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Smyle Inn Reviews

916, Gali Chandi Wali, Main Bazaar, Paharganj 110055, New Delhi, India

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1344 Total Reviews
  • 85%Value For Money
  • 85%Security
  • 82%Location
  • 83%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 77%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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This hostel was in a pretty good location for backpacker bars and shopping and very reasonably priced, and staff were very helpful and friendly with anything you need!

  • 26th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Smyle inn means that it 'Smells in' . Dirty room, dirty towels, toilet flush doesn't work, breakfast is awful.

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Wonder why you stayed for two days if there was so much problem with your room. In these cases it is best to speak to the reception and get things sorted. They say barriers break when we talk. Had you spoken to us, your experience would have been better. We are not as bad as you project us...hopefully if you come again things will be better for you.


I arrived 3 hours later than expected, and there was STILL a smiling driver waiting for me. The staff were very friendly, with very good English and when I asked about travel further north they gave me the honest ticket price. No personal commission added. Good people in a good place can make all the difference. Highly recommended. Thanks guys. See you again in january

  • 24th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This hostel is in the heart of New Delhi tourist area. It's kind of difficult to find on your own since it's off in a small alleyway. The hostel owner and staff are very friendly. I would love to stay there again, but it's in such a location where there are vultures (shop owners trying to sell you things and mainly the rickshaw/tuk-tuk drivers) everywhere in the area. If you are up to dealing with them then this is the perfect proximity to New Delhi rail station and the city Metro station.


If you need a place that feels safe and like to learn more about how to do the best of your vacation in India, you should consider to stay at Smyle Inn. The owner and his staff are extremely helpfull and offers there time to give you loads of valuable and helpful advice. We were extra impressed by one of the staff that made a quick run to the ATM just in time to prevent us from losing 20.000 rupies. Totally impressed by the staffs willingness to walk "the extra mile" ;) Kaj & Jan


In bathroom, Not working hot water shower. Still cold water.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Sir There was 4 days when our boiler broke down and we had a very hard time installing a new boiler. But all is good now. There is hot water available all over again. Sorry for the trouble. Regards Harish


Had a great 4 nights at Smyle, once you get your head around the apparent chaos of Main Bazaar you will quickly enjoy the experience. It's great being in the heart of the action and the metro is only a 10 min walk away for when you want to get further afield. We booked a driver for the day from the travel desk which is worth doing. Room was large, clean and decent en suite and the breakfasts are good and filling. Eat brekkie late and it saves buying lunch! Would definitely stay again

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Dear Guest, Thanks for the review and your kind words. Regards Harish


First to say that i had a bad time in delhi, but it would have been worse without the hotel. when you book try to get a room with the last numbers of 1,2 or 3, they are nicer than 4 and 5. the rooms are very spacious and clear. save is provided in the room and works well. was sick and they gave me free boiled rice, bananas and yoga, super nice. (give the pick up driver less tip than you want he will always ask for more, ALLWAYS) Felt super secure and home in this place. loved it.


i did not like, sorry. There is no window in the rooms and place is the most crowded. Anyway i stayed and nothing bad happened. Their turisim office working wery well and prices are reasonable. there is no teras cafe!! breakfast is poor.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thanks for your review. The breakfast experiment did not work well and it we have reverted back to the old style. Breakfast is now working fine and our guest are happy with that. Thanks Harish


The hostel room was OK but not particularly clean. The bathroom window was open to the air so mosquitos could be a problem. The air con only worked intermittently. There is a public urinal at the top of the street. One plus: the small cafe directly across the road had nice food; I would recommend the Pad Thai. Although there is nothing critically bad about this hostel I would not stay here again.


Ok place for the money, the alleyway to get to it though has open urinals so stinks of piss, staff were helpful and its right on the main bazaar and close to the station. There is a cafe on the main bazaar called Kathmandu Cafe the food there was incredible, but stay away from Nirvana Cafe!


Only stayed here for a few hours between my train and plane but had a nice hot shower, comfy sleep and filling breakfast. The wifi was pretty hopeless. Nice staff and a very clean and nicely decorated room.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Dear Guest, The day you came we had genuine issue with our internet. Both the service providers had issues and hence the internet was erratic. I am happy to report that it is resolved now. Hope you will have a better experience next time. Regards Harish


great value for money, but not exactly a hostel, definitely more hotel so hard to meet other travelers.

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