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HPTDC The Chail Palace
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Chail
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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42 reviews
23 hotel reviews
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“memorable staying...”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

chail palace is actually converted in hotel. Thus it has rich quality of architecture,though the service is not up to the mark and the price of food and beverages is a bit high. still the quality is good. besides the hotel offers a haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of the city which is the foremost advantage of this place. the ambiance is awesome. you will enjoy every bit of staying here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Mohali, India
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

The Chail Palace as such is a very exclusive place to see. The surroundings with huge deodars are really enchanting. Himneel Block of the Chail Palace is a very good place at low budget. The rooms are pretty good with good open space in front.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
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37 reviews
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Reviewed June 18, 2014

Yes you right, this hotel was used in 3 Idiots. Not remember ? When Sharman and Madhvan went to Javed Jafari palace in search of Ranchordas.

The chail is better than Shimla because you'll get less crowed than Shimla. The Chail Palace was summer capital of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. Chail at 2226 m was somewhat higher than Shimla. The Chail Palace offers cottage and rooms, cottage is good for summers but not in winters. The rooms are Maharaja, Rajkumar, Rajkumari, Deewan, Vazeer room and semi delux.
We opted for Semi Deluxe room, the room were nice warm and comfy even when the out side temperature was 0 degree.

Points to remember:
1. Don't book cottage when you are going in winter.
2. Don't expect good room service.

Room Tip: Don't book cottage when you are going in winter.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Amritsar, India
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Cell phones wont work here as there ain't any signal available at this altitude. So you can stay here without phone buzzing time and again :)
The best part of your stay here was the magnificent lawns of the Palace which you can spend hours on. Beware of the monkeys who won't hesitate to even enter your car while parked with you in it and steal stuff or sneak up beside you and grab your camera on the lawns.
Talking about food, we ate few meals at the in-house restaurant, and it was nice, cold coffee was good :)
Three Idiots, Aamir Khan starrer movie was shot in the main lobby of this hotel.
I would recommend this place to be chosen over any other hill station.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patiala, India
1 review
Reviewed June 16, 2014

The place has still not become a victim of concrete jungles like other hill stations. Besides its not crowded and is ideal for relaxing amidst natural surroundings. The admisnistrative staff is cooperative and courteous and rooms and lawns etc. are well maintained. The hotel also has options for log huts which are bit off the main track to the hotel at walkable distance and can give a good camping like feeling alongwith family. Memorable experience in natural surroundings of palace hotel.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

This place has very large rooms and is away from the crowded areas. The surroundings are nice, with enough greenery all around. There is a large lawn area adjacent to the main palace with few rides for children. Beware of Monkeys all around the place.

However, it is recommended to go there for a day tour rather than staying overnight. The room was dirty with stains all over the furniture, beds/sofas/etc. The rooms do not have Fans or ACs. It is very difficult to stay in the rooms during summer time. We went in June 1st week and found the room too hot to stay comfortably. Maintenance is a serious issue with the rooms. Washrooms were not clean enough. The jacuzzi in the Maharani suite was not working.

Food in the restaurant tasted average. Service was okaish.

Would recommend a day trip to the place rather than staying overnight.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nagpur, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed June 4, 2014

If you are visiting Chail then this is the place you must stay at. Managed by state tourism department, the palace is located inside thick greenery overlooking a beautiful valley with clear view of Shimla city. We stayed in the log huts which were really nice.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about HPTDC The Chail Palace

Property: HPTDC The Chail Palace
Address: | Solan, Chail 173217, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Chail
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Chail
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Palace is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The Palace was built in 1891 by Maharaja of Patiala and is a Premium Heritage Property. Distance from Shimla to Chail is 45 km. The suites, rooms and cottages are sumptuously furnished with ornate and antique furniture with fire place. The Palace has Kings Dining Restaurant (Serving Multi Cuisine Indian, Chinese, Continental & Himachali food),Royal Bar, Conference Hall Capacity 70 Pax Theatre style), Open Air Cafe Royal, Ayurveda Rejuvenation Centre, Guide for trekking, Lounge, Taxi on demand, Laundry facility,Gift Shop, Billiards, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Intercom, Cricket, Table Tennis, Children Park, Doctor on call, Drive in with Parking Area, Instant Reservation of HPTDC Hotels and Luxury Coaches ... more   less 
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