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“Back to the Raj but with all mod coms.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Chaura Maidan, Shimla 171004, India   |  
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Ranked #1 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
Wisbech, Uk
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12 hotel reviews
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“Back to the Raj but with all mod coms.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the third floor or better for the best views and height above any traffic.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is a pleasure to read such a detailed review about your trip to Shimla and your stay at The Cecil. Your individual insight on the various aspects of the town and experience's as an tourist would be indeed helpful for readers. I thank you for your positive praise about the hotel and our services. It is a great source of motivation for us.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

One of the finest hotels in shimla.with awesome services,great food and elegant staff. I was here for my bday . They gave us a complementary cake to celebrate the same .
The rooms are really cozy, well equipped , and well furnished .
The best part is they have a complementary parking when you enter shimla from where they escort you to the hotel.
I recommend this hotel to everyone visiting shimla cause if you dont, your trip would never be complete.

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am happy to read that we at the hotel were able to make you feel special on your special day. The hotel has indeed ample parking space which is a big plus and helps our guests immensly especially the one's driving themselves. Your recommendation is much appreciated and we hope to have more visits from you in the near future.

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Arpit Pant
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

After 3 weeks of train travel and staying in good, but modest, hotels we had one night at the Cecil in Shimla. It was a real treat for us. Our booked room turned into a luxury suite with everything we could desire. The view .... no, I can't begin to describe how beautiful the view is.
The staff is wonderful and very helpful and friendly. The pool and jacuzzi a pleasure and the food was excellent. We had a nice conversation with the chef - loved his approach to providing excellent quality of organic and tasteful food. We would most certainly return to Shimla and, if we ever do a 'treat' again will certainly look for the nearest Oberoi Hotel.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is a delight to know that your short stay of one night has indeed stayed with you due to a memorable experience at The Oberoi Cecil. The Hotel's location does provide some great views. I am also happy to read that your interaction with our Chef enabled you to enjoy the food better. We look forward to having you back in Shimla soon.

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Arpit Pant
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MUMBAI
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49 hotel reviews
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Oberoi Cecil is very conveniently located in the heart of Shimla. It was originally constructed in 1884 and then converted into Oberoi property in 1934. Its a beautiful property and gives you the taste of British era Shimla. The interiors are very warm, cosy and peaceful. They have very well furnished rooms with all the modern amenities. The restuarant serves awesome food round the clock. The breakfast spread is mindblowing. The indoor heated pool and jacuzzi are a must experience especially when its snowing outside ! the activity center is good fun for all members of the family. They have video games, pool and even a PSP ! Its 20 minutes walk to main Shimla Mall road where one can take a liesurely walk and do some window shopping. One have enjoy a cup of coffee at the historic India Coffee house as well. Overall a complete holiday package and strongly recommended if you happen to be in Shimla.

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  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is indeed a pleasure to read that the rich history of the hotel and its legacy left an impression on you. Your positive feedback on the hotel, facilities and our services is much appreciated. Thank you so much for your recommendation for The Oberoi Cecil.

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Arpit Pant
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We all have enjoyed the facilities and appreciated the help extended to us without any expectations.
Room and in house recreation facility was excellent and of a very high standard.

We look for ward to come back again.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent and quieter . To have a good view of the valley must choose rooms on the 3 a...
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your kind and positive feedback on your stay at The Oberoi Cecil. The team eagerly awaits your next trip.

Regards
Arpit Pant
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Oberoi Cecil is a superb hotel and my strong recommendation for travellers looking for a quality stay in Shimla. The rooms are excellent, the restaurant and wine list are very good, and the amenities, including the indoor pool, are first class. Pricing is what you would expect and overall the Cecil provides good value.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your feedback and we are very happy to note that you enjoyed the experience that The Oberoi Cecil provides. We are honored to have an ambassador in you for the hotel.

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Arpit Pant
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London, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
140 hotel reviews
Reviews in 75 cities Reviews in 75 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I am an big fan of Shimla, and the Oberoi is always my preferred hotel. This place very much deals in luxury and while it is not cheap, it is worth every penny.

The rooms here are absolutely magnificent, and give great views out over the countryside. Staff are friendly and accommodating, and the food is good.

This is a really to quality holiday resort.

Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, February 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for posting your feedback. It is an absolute pleasure to learn that Oberoi hotels and resorts are your preferred choce for accomodation during your travel. Your kind and postive review is much appreciated by the enitre team at the hotel and we look forward to more opportunities to have you with us.

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Arpit Pant
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Address: Chaura Maidan, Shimla 171004, India
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Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#1 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
#1 Spa Hotel in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla 5*
Number of rooms: 79
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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