Dongmyong Hotel
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3.5
#1 of 1 small hotel in Wonsan
4.2 of 5 bubbles
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3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Romantic
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Bar / lounge
Restaurant

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Wonsan North Korea
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Irlantilainen wrote a review Oct 2016
Kajaani, Finland492 contributions252 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Of the 5 provincial hotels we've stayed in in the DPRK, apart from the Yanggakdo, the Dongmyong was the best. On a point between the beach and the harbour, with great views from most rooms. Friendly staff, comfortable, plentiful hot water. OK restaurant, but eat across the street at the very good fish restaurant if your guides allow it. Nice coffeeshop and bar. Shop in lobby for basic needs, and a bookstore (Euro or RMB only)
I'd recommend it, but you won't really be given a choice.

Wonsan is a lovely little town. Try to get the OK to wander around. There's an attractive park with particularly striking mural of the Kims, President and General, behind the harbour.
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Date of stay: October 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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laendersammler wrote a review Feb 2014
Nuremberg, Germany347 contributions297 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
i stayed at the Dongmyong Hotel for one night in January 2014. The room was spacious and had a nice sea view. It is a bit worn out and the elevator did not work all the time. Hot water started at 7.a.m. To my surprise there have been many other guests - students from Pyongyang at winter vacation. It was interesting to see them having fun.
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Date of stay: January 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Stella F wrote a review May 2016
Chintheche, Malawi73 contributions20 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Well situated, comfortable hotel with very friendly staff! What can one wish more than a room with a magic view onto the pier to the lighthouse. This was one of the few occasions, when I could observe Koreans coming with friends for a picnic and a drink in the evening, sitting on the rocks or under shade tarpaulins, elderly men arriving after work with a rod under the arm in order to catch a fish. At night colourful lights were reflected from the water.The rooms are spotlessly clean, very cosy bedding and hot water. There is a small shop and a bar at ground level with a wide screen TV, where one can in comfort tune in into the news of the DPRK.
The meals are consisting of a never ending tasty arrangement of dishes, I enjoyed the fresh fish, clamps and lobsters. When in North Korea, eat like the Koreans!
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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RCC_10 wrote a review Aug 2013
Sydney, Australia284 contributions93 helpful votes
+1
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I have stayed overnight in 2004 and 2010 at the Dongmyong Hotel in Wonsan. The best aspect about the Dongmyong Hotel definitely was the ocean and coastal views. Décor of the Hotel was extremely dated and has possibly been allowed to run down owing to lack of use. My room felt old and the bathroom was similarly unimpressive compared to four (4) of the five (5) other DPRK hotels I have stayed at. I found the meals surprisingly greasy but most dishes were still palatable. Meals were less than expected but I nonetheless ate most things. Walk towards the Songdowon International Children's Union Camp was fantastic and the short trek along the sea levee, then clockwise around the Jangdok Island and back was even much better. Jangdok Island in past times was known as Dong Island. I enjoyed the late afternoon Jangdok Island walk so much I did it again after dinner and I was once more happy. From second time with contrasting evening spectacular reflections off the water I was even more impressed. On the way I saw many local Wonsan {mostly} men fishing and everyone was polite and friendly. You can see the ferry which previously went to Japan in three (3) of my photographs. This “family reunion” ferry formerly did the Japan to Wonsan return journey but charter was suspended indefinitely after all DPRK ships were banned from entering Japanese harbours on 14Oct2006. Two (2) of my photographs clearly show Songdowon International Children's Union Camp, where the decedents of hero revolutionaries in their uniforms and their formal manner stand out from the other children. When I visited I was told there were a few children from Cuba but I never sighted them. During my last time at Dongmyong Hotel I was pleased make acquaintance with a WFP District Scrutineer [Canadian National] from World Food Programme and we had a long helpful conversation.
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Date of stay: September 2012
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Definitely do the Jangdok Island walk no matter what the weather and also try to get to visit...
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thanh191184 wrote a review Nov 2009
kyoto63 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
when i hear this hotel is in dongmyong i thought it was quite good.but when i went to ii was very old and dirty.it is only good for location
be careful
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Date of stay: October 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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LMilich wrote a review Apr 2016
Jakarta190 contributions93 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't know why some of the reviews here are so negative. The lobby is not smelly, never mind "stinky," for example. The restaurant (2nd floor, breakfast inclusive of room rate) has a wonderful view over the sea, and if you order a Korean breakfast rather than accept the "European" one that they think all travelers want, you won't be disappointed. I stay there regularly as what might best be described as a business traveler - my project is in a nearby county. The rooms I have stayed in have always had a full bathroom; in winter, the 2 queen beds both have electric blankets - which is a very nice touch. I notice a/c for the summer.... The bathrooms are full, with bathtub, and clean. Hot water comes twice a day - as is the case in my apartment in Pyongyang. Sure, if the power is out, or voltage low, the lifts are off. Big deal; you probably can use the exercise anyway. But the biggest amenity, as far as I'm concerned, is that the beds are not rock-hard, as in the other places I've stayed. Besides the sauna/pool, there's massage: 15 euro per session. A nice touch, after bumping down the uncomfortable road from Pyongyang....
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Date of stay: April 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: I stay on the 6th floor....
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Bill S wrote a review Oct 2014
Adelaide, Australia234 contributions99 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Located on the absolute seafront, there are good views and the walk to the lighthouse starts outside. Rooms are reasonable enough, bathroom was wet room style. The main issue we had was hot water which had to be arranged, we had an hour in the evening and another the next morning. There does not appear to be a restaurant here, we used one 5 minutes walk away. Again, our group were the only ones staying there so crowds are not an issue. I gather. There are plans for a new resort here with a designated tourist zone so there will not be a requirement for guide accompaniment. One TV channel and no wifi. The hotel is looking a bit tired but is ok.
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Date of stay: September 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Sensets on the west side, dawn on the east
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musehead wrote a review July 2012
London190 contributions101 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I concur with the above reviewer, it really is not THAT bad.

It's typical of an unrefurbished North Korean hotel - you'll feel like you are in the 1970s. In some other countries such a hotel would probably be considered a museum piece!

My room was very large, certainly suite-sized and had a great view out over the sea. The door lock was a bit weird, I never managed to get the hang of it. It's very close to the town centre, just 5 minutes walk from the main square. Not that you'll be allowed to walk there of course...!
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Date of stay: April 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Netopyr wrote a review Oct 2009
Wellington, New Zealand58 contributions44 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The hotel is centrally located. It looks old from the outside and inside is even worst. My room was small and everything looked old and dirty. The worst thing was the terrible smell of sewage in the bathroom and in the room. Breakfast was terrible as well: I could only eat bread with some kind of marmalade.
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Date of stay: August 2009
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Gyan Fernando wrote a review Oct 2017
Exeter, United Kingdom6,514 contributions399 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
An excellent high rise hotel which is slightly faded but cheerful.
The location is ideal as it is by the sea,
Walking out of the hotel and turning right you can get on to the long breakwater. A walk along the breakwater to the lighthouse is a must. Here you can see local people catching fish, collecting sea weed, cooking and eating.
The hotel staff are friendly and the meals are good.
Rooms were clean as were the bathrooms.
Please note that the name of this hotel is also spelt as Tongmyong.
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Date of stay: October 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Upper floors with a seaview
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Gyan Fernando wrote a tip Oct 2017
Exeter, United Kingdom6,514 contributions399 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Upper floors with a seaview"
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Mike G wrote a tip Apr 2017
San Francisco, California1,224 contribution233 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with a view of the nearby island."
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LMilich wrote a tip Apr 2016
Jakarta190 contributions93 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I stay on the 6th floor...."
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Etienne1979 wrote a tip Sept 2015
Montreal, Canada5 contributions6 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take a low floor room, the elevator often doesn't work and the pingpong/bar area can be noisy at night"
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Bill S wrote a tip Oct 2014
Adelaide, Australia234 contributions99 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Sensets on the west side, dawn on the east"
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.