 for the World Youth Games.
It is classified as a;
"First Class North Korean hotel"
This is just a title though.
It doesn’t reflect reality.
The hotel is 30 storeys tall and has 465 rooms.
It is finished in a very distinct shade of dark green that is unique in Pyongyang.
It is definitely one of Pyongyang’s quirkiest hotels to stay at leaving you with an experience you probably won’t forget.
Very few foreign tourists visit this hotel annually.
The Youth Hotel is located on Kwangbok Street in Pyongyang.
It is located on the junction of Chongchun Street and Kwangbok Street.
It is a few doors away from the Pyongyang Circus, and next door is the Pyeonghwa Motors dealership.
This is North Korea’s only car manufacturer and car showroom.
Also located nearby are the Kwangbok Department Store, Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace and Central Court.
It is just a stone’s throw from the Mangyongdae area where you’ll find Mangyongdae Native House and Mangyongdae Funfair.
Its exterior shape resembles a missile, while its interior areas contain some of the finest examples of late-socialist interior design in the city.
The building combines a brutalist high-rise main section with cylindrically-shaped low-rise sections at the front and rear.
Particularly notable are the beautifully-designed circular lobby, the large, open balconies running along its perimeter, the long, curved billiards room on the hotel's first floor, and the two strikingly-designed swimming pools. One is indoor and one outdoor.
The latter of which features a distinctive curved design, original tiling and splendid views of the gargantuan socialist blocks around the hotel.
The hotel has only ever received minor renovations at various times since it was built in 1989.
Some rooms and common areas are in good condition, but most are original 1989 condition and in need of renovation.
Bathrooms all seemed to have been renovated at some point and seem much more modern than the rest of the room.
Rooms are basic but comfortable for a short stay.
Televisions are tuned for local channels only.
Power points mainly seem to be the twin flat prong type in the room, whereas the bathrooms have the more common European twin round prong plug type. You may need to charge your devices next to the toilet.
Electricity can be unreliable, water pressure is low and hot water is only available during limited times.
Do ensure to confirm with your guides the hours during which hot water will be available.
The hotel is equipped with the following facilities;
Air China’s Pyongyang office is located on the second floor of the hotel.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your stay at the Youth Hotel;