I guess that it's all about your expectations - we'd stayed at reasonable 4 star hotels prior to arriving in snowy Shimla and expected a similar standard to the excellent Country Inn chain elsewhere in India. The location of the hotel is good - it's on the pedestrian Mall and has great views especially from the restaurant. Even though we were upgraded from a superior to a higher-grade room with a view, the rooms were equivalent to those in a two-star hotel in other places that I've visited. Sheets were dirty and stained and there were grimy carpets that clearly hadn't been cleaned in a while. If you're looking for a good night's rest, then the lumpy, sloping, soft mattresses won't deliver. We were also woken up early every morning by the kitchen that was directly above us. The restaurant staff were good though and the food was great though very expensive.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the Shimla Mall Road, Clarkes Hotel is an oasis of calm on the bustling promenade. This Heritage hotel has recently been upgraded to Grand Heritage category and is one of the oldest hotels in Shimla. Clarkes is known for its architecture dating from the colonial era. The hotel is within walking distance of Shimla attractions - Gaiety Theatre, Groton Castle, Museum, Rothney Castle, Viceregal Lodge, Churches and other Colonial era buildings. Clarkes Hotel embodies the elegance and charm of yesteryear, with modern conveniences of today. The hotel maintains the highest levels of service and has all the amenities, facilities and levels of comfort you would expect from a hotel of this class. Clarkes Hotel is just 10 minutes from Shimla Station. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shimla Clarkes Hotel