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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Ranked #1 of 113 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 3, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights and received the gracious Oberoi welcome as well as a beautiful large room. This property is historic and very special but offers outstanding service as well.
Food was delicious in the hotel's restaurant ....a perfect breakfast was served a la carte ( low season so no buffet) and lunches and dinners were outstanding.
Magnificent views and very welcoming staff contributed to the overall experience.
Concierge was particularly gracious and charming.
Preferred this hotel to Oberoi's other property in the area.

Room Tip: rooms facing the valley on higher floor
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2013

Dear Guest

The Oberoi Cecil is indeed the Grand Old lady of Shimla, standing for over 129 years now and witness to a lot of history. It is wonderful to read the hotel services, food and the team were able to make your stay memorable. We look forward to having you with us again.

Regards
Arpit Pant

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

Arpit and his dedicated team did it yet again for us!!!! This was our third visit in last one year to Oberoi Cecil and seems to get better each time!!! As u arrive at the Cecil Garage, the wonderful journey 'of feeling special begins'. A nice,clean Innova drives u up to the hotel which is 5 mins away and u r greeted with Oberoi's signature smile. Waiting at the open Victorian look lobby is as refreshing as the cold towels and the welcome drink. Within minutes the staff welcomes with a welcome personalized kit and escorts u to the room. What is so special is that they exactly knew in which suite we had stayed last time and my dad broke open the surprise that we go back to OUR ROOM - room no. 211. The upkeep is so good that everything looked just the same as I had left 1 year back. I entered the room and with a princely feeling submerged myself into the lobby sofa and my younger sister ran out in the balcony to see the toy train gush by.... With different agendas of holiday my dad chose to laze around, my mom took out her pack of books, my sis wanted to head to the activity room and I just wanted to swim!! So, it was me once again at my best and no marks for guessing whose agenda whole family had to follow and we all were in our swimming trunks.. enjoying the temp. controlled waters of a very hygienic swimming pool.. This was followed by an amazing massage in the steaming jacuzzi!! It was my sis' turn now to pull our family into the activity area where we played lots of games. Mom took over frm here and here we were sitting at the open atrium enjoying mocktails and live piano. Dad's first love shopping couldn't stay far behind and soon we were walking in and out at the shops on the mall.. We headed back to the hotel to enjoy sumptuous preparations of their chef Mr. Bhatia( yes I am biased bcos of surname). Unfortunately he was on leave but food quality and consistency in recipes was not at all missing!! Don't miss their MURG TIKKA MASALA and Muffins at breakfast buffet still remain a cracker!!! Hospitality and courtesy extended is remarkable. The staff saw us taking a late night stroll outside hotel and within minutes all the lights were switched on!!!!!! Just want to thank Cecil team for making it so special for us and yes my dad's pocket is in trouble as for me now definition of holiday is " RUSH TO CECIL!!! "

Room Tip: All rooms are good just avoid the basement rooms ....
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2013

Dear Guest,

Your patronage for The Oberoi Cecil is of immense value to us and the team always looks forward to your visits. We always try and keep our guest preferences in consideration and I am happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay in your favourite room in the hotel. Thank you for your kind words for the team and Chef Bhatia. I would be happy to share the same with them.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

My wife and I arrived from The Wildflower and were welcomed by the general manager Arpit Pant and his staff. Nestling among the hills of Shimla and over looking the toy railway tracks, the view from our room was reminiscent of our days just spent at the WIldflower. Divine!
Having enjoyed a snack at the bar in the atrium we ventured out for some sightseeing. We started at Viceregal Lodge located on the Observatory HIlls. This was formerly the home of the VIceroy of India. Steeped in history, the very table where negotiations for independence from Britain took place is displayed. The hotel arranges a courtesy drop to the start of the Mall the main thoroughfare in Shimla. With Tudor architecture etc in abundance one would be forgiven from thinking hat they had arrived in a small town in England.

When we returned to the hotel for dinner my wife and I were very surprised that the Chef at the Wildflower had passed on our likes, dislikes, allergies etc to the Chef at The Cecil. It was like the staff were reading our minds!! The Chef and his staff were very accommodating and were happy to indulge us.

We were fortunate to stay in a luxury suite on the first floor. The lounge, bedroom, bathroom and dressing areas were all very spacious. Perhaps, the third floor may have been a bit quieter but I would not exchange the sound of the whistle from the toy train waking me up in the morning.
The staff were thoroughly professional and helpful........just as the late Mr Oberoi had envisioned all those years back. I would thoroughly recommend that you read the book, Dare to dream, A life of M.S. Oberoi by Bachi J Karkaria.

Unfortunately, we did not have time to enjoy the spa.

Room Tip: Any room facing the hills and valleys and the railway track.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear Guest,

It feels wonderful to know that your stay with us at both our hotels in Shimla was memorable. It was a pleasure meeting you and I would be happy to share your gracious comments with the team. We hope to have more visits from you in the near future.

Regards
Arpit Pant

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Lovely experience, warm reception, wonderful rooms, great hospitality...a wonderful experience. the buffet was also great. The staff was great at receiving the guests. Good check in services. the best property to stay in Shimla.

Will cherish the memory for ever.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Bhoot22
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded August 31, 2013

Dear Guest

Thank you for your review about The Oberoi Cecil. The team and I are happy to note that you had a wonderful time with us and we hope to have you back with us again.

Regards
Arpit Pant

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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We recently stayed at the Cecil, Shimla over the Independence Day weekend. It was our second visit and the experience was wonderful right from the booking staff. The drive to Shimla is very beautiful and easy especially due to the new Kalka bypass. We got a warm welcome from the staff including the GM who remembered our meeting him previously. The room was lovely with a valley view and the floating clouds made it beautiful to look at. We had a great time during our stay and the kids thoroughly enjoyed the activity centre as well as the pool. The staff was very courteous and attentive .... The distinctive Oberoi standards of personalised service and care were very evident. The ladies at the Activity Centre took good care of our kids so we were able to relax, Aleem at the front desk and Shoumi and all the Restaurant staff took very good care of us. Overall, we had a relaxing and luxurious holiday and would love to be back again.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Meenu14
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2013

Dear Guest,

It is indeed a very happy moment for all of us when our regular patrons return to stay with us. The Shimla-Kalka bypass has surely improved the travel time and the journey now is much more comfortable. I am glad to read that the children thoroughly enjoyed the various activities and that the team was always present to ensure you had a comfortable stay.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

This hotel is in midst of a excellent location. The amenities at the hotel are great. The Breakfast spread is lavish. The staff is very courteous. recreation activities are also very good. Safe and comfortable. The Oberoi luxury speaks for itself.............

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your stay experience at The Oberoi Cecil. We are delighted to know that you enjoyed your time and we hope to have you back with us again.

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Arpit Pant

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Reviewed August 13, 2013

By far the best we could think in Shimla. Since long Oberoi's have been giving luxury & service par excellence in Shimla(since Oberoi's clarkes days) and this trip was no less. Except the Monkey menace, its all smiles everywhere in this property. The food, the swimming pool, the spa, the location and most importantly free parking.
Only let down was that the road in front has now been thrown open for general vehicles which was earlier a sealed road right upto the mall road. But traffic in India you all is worst. But none the less, few steps in we reach the Mall, which still is almost without traffic/pollution.
The GM was friendly to meet on arrival and remembers the last stay. Chef made special effort for baby food. Gave us special dessert apart from buffet. House keeping offered extra blankets & heaters when told about chilling nights.
Shall definitely return.

Room Tip: TIP: Take rooms only in the main building. Other rooms need lot of stairs up & down, for calorie...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2013

Dear Guest

Thank you for sharing your experience. Your continued patronage is very dear to all of us at The Oberoi Cecil and it was great to have you back. The main road still continues to be a restricted road, however being the holiday season you may have experienced more traffic than general. I will be happy to pass on your compliments with our kitchen team.
We look forward to your next visit.

Regards
Arpit Pant

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Address: Advanced Study Road, Shimla 171004, India
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Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > 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 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#1 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
#1 Spa Hotel in Shimla
#1 Business Hotel in Shimla
Price Range: $184 - $1,031 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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