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HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home
Ranked #24 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
New Delhi, India
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ordinary hotel”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is a very large hotel in Shimla just little distance from the Lift for Mall road

The size of the property, cleanliness, helpful staff, good food and walkable distance from the Lift are the positives to speak about.
However, these positives are defeated by the size of the room, missing accessories like fridge/kettle, pricey food, etc. Also, due to the crowded lift there are long queues and you miss to be actually at the ridge area. The property appears shabby and a little archaic owing to the decor and carpet.

Overall, given the limited choice of options to Shimla, this is a good enough hotel for weekend stay.
Note: Fan is provided in room on request.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

Compared to what you get, price tag is about INR 1000-1500 on higher side. We booked their Double Bed Room Semi Deluxe.

Good side:
1) Big property.
2) Grand reception and sitting area.
3) Travel desk near reception.
4) Can walk to reach lift.
5) Helpful reception.
6) Clean

Bad side:
1) Room size is quite small.
2) At the price they charge most hotels will give you a small fridge, electric kettle, etc. but this was not given here.
3) The room we got initially was very noisy throughout day and night. Noise was mainly from people's chatter and TV sets running at high volume from near by property (HPTDC) and their staff. When we complained they agreed to shift us to another room without much fuss though.
4) Food is expensive (Lunch and/or Dinner). It tastes good but it is overpriced.
5) The complimentary breakfast doesn't have many options. I expect fruit or fruit juice to be a vital part of any breakfast but it wasn't present for the 2 days we stayed there. And you should be able to spot flies around food.
6) This is weird, the fare they charge when you book is not exclusive of taxes. Taxes are computed and payable on check out only. They clearly mention this on their reservation portal but why not have it charged straight off when you're booking.
7) If you have a data plan you'll not even want to attempt their Wi-Fi, that offers uselessly slow speed.

To wrap off, you will in someway or the other feel a 'sarkari' touch in services which is bound to piss you off (okay not much but still!), this was the first time I was staying at a government property and I don't think I'll choose such properties again. If their price tag was on the lower side, I would still have the courage to recommend it to someone.

Room Tip: Since there are no ACs and fans, it is very quite so make sure room you take does not have window fa...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ludhiana, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Hotel is very huge and best part is its near from lift .. rooms are good .. but we lost our phone from our room ... so be careful ..
awesome food n best location is the best part of this hotel . I found rooms are quite small.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Delhi, India
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36 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We stayed there from 03-04 June using a regular double room.

We didn’t get overnight train confirmed (02 june night) so took overnight bus from Delhi to Shimla and reached shimla at 0530 hrs. Hotel was nearby so we reached hotel by 06 AM on 03 June’14. Our room was from 1200 hrs so we did not get early check-in. We requested reception staff but each of the men there was so rude & unfriendly. We were prepared for no availability but we didn’t expect such rude, unfriendly faces early morning at hotel, where front office staff is to receive guests.

We went to first floor to use washrooms and nearby dining for refreshments. Contrary to front office, restaurant staff was helpful and friendly. They prepared tea and toast for us before restaurant opening time. That relieved us and made us feel better.

We got room only after we returned in evening. It was a big let down. Room was suffocating. There was glass window which was sealed and only a small corner part could be opened. We had booked from HPTDC site. First of all there is no provision to book single room/ extra bed or Child room. There is no provision to book meals separately.

At Shimla we could book with breakfast but in Dharamshala, we could not pre-book breakfast as room was only on room only basis.

HPTDC can afford technology resources. They need to make efforts to improve their hotel booking site. There should be description of rooms, pictures of rooms and amenities etc. With small supplement we could have got and would have booked a better room, if only we knew what a regular room is like

It was our first day and we were drained. Last thing i could think of was to take pictures of room & hotel so i dont have room photos

Room Tip: book best rooms of hotel. standard room are poor
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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31 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2014

The best part about the hotel is its location, its very near to the Lift thus reaching the mall takes just few minutes. Apart from that its a well maintained property by HP Tourism.
Try to get the rooms on the higher floors.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank Abhi5684
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13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

I stayed for 3 days it was a mice place the staff were gud. Breakfast spread was not good. The rooms were good and tidy. The view from the room ws awesome. The food otherwise is good. Nice and calm place to stay

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Binu B
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New Delhi, India
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90 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

For a Government run Hotel, expectations are not high. USP is the location. Service cannot be faulted. Rooms are clean and spacious but same cannot be said of the Suites which are not value for money. Allowing wedding banquets in the hotel is difficult to bear because of loud music till late. On the whole, falls short of value for money Just OK.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home

Property: HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home
Address: Circular Road, Near High Court | near Lift, Shimla 171001, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 69
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Home is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The hotel is situated on the Circular Road near Lift. The Hotel facilities are - drive in, parking within premises, multi-cuisine restaurant and bar, coffee shop, room service, laundry. The rooms are tastefully done with attached baths. The hotel is conveniently located from the city center. ... more   less 

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