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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Smile House Guest House Hotel Chiang Mai