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Chapslee
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Reviewed April 4, 2014

Chapslee may well be one of the most complete experiences of the Britiish Raj which can still be found in India. It is a superb Victorian house, which retains all of the opulence and grandeur of those bygone days. The welcome and service from Reggie and his staff was such that we felt we were visiting old friends as house-guests, and the wonderful antique furnishings and artefacts in the house are all redolent of the days when quality meant more than modernity! Even the plumbing and electrics were of early 20th Century vintage character! The food and hospitality were first class, and catered well for our vegetarian needs. Although the house was cold when we arrived (in early March) the wood fires in the drawing room and bedrooms (not to mention the electric blankets and hot-water bottles) meant that we were soon up to a comfortable temperature!!. A unique experience which we would not have missed!!

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Raymond M
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Reviewed March 25, 2014

This is not like staying in hotel. You stay in private house from another era, it is like staying in a museum but with servants and surrounded by beautiful antiques.
Shimla was not warm when we arrived in March and the Chapslee had only just opened for the season, however the chill was soon taken off with fires lit each night in our room, this in addition to the hot water bottles.
It was truly a wonderful experience, where else would a servant bring you a tray to your room, with gin and tonic separately in silver topped decanters and blocks of ice the size of tennis balls. It just had to be photographed !

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank NIGEL B
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

So many reviewers have described this place as ‘Awesome’ ; An experience of a bygone era ; and with so many other words of admiration that I do not have any other synonym to add. But for my wife and I ,and our friends with whom we visited the place recently, it simply took our breath away.
The understated opulence, the grandeur of those times, the Victorian furniture and frames, the ornate crystal chandeliers and the artefacts and paintings that dotted everywhere around the rooms just mesmerized us . We were transported to a time when good gracious living and elegance went hand in hand with an appreciation of good things.
Chapslee was built sometime in the mid 19th century. It retains the elegance and spaciousness of that age while accommodating modern needs. The guest rooms are large and with color themes. The beds were of solid bronze and even the electric fittings and switches were of vintage origin and in excellent condition. There was no piece of furniture that was incongruous in the setting. The library is a place where book readers would get lost in time. The titles and subjects of some vintage books held my fascination.

The staff were polite and professional. Our sincere thanks to Ms Alka who showed us around.
And finally to our gracious and unassuming host and the scion Shri Kanwar Ratansinghji for inviting us over for tea.
I can only say that it was like stepping back in time to a world of privileges and royalty. Well, I promised my wife another visit to Chapslee and this time to stay.

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank SurenKaushik
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Reading the previous reviews, all the superlatives have already been used, 'a bygone era', 'awesome', 'wonderful experience'........& I can't disagree..... But Chapslee is more than that.....

The best was I can describe it, is when one reaches Chapslee, one enters a home and closes the door on the stresses and strains of the outside world.

For those of us who are tired of the lack of standards and service and politeness in modern life, who are tired of being rushed by holiday reps / tours who are only interested in making money (rather than providing a service) and who are astounded that a hotel room in New York can look the same as a hotel room in Nairobi.......then Chapslee is the antidote....

BUT, a word of advice, Chapslee is NOT a hotel (and to describe it as such is to do it a disservice) - it is a home, and one is a guest in that home...... A home which is more than a 100 years old, and so one needs to look beyond the faded wallpaper (it is the original), the Edwardian furniture (which has been handed down through the generations), the knick knacks which have been lovingly collected over the years......and the house gleams (years and years of polishing & cleaning have kept it spotless....).

One needs to look at Chapslee as a part of history, but history which is still living today.....

The service is incredible, but it is part and parcel of the house and one wouldn't expect anything less...... Nothing is too much trouble, as befits a guest in someone's home....

Nigel & I spent part of our honeymoon at Chapslee, over Christmas, and it was magical - from the roaring fires, to the beautifully laid breakfast table, and the wines at dinner, through to the exquisite manners (and correct etiquette) of the serving staff and even the hot water bottles and electric blankets placed in bed every evening.....
But Christmas Day was made completely special by the thoughtfulness of Reggie & his wife.....presents left in our room in the morning (completely unexpected but thank you once again) followed by a magnificent Christmas meal, to which Reggie had kindly invited us, alongside his own guests......

Thank you all so much giving Nigel & I such wonderful memories & we will treasure them always (and are determined to make another trip very soon !)

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Dhana G
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

AWESOME is the word that describes. Very systematic, very hospitable, excellent food, beautiful clean spacious rooms. We were 3 generations under 1 roof and each and every request was fulfilled.My mother needed special assistance and the staff really cooperated.Made our stay really a pleasurable one. Really appreciate your kind attention.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank akanshajain2610
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