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“KASHMIR IS NOT ONLY JANAT IN INDIA.”

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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Ranked #1 of 112 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
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“KASHMIR IS NOT ONLY JANAT IN INDIA.”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We call Kashmir as Janat- But why not Simla ? The view from the hotel room that we stayed was stunning- with morning mist and noon raining made it look like we were stationed on the clouds and simply flying off in space- The valley view and the tiny home on the mountain slopes, walk through the zig zag roads among the mountains took its toll on our breathing speed, but the fresh air made us feel so fresh within. Amazing location of our hotel made it all possible to simply access every corner by view, and also walk through to the bazaar not more than 2 km. Its simply idle place for hotel to be and absolute beauty in decor and looks. Loved the trip.and desire to come back
Ratan K.K

Room Tip: Rooms with valley-city with distant tiny train station in vicinity-
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 4 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments. It is clear that Shimla has left a lasting impression on you and why not. The town offers something for everyone. From sightseeing to adventure to rich history or to just relax, laze and enjoy the splendor of nature. It is wonderful to know that The Oberoi Cecil played an important part in adding to your Shimla experience. We do hope to have more visits from you.

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Arpit Pant
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had a wonderful 3 day stay at Shimla at Cecil. Our original choice was wildflower hall and then we found out that children below 10 are not allowed in that hotel. It was just as well because it is quite some distance out from shimla as we later found out. Cecil on the other hand is a dream for kids and about a 10-15 minutes walk away from the mall. It has a large heated pool, a surprisingly large and very well equipped activity centre with a doll house, slide, table games like carom, pool table, even video games and of course art and craft. Settle down with a book as your kid gets busy! The only complaint was there is no kiddie pool... There is a small jacuzzi next to the large pool ( with very warm water!!) but for below 5 year olds it would have been wonderful to have a splash pool. The staff is outstanding...with Oberoi you expect nothing less, but even then, the staff is welcoming, engaging and do that extra bit to make your stay special. Their food in the restaurant has some great dishes. We enjoyed the eggs Benedict for breakfast, the Chinese was deliciously indian :) , the indian dishes we found vegetarian to be better than the Tawa mutton etc. all in all highly recommended, you will not be disappointed!!

Room Tip: The valley facing rooms are fewer and with higher rates. If you enjoy the balcony, then worth it
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Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Guest,

I am happy that The Oberoi Cecil did suit your requirement perfectly and that you and the family enjoyed your stay with us. We do hope to have you with us again on your trip to Shimla.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Overall, this was a good hotel. We had a warm welcome, staff were attentive, especially in the restaurant and the Deluxe room was lovely; we were on the top floor, had wonderful views of the Himalayas, the bed was comfortable, there was a lovely seating area with a sofa and patio doors opened onto a small balcony. Room service was good (particularly the biriyani) and the vegetarian thali in the restaurant was plentiful and delicious.. We found breakfasts a little changeable though: one day it was good but on the second day some of the pastries tasted a little stale and the 'hot' food was only luke warm. The historic building is lovely but a little 'shabby chic'. However, we had stayed at the Wildflower Hall before coming here, and it would be very hard for any hotel to outshine the Wildflower Hall!

Room Tip: The Mountain View rooms are lovely!
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 31 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for sharing your stay experience. It is wonderful to know that you stayed at both our hotels, Wildflower Hall and The Oberoi Cecil on your visit to Shimla. While the Wildflower Hall owing to its location offers some breathtaking views of the Himalayas, The Oberoi Cecil being placed in the heart of the Heritage zone of the Old Colonial Shimla gives our guests an opportunity to get a glimpse of the past. Your kind words for our team are much appreciated. I am glad to read that you enjoyed the food and tried our trademark Thali.

Warm Regards
Arpit Pant
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Really impressed with the architechture and interior. Good service. Good Food. Only issue was acces to city. Car had to be left in the garage below. Use Hotel shuttle to access the car. Self driven cars probably can park next to hotel. Our room in the ground floor, one had some heating issue and tthe othe clogged toilet. Management tried to help.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for having stayed with us on your recent trip to Shimla. I am happy to read that you were impressed by the hotel, our food and services. The hotel is located in the most prominent area of Shimla town. The access is further up from the main road and hence there is a parking available at two different location’s to help ease guest movement. As the road may be restricted at certain times, the hotel cars are always available for guest transfers. I regret the inconvenience that was caused in your guest room. I have written to you on your trip advisor id and your revert would be most insightful.

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Arpit Pant
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Goole, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

A stunning hotel with outstanding staff who are prepared to go much further than the "extra mile" to make the customer feel special. From our arrival to our departure we were pampered and feted in a most friendly professional way. The food and service in the restaurant was outstanding with a continental choice and quality of food to rival most Indian hotels, my slight irritation at having to wait a short time for a snack in the bar was put into perspective when what arrived were two individual freshly made quiches which would have been worth waiting twice that amount of time for. The waiters, particularly Krishna, were exemplary in their services and desire to make our meal a memorable quality occasion. Deepa, from the front of house staff, welcomed us and looked after us in a way that made us feel we were the only guests, or at least the most valued guests, in the hotel. A small problem with the air-conditioning was handled in a way that made us feel pleased it had happened. The attention to detail was second to none. Anyone given the opportunity to stay at this hotel should seize it and enjoy the occasion.

Room Tip: We saw 3 rooms all of which were excellent.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Guest,

It was a pleasure to have you as our guests on your visit to Shimla. I am very satisfied to note that the team at the hotel was able to make your stay special and that you enjoyed our food and services. I have personally passed your appreciation on to Deepa and Krishna who are delighted and hugely motivated by the same. I thank you for your kind words.

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Arpit Pant
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London, United Kingdom
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155 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2014

The Cecil is a very old hotel and runs like clockwork. Staff are polite and helpful; the rooms (or ours at any rate) comfortable, and the food excellent. Do make sure you eat the Himachali food in preference to other regional Indian styles when you have the chance here. Views are wonderful; faciities up to date. What more does one need?

My only criticism is that the photograph shown here and on their website seems to me to be of the suster hotel (Wildflower Hall). Or am I imagining it?

Room Tip: Take the top suite(s) with balcony. Marvellouse views.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Guest,

I am glad to read that you enjoyed your stay at The Oberoi Cecil. Regional cuisine in India is vary vast and varied and it is our constant endevaour that the guest who stay with us get a taste of the Himachali flavours. Our chef's have crafted a special place for this in our menu.

The photograph that you see is indeed of the Oberoi Cecil, the hotel has been captured from a distance and hence can be seen on top of a hill. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your stay experience.

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Arpit Pant
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delhi
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

the hotel is very very good, interiors are classy and british style..the rooms are neat & clean and good sized. the bathroom too are good size. the staff is excellent and very prompt in their service. the staff well groomed and very helpful. the pool is very refreshing and one can lay there for the full day. the food was very good and the breakfast buffet had a great spread.
this place is beautiful, excellent view and peaceful. divine!!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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oberoicecilshimla, General Manager at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for your very kind feedback. We are truly grateful for the wonderful things you have said about our hotel, team and services; we are delighted you felt special and we look forward to haveing you with us again at The Oberoi Cecil.

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Property: 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 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
#1 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#1 Spa Hotel in Shimla
#1 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Business Hotel in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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