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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Ranked #1 of 123 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 May 2014

An amazing hotel,it was very cold so to be greeted with mugs of hot chocolate and very friendly staff were shown to our suite at the front of the Hotel, advised not to open windows as the monkeys would cause utter havoc . Housekeeping staff were so kind as when our cases were brought to our room discovered some clothing had got wet on the roof rack during the journey, their prompt action dealing with this enabled the laundry staff to return the clothing clean and dry promptly. The views took your breath away the dining room staff were wonderful I have a disability they were discreet but supportive. Food plenty of choice Indian English if unsure what to have Chef would advise. Spa Staff excellent Would Highly Recommend to stay here.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Our team here at The Oberoi Cecil strives hard every day to ensure that they are well looked after. We thank you for taking out time and experiencing the hotel facilities and services. Your words of gratitude towards the team specially the laundry staff will motivate them to endeavor in maintaining high standards. We look forward for an opportunity to welcome you back to this Grand Heritage Hotel

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Superb. Luxury standards on all levels without feeling stuffy. Excellent staff throughout and food of a very high standard. We upgraded at the last minute and the hotel gave us a fabulous deal for a huge suite with a terrace and view of the valley and Himalayas. It had everything you could want and more. This hotel does everything in style but has the balance right between luxury, privacy and warmth. Shimla is a delight with the friendliest locals, Wake and Bake café is a gem but whether on the Mall or in the lower bazaars you’ll find welcoming gentle people pleased to see you. If staying in Shimla we would recommend staying at The Cecil and you won’t regret it, you’ll be a welcome guest and will remember your stay for years to come. Don't miss the opportunity to take the 'toy train' to Shimla it's spectacular.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Dear Guest,

Taking a toy train and reaching Shimla is indeed an experience. Being a small town, it gives guests opportunity to explore as well as relax. It is a delight to hear that you liked the room overlooking the splendid views of the valley from the balcony. The team and I are delighted that we were able to make your stay comfortable and memorable. We look forward to welcome you back to this lovely town and The Oberoi Cecil.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

When you walk into the Oberoi Cecil you know that the visit will be memorable.

The rooms are on several floors around an atrium. You look down to the bar and lounge. The rooms are large and well appointed.

The restaurant serves both buffet style and a la carte meals. The service is impeccable.

The onlt problem we found was that our room was quite cold in the evening - the transition from winter heating to summer cooling. However when under the bedclothes all was warm.

The hotel does have some sort of problem with the electricity supply - but this is only a small matter.

Can recommend the Cecil unhesitatingly.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank 558JohnP
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Dear Guests,

We thank you for your recommendation and are pleased to note that we were able to make your stay both enjoyable and memorable. Rooms are built around a beautiful atrium and offer splendid views of the valleys and mountains. Temperature in the room can be controlled through individual thermostat placed in each room. I am also glad to note that you were happy with the food and service at the restaurant.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

This hotel has a huge amount of character, renovated to it's former grandeur and in a great location within the great location of Shimla itself. Other hotels in the world have great locations, other hotels are as nicely built, but the outstanding feature of the Cecil is the staff. You felt that nothing would be too much trouble, they were completely attentive to your needs from the minute you entered to the minute you left without being intrusive or obsequious in any way. I have never stayed anywhere where I felt that the staff looked after you as well as they did here. The food was excellent as well!

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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Thank ChrisLee1066
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Dear Guest,

It was indeed a pleasure to have you stay with us at The Oberoi Cecil and we thank you for sharing your feedback at Trip Advisor. Built in the year 1884, the hotel was reopened in 1997 and restored to its original grandeur with wood floors, period furniture, crackling fires and an inviting ambience. I am glad to note that you liked the food and your words of appreciation for the team will inspire them to strive for excellence to exceed guest’s expectations.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Shimla is well worth a visit and the Oberoi Cecil is THE place to stay. The overwhelmingly positive feature of this hotel is the staff - providing excellent customer service is at the heart of the hotel's success. Genuine care, overwhelming politeness and provision of little extras created a feeling of being totally indulged and looked after. The long train journeys from Delhi to Shimla were worthwhile just to experience this hotel, never mind the uniqueness of Shimla and it's surrounding area!

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2014

Dear Guest,

We thank you for kind and generous words of appreciation for the team. At Oberoi Cecil, we believe that people are our key strengths giving it heart and soul. Guests like you provide true source of inspiration to them. I am pleased to note that we were able to make your stay both enjoyable and memorable. We look forward to welcome you back and be of service to you in future.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 5 nights in May 2013. We took the train from Delhi then the 'toy train' to Shimla. The scenery on the way up is amazing - however I must add that it is being spoilt by the amount of litter people are still throwing from the train. I struggled to understand how adults and children could throw waste food and packaging out of the train window into the beautiful Himalayas!
I was relieved that the Oberoi is not in the centre of Shimla (as Shimla too was very littered) the hotel has its own grounds about 30 mins drive from the station. There are several walks you can do from the hotel. We did 3 of the walks. The hotel will pack a picnic for guests, in a ruck sack with a blanket. The food was delicious.
Each evening we dined in the hotel restaurants. The food was excellent. We very much enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Dear Guest,

A visit to Shimla cannot be highlighted without travel in toy train ride passing through the narrow gauge and breathtaking natural landscape. The Oberoi Cecil is just a kilometer away from The Shimla Railway Station and situated on the Heritage Walk route to the Mall Road. I am pleased to hear that we were able to make your stay enjoyable and you liked the food that our Chefs had prepared. Thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us and the Trip Advisor Community.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee.

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Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

Aswm view as seen in pics as same as nyc food gud service very cheap nd evry1 shuld visit my evry booling is fixed in it vry gud.........
We stayed for 2 nites we njyed alot its the best place to stay wid friends nd family..
We njyd a lot bt in shimla its nt tym to visit this tym it being hot

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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oberoicecilshimla, Front Office Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this reviewResponded 26 April 2014

Dear Guest,

Thank you and taking out time for sharing your feedback with us. I am pleased to hear that you liked the view from your room and enjoyed the facilities and services of our hotel.

Warm Regards,
Kee Woon Lee

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Additional Information about The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Address: Advanced Study Road, Shimla 171004, India
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Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#1 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Business Hotel in Shimla
#1 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
#1 Spa Hotel in Shimla
Price Range: £138 - £426 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla 5*
Number of rooms: 79
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is located in Shimla, the gateway to the majestic Himalayas. Downtown Hotel with Colonial styling, 1 km from Shimla Station & 22 km from Jubalhatti-Shimla Airport. The Hotel is situated at the quite end of the famous Mall and is an ideal base from which to discover the unique beauty of the spectacular Himalayan ranges, Cedar forests and ancient monasteries. ... more   less 
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