This was a hotel of two halves. First the good - the very pleasant staff on the front desk and the location, right on the Mall, the main pedestrian street through the town. The room was also very pleasant and spacious with a separate lounge and a further seating area in a bay window with views over Shimla. The bad - the dining room - a cavernous space with all the ambience of a school canteen and very haphazard service. We ate here the first night and the buffet dinner was lukewarm at best. Despite there being numerous waiters hovering around it took ages for our drinks to appear. Decided to eat out on the second night and had an excellent Mexican at Cafe Sol on the top of the Hotel Combermere. Having already experienced an excellent colonial period hotel in Darjeeling (see Windamere review) we were slightly disappointed with Clarkes.
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