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Review of The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

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The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Ranked #1 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2007

A luxury hotel with all the facilities to go with it. We had a premier room with superb views of Himalayan valleys. The facilities in the room were as you would expect in a 5* hotel. Excellent swimming pool and spa facilities. Relaxing lounge and bar area. Average resturant.

  • Liked — luxurious rooms with beautiful views
  • Disliked — very average breakfast experience
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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estonia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2007

Shimla is absolutely wonderful small town in mountains, 2500m above sea level and Cecil is the best hotel there. It has very british atmosphere with some indian influences. Service is absolutely perfect and so is the food. Try their garlic chicken - it is fantastic!
Our two rooms were very spacious and had lovely views to the Himalayas. Bathroom was big and clean with some of the loveliest amenities I have seen in 5 star properties - from Indian ayrvedic cosmetics company called KAMA. Unfortunately they don´t have any boutique, where You can buy this stuff, but I bought some Kama cosmetics from Dehli airport shop.
As march is not the high season in Shimla, we got a really reasonable room rate, so it was extremly good value for the money.
I also enjoyed their spa and fantastic ayurveda massage and our children ejoyed games room.:) They have everything - a dolls house for little girls, childrens room, billiard room etc and a very nice atrium and lobby bar. As we had to leave from Shimla 5 o´clock in the afternoon, they even let us keep our room until this time, which was excellent (because most hotels don´t do that).
Internet is available either in business center or - if You have laptop - in Your room and costs 300 rupees per hour.
Breakfast was quite good too (it is not included in the room rate), one day there was only a la carte option for breakfast and two other mornings they had buffet as well.
Overall, if You plan to visit Shimla, Cecil is the place to stay.

  • Liked — Service and our premiere room
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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6 Thank traveller55555
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2007

Shimla (or Simla - take your choice) was our favourite part of India and the Cecil was one of the best hotels we stayed in.

Service was outstanding (although, to be honest, there were only 28 rooms booked while we were there - it was off-season, but we lucked out on weather). But I digress.

At one point, we heard a beeping sound and went out our door to see what was happening. We saw a hotel employee on a floor below us (there's an open atrium that all rooms look down into). He gave us a "don't worry" wave and as we walked back into the room, our phone rang with a voice on the other end assuring us that it was only a test of the fire warning system. That's service.

The meals were excellent, the staff all knew our name almost immediately after we checked in. We were given a personal tour of the entire hotel after we asked directions to the pool.

The only down side was that instead of taking lunch or dinner in the restaurant one day, we opted for a 5PM room service meal. We figured it would be counted as one of the meals we had paid for, but not taken that day. Wrong. Since our meal was taken outside of the designated eating hours, we were charged with the cost.

Otherwise, a great experience.

Stayed February 2007
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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
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 Luxury Hotel in Shimla
#1 Family Hotel in Shimla
#1 Spa 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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