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“very nice hotel with ample parking .....” 4 of 5 stars
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Circular Road | near Lift, Shimla 171001, India   |  
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Ranked #25 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
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“very nice hotel with ample parking .....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

good experience, nice food , and service is very prompt and fast , rooms are well maintained and the best part is good parking space , which is a issue in shimla, location from the lift is just a walk ...

Room Tip: rooms in main building has good view of Shimla
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

One of the best HPTDC run hotels.compared to the rest that I stayed else where. HPDTC always gets the best location and view, so if you want a pleasant stay at resonable cost then stay here. Locationwise its near the lift to the MALL and very easy to mve around on your own without depending on Greedy cabbies.
The food served were one of the best in Shimla. We had break fast and Dinner and it was good. One shoud try the local ANAR DANA CHICKEN CURRY which was good so were the PAKODA and POORIE BHAJEE. Over all a very pleasant stay with polite and efficient staff.

Room Tip: We stayed at room no 205 facing the valley, or check with the bell dest they will tell you the tru...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The hotel is very near to the LIFT to Mall Road. And there is a short cut to hotel's 3rd floor if you're walking down from Mall road which is well guided through signboards. But one has to take few steps to use this short cut. Now coming to services and rooms. The rooms are not spacious as The Peterhoff Hotel in same range like DBR Super Delux but they're enough to stay happily with all facilities . The food quality is very good. The dining area is at 1st floor which is again a Royal one. USP of this hotel is night view of Shimla from 3rd floor rooms facing mall road. The room service is also good. Overall a good hotel to stay if one wishes to stay near mall road. Cab services are also arranged through hotel similar to the Peter Hoff hotel. This is in a area near to parking so one can face issues of traffic as well.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good hotel. It was great experience and main thing is car parking is free. Room service is good. Food is very delicious special y butter chicken and pander massa. Still my mouth is fill with water whenever I recall those days.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Stayed there for 3 nights recently...terrible experience...the showers not working...interiors and carpets at least 30 year old, and average staff age is 40+..wi fi only works on ground floor and the entire 3rd floor smells of food 24X7 because the kitchen is closeby..also, wedding parties is a constant nightmare with loud noise..the travel desk is mostly empty with no staff..overall very poor and highly overpriced!

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New Delhi, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This is a very large hotel in Shimla just little distance from the Lift for Mall road

The size of the property, cleanliness, helpful staff, good food and walkable distance from the Lift are the positives to speak about.
However, these positives are defeated by the size of the room, missing accessories like fridge/kettle, pricey food, etc. Also, due to the crowded lift there are long queues and you miss to be actually at the ridge area. The property appears shabby and a little archaic owing to the decor and carpet.

Overall, given the limited choice of options to Shimla, this is a good enough hotel for weekend stay.
Note: Fan is provided in room on request.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Compared to what you get, price tag is about INR 1000-1500 on higher side. We booked their Double Bed Room Semi Deluxe.

Good side:
1) Big property.
2) Grand reception and sitting area.
3) Travel desk near reception.
4) Can walk to reach lift.
5) Helpful reception.
6) Clean

Bad side:
1) Room size is quite small.
2) At the price they charge most hotels will give you a small fridge, electric kettle, etc. but this was not given here.
3) The room we got initially was very noisy throughout day and night. Noise was mainly from people's chatter and TV sets running at high volume from near by property (HPTDC) and their staff. When we complained they agreed to shift us to another room without much fuss though.
4) Food is expensive (Lunch and/or Dinner). It tastes good but it is overpriced.
5) The complimentary breakfast doesn't have many options. I expect fruit or fruit juice to be a vital part of any breakfast but it wasn't present for the 2 days we stayed there. And you should be able to spot flies around food.
6) This is weird, the fare they charge when you book is not exclusive of taxes. Taxes are computed and payable on check out only. They clearly mention this on their reservation portal but why not have it charged straight off when you're booking.
7) If you have a data plan you'll not even want to attempt their Wi-Fi, that offers uselessly slow speed.

To wrap off, you will in someway or the other feel a 'sarkari' touch in services which is bound to piss you off (okay not much but still!), this was the first time I was staying at a government property and I don't think I'll choose such properties again. If their price tag was on the lower side, I would still have the courage to recommend it to someone.

Room Tip: Since there are no ACs and fans, it is very quite so make sure room you take does not have window fa...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home

Address: Circular Road | near Lift, Shimla 171001, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Home is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The hotel is situated on the Circular Road near Lift. The Hotel facilities are - drive in, parking within premises, multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, coffee shop, room service, laundry. The rooms are tastefully done with attached baths. The hotel is conveniently located from the city center. ... more   less 

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