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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Oberoi Cecil - Shimla Hotel Shimla
- Oberoi Shimla
- Shimla Oberoi