Smile Motel Phi
Smile Motel Phi Reviews
Cheap Motel Close to Pagoda Feb 11, 2013
We booked this motel by phone as we afraid couldn’t find a room in Phi because of tourist influx in Myanmar recently, and this is a cheap, budget motel and nothing special or fancy about this motel.
The motel located at the main street of the city centre, close to the biggest Pagoda in town (about 5 minutes walk), and plenty of local restaurants nearby, even bakery shop is next to the Pagoda. And night market which sell fruits, vegetables, local delicacy, sweets, local restaurants, etc, is less than ten minutes walking distance. The motel is not too far from the main bus station, cost 1,500 Kyatt from bus station to the motel by tuk-tuk.
The building itself is three storey high, look old and outdated with big signboard outsight and bright lights at night time. The bellboy and receptionist are friendly but didn’t speak much English and the lobby is quite spacious with wood teak chairs for guest to sit on, but no computer or internet in this motel.
Our check in quite smooth and fast considering the receptionist don’t understand much of what we are saying. There is one other receptionist who speaks better English with limited vocabulary and we keep repeating to her and she keeps talking to her colleague to converse it in Myanmar language.
From outside the motel look very small; however once we go up to the room, there were long hallway and quite big inside. The room itself is really basic, outdated, old, peeling plaster on the wall, small and not much space for our backpack, old and noise air condition and noise from neigh board below (noise come from the window).
There is twin bed with thin mattress (not that comfortable), small television (not sure if it is working or not as we do not try it) and refrigerator in the room and also table as a dresser to put our stuff. The bathroom is quite spacious but old with hot and cold water in working condition and good water pressure, and the cleaner change the tower on daily basis.
The breakfast room is very small, only three tables near the stairway and every night the receptionist ask what time we want to have breakfast. Breakfast is very simple, consist of a couple of toasts, egg (fried or omelets), bananas, tea or coffee.
Breakfast usually already on the table when we head there. There were no restaurant in the motel; however motel sells mineral water bottle, soft drink, juice and beer at high price compare with local shops outside the street. It seems the motel is a wee bit quite as we did not see many guest during our stay here.
The receptionist is able to book other hotel by phone and arrange bus ticket to other destination for us. The motel cost usd 20 per night for two people with breakfast. It is easy to get tuk-tuk taxi to go around the city for a whole day at very reasonable price.
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