An impulsive decision to stay near the Mall was my sole reason to opt for The Combermere. Frankly I was so impressed by Café Sol on a previous visit that I decided to schedule my next stay at the same hotel! I was charmed no doubt.
I believe four major reasons behind choosing a hotel are a fantastic location, pleasing rooms, excellent service and appetizing food. I am willing to give a massive 4.8 out of 5 to the whole lot at this hotel!
Hotel Combermere is located right on the Mall, Shimla, just about 150 meters below the Christ Church. It is an impressive portico, cleverly positioned with the finest Café in town. Constructed in such a way that the top most floors touches the main road of the city, you will have to go 8 floors down to reach the Reception if you enter from the Mall Road, but an escalator takes care of illusory aches of racing down!
The main entrance of the hotel is from Cart Road, located near the revered state-managed lift of Shimla that takes visitors from the nearest vehicular road to the all-vehicles-prohibited Mall.
The rooms at the hotel are well maintained and attractively decorated, though the view outside is the same filth and grime Shimla is lately being altered into. I suggest taking a room at the higher floors to keep this panorama obscured.
My experience with guest services in hotels in Shimla had been pretty pedestrian. I had started to believe all-most of them- hotels only hired locals to wait on guests, thus compromising on price they pay and service they deliver. Gratefully, this was undone with a whopping thump! Either they have hired qualified professionals or they have trained them well. Beyond the motives, the service is comparable with any 4 star properties anywhere in India.
Coming to food. The hotel has a brilliant restaurant and an exceptional café, and the whole enchilada is available for room service too. Like majority of travelers do, I tried breakfast and dinner on both days of my stay. A pleasant experience, breakfast at the restaurant was complimentary with my stay, and the dinner was surprisingly low on prices, but wonderful on taste! Yet again, I would love to reprise - Both, restaurant service and room service was extraordinarily proficient.
Every hotel has a personality. Combermere is a striking young bloke, eager to charm so you stay with him and remember him in good times! So you return.
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- Also Known As:
- Combermere Hotel Shimla