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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 1877 Reviews
just popped in for a drink...
Reviewed 2 days ago

Absolutely blown away by how helpful the staff in this hotel were - especially the barman. We were drenched to the skin having explored Shimla mid-monsoon season. We would not have been allowed in to most hotels in Europe given the state we were in. At the Cecil, however, we were welcomed with open arms - offered towels and snacks. The hotel even arranged a car back to our hotel.

Lovely heritage hotel
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights but I wish it could have been longer. Unlike many heritage hotels the Cecil has obviously been renovated recently as the hotel was immaculate yet still kept that colonial charm. We’ve stayed in some of the best hotels around the world and the customer service at the Cecil is up there amongst the best. Food is excellent and they had a great wine selection. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Shimla.

Reviewed 6 days ago

The oberoi Cecil in shimla is a fabulous hotel with totally service - oriented staff who are knowledgeable. A beautiful property that is very well located near to the towns main street the mall. The rooms are beautifully decorated as are the public areas.

Amazing experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Incredible service and amazing food. The waiters, chef and restaurant manager all come to our table to see how we were doing and tell us about the restaurant and the food. A bit pricey but worth every penny. Strongly recommended if you ever visit Shimla!

The best hospitality ever expirienced at a 5 star
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

And I do mean it. After having travelled to the gest hotels around the world, this experience stands out. Here is why.. We we visited the Cecil as a family of 9 + an entourage of 3 staff members. First I would like to mention how child friendly and elderly friendly the hotel is. After each special meal request for my toddlers the Chefs would come themselves to the room to check if everything was OK. I must especially mention Sou Chef Rajkumar who is unreal. He made us feel special and catered to different dietary needs.
Our experience was also made memorable with the special himacali food class that Chef Rajkumar took for us. While we learnt to make Indian the children were given a baking class at the bakery.. Chef cap et all!
The Cecil has a limited menu but the food was outstanding. Must try is slow cooked chicken with apple ginger sauce and kasundi trout. Do look out for Kashish at the F&B to whip the best cocktails.. And if u are a foodie get the chef to make himachali wedding spread for you.
Prateek at F&B also deserves a special mention. He was a phone call away for any requirement.
The heated pool at 31 degrees is perfect even when it gets chilly and the rooms are renovated and comfortable.
Last but not the least the true mark of hospitality for me is not how they treat the guests but the staff.. My staff got the same courtesy that we did. At some places the restaurant staff went out of their way to make them comfortable.
It's a happy, comfortable place to stay in especially if u have a young family.