When you go to Shimla, you can do either of three things. One, you could go stay at any one of the innumerable hotels on the Mall; two, you could head out of Shimla to less commercialized locations. Or you could go stay at the Eastbourne.
This hotel isnt in the middle of the city, and getting to the Mall involves a slightly expensive taxi ride. But would you really want to do what everyone else does? Instead, you get to the terrace in the morning, read the newspaper while the waiter brings you your coffee and croissants. Then you look up and take in a completely unblemished view of the Himalayas. What else would you want?
Beware though. The hotel is made up of a number of wings- each having its own entrance. make sure you get shown to your room and make sure you remember how to get there.
Apart from that, this is a most delightful place to stay. The service is warm and friendly. The rooms are spacious, albeit a little too garishly done up for my taste. The noise is non-existent and the food is good.
One occasion though- left me a little surprised. I arrived in Shimla on an overnight bus from Delhi- which meant that I was in Shimla at 5 am. Unfortunately, in spite of a confirmed reservation, there were no rooms available at 5 am in the morning. Greatly apologetic, the staff put up a makeshift camp-cot in the gym, which I could use till 12 pm, when a room was available.
Bottomline- do give this a try if you'd like to take in the true beauty of the Himalayas.
- Also Known As:
- East Bourne Resort And Spa
- East Bourne Hotel Shimla
- East Bourne Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- East Bourne, a Luxury Resort in the queen of the hills "SHIMLA" the erstwhile Capital of the British Raj to your esteemed organisation. An Eco-Tourism resort situated at an altitude of 6500 Ft. in the Himalayas EAST BOURNE promises an easy paced vacation full of surprise and unforgettable memories. Provided with every modern amenity, East Bourne is more than a resort, it’s an experience………………… A brief profile of our resort is as follows We specialise in arrangement for theme parties, marriages, conferences, fashion shows and product launching. The facilities in the resort are: 61 centrally heated luxury rooms with attached baths (cubical with shower panel with hot & cold running water), hair and body dryers, LCD, Wooden flooring, Mini bar, Tea/Coffee maker, Laundry service, Room service, EPABX & STD/ISD facility, Standby generator "Vertigo" The Multi Cuisine Restaurant & 02 Open Air Terrace Garden Restaurants. "Zanzee" The Well Stocked Bar. "Reef” Conference Hall - I for 400 delegates (Theatre style), 100 delegates (U-shape), equipped with all modern facilities. Banquet Hall & Open Air sitting (700-1000 pax)."Dunes" Conference Hall - II for 120 delegates (Theatre style), 45 delegates (U-shape). "Waves" Conference Hall - III for 50 delegates (Theatre style), 25 delegates (U-shape). "Maples" A Modern health spa with cold and hot sauna, steam, massage tub, massage chairs, body massages and men & women beauty Saloon, Gymnasium. "Aqua" The Night Club (60 pax) "Maples" The Indoor heated Swimming Pool with sunken bar. A huge Reception, Lounge, Coffee Shop, Bakery and Library overlooking a Rose Garden, Creche, Video Games, Table Tennis, Pool Table, Indoor Games, Bar-be-Que, Bonfire, Doctor on call, All Secretarial Services, Internet, Travel Desk, One Free pick up and drop from resort to town and vice versa daily (10 am to 8 pm), Free car parking (underground) and coaches, Gift shop, Children's Activity Centre Available on request Trekking, river rafting, ice-skating, roller skating & golf, All major credit cards accepted, Accommodation for drivers (Bunker style). ... more less
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