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What we say:
One of Siem Reap's biggest and oldest backpacker dens, Smiley's is a fine, pragmatic choice. The large three-storey building is not the most charming although it's built around a pleasant courtyard, but it's clean and very close to the centre of town while still being relatively quiet because it's set behind the main road that connects via a narrow laneway. The neighbourhood noises will still intrude though. Rooms vary in size, with the cheapest positively minuscule, but they all come with private bathrooms (cheapest are cold water only). Furnishings are minimal, and not all of the beds are comfortable, but they're pretty clean. A restaurant and common area beside the courtyard make for a pretty chilled place to hang out, and there are also computers in the lobby that are free for use. Both fan and air-con rooms are available in single, double, twin and triple configuration. If price is your number one criteria, Smiley's is worth considering. Breakfast isn't included, though it's free to use the WiFi on your laptop and to borrow bicycles for the day.
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Contact details:West of Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap. T: (012) 852 955, (012) 686 060
Email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What we were quoted
|Type of room||Low season||High season||Notes|
|Dbl fan private b'room||6 USD||6 USD||$12 with hot water|
|Dbl air-con private b'room||12 USD||12 USD||$15 with hot water|
Added to Travelfish on: 31st August, 2004
Last visited or updated on: 17th September, 2013
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Rated 3.5 out of 5
Based on 5 ratings and 5 reviews
Very nice hotel. Good choice for this price!
Smiley's Guesthouse reviewed by Strangeer (Total reviews: 1) on
A mixed bag
It's an ok joint - very popular with backpackers, but I found the staff to be a bit iffy. Location is not bad.
Smiley's Guesthouse reviewed by sabaisabai (Total reviews: 25) on
Fine for the price
We stayed here for 3 nights in October 2007. The staff were friendly, although the tuk-tuk drivers were a bit pushier than the one's at Tat GH in Phnom Penh. The building is really nice, the room was clean and comfortable. However the shower and tap water had a very rusty smell that stuck to you all day. Free internet available.
Smiley's Guesthouse reviewed by evan2112 (Total reviews: 11) on
Check it out for yourself!
I've been staying here for 3 weeks while volunteering in Siem Reap and have had nothing but good experiences here. The staff have been friendly and helpful, the food is good (and cheap!) and the rooms are much cleaner than many others I've seen for the same price. Downside -- the downstairs rooms can be a bit noisy early in the morning due to the staff, so I'd opt for an upstairs room. Also - there's a big, scary dog at the gate if you come back late (the groundskeeper will let you in), but I suppose that could be a good thing as well? Check it out for yourself!
Smiley's Guesthouse reviewed by megan1272 (Total reviews: 11) on
Not worth considering?
That's a bit harsh -- we're not paying for bum-kissers, we're after a nice, clean, safe place to stay... Which Smiley's very much is. I stayed there January 2004 (a while ago now) and it was fine. I'd agree that the staff aren't chirpy & bubbly, but they weren't rude or anything like that either - just "plain" I suppose. The rooms were clean and fine, the food was good and kitchen was open from like 6am-10pm, it was nice, quiet and relaxed -- all just 100 metres from a main street. For $6 a night... Who could complain? I stayed there for five days & would easily go back again.
Smiley's Guesthouse reviewed by Sektion8 (Total reviews: 6) on
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West of Sivatha Rd, Siem Reap.
T: (012) 852 955, (012) 686 060
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