I certainly recommend this place. At first when I arrived I thought I made a terrible decision. There were some guys looking like they were partying a bit too hard and my blanket didn't appear to be washed properly. Nothing better than someone else’s hair and drool on your bedding! A far cry from the relaxing and picturesque atmosphere I was hoping to find but I’m not too much of a diva so I figured I would weather through and see what would happen.
The gentlemen checked out the next day and my bedding/room was cleaned upon request. SG had wonderful staff that were very friendly and made the venue have more of a home feel. One night they had a birthday party thrown for I think one of the staffer’s teenage daughters and invited guests that were around to part take. Truly wonderful folks. The staff did not try to push any tourism on you or force you to use their services. I inquired about laundry and they gave me the option of having them do it or if I wanted to save money there was a Laundromat a minute or two away that could do it for me. The pools were kept very clean; the showers had an abundance of hot water and the pressure was manageable. I went on a kayak trip with folk who were staying at three different guesthouses and aside from the group that was staying at a ritzier place everyone had terrible things to say about the showers at their venues.
The nights were by and large quiet, the neighborhood is safe and the animals are very friendly. I was warned on arrival wifi may be non-existent in my room and the dog wouldn't like me (because I’m a woman) BUT the wifi worked great and the dog loved me. The cost of rooms is actually fabulous! I am checking out places to stay in Bangkok and wishing I could just take SG with me in my back pocket for the rest of my voyage. Initially I only planned to stay at the guesthouse for a few nights while devising where/what I wanted to do next. Between the city and SG, I ended up staying about two weeks. If I am ever back in Chiang Mai SG will be at the top of my list for places to stay.
- 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