Indeed, if all goes as planned, and the Rugyong Hotel becomes the boost North Korea needs for its tourism industry, then all the better for Kempinski. And all the better for us, the guests who get to sleep in that looming, glass-armored, pyramid of doom.
"The top floors of the hotel will house guests in 150 of the originally planned 1,500 rooms, which “will be developed over time” to remodel the insufficiently designed spaces, Wittwer said.
Shops, restaurants, a ballroom and Orascom’s offices on the ground and mezzanine floors will also open next year"
Orascom, of course, is the Egyptian cellular phone company that fronted the $180 million to get the hotel finished. Or, at least, finished enough to open with 150 rooms next summer.
Oddly, several reports are calling this the "world's tallest hotel," though we're confused because as far as we know, Dubai's JW Marriott Marquis, at 355 meters, was, and still is, the tallest hotel in the world. The Ryugyong Hotel, though certainly impressive, only spans 330 meters.
So, which one's it supposed to be? Dubai? Pyongyang? Duke it out, guys!
[Photo: Ryugyong Hotel]