Chail is a very small town in himachal just 45 kms from Shimla, or about 30 kms from NH22. Hotel Chail palace is a big estate occupying some of the vantage points overlooking valley. There are forest treks inside estate. While staying palace is quite a luxury, other low cost yet interesting options including log huts and himneel block. The palace once owned by king of Patiala, now managed by tourism department of himachal pradesh, is built on lines of british Manor houses architecture.
We stayed one night in super delux log huts. It was really beautiful and decorated really well. It is located in middle of forest and is quite an experience of its own kind, and just outside the door there is a swing and a point which overlooks Shimla valley. However, to some people it can seem a bit spooky ;). We stayed another couple of nights at Diwan room, main palace, diwan room has east facing window which lets room filled with sunlight in morning and it really feels good. Interiors are again good. Room and the hotel looby, reception area, gives a royal feel. On a down side I didnt quite enjoyed the food served by restaurant, however i will discount them on that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palace is run by Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. The Palace was built in 1891 by Maharaja of Patiala and is a Premium Heritage Property. Distance from Shimla to Chail is 45 km. The suites, rooms and cottages are sumptuously furnished with ornate and antique furniture with fire place. The Palace has Kings Dining Restaurant (Serving Multi Cuisine Indian, Chinese, Continental & Himachali food),Royal Bar, Conference Hall Capacity 70 Pax Theatre style), Open Air Cafe Royal, Ayurveda Rejuvenation Centre, Guide for trekking, Lounge, Taxi on demand, Laundry facility,Gift Shop, Billiards, Badminton, Lawn Tennis, Intercom, Cricket, Table Tennis, Children Park, Doctor on call, Drive in with Parking Area, Instant Reservation of HPTDC Hotels and Luxury Coaches ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hptdc The Chail Palace Hotel Chail
- Hptdc The Hotel Chail