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Smile House Boutique
Ranked #210 of 388 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Reviewed 27 September 2013

We were a bit apprehensive about this hotel, given the limited number of trip advisor reviews. However we were pleasantly surprised! The hotel is one street away from the south east corner of the moat and so is 2 mins walk from old city. This location is great as having also stayed in the old city, its nice to be away for hustle, traffic and tackiness of the central tourist area.
The rooms are large, with huge beds. The beds are a bit on the hard side but at least you have space. Rooms are minimally but tastefully decorated with teak furniture and dark wood floors. Bathroom looks horrendous on website but it is styled as "distressed concrete" and overall effect is actually quite stylish. Wet room bathroom, so you do get water on the toilet seat from shower but bathroom is large enough that you can hang clothes and toiletries at far end and they stay dry. Very clean.
Best thing about hotel are lovely communal areas. There is a huge balcony with large wooden chairs. It's pretty quiet as the hotel is small and guests are not the party types, and so we brought our own beers and chilled out there every night. Much nicer than facing the crowds in old town bars.
Also staff are very friendly (though English is a bit ropey) and they gave us a discount for off season price, even though we had booked full price (and we were unaware of another rate) on website.
The two negatives about hotel were nearby construction and breakfast. The building next door is being renovated and we had an end room so could hear drilling from 8am. Not the hotels fault but negated the peaceful ambiance of evening! Also breakfast isn't great. It's included in price and consists of industrial portions of papaya, some stale toast and eggs with 4 different types of unppealing bacon and hot dogs. However you can just eat fruit and get an early lunch!

The room cost 900 baht a night. I don't know rates elsewhere but for a tasteful (if not basic) room in a quiet location with great communal spaces but not a hostel vibe, this seemed fairly priced and a good option to us. We would stay again.

As a final note, there is also a Smile Guesthouse in old town. Same company, but don't confuse the two. The Guesthouse has a pool and is in centre of old town and so is much more "amongst things" with a younger, party atmosphere.

Room Tip: Rooms nearer reception have better wifi reception and are away from the temporary construction noise
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This is a small guest house located a few minutes walk outside of the old city. The staff are vey friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean and comfortable with aircon and hot showers. Breakfast is included in the rate. Chiang Mai is a great city and I would have liked to have stayed longer. Taxis and Tuk-Tuks are plentiful and cheap to use to get around. The night bazaar is a 5 minute ride from Smile House.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
Thank ElwoodCouple
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

stayed there for two nights, loved the convenient location - at the entrance of Saturday night market, and its lush environment - we had one star fruit from the garden tree for breakfast (naughty naughty). The staff is very friend, cooked varied Thai/English breakfast to suit your taste . Further charm added by a cross eyed Siam cat roaming in the garden and coming upstairs to scratch his claws on the bamboo chair.

Room Tip: better choose rooms facing the garden, the back row rooms face back wall.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2012

Quiet location, just a short walk from the old city. Was perfect location for me to prepare for 1 week of exploring north Thailand. Safe off street parking for my motorbike was a bonus.
Staff were friendly and willing to answer all my questions.
Breakfast in the morning was welcome, however appeared to be only 1 choice. Never mind, I guess I didn't have to eat it all.
Rooms were comfortable and there was a relaxing 1st floor seating area.
I would likely move inside the old city walls next time.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled solo
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Thank Barry H
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Reviewed 14 February 2017
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Stayed: February 2017
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Reviewed 26 January 2017
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Room Tip: Лучше выберете другой отель в этом районе. Наличие бассейна не стало плюсом, в нем никто не купается...
  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: January 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 3/5 Suriyawong Road, Soi 1 | Haiya, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chiang Mai Province > Chiang Mai
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #210 of 388 Hotels in Chiang Mai
Price Range: £13 - £20 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Smile House Boutique 3*
Number of rooms: 14
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