Excellent 1953 Reviews
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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)


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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The Review

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.

How to Get There

The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla
Chaura Maiden
Shimla, 171 004 India


5.0 Excellent 1953 Reviews
great pampering and personalized care
Reviewed 22 hours ago

mind blowing hospitality. great pampering and personalized care by Ravi, Prateek, Chef Raj Kumar and their team. memorable experience.
not to forget well maintained property, great rooms and views. the courtyard/lounge area is just beautiful

A wonderful experience in a beautiful location
Reviewed 1 day ago

We recently spent three days at the Oberoi Cecil and it was a delight. The building is unique and gives the feeling of living in the Raj era. The views from the rooms overlooking the valley is stunning and, at this time of year anyway, the balcony had the sun all day. The staff are terrific, being both friendly and efficient, and the food in the restaurant is excellent.

A magical place
Reviewed 1 day ago

We have just spent three nights in this wonderful hotel and we wished that we could have stayed longer. After a long train ride, we arrived, in the evening, to a roaring fire, mugs of hot chocolate and warming face towels to refresh us. Although not a particularly imposing building from the outside, the interior is beautifully colonial.
Our room was excellent, big comfy bed, lovely bathroom and shower with plenty of hot water and a spacious seating area with a balcony and view down towards the Himalayan railway.
Breakfast and dinner in the main restaurant were excellent too with plenty of choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians. One of the trainee chefs, Devansh. was particularly helpful. He was always on hand to advise about our selections and explain about the ingredients. He even arranged a short talk for a group of us, to explain about Indian regional cooking and gave us handouts so that we could bring the information home. A big thank you to you Devansh.
All of the staff were so helpful, taking great care to make us feel welcome and special.
The location of the hotel is very good too. A 20-minute walk takes you up to the centre of town, The Mall with plenty of shops and restaurants.
We can thoroughly recommend this hotel, it was the highlight of our India trip and I do hope that we will be able to return one day.

Reviewed 2 days ago

Most positive ever smiling staff providing everything on earth to make you comfortable . The Steam facility was very balanced , the swimming pool water temperature was very apt . One of the best space managed hotel with all the luxury to pamper

Awesome experience
Reviewed 2 days ago

As a family We have visited various parts of the World and have stayed in so many hotels but have never felt such hospitality found at Cecil, it was remarkable. Staff is extremely courtes and helpful and we felt like king and queen. We had the most wonderful time of our life. The entire team headed by Prateek is very energetic n loving. Also the food was great and all the small efforts they did, made this trip a remarkable and memorable one. I love to come back again next yearn every year. There are lot of activities for kids. My kids really enjoyed the activity room and had a great time. Thank you team Cecil for such love n care u gave to us. Special thanx to Prateek for sucha lovely host.