A Video Tour Of The Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

Erick Tseng is a former Google executive, where, as the Lead Product Manager, he helped launch and grow Android. He’s now a bigwig at Facebook; he was hired to be the company’s Head of Mobile Products in 2010 and is currently involved in their AR/VR product management team.

In 2015, Erik had the opportunity to stay at the Koryo Hotel, located in Pyongyang, the capital and largest city in North Korea. According to Wikipedia, the Koryo is the second largest operating hotel in the North Korea and one of the few hotels the country where foreigners can stay. Built in 1985, it was intended to “showcase the glory and strength of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).”

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An Important Thing To Do When You Leave Your Hotel Room

We all know that it happens. It might even have happened to you – you check in to your hotel, you get to your room and all looks good. Later on, you’re getting ready for bed, you pull the covers back, and WHOA! There is NO WAY this is a freshly made bed!

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They didn’t change the sheets!?!?!?! Son of a….!!!

So you go downstairs and complain to the front desk and either someone comes up and gives you fresh sheets (and/or towels), or they give you a new room. Either way, here’s what you can do to help stop that from happening…

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My Most Embarrassing Travel Mistake

When you travel, you’re eventually going to make a mistake. It could be as simple as forgetting to pack your toothbrush or leaving your credit card at home. People who travel for a living will always have the story of how they’ve shown up at the wrong airport or hotel, or even booked a trip for the wrong day.

This is the story of my most embarrassing mistake.
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Hotel Review: AC Hotel New York Downtown

We needed a hotel in New York for a quick weekend trip. We were only staying two nights and wouldn’t be in the room much. We’d also be heading out of our normal area to visit Peter Luger Steak House in Brooklyn. With a seemingly endless number of possibilities, my focus narrowed when I saw an AMEX Offer for $40 back when spending $200 on a Marriott branded hotel. I looked for a hotel which would cost just over $200 per night and I found one.

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This Hotel Deal Is HOT! And Really Clever, Too

We’ve heard of some really clever travel deals in our time. There was the hotel bar that gave a incremental discount based on how high its customers’ high heels were. The company that gave you miles in exchange for unwanted holiday gifts. And don’t forget the hotel that offered a free stay to one person who returned an item that had been stolen from said 125-year-old hotel.

But this deal is even cooler. Or should we say hotter…

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