Talk about room with a view!
Travelled as group of 4 families to Shimla, actually stayed in 3 Oberoi hotels in Northern India so agreed special rate with Central Reservations. They are not the quickest or most efficient booking service, patience was required, but the hotels were great in the end.
This hotel has fantastic views over the valleys to the mountains - make sure you ask for a mountain view. Our room had a huge balcony, the room was average size with a king size bed, dressing room and modern bathroom. The kids' room next door had no balcony and was just enormous!
The kids were in heaven, with the games room, play room and heated indoor pool. For the grown ups there was a spa with sauna and massages - can highly recommend these. There were also quiet areas such as the library and bridge area.
Food was good in the restaurant, service was efficient although they had a problem with their chiller cabinet which meant the wine/water was warm. They did have lots of ice buckets but it wasn't quite right. The buffet meal was delicious with a wide choice.
My husband's recurring back problem caused his back to seize - I cannot praise the hotel staff enough, they were superb. They called a doctor, collected the drugs from the pharmacy, sent a car to a nearby hospital for a back support, arranged a board for the bed, phoned our next hotel to organise the bed there!
You can stroll from the hotel along the Mall and Ridge, which is a mix of India and Victorian England! It is about a 20 minute gentle walk, or you can get a car to the public lift.
The men played golf on the world's highest golf course. We took the kids to Kufri to go pony trekking up the mountain tracks. The drive is very wiggly, not good for travel sickness, but the views are amazing over the largest forest in Asia.
Popped in to Oberoi Wildflower Hall - if I came without kids would be tempted to stay here - like a stately home!
Hill station elegance and comfort
An oasis! The staff are fabulous, the food is every bit as good and the pool and gym would rate well anywhere. I had a small problem with internet and the service provided to fix it, including complimentary acess, was outstandiung. After my first swim in the pool, the gym coordinator introduced himself and offered a personal stretch session - fabulous. Restaurant staff were professional and friendly. Room was comfortable with a great outlook. Do yourself a favour, enjoy the experience and luxury of this oasis in Shimla!
Very helpful, very accommodating
We would rate this hotel very highly for many reasons but firstly because they saved us when we were stranded in Shimla when our flight to Delhi was cancelled due to fog and there was no other flight that day nor could we be guaranteed a seat on the next day's flight (keep this in mind if you fly to Shimla and have a plan B in case the flight is cancelled and you really must be in Delhi). We were on an Oberoi package and had been up at Wildflower Hall and our driver stayed with us until we decided what we could do. He suggested we go back into Shimla to the Cecil and let them help rather than try to telephone. Great idea! We walked in off the street and the staff were so helpful "let us get you a room and then we will sort out the rest". Great for two women travellers who were a bit stressed and stranded! Got a room and they re-arranged all our onwards travel (car to Chandighar and Jet Airways flight to Delhi).
The Cecil is a beautiful hotel, very historic and peaceful. It was a haven! Rooms were large and comfortable and bathroom was great. We spent a relaxing day shopping at the Mall and had a lovely evening meal and set off again the next day. The staff were so helpful and nothing was too much trouble. I would stay at this hotel again when I had more time.
Wow - fantastic!
We stayed three nights in this wonderful hotel. As soon as we walked through the doors we were greeted warmly and the lovely ambience of the hotel was around us. Caring, helpful, attentive, pleasant staff and a room to die for! Everything worked and was top quality. We enjoyed the buffet dinners which enabled us to pick and choose what we wanted. Drinks were pricey, even tea in the lounge - but this is a top quality hotel. It is a little way from shops and Viceroys Lodge, but enables you to soak up the atmospherre of the town on the walk. It made our trip to India.
we went there for our first honeymoon. we loved the stay and rooms were nice. we also got a a complimentary chocolate cake from the hotel which adds up.
everyday we were late from the breakfast and kitchen is closed. so specially for us they make breakfast and serve in style..
overall a good stay.