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“Very close to perfection” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel White
Lakkar Bazar, Shimla 171001, India   |  
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Ranked #19 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
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74 reviews 74 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Very close to perfection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Pros
Hotel is located very close to ridge, mall road and the views from valley facing rooms are very good. We stayed in a double room (standard room)no 15. There was open space outside the room to stand and see the views. Room had two windows and ventilation was adequate. Even the washroom had a big Window. Room was spacious about 250 feet square area. Linens were clean, white. Blankets and pillow covers were perfectly white. Washroom was clean and had a big geyser. Overall, room was very clean, well appointed and cozy.
Cons
Hotel does not have in house restaurant. They serve only breakfast or tea. Towels very not clean and were in poor condition. Toilet had some leakage after flushing. Monkeys visit too frequently the space outside the room so care needs to be taken. Also, the taxi or vehicle is not allowed to come to the road outside the hotel, so one has to walk about 300 meters from the tunnel.

Overall, hotel provides a comfortable stay to a budget traveler. Though the building does not give the real impression of the hotel and it appears to be a budget, basic type of property. Big advantage is neat and clean spacious, colonial style built rooms and location is superb, only five minutes walk from ridge. One should bring own towels. Rest is fine.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Having moved here from a different (and filthy) hotel in Shimla, we were delighted to see this hotel follow their namesake and provide clean white sheets and pillows! We had a lovely corner room which meant lots of natural light and space, and great views across the mountains. The bathroom was pretty standard for an Indian hotel, although once again very clean.

The location of this hotel is great, right off Lakkar Bazar and a few minutes walk to The Mall. Staff were friendly and very accommodating, and the hotel was very easy to relax in - it even had free wifi which we were pleasantly surprised by as it was not advertised.

The only downside was that there wasn't a restaurant at the hotel, but instead they provided a very good room service menu which we used each morning for breakfast. Also a word of warning - if you plan to use your balcony, or open windows, then beware of the monkeys... they will have a good look into the room to see what's inside even with the windows closed!

Overall we were very impressed by Hotel White. Although it was our most expensive hotel by quite a long way in India, having looked at a few other hotel rooms in Shimla we can safely say Hotel White represented very good value for the area (although it may not seem so by the price). Also if you can afford it, pay the extra couple of pounds a night for the nicer rooms, as money really does get you more in this town.

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chandigarh, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

There can't be a better place , location wise, budget wise. Hotel White is close to the Ridge, Mall road, Lakkar Bazar. The staff is nice, rooms spacious,neat and clean.
Take a room with spacious balcony and enjoy the cool winds, mountain view. A perfect place to spend time with your family. For last 7 years have been going to Shimla in May/June and never ever thought of changing the hotel.
Mr.Thakur, the manager is cooperative, the staff never ever disturbs you.
You need to book in advance to get a room of your choice.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

It is an average property. Property is not well maintained. Room interior is too poor. Bathroom and room interior seems like a hostel. Also, it is located at height and in such a place that, car can't go till there. You will need to carry your luggage through staircase and a quite long way or hire local coolie.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bhavnagar, India
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Stayed there for 5 days with 2 other family members ............. Hotel White can be referred for its great location ...right on lakkar bazar .U have ridge, mall within 10 mins walking distance only. Manager Mr.Surender Thakur is helpful and a very nice person. Room service is good ......Breakfast ,snacks and tea is readily served, but they could have an in house restaurant for lunch and dinner..............but u get food readily in lakkar bazar just outside hotel.The room (room no.10) in which we stayed had great view of the valley and far reaching slow clad mountains .......Peaceful, no distaurbance type of hotel...clean with running hot water. Surely can be advised to anyone visting Shimla.Budget wise also pocket friendly .....

Room Tip: Room No.10, although is a at lower height in hotel ...and u have to climb up nearly 40 stairs to get...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rishikesh, India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Stayed for one night. I don't know what was going on but there was a high frequency buzzing sound all night long. I thought I was having a tinnitus attack. Stayed on the ground floor. Of course no one bothered to smile the whole time I was there. I hate it when hotel staff treat you like they are doing you a favour by giving you a room you are paying for!!! Room was alright . The bathroom was very clean. Locations good. 5 min walk to the mall. One added bonus is that they have place to park a bike behind a locked gate.

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Chennai (Madras), India
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Pros :
Walking distance from the Mall road.
walking distance but still away from noise.
everyone seems to know the location of this hotel
clean and simple rooms with basic but prompt room service.
big balcony with breathtaking view (room booked at reception level)

over all a good memorable stay at the hotel. Hotel manager Surender was also very helpful.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lakkar Bazar, Shimla 171001, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#4 Best Value Hotel in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 27
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