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“Stay in the Palace, avoid the Cottages” 4 of 5 stars
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Tehsil Kandaghat, Chail 173217, India   |  
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Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Chail
Mohali, India
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“Stay in the Palace, avoid the Cottages”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Palace is a great property surrounded by beautiful pines and green environs. The weather is invariably enjoyable. Though the city does not have much to offer, but an overnight stay in the Palace is a unique experience.
However, the cottages/huts on the same property are a different story altogether. 'STAY AWAY FROM THE COTTAGES' at any cost. They are located at a distance from the main Palace and have practicaly no service. Moreover thay are dirty, damp, stinky and the bedding is awful.
Good discounts in the Off-Peak season

Room Tip: The Maharaja Suite is Value if you are booking 2 rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After reviewing it one I am inclined to review it again due to completely different experience. Chail palace is very well located but becomes very crowded in summers. In lean seasons it really comes to life. Chail has good forest areas all around and also offers good bird watching opportunities. Chail Palace is not recommended for bird watchers. Last time I was dissatisfied with service but this time it was exactly opposite. We stayed in the deluxe loghut this time and found the loghut to be spooky, could be even haunted. The staff also insisted us to shift to the main palace which we did......and we are habituated to stay in stand alone cottages, private huts in remote HP and Uttarakhand. The HPTDC website refers to this hotel as a premium which is true as per HPTDC standards. Food esp Indian is good. Continental is Indianised continental though they make awesome Cutlets for evening snacks. For a large family Monal Cottage is best option which has two bedrooms, a large living room and decent dining area. Self cook options are also available.

Room Tip: All cottages and loghuts are a little far away from the main building. The Diwan room 2 is just abov...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

chail palace is actually converted in hotel. Thus it has rich quality of architecture,though the service is not up to the mark and the price of food and beverages is a bit high. still the quality is good. besides the hotel offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of the city which is the foremost advantage of this place. the ambiance is awesome. you will enjoy every bit of staying here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Mohali, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The Chail Palace as such is a very exclusive place to see. The surroundings with huge deodars are really enchanting. Himneel Block of the Chail Palace is a very good place at low budget. The rooms are pretty good with good open space in front.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Yes you right, this hotel was used in 3 Idiots. Not remember ? When Sharman and Madhvan went to Javed Jafari palace in search of Ranchordas.

The chail is better than Shimla because you'll get less crowed than Shimla. The Chail Palace was summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. Chail at 2226 m was somewhat higher than Shimla. The Chail Palace offers cottage and rooms, cottage is good for summers but not in winters. The rooms are Maharaja, Rajkumar, Rajkumari, Deewan, Vazeer room and semi delux.
We opted for Semi Deluxe room, the room were nice warm and comfy even when the out side temperature was 0 degree.

Points to remember:
1. Don't book cottage when you are going in winter.
2. Don't expect good room service.

Room Tip: Don't book cottage when you are going in winter.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

If you are visiting Chail then this is the place you must stay at. Managed by state tourism department, the palace is located inside thick greenery overlooking a beautiful valley with clear view of Shimla city. We stayed in the log huts which were really nice.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

The palace service is very bad but Chail is a good place to visit, the weather was very nice, we went to Kali ka tibba , superb view from the mandir , we wanted to explore but there were too many monkeys all around the palace, the food was not good at the palace , there was a nice restaurant in the corner of the market , please take a vehicle to Chail , otherwise travelling is expensive , do not forget to bring concentrated juices of hpmc specially the plum

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about HPTDC The Chail Palace

Address: Tehsil Kandaghat, Chail 173217, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Chail
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Chail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 52
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 
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