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“Basic Place - Value for Money”
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Smyle Inn
Ranked #17 of 1,095 New Delhi B&B and Inns
England
1 review
“Basic Place - Value for Money”
Reviewed April 6, 2008

Booking the hotel was easy from their website www.smyleinn.com . Let me set the expectations right that this is a basic place but comes out to be a value for money hostel. It provides free internet access, free breakfast. There is a roof top sitting area which gives a good view of the chaotic old city constructions. It was good to chill out there. There is a small travel counter that helped me with a reasonable costing travel package for Rajasthan which I enjoyed very much. They also helped with onward airline ticket. The manager and the staff was OK and were helpful if we had any issues. They also helped in getting the used to the place. Word of advise, please do take their airport pickup service which is a big plus, otherwise it will be very difficult locating their place.

  • Liked — All the facilities like Internet (Free), Travel Services, long distance phone etc were all in-house
  • Disliked — Could be more clean (but you don't get so much in GBP8 per night)
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed December 29, 2007

We booked here for 2 nights and arrived in the middle of the night, the airport pickup was waiting for us, which is the only good thing I have to say about the Smyle Inn. That pickup cost us 450 Rs, + we were hounded for a 200 Rs tip by the driver for a trip that should only cost 250-300.

The room is dirty and disgusting, we got a few hours sleep and headed out to find another one. The place is in the middle of a main bazaar, expect dogs, chickens & cows to keep you awake ALL night and then just when you doze off the morning markets will open. Hot water is non-existant.

Staff were friendly, yet obviously trying to make money off you just like everyone else in delhi.

Hands down the worst hotel I've ever been in. BUT also the cheapest!

  • Liked — Leaving
  • Disliked — Located in a noisy dirty market
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with friends
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1 Thank jicks
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London
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2007

This budget hostel is cheap, as clean as budget accommodation gets and very central (alley just off Parghanj near railway station in budget backpackers area). You get a TV that works, warm to cold shower - sheets -and a towel and pillow if you ask (they are very grubby i.e. not washed after every user but this is common in India).

Rooftop is small, dirty and awful, no view as screens around it and noisy generator constantly mowing. However, I did meet really nice people there funny enough.

The owner is extremely rude and arrogant. He made life difficult for me and a few others - no-one liked him. He never told you whether you could stay another night until the next morning at 10am so you had to hang around, he seemed to like the 'power'. He was very aggressive and questioned everyone on where they had spent their money i.e. why not with him.

I would not stay there again as travelling through India I have stayed at a variety of places but all with charming and hospitable and helpful owners and managers. However, Smyle Inn is organised, central, clean and functional so you could do worse however this guy does not deserve the business he gets from his disgusting attitude.

Karen, England

  • Liked — location and fact that rooms had TV, warm shower and sheets although grubby
  • Disliked — Owner was rude, arrogant, aggressive and extremely patronising to everyone
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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1 Thank Naama
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Aachen, Germany
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2007

Smyle Inn is a just wonderful place in this hectic area of town. Very nice people, superb clean rooms. I've stayed there 2+1 nights, booked the city tour of Delhi and it was just great. Having arrived from Europe in the middle of night, airport transfer was waiting. Day after, city tour was just great, very nice and honest driver, no cheating at all. I was on a fairly short trip to India, 5 days only, 2 days Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Delhi - this place is just a heaven in this busy area. Walking distance to the railway station, Connought Place. Room are perfect clean, management superb, roof top terrace very nice, good breakfast. I've met a lot of people from Jaipur and Agra again in Smyle Inn. It's THE place to stay in this area of town. Don't get cheated by taxi/tuk-tuk/riksha drivers but insist they take you there. Excellent value for money.

  • Liked — Honesty
  • Disliked — Location - but this is not related to the hotel itself.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled solo
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Thank RSvK
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Malaysia
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152 reviews
142 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2007

Before I went to Delhi, I found this guest house and booked through internet. During booking, I requested them to give me Airport pick up service, which cost me Rp450. However, when I arrived in delhi airport, they didn't turn up. Somehow, I paid Rp250 to get the prepaid taxt service to the same destination, which nearly make me felt into the famous "hotel running out of room" scam.
Once I arrived there, the owner insisted that his driver is there, and requested me to pay the pick up service, at least half. I disagree as I have tried to search for half an hour and at least 3 rounds, but I still couldn't find.
At the end, he didn't manage to make me pay.

During leaving time, he "offered" me a taxi service to airport at Rp200, which I found it is cheaper than prepaid booth. After leaving the guest house, I have to carry my backpack and walked for 15min to the end of Main Bazaar road, and waited there for another half an hour. Just because I need to share the taxi with another passager.

Although the room is pretty clean, but the hot shower is not working. And I strongly felt that this owner is making all his way to earn tourist money.

  • Stayed October 2007
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2 Thank Travel_freak_mas
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 9, 2007

We stayed at the Smyle at the beginning and end of our 8 days in India. We arrived at 2am so the airport pick-up they provided was great. The ride was a little bumpy but it was a wonderful experience to drive through the streets of Delhi at such an hour.

The Paharganj can be a little much for first time travelers that's for sure... the area is quite dirty and crowded, but you just have to remember you are in India and take it all in.

The Smyle Inn is a good place for budget travelers / backpackers. There is always someone at the front desk which makes you feel a little safer considering the area (I don't know when the guy ever sleeps because he's always there!) The room was decent, the air con was great, the TV worked, the bathroom was small but typical for India. The breakfast was included which was good... one morning we were up before it was suppose to start but the guy made us some food anyways and even brought it to our room which was nice.

There is internet access and it worked most of the time. There were a few power outages during the night which made the room a little hot with no air con but we experienced that in every hostel we stayed at in India so it's really no surprise...

Every backpacker you run into will more than likely know the Smyle Inn which means it's pretty a-ok!

Just remember... you are in India.

  • Liked — The price, location and airport pick-up
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank silverskin
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Somewhere
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 2, 2007

Good:

Location, Service, Staff, Internet cafe, breakfast, Airport pick-up

Not so good:

Little bit dirty towels and no bed clothes, which is a standard in this price category. Then i give only three star.

  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
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1 Thank tallaaja
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Property: Smyle Inn
Address: 916 Gali Chandi Wali | Main Bazaar, Paharganj, New Delhi 110055, India
Location: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 1,095 B&Bs / Inns in New Delhi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Smyle Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience potpourri of colours, sights, taste and smells of historical Delhi at award winning hostel within walking distance to City Centre (Connaught Place), New Delhi Train Station, Airport Express and two Metro Stations. Discover true Delhi..... Smyle Inn is an award winning family run Hostel in Delhi welcoming international guests since 1996 . Smyle Inn is located in the heart of Delhi within walking distance to City Centre (Connaught Place), New Delhi Train Station, Airport Express and two Metro Stations. It is situated off the colourful Main Bazaar, Paharganj in a quiet street. Area is the first choice for anyone on a budget and looking to experience & explore historical Delhi. Nearby train & metro stations make your day trips to Taj Mahal(Agra) and sightseeing within the city very easy. Smyle Inn offers the best value for money with following facilities: Free Breakfast Free High speed Wi-Fi Free computers for Internet Free Delhi Map Free Travel information * Booking services for sightseeing tours, flight, train & bus at best prices * 24 hr Airport / Station pickup and drop (at very reasonable prices) * 24 hr Taxi on call 24 hr Power back up 24 hr Check in & Check Out * Laundry service at reasonable rates * Beverages and Vodafone Sim cards available for sale at the reception The common room in Wing 1 has seating for around 20 people. This is where travellers meet and interact with each other. There is a book exchange corner and computers to browse internet. Smyle Inn has standard rooms in Wing 1 and superior rooms in Wing 2. All the rooms have been refurbished and have the following facilities: * Windows opening in the street in most rooms. * Air-conditioner with ceiling fans * Telephone * Flat screen T.V with 120+ channels incl. CNN, HBO, BBC etc. * Modern private baths with H/C shower * Bath towel & soap * Writing desk and sofa cum bed in Superior rooms (wing 2). Smyle Inn is actively involved in community service through various non profit social organisations. A part of your spend at Smyle Inn, is used to bring SMILEs on the faces of underprivileged. ... more   less 
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