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Hotel Classic
Shimla 171012, India   |  
Ranked #52 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
Durban
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2011

We selected this hotel through the Lonely Planet travel guide to India. The location was very close to all amenities, such as the railway station and attractions. The staff, from the cleaning staff to the management, were very friendly and helpful, and assisted us with arrangements for tours. They provided us with lovely refreshments, especially tea. Suitable arrangements for our laundry were made, despite some inclement weather. There was a very good restaurant nearby which served Indian and Chinese cuisine. The hotel was truly like a home away from home.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Noida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2010

Its and average hotel, located just where the mall road ends. So location wise it is good. If you are travelling with friends and want to saty near the mall, then you can stay here. But i will not recommend if anybody is coming with family. Its a budget hotel.

Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
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Delhi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2010

we stay in the hotel for two days. the rooms is very dirty. they changer one day clothes in thee day. I thought nevar stay these tipe of Hotels again.

Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Rome
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

The rooms were really humid and dirty....and in our room it was also raining inside. The monkeys are free to go around inside the hotel and they don't looks like happy to share the space with the guests. It is also a bit to far from the city centre....while many other hotels in the city are available...so why go there?

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Sri Lanka
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2008

We stayed at the Hotel classic for four days. View was nice. exterior was dirty but interior was not so bad. Room service was bad (I think they dont know at all about room service). They didnt change bed clothes and clean the bath rooms even for a single time during the four day stay. People are freindly specially Rana (the room boy).

The manager (Proprietor) was somewhat annoying, because he was so eager to persuade us for sight seeing tours. The rates were so high for example he asked INR 1500, for a trip which we had for INR 1000.

I dont have a good idea about Shimla Hotel rates, but I think its reasonable (INR 700+10% tax) against my previous hotel, Hotel Holiday Home which took INR 2000+10% tax+ INR 150 for never rendered room service for nothing.

Stayed July 2008
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Leicestershire
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47 hotel reviews
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150 helpful votes 150 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2007

We booked into the Hotel Classic for two nights based on the review in Lonley Planet - it was not what we were expecting!

The hotel is old, poorly kept and dirty with a faint 'eau de sewage' smell in some of the communial areas.

We had one of their more expensive doubles, which did indeed have a wonderful view, a working TV and 24 hour hot water via a geezer (a rarity in cheap/mid range hotels in Shimla). The floor was grubby however, the sheets, towels and furniture badly stained (although they had been washed) and a smell of damp unless you had the windows open 24 hours per day.

We did receive a warm welcome on arrival at the hotel and the service was friendly, but even this cannot make up for the other elements I have noted. It isn't even that cheap Indian standards - we stayed in hotels/havelis for the same rate which were beautiful. Having travelled in India for eight weeks prior to staying at the Classic we were realistic about Indian standards - this hotel is low end of even Indian standards!

Positives - well I have noted the view, the TV and the hot water. The only other positive is that it is not far from the bus station (10 mins on foot up hill) so is easily accessible. It is located 10 minutes by foot up hill from the mall.

I wouldn't say the stay was 'terrible' but the place had a fair few problems. If I were you I wouldn't bother considering it.

  • Liked — Location, 24hr hot water
  • Disliked — Shabby, dirty, stained sheets and furniture, eau de sewage smell in some areas, overpriced
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Shimla 171012, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
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Ranked #52 of 96 Hotels in Shimla
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