The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
What We Love
- Colonial-era history oozes out of the grand furnishings and the impeccable service
- Central, in-town location is convenient to all the historical, gastronomical and commercial sites
- Unwinding in one of the highest heated pools in the world, and the adjacent Jacuzzi
- Having drinks in the five-story atrium lounge, soaking up the size and grandeur of the hotel
- The views of the Himalayan foothills and valleys covered in forests of pine and oak
- Pair with a stay at sister hotel, Wildflower Hall, 30 minutes outside Shimla
What To Know
- Walkers, take note: Shimla is a hilltop town, full of steep staircases and paths
- Winter here is majestic but cold and snowy; there is skiing nearby
- On-site children’s activities center. Kids may also enjoy taking a yak ride – ask the concierge
- The hotel is 45 minutes from the Shimla airport and 10 minutes from the train station
- Horses can be arranged by the hotel concierge for day treks in the valley
- WiFi is an additional cost of $18 per 24 hours
- There are mandatory gala dinners on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve; please see the details section for prices (collected at the property)
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla, you’ll be centrally located in Shimla, walking distance from State Museum and close to Viceregal Lodge. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Himachal Pradesh University and Gaiety Theater.
Make yourself at home in one of the 75 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars and flat-screen televisions. Satellite programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and designer toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a steam room. This hotel also features wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the area shuttle (surcharge).
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference space and meeting rooms. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request), and free valet parking is available onsite.
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I am currently staying in this hotel and although the rooms are on the small side they are very comfortable with everything you need. The food is delicious with lots of choice, however, the best thing about the hotel is the fabulous staff. I have never been anywhere with such outstanding staff. I must point out Akash in the restaurant for his attention, manners and a very happy smile. Could not recommend this hotel enough it’s wonderful.
We loved staying here. The hotel has a very opulent feel to it. We stayed in the annex and had the largest room of our stay in India. The room included a dressing room, sitting area and a balcony overlooking the valley. There was everything we needed in the room. The breakfasts were great and I was very impressed with their level of hygiene, a member of staff cut the bread holding a napkin and then picked the slice up with tongs. I am always worried at buffets how guests touch the food. The poached eggs were just right. We had some delicious snacks for lunch in the bar and one evening we used the in house dining which was great and punctual. We enjoy walking and so we were very pleased that we could walk to the sights of Shimla.The staff and position make this hotel a wonderful experience.
My father and I stayed at the Oberoi Cecil for two nights at the end of September 2019. The title of the review sums-up our overall experience for the two days. My particular focus during the stay was that my father is taken care of, and the Oberoi Cecil team surpassed my expectations. Right from the point of check-in, to the point when we left the property, the Manager Mr Singh, the Housekeeping Head Ms Mami, the Head Chef - Mr Bhatia, and the several other young staff members took care of us with immense care. We were upgraded from our original booking, Mr Bhatia pampered us by adding additional items gratis - with each meal, and along with Ms Mami, came several times to greet my father and check on our comfort. There was an extra chair placed in the shower and balcony, keeping my father's age in mind, and we were asked several times on any other items which could be added to make him comfortable. On checking-out, we were given a very warm send-off with the team coming out to wish us well on our journey back. All in all, the service exceeded our expectations, as did the kindness of the management in taking outstanding care of my father. 5 stars.
About the property itself - being history buffs, it was a perfect place for us to stay; the suite was humongous; the balcony sit-out was the perfect place to catch the sun'd rays and beautiful mountain views; the complementary taxi pick-up and drop to the lift made it comfortable for us to visit the Mall Road. The suite was very tastefully done-up and proved to be a home away from home, with large windows on all sides.
We usually stay at Taj properties because we have found that their service is excellent. This was our first stay in an Oberoi property and let me just add that they have us converted :)
In the past also I have visited the Cecil several times for drinks and food, while staying elsewhere in Shimla - and found the cocktails and food at the lounge excellent. This time, we enjoyed the hospitality and experience the stay which will stay in our memory. We look forward to visiting again in the future, and thank the team once again!