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Review of The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Ranked #1 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
Durham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Everything we expected and more.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

On a Riviera tours holiday we had already met some great service at a variety of hotels but the Cecil outdid them all. It wasn't just the number of attendants, but their unstoppable desire to make everything during our stay perfect. Tashi (hope that's right!) took us to our suite and spent ten minutes befriending us and explaining every gadget/facility to ensure we made the most of our time at the hotel. This approach continued non-stop whether dining, seeking out the billiard room or visiting the pool (where the attendant welcomed us like old friends, took photos etc even though we did not have time to swim). The suite was well-appointed, comfortable and equipped with modern TV, minibar (cheaper than all other hotels visited) and separate luggage room. The windows withstood the best efforts of the local monkeys to break in! The public rooms were tastefully presented with an excellent pianist providing low-key music in the bar area. Service here as everywhere was attentive without being over-pressurising. Reception staff were welcoming and efficient, dealing with minor issues with a minimum of fuss. Access to the city is easy whether on foot (25 minutes to the mall) or by taxi (about 150 rupees). We were fortunate to enjoy wall-to-wall sunshine and made the most of it, shopping until we dropped, then returning to our haven for an excellent evening meal (to complement the full buffet breakfast which rendered lunch unnecessary). Trips out include the Viceroy's Lodge (fascinating), drives into the higher Himalayas (breathtaking) and of course the Mall (scarves, pashminas and shoes particular bargains; don't miss the Gaiety Theatre & the churches); just above the Cecil and easily missed is the Shimla Museum, rich in religious relics, paintings & drawings and much more. Returning to the Cecil, one high-profile guide calls it 'characterless'; in my opinion nothing could be further from the truth. It is a fitting building for a city of immense character.

Room Tip: Our 4th floor suite was perfect both for the view and comfort offered.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Dear Guest

It is a delight to read such an insightful review on your visit to Shimla and your stay at The Oberoi Cecil. It is very encouraging for us when the efforts of our team are recognised by the guests who experience our service. I am really happy to read that you enjoyed all aspects be it your room, the various hotel facilities, the food and service. Thank you for taking the time and posting your review.

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Arpit Pant
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We chose to stay at this hotel based on price and accessibility to public transportation and on the basis of that I would give it a five. , it is pretty beautiful. Going to and from the hotel was always an experience.We booked a room which was worth the extra as the view is wonderful

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 11, 2013
Dear Guest,

The Oberoi Cecil is loacted at Chaura Maidan and is in close proximity to all the must see places and the city center. I am happy to hear that the loacation of the hotel was to your comfort. We do hope to have you again with us in the near future.

Thank you
Arpit Pant
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Alnwick, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2013

May I take this opportunity to thank Jyoti Thakur and the remainder of the staff at The Cecil . My wife and I were on a trip with Great Rail Journeys and arrived at the hotel on 2nd February 2013 . It was Hazels 50th birthday on the day we arrived 2nd February . Upgraded room 18 Red Roses and a Birthday cake greeted us in our room . We had a great stay . Staff fantastic , Hotel Fantastic . Food Fantastic . Shimla Fantastic . Thank you again Jyoti and the staff for a very memorable stay . Will be back one day soon I hope .

Les Slater
Alnwick Northumberland UK

Room Tip: Ask for Valley View higher situated room
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Leslie S
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 9, 2013
Dear Guest

We are delghted to read your review. It is heartening to learn that we were able to have both of you enjoy your special day. Jyoti is indeed a star for all of us and I would be more than happy to share your appreciation with her.

Thank you

Arpit Pant
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

From the moment we were picked up at the station we were treated like royalty. Loved the place. Customer care was exceptional and go the extra mile to look after you.

We booked a valley room which was worth the extra as the view is wonderful. The only problem was the adverse weather, it was bitterly cold therefore making the room chilly due to the location and the windows being of the original structure. The staff made sure we were warm and supplied us with extra heating and duvet.

Breakfast was superior to others and choice vast, with the usual European and Indian selection. It is a shame that some of other residents choose to turn up in their pyjamas to breakfast. Strange, but the staff did not seem to bat an eyelid, must be used to it. Could not see this happening in other 5 star hotels in Europe.

Dinner was very good whether buffet or a la carte. Good touch that we were kept away from the tour groups so individuals were in a quieter part of the restaurant.

Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Valley room for the views
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank cambridgetravller
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for sharing your stay experience. We really appreciate your kind words and it is an immense source of inspiration for all of us at the hotel. The weather in Shimla has improved with a lot of sunshine. We look forward to your nest visit.

Regards
Arpit Pant
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

You walk into a magic kingdom, stunning entrance, rooms a delight, spacious, clean and comfortable. Food first class good choice of English and Indian food, hot and cold selection. Views over the mountains are tremendous. Staff very helpful and caring had some laundry done prompting returned. A pleasant twenty minute walk from town, roads are very steep in places the back road up to the hotel is very steep dirt track, if you don't like heights close your eyes. Taxi drivers know what they are doing though. Plenty of ATM in town good shopping, variety of different shops. It is mountainous roads are very tight, lots of sheer drops, but you are safe in the taxis.

Room Tip: All rooms overlook central area I would go for rooms from first floor up as ground floor rooms open...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for such a delightful feedback. It gives me great satisfaction to learn that your stay at The Oberoi Cecil was memorable and that from the loaction of the hotel to the food and our service left a positve impression on you.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

We stayed in Shimla in February and were lucky to have one really sunny day to enjoy the peace and beauty.

This hotel was truly beautiful inside and the staff were absolutely keen to serve in whatever way they could. It was disappointing to have to pay for water at dinner, but, other than that, we loved the food they served and the breakfasts were excellent.

The pool complex was lovely and the staff there were also very attentive and kind. Again, provided slippers if you forgot them and went out of their way to be helpful. I would suggest that they only serve drinks out of non-breakable glass in the pool area as it would be a catastrophe if glass got into the pool. Loved the jacuzzi and I understand that the massages were good, too.

Would definitely recommend this hotel - but remember to keep the windows/balcony doors closed against the monkeys!

Room Tip: Either front or back is good - especially overlooking the valley, but the rooms onto the road had ba...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank helhed
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for your feedback. I am happy to learn that you enjoyed your time whilst at the hotel and our service was to your satisfaction. Your constructive points would surely be looked into. The weather has also now cleared and it is a great time to be outdoors. We look forward to having you back soon.

Regards
Arpit Pant
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2013

What a lovely hotel, utterly charming building and wonderfully attentive staff throughout. Bedrooms vary but are generally large with separate lounge area making a suite. We went as part of a well looked after group and realised the key challenge is to get the right room to maximise the enjoyment. The first floor rooms lead off the lounge area, the second and third suffer more from monkey visits and some of the fifth have smaller windows and ours also suffered from mechanical noise from the loft area. So try to get 4th floor and then on the non road (south west) side. Food here is generally very good and the level of service was the best we experienced in India. If you do go with a group be aware that the more popular dinner buffet dishes can run out so don't delay!

Room Tip: 4th floor non road rooms are best.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank exbiztraveller
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for sharing your experience and insight. I am delighted that as part of a tour group you enjoyed the hotel facilities and our service and were well looked after. The hotel is over a 100 years old and is a heritage building. The location of rooms across the hotel offer guest different views and experiences and individual preferences are different. I would be happy to share your postive comments about the food with our kitchen team. Please be assured the we ensure food stays available through the meal periods.

Regards
Arpit Pant
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Property: The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Address: Advanced Study Road, Shimla 171004, India
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Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Shimla
#1 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla 5*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in Shimla, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. Downtown Hotel with Colonial styling, 1 km from Shimla Station & 22 km from Jubalhatti-Shimla Airport. The Hotel is situated at the quite end of the famous Mall and is an ideal base from which to discover the unique beauty of the spectacular Himalayan ranges, Cedar forests and ancient monasteries. ... more   less 
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