At an altitude like Shimla chail undoubtedly is an awesome place, more than paradise for nature enthusiasts but not for ppl who would want to engage in activities. As for the hotel it was really royal being the erstwhile resting palace of Maharaja of Patiala it had the royal feel. Apart from various rooms within the palace they also have cottages which are quieter and more beautiful. We drove to Chail from Delhi to Chail which took us 8 hrs including 25mins of stoppage time. We forgot to take the booking slip issued by HPTDC Delhi and this led to major problems and we had to shell out much more than the room rents. However this was not a general problem and others should not have negative views because of this. There are some genuine problems with this hotel:- 1) Rooms do not justify the cost as they do not have great views---they have royal furniture but why should one shell out a fortune for great furniture in a hill station. 2) The restaurant is very expensive with average cooking ability. 3) Cottages are located in difficult terrain which makes walking impossible and cars are not allowed at night. Some good features are:1) Cottages are very big ( We stayed in MOnal) with decent furniture and equipments. 2) For ppl who would not want to go to higher altitude and also rest in a peaceful place chail Palace Loghuts ( basic built up but decent with all amenities) could be the place.
Recommended for writers, old folks, ppl wanting to enjoy 25th/50th honeymoon. Stay long- stay in loghuts. Apart from that an unknown reort called MAple resort in chail looked very attractive with an open terrace facing a deep valley with a large population of Fir and cedar trees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palace is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The Palace was built in 1891 by Maharaja of Patiala and is a Premium Heritage Property. Distance from Shimla to Chail is 45 km. The suites, rooms and cottages are sumptuously furnished with ornate and antique furniture with fire place. The Palace has a bar & multi cuisine restaurant. The Palace has a Billiards room and a tennis court. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hptdc The Chail Palace Hotel Chail
- Hptdc The Hotel Chail