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Smyle Inn
Ranked #21 of 1,053 New Delhi B&B and Inns
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Reasonable price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2012

Manager there,Ali who gave information, supported during stayed, I've to check out early morning.He also provided breakfast(pack)for me. He did not encourage me for the private arrangement but he just ask me as normal whether I need anything or not.
Well, I most appreciate for my first arrive in India.

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

We stayed here a couple of times whilst we were going to and from Delhi. The airport pickup is really good and not bad value for money. All the rooms are clean and comfortable. The breakfast is good and there is easy access to the internet. The Main Bazaar is really busy and crazy, especially for a first time in India, but the hostel is kind of secluded from that. The best thing is that the staff are really helpful and friendly :-)

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

Located down an alley off the main bazaar of the Paharang area of Delhi, this place can be quite hard to find when when you your large backpack on and the heat of the summer sun beating down on you. Once you find it you're rewarded with an oasis of calm. The staff are super friendly and are helpful with directions.

I thought the price of the double room we had was reasonable (it had modern furnishings and modern bathroom with hot shower and even a TV - it was more like a hotel but with a hostel price). However, the room was very small but as we on;y stayed one night this wasn't a problem. Normally when we stay longer we tend to get everything out of our big bags which may have caused a problem.

They had free wifi but it wasn't working on the days we were there (this seemed to be a feature in many indian h.otels/guest houses - ie advertise free wifi but never actually deliver on it. Although I'll give Smyle the benefit of the doubt and just accept that maybe it was just that day that it was broke)
It's close to Connaught Place (not that there's much there) and very close to the railway station which is convinient. If in Delhi again would probably stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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SmyleInn, Owner at Smyle Inn, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks for feedback and review alongwith kind words about our staff. This keeps them motivated.

The day of your arrival, there was a geniune issue with one of the routers which served your room. In any case as a backup, to provide un-interpreted WiFi service we are in the process of installing more routers.

As you mentioned correctly that our Hostel location is very central and convenient.

We would definitely look forward to welcoming you back.

Regards
Harish
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2012

This was the third time I stayed at Smyle Inn in Delhi. The first two trips were with my husband, the last on my own. The pick-up from and drop-off at the airport was punctual and I felt safe. The driving style was a little too fast for my liking but that's part of the adventure of travelling. And, they may ask for a tip. After the second trip, we sent the owner some detailed feedback on cleanliness, service and general upkeep. It was good to see that some were in place! The owner responds quickly and personally to all emails. The rooms in the new wing are value for money - ask to see a few before making your choice and know what the price difference is. The rooms and sheets are now much cleaner. The A/C units are in working order though old so you may need to get used to the noise. The breakfast is standard every day but its a good and easy way to start the day. There are some loyal staff there who are great with service and know how to make you feel comfortable. Nothing can beat the location, price and value for money. The next time I am in Delhi, I will be back at Smyle Inn!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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SmyleInn, Owner at Smyle Inn, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Guest,

Thanks for choosing Smyle Inn for the third time.

It is our constant effort to meet the expectations of our guests and as you correctly said that we take feedback seriously. As an owner, I am just an email away and take swift action to resolve any issue.

We are almost 15 year old Hotel / Hostel and we pride ourselves for giving a Safe, Homely, Friendly and a comfortable environment to our guests.

Look forward to having you as a guest for the 4the time :)

Warm Regards
Harish
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

We spent a week (late April) at this hotel and had a very positive experience overall. There are a couple things to review. The airport pick-up is a necessity as it is tucked into an alleyway and is diffucult to find. The location is just off of the Main Bazaar, but far enough away to have a quiet sleep. There was construction in the room right below us and moved us to another building also owned by them (nicer one closer to Main Bazaar).

The staff speaks English fairly well and always are available for fresh towels and new sheets. The breakfast was very basic. This includes coffee, juice, bread, and cereal. It was just enough to get you through until lunch. We booked a private taxi for the day to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and also a driver for the day around New Delhi. Both were good. You may want to shop around for a better price, but the convenience was not worth the money we would have saved to haggle a better price on the street.

As for the room itself, it was very comfortable. Keep in mind that India has very different standards then many places. The shower is not seperated from the toilet. The beds were very firm, but I like that better then a springy mattress. The air condition was adequate, but not able to make room "very cold". There was even a refrigerator in the room.

For the cost, this cannot be beat. We had some flight problems and the owner even helped us for overbooking an extra night. It was a very comfortable stay for us and will be sure to recommend to others. If you are looking for a 4-star hotel go elsewhere, but be aware you'll be paying at least double!

Room Tip: Building (I think they call it "2") closer to the Bazaar is the bigger and better one.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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SmyleInn, Owner at Smyle Inn, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Guest,

Thanks for your detailed review.

Though we are not a Star Rated property, we are a Budget Accommodation in Delhi but still we try to provide the all the necessary conveniences that a budget traveler is looking for. This adds up in a lot of value from our setup at a fraction of cost.

It was really a pleasure having you as a guest and do look forward to your return visit.

Regards
Harish
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2012

Value for money
Good location but quite difficult to locate
Luckily the Hotel provides a pick-up service from the Airport for a reasonable fees
More importantly, very caring owner and prompt response

William
Manila April 2012

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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SmyleInn, Owner at Smyle Inn, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Guest,
Thanks for your kind words, as an owner, when my work is appreciated, it motivates me even further to do better.

Regarding the location, actually it is very easy. Just find the mosque which is very prominent in the Main Bazaar street. Once there, you will find our Hostel / Guest House very easily. Just remember the RED SAND STONE MOSQUE :)

Thanks again for choosing Smyle Inn and look forward to seeing you back in our Hostel in Delhi.

Regards
Harish
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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

I spent three nights at this hotel and it has been the best hotel in my trip. Staff are great and where helpfully. My special thanks goes to Azim and Alham, they were great, they were giving me guide how much should I pay for Auto, which is best way to move around Delhi. I felt like home. To make up your room make sure you inform at the reception they don't make room by default every day. I strongly reccomend this place. Keep it up guys.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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SmyleInn, Owner at Smyle Inn, responded to this review, 22 May 2012
Dear Guest,

Thanks for your review. It is very encouraging for us. This helps us stay motivated and do better.

As you correctly pointed out that we do room cleaning on regular basis only on request. You see sometimes, guests don't like us entering the rooms while they are away. So we do it on request only. When ever anyone requests for cleaning we immediately do it.

Our staff and me as an owner are always there to give good guidance to all our guests. This helps them kick start there journey with ease (before they get grips of the city and the country).

Take care and hope to you again.

Regards
Harish
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Property: Smyle Inn
Address: 916 Gali Chandi Wali | Main Bazaar, Paharganj, New Delhi 110055, India
Region: India > National Capital Territory of Delhi > New Delhi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 1,053 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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