We travelled to the 'Cecil' by Toy Train. Six hours of magnificent views in not the most comfortable surroundings. Located directly above Shimla Station and commanding views of both the town and the foothills of the Himalayas dependant upon which side of the building your room is located. The rooms (and hotel decor) take you back to the days of the Raj. Deep coloured, silky smooth teak wall panelling and floors. Comfortable beds and occasional furniture. This also extends into the lounge and restaurant areas. In the lounge all the seating is green leather and in the restaurant the tables are laid as various sizes to accomodate different party sizes. The service and food quality is second to none both in the bar and restaurant with liveried staff in attendance. The hotel has an indoor pool and spa as well as a small library/reading room.
Do not fail to get out into the town. At the top are the normal array of shops which, as you descend, morph into the typical Indian small street vendors. At the lower levels you reach the old town with the usual chaos of traffic and people. Getting back up is a lift shown on the hotel maps, because, be aware, Shimla is built on a very steep mountain slope. WATCH OUT FOR THE MONKEYS. They appear out of nowhere!
A little way from the hotel is what was the residence of the Viceroy of India and latterly where the Partition of India was signed by Ghandi in 1947.
We travelled with Great Rail Journeys on India's Golden Triangle and were generally very inmpressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in Shimla, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. Downtown Hotel with Colonial styling, 1 km from Shimla Station & 22 km from Jubalhatti-Shimla Airport. The Hotel is situated at the quite end of the famous Mall and is an ideal base from which to discover the unique beauty of the spectacular Himalayan ranges, Cedar forests and ancient monasteries. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Oberoi Cecil - Shimla Hotel Shimla
- Oberoi Shimla
- Shimla Oberoi