The Smyle Inn is an excellent place to stay in Pahar Ganj if you are the backpacker type. It compares favorably with other places of the same price around India - and I would be quite happy to go back there.
The place is clean (no bed bugs, no dust or grime, and clean toilets). I got hot water in my room. There is an internet cafe with half-a-dozen computers and a travel desk on the third floor (though they don't pressure you relentlessly to go through them). There is also a little rooftop terrace, though they only serve snacks (but you can walk to the excellent Sam's cafe just 5 mins walk away). The staff are friendly, and they even made us a packed breakfast (complimentary) because we was leaving early in the morning.
It is less than a ten minute walk from New Delhi Train Station. A little difficult to find, since it is off a side alley from the main street, and signage is poor. Ask the more sleepy looking shopkeepers for directions and they tend not to tout you! The side alley around the Smyle Inn has all the usual amenities of internet cafes, laundries and grocery shops, travel and exchange shops. The advantage of the location is that you really are in the center of Pahar Ganj - and can walk there easily from the train station. Being in an pedestrian area of Pahar Ganj, it is "relatively" quiet.
However, one of the major down sides is that the doors and walls are thin here, and the bathrooms vent onto the hall (not just into other peoples' bathrooms as usual!) so noise from the reception filters in (and vice versa .... be warned). This is the only thing that counts as a criticism - but it is not enough to make me not want to go back. A good pair of earplugs will do the trick (generally essential for Indian travel anyway!!).
Please be advised that this review is given as a backpacker review, and the Smyle Inn is compared with other backpacker style places of the same price in India.. But if this is your first night in India, or you are not used to backpacking, you may prefer a more expensive hotel. I would classify the Smyle Inn as an up-market budget hotel, above the cut in Pahar Ganj. If you are used to backpacking in India and you know the score, I would say definitely give the Smyle Inn a go.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Smyle Hotel New Delhi