Tourists call this hotel a North Korean prison, despite his six-star rating
• Tourists call this hotel a North Korean prison, despite his six-star rating
Dozens of tourists perturbed criticized on the Internet is the only six-star hotel in North Korea for conditions like prison.
Hotel "Ryanggang" in Pyongyang, which the locals call a first-class establishment, has received 31 reviews on TripAdvisor website, and most travelers were extremely dissatisfied with the service and accommodations at this hotel.
But if you were hoping to stay in the North Korean capital with greater comfort than the "Ryangane", you will be disappointed: a luxury hotel "Ryugon" 330 meters in height, which began building 29 years ago, has not yet been opened.
Simon rider from the UK to book a room in "Ryangane" in May 2012, wrote: "The beds are hard, it seems to me, on the floor would be more comfortable ... I washed the bathroom and soak your feet."
Another guest from Cape Town (South Africa) agreed with the complaints of the British, writing in the recall: "A classic hotel in the Soviet style. Dark, poorly lit, stone bed, miserable food and shortages of hot water - and it's not the worst "However, trying to find at least some positive, a South African tourist said that the stay has helped him to feel the North Korean flavor.
David Templeman from Estonia briefly described "Ryanggang" as "old and cold" hotel. He added: "Electricity in terrible disrepair. Half broken sockets, and somewhere out of the floor sticking bare wire cut (who may live) ".
But he noted the positive aspects: "From Good - large flat screen TV with one channel, the North Korean propaganda channel, where the female announcer is struggling to sound inspiring, until the background show videos with Kim Jong Ynom, fields and buildings" .
How many rooms in the hotel, it is not known, the "Ryanggang" do not have a website. Many of our guests tell us that booked a room until they were taken by bus to the city tour.
In "Ryanggang" on Tripadvisor rating of 2, 5 out of five possible points, and most of the guests said that it was at the "average" or "bad."
It seems that North Korea with top-notch hotel makes things not so. For many years, tourists waiting for the opening of the hotel "Ryugon" in a high triangular tower 330 meters high. The building of glass and concrete, which cost more than $ 750 million, is still not completed. Work began in 1987, still at his grandfather Kim Jong-un, Kim Il Sung, and the hotel had to open in two years. According to calculations of the North Korean leadership, a new hotel tower was the envy of South Korea. In 1988, Seoul hosted the Olympic Games, and Pyongyang was to open the tallest hotel in the world.
Frame huge pyramid built quickly, but work stopped in 1992, after the main sponsor of North Korea Soviet Union ceased to exist. For the country, it was an economic disaster, which caused a famine that killed about 3, 5 million people. What was supposed to be a symbol of technical and engineering excellence of the country, it has become meaningless monument and an object of ridicule of other countries.
In the 1990s, the European delegation inspected the building and concluded that the frame can not be repaired and must be demolished because of the poor quality of the concrete and the curvature of elevator shafts. Esquire magazine named it the worst building in the history of mankind. Others called it "Doomed to the hotel." This nickname stuck.
In 2008, after 16 years of inactivity, to the surprise of Western observers, the construction of the hotel-giant resumed. In 2011, the construction of reinforced concrete and glass exterior building stoned worth 146, 5 million dollars. Now the hotel shines in the sun.
The fate of the hotel has become not so bad because of the rich Egyptian group Orascom, which has signed a contract for $ 400 million to establish a mobile network in North Korea and the developer "Ryugona" was appointed in 2008. That investors stoned building glass and installed on the roof Cellular antenna.