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“Truly Royal”
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Chapslee
Ranked #2 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
The Hague, The Netherlands
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156 reviews
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“Truly Royal”
Reviewed 12 October 2012

We stayed at Chapslee last year while visiting Shimla.... and it was truly one of a kind experience for us!!! As soon as we entered the place... we were taken into a different atmosphere altogether... the whole Palace was beautiful! Our room was huge with actually authentic antique furnishings and fixtures.... something that we only see in museum... it was like getting a chance to live in a museum!!!... right from the brass bed to the dressing table ... to couch.. and candle stand... everything had a story!!!
The Food was AMAZING!!!!.... the staff was very nice and helpful, My son was 2 + at that time, and they were happy to help us with food he wanted... and my parents were living in another hotel in Shimla (this was too expensive for them)... but when we requested for dinner to be prepared for them... the staff was very happy to do so...
We were given a tour of the place and it was really charming..

The location is great... very close to the main shopping area in shimla!

Anyone who wants to experience India as royalty did ... this is the place to go to
We thank Kunwar Ratanjit Singh for sharing his house with us!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Zug, Switzerland
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Reviewed 10 October 2012

after 6 weeks of trecking from Darcha to lamayuru und via Leh to Tso Moriri an Kibber and after all these nights in tent, we felt like Kings in this charming house with its great style!!
The Restaurant and the Service were excellent, we all felt also like little Maharatschas.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We stayed here for our first wedding anniversary and it was wonderful. The house is beautiful and terrific staff made our stay such a pleasure. The food is some of the best we've had in India. It's close enough to town to walk to the mall but far enough away to be out of the constant hum of Shimla's streets.
Gorgeous views and a rare chance to have an open fire.

Room Tip: We were kindly upgraded to the best suite in the house but all the rooms looked lovely.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

Had a wonderful stay here. My companion and I were treated like a family friend. The house is decorated in its original Raj style. The food was plentiful and delicious, so many choices. The morning tea in bed was such a treat. Highly recommend for the traveler searching for the old relaxed India.
Thanks so much.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

This is a must - the opportunity to experience a piece of history - and don't miss the opportunity to hear all about it first hand from your charming host who will give you the potted family history which is almost synonymous with the story of the Raj.

The rooms were comfortable, the food delicious and the ambience wonderful. Reggie's been doing this for over 30 years so has the right balance by instinct between engaging with his guests and leaving alone them to bask in the experience; in addition all the staff are courteous and attentive.

You'll see that all the reviews say the same thing - please believe them and don't miss out on an opportunity like no other.

It has its quirks, but that's the charm of it. It's certainly not a hotel, more an elegant home stay, but absolutely an unmissable experience.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Ghaziabad, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2012

I booked this hotel mainly based on its #1 rating on TripAdvisor. And it is unmatched experience to stay here.
The attitude of its owners Mrs and Mr Kunwar Ratan Jeet Singh and staff are remarkable and just the right level and they go to great length to make you feel at home.
It is a place you would definitely come back to and recommend to your friends. Thank you very much for making our stay so pleasant!!!

Room Tip: selection of room is immaterial, the feel ,the royalty, the true feelings remains same.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 June 2012

From the moment you book to the moment you leave you are made to feel welcome and cared for. You don’t feel like you are staying a hotel. You feel like you are extremely privileged to be staying in a beautiful, luxurious and spacious old home. The photos speak for themselves. Every room is full of beautiful objects, fine rugs, wonderful paintings and elegant furniture. It is easy to imagine this as the summer residence of a prince in Edwardian times. Although of a far far far grander scale it reminds me of my grandmother’s house with its uneven floors, cracked walls and ceilings, old fashioned light switches and polished wood all lovingly cared for and preserved.

Not only is the building a delight. So was the food. My stomach had not agreed with something and all spice food was of my menu. I was losing weight rapidly. We were asked in advance, even while travelling, what we would like and it was delicious. I think I even converted my Indian companions to English food, especially the apricot pancakes (or are those French?).

Not only are the building and food a delight. Our host was also a delight. He made sure that we were well looked after despite arriving late in the evening. And next day he made sure that we were well informed to sample the delights of Shimla. He provided excellent instructions on how to drive to the Vice Regal Lodge, I am sure we would never have got there without them. And he made sure that our travel arrangements back to Delhi were the best for us – Toy Train and overnight AC1 sleeper.

If you are ever in Shimla – stay at Chapslee – it is the best attraction in Shimla and so few get to see it. Make sure you are one.

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have a wonderful view
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Chapslee

Property: Chapslee
Address: Chapslee, Shimla 171001, India
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Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#5 Family Hotel in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Chapslee Hotel Shimla

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