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“Lovely property, average rooms.” 4 of 5 stars
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27 Mu 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa, 83000 | Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #315 of 502 Chiang Mai B&B and Inns
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“Lovely property, average rooms.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012 via mobile

Smile house is conveniently located and reasonably priced. The pool and hang out area are comfy and nice. They book tours- we did the elephants trekking and bamboo rafts and it was only medium as far as the staff but we had fun. Rooms are pretty basic, beds are not great. We stayed in an air con room for $700 and room looked more like 500, but still clean and adequate. Fan rooms $400, a better value. Beware making reservations on their website- mine didn't work and I had no room when I showed up the second time I was going to stay there.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2012

The rooms are basic and the bed was uncomfortable with springs poking into back and mosquitoes bothering me at night.
For the price you can find much better rooms if you just look around a bit. The next day I was in a hotel about 5x better for the same price.

Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This was probably my favourtie Hostel Ive stayed in. My boyfriend and I stayed here at the begining our trip and both really love it. Its a very good location, and its clean, plus its one of the only local hostel's with a pool. We had a double room, that was all white and had open sky light windows, with mozi nets, it was really pretty and cost 300TBH a night. I would definatly stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

After staying for four nights at 3Sis, my travel companion and I struck out to find cheaper accomodations for another five nights in Chiang Mai. The room we found at Smile House, at THB 700/night, was less than half of what we paid at 3Sis. Smile House was, indeed, more basic, and breakfast was not included, but it was still a satisfying stay.

I wanted a quieter place, and got it at Smile House, which is located off a lightlly travelled alley and very close to a bunch of useful places: motorcycle rental, restaurants, bars, massage places, coffee shops. The bed was fine and the TV worked (only Thai channnels). There were a few niggly things, like a bathroom with no ventilation and a lukewarm shower, an AC that might not cut it in the hot season, and some noise from the room above ours.

Although it's called Smile House, I think one of the desk managers there tried not to smile on purpose. Ironically, though, she was very helpful and arranged for us a delightful cooking class and bus tickets to Chiang Rai. Unlike 3Sis, which processed a four-night room charge upon check-in, Smile House let us pay by the day.

The pool is small and was cold when we were there.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2011

A beautiful place to stay ' lovely atmosphere & the staff are very helpful & polite . . . the pool was a hit . . . I'll be back for sure ' thank-you : )

Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011 via mobile

Very nice little guesthouse. Clean, friendly. In would recommend to anyone looking for something simple, and in town. Prices are low. Pool, wifi. I enjoyed my stay very much!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2011

Pro:

1) Great value considering the location;

2) Walking distance to Sunday market, cooking schools, book stores, McDonald's, Starbucks;

3) On-site pool;

4) Western cafe and laundry service right next door.

Con:

1) Room walls clearly need new paint;

2) Wi-fi is hit and miss; but there are computers for use onsite for a fee;

3) Our friends' room had a leaky sink, but they fixed it later the same day.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 27 Mu 8, Sakdidej Road, Cape Panwa, 83000 | Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #315 of 502 B&Bs / Inns in Chiang Mai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Smile House Guest House, in the true Lanna lifestyle, is located in the heart of old city, within walking distance of all major Wats and night life attractions. We are a 3-minute-walk from the moat so as to optimize the fun and joy of Loi Kratong and Songkran festivities. Our guest house offers large, comfortable air conditioned rooms with convenience of community room for social gatherings. Our swimming pool sits adjacent to our cocktail and food service so as to provide comfort and refreshments while lounging. ... more   less 
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Smile House Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai

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