From the moment you book to the moment you leave you are made to feel welcome and cared for. You don’t feel like you are staying a hotel. You feel like you are extremely privileged to be staying in a beautiful, luxurious and spacious old home. The photos speak for themselves. Every room is full of beautiful objects, fine rugs, wonderful paintings and elegant furniture. It is easy to imagine this as the summer residence of a prince in Edwardian times. Although of a far far far grander scale it reminds me of my grandmother’s house with its uneven floors, cracked walls and ceilings, old fashioned light switches and polished wood all lovingly cared for and preserved.
Not only is the building a delight. So was the food. My stomach had not agreed with something and all spice food was of my menu. I was losing weight rapidly. We were asked in advance, even while travelling, what we would like and it was delicious. I think I even converted my Indian companions to English food, especially the apricot pancakes (or are those French?).
Not only are the building and food a delight. Our host was also a delight. He made sure that we were well looked after despite arriving late in the evening. And next day he made sure that we were well informed to sample the delights of Shimla. He provided excellent instructions on how to drive to the Vice Regal Lodge, I am sure we would never have got there without them. And he made sure that our travel arrangements back to Delhi were the best for us – Toy Train and overnight AC1 sleeper.
If you are ever in Shimla – stay at Chapslee – it is the best attraction in Shimla and so few get to see it. Make sure you are one.
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