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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 2074 Reviews
Room with a view
Reviewed 1 day ago

A perfect way to start the day, opening the window to see a magnificent view of the Himalayas. Couldn’t ask for better way to start my short break in Shimla. The hotel gave me a taste of the Raj at its most opulent. Fantastic service, fantastic and friendly staff.

Amazing experience
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a wonderful stay from 19th-21st April at The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla. The staff was really courteous and cooperative in all manners. All the services were great and well in time. It was our very first visit to Shimla and it was worth it, thanks to the entire team for such a pleasant stay. Special thanks to Mr. Amardeep Singh, GM for letting us enjoy a homely environment during the stay and also Mr. Rajkumar Bhatia, Sous Chef who prepared food as per our taste buds. Would love to revisit.

Jayakumar Nair.

Wonderful attentive service
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had a wonderful 3 nights at this hotel. The service was impeccable and we were made to feel like royalty! We were upgraded to a room with a balcony overlooking the valley - which despite rain on 2 days was still spectacular.
Special mention and acknowledgements to the outstanding service from Virender, Vineet and Jivtash in the pool/ spa!
Highly recommend - a wonderful hotel and setting which we could not fault at all.

Full Marks for Hospitality!! Beautiful Property
Reviewed 3 days ago

We recently got ourselves booked for 1 night at this property. It was like living a dream because ever since I visited Shimla for the first time couple of years ago, I was always intrigued to stay here. Fast forward a few years & we booked ourselves for the stay.

The property is beautiful but the staff & their hospitality is the BEST!! Like every other 5 star standards, there was a big room, bath tub, Forrest Essential Toiletries. They have an indoor swimming pool so that's a plus in unpredictable weather.

The food is good, well presented. The kids activity room is well equipped & loaded with modern & traditional options.

All in all, full marks for the hospitality, staff generosity.

Two things which we didn't like as a family:

No Open space in terms of garden, terrace access so its kind of living in an air conditioned space wherein you can't enjoy the weather for which you have driven all the way to Shimla.

A little offbeat from the Mall road. In case you are a family like us that wants to experience the hustle bustle in late hours while enjoying a luxury stay, it is not an available option.

Reviewed 4 days ago

Hotel is Amazing, heritage hotel which oozes history but is kept in perfect condition. Could see the staff take a lot of pride in ensuring the best experience for guests. Service was outstanding- couldn’t expect any better. The staff is super courteous. One gentleman even left a personal gift.
Special mention for Mr. Ravi Ranjan. He took great care of us, looked after us and understood our taste for foods and got it cooked in that manner. The food service was so much customised that makes you feel having food at home. Thank you Mr. Ravi. Special thanks to house keeping staff team led by Mr. Vineet Kumar Sharma for providing stereliser facility for our 6 Momths old daughter. Thanks to Mr. Amardeep Singh and Mami for the welcome gesture. Mr. Pratik for guiding us about the property and greetings and to the Chefs Mr. Singh (Head Chef) and Mr. Rajkumar (Sous Chef).
I will recommend this property to every one.
Must visit and I will visit again. A home away from home.
Best place to stay in Shimla.
Along with a full-service spa, this hotel has a restaurant and an indoor pool. It is one of those old world colonial heritage properties. All the elements of the hotel, the faint music in the lobby, the guests, the decor, the smell, add up to that very retro, very colonial experience. I would admit that it's slightly heavy on the pocket, but they do exemplify the Oberoi brand of hospitality. That area has many military installations, cleanliness comes free. Add to it the lush deodar cover and sunshine. The narrow corridors and staircases are done in rich wood and thick carpet.