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“*Hotel Aashirwad in "Bittoo Boss"* Not bad but not too good either!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Firhill
Ranked #63 of 135 Shimla B&B and Inns
Panjim, India
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“*Hotel Aashirwad in "Bittoo Boss"* Not bad but not too good either!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2013

Well, we stayed here in May 2012 & had done the booking well in advance by directly contacting the owner of this property, Mr. Abhay Dogra, a very decent gentleman.. He was very kind & the whole staff was helpful. They also arranged a taxi for local sightseeing & travelling to Manali, Rohtang Pass & Chandigarh(which eventually was because of mistake of one of their staff who did Bus booking of wrong day!) although they were kind enough to accept their mistake and offered us a free stay for one night.
The property at first sight looks very dirty and OLD, which actually is NOT!
Although it's a bit out of Shimla (about 20-25 mins walk from The Mall), You can still enjoy at this very calm and cool place!

Rooms:
at Rs.1000-1250 per night don't expect much luxury but the room wasn't so big in size too.
We stayed at the room closest to reception (No views at all) the room which they offered us for free stay was far better and offered excellent views of the "queen of hill stations"!

Food:
Since we ate most of our meals outside, I'm not aware of their food quality.
Still an advice, do avoid eating here as the food stuff are priced too high, you can eat at one of the closest restaurant around named "blossom" by putting in some extra bucks! It's worth!! :)

People here including the Owner, manager as well as the whole staff is friendly & helpful.
Room service is not that fast though..But do try "adrak waali chai" and their special "aalu ka parantha"..Lovely!
Do insist them for showing the rooms where shooting of the movie "Bittoo Boss" was done! They are very friendly!!

Room Tip: Do insist and ask for rooms on upper floor if you have good budget..i.e. around 2000/night. They of...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank MahimSSB
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2012

I stayed here last year with my college buddies....First of all, I would say it was a nice place to stay. When i first say the resort it was pathetic from outside...but when i went inside the hotel it was good. Rooms were good enough for 3 persons to share. The food was not food. But i think food will not be the matter as people normally prefer to eat outside. The one thing that will irritate you is that its too far from mall road. it will be more than 30 min walk. ( A 30 min walk in mountain road is really tiring guys).

Room Tip: Rooms not on the road side facing have better view.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank karthikmvs
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Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

hello frnds,
i thought i must share my views abt dis hotell i just visited few days ago!!
what happened with.. we went out for picnic at kufri and left the keys for cleanliness, nd when we came back we saw our snacks were half finished and our few daily life items were lying down...
omg! maybe expenses of the staff are going toooooooooo high thats y such incidents are taking place!!
and the meals there are not at all worth thier prices! the toilets are not well cleaned and more than the tourists u can see flies and mosquitoes!
god help such people who r planning to go there!
happy journey frnd.
from a well wisher.

Room Tip: every room is eeeeeew!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank wellwisherurs
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2012

I booked this place ahead as we were advised Shimla in May gets very busy - we found this was not necessary as there were plenty of rooms about.

Hotel Firhill is set away from the main town, near to the train station. The walk into town is dangerous due to the road and terrible driving conditions. It took us about 25 mins to walk to the lift that takes you up to the Mall.

For the price, I found this hotel to be way below par. Our room was the dirtiest we experienced in India, and we stayed in some much, much cheaper places elsewhere.
We had what appeared to blood splatters on the walls and a bin that looked like someone had defecated into - I kid you not!

The hotel staff consisted of many men all hanging around in reception, as two girls we felt uncomfortable. Thy spent the whole time speaking very, very loudly and we were constantly woken up from around 5am to their shouting and chattering.
Our room was on the ground floor near to reception so the noise was really annoying.

Due to the low levels of cleanliness, we were unwilling to eat there, though I did order some toast and tea one morning which took an hour or so to come - I never realised tea and toast could take so long!

There are much better places to stay in Shimla nearer the town so don't waste your money here.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank vixx83
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2011

We stayed in rooms on the top floor which are by far the nicest. When we arrived we first viewed the 3 bed apartment and then the rooms on the first floor but they were both a little tired and not so nice. The rooms that we stayed in on the top floor looked like they'ed been refurbished quite recently and were very clean. The beds were comfy and the showers were hot although the water pressure wasn't very good. The views from the rooms are fantastic.

We paid 1,000 rupees per room per night (we negotiated them down from 1,200 because we were booking 3 rooms for a few nights). This is very cheap fro Shimla and and excellent deal. The only slight negatives are the food, lack of wi-fi and the walk in to town. We only ate breakfast at the hotel and it was pretty poor. The walk to town is about 25 mins. Tip - there's no pavement on most of the main road going to town and the road is busy, however if you walk a couple of minutes along the main road there is a footpath on your right which takes you to the train station and then you can join the main road again where a pavement begins. It's no longer than walking along the main road in to town, but it is a lot safer because you're away from all the traffic.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank rose_a1
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UK
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198 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2011

Hard beds but comfy enough, clean, good en-suite bathroom, tv and wi-fi in room. Good, cheap food brought to your room. It is quite a walk from the centre of town and bus station (20-30 steep climb on busy road), good price for Shimla.

Room Tip: Good views from rooms at the back of hotel
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Liz C
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Essex
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65 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2011

Helpful staff. Quiet location. Decent value for money.

Room very cold in January and one bar fire at an extra Rs150/night barely helped.
Warm bedding though.
Lack of restaurant and lounge meant that there was no socialising to be had.

In truth I wish I'd paid a bit more for a better hotel nearer the centre of town.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LUCKYJIMEssex
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Property: Hotel Firhill
Address: Dogra Estate, Shimla 171004, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
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Ranked #63 of 135 B&Bs / Inns in Shimla
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Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Firhill 1*

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