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.
How to Get There
Great hotel, the rooms are very genenour with balconies overlooking the town below. The lobby as you enter is vast and surrounded above by open corridors to the rooms, really impressive and worth a stay, the food was excellent and the chef came out for a chat and the staff were so helpful and friendly, definitely the place to stay in Shimla especially after the Toy train journey which was interesting, a long 6 hours but worth it.
To set the scene, its our 40th wedding anniversary this year so we wanted somewhere special that we had not visited before. We had been to all 4 corners of the world but not India. So we booked with Titan travel and added an extension to Shimla at the Oberoi Cecil hotel. We paid extra for a luxury room as we thought that we may only come this once, so we might as well do it in style. After doing Northern India and staying over 2 weeks in 9 other top hotels, we eventually arrived in Shimla and were deposited at the Oberoi Cecil. Its a grand old colonial hotel dating back to the 18 hundreds. The Lobby / Reception was not huge but opened up into a massive Atrium with a glass roof over. The Lounge and cocktail bar sat at the bottom. It had wood panels and doors but mid Oak not the oppressive dark stuff. Black cast iron railings and Victorian style lamp posts adorned the balconies. We found the staff to be very friendly, polite, welcoming, efficient and it seemed their mission in life is to make you as happy and content as possible. This was done without 'fawning' over you or smiling through gritted teeth. They all had clearly been trained very well and most had a very good command of English. (Far better than my Hindi!!) We were whisked through check in in seconds by the Front Office manager, Shubhang Shah, who personally escorted us to our suite and introduced us to all its many features. We expected a very good room, but this was amazing - we had a 5 room corner suite with mountain views which was bigger than our entire bungalow in the UK. A large lounge with 2 settees, several chairs, desk, tables fresh flowers and fruit lead into the double bedroom. Both had tv,s and separate air con. Further on was a dressing area along with a large wardrobe room and an enormous bathroom with two showers and a bath. Everything was in perfect order. Later on we went to the restaurant and ordered a la carte. A buffet was available too, but as we had only eaten buffets throughout our previous 2 week tour, we wanted something different. We were also 'curried out' and needed a change. Well, the a la carte was extensive, with many local dishes, Italian and continental. We eventually chose the Sage Roast Chicken. We were given small fruit and Soup appetizers before the main course arrived. It was half a Chicken each with a very tasty Beetroot jus. The chicken was done to perfection being succulent, tasty, tender and a generous portion along with various veg. For desserts, we both had the Tiramisu which again was absolutely gorgeous, very flavourful but not too much Rum. We paid our complements to the chef via the very nice and helpful waiter - 'Shinab', and a few minutes later the chef Mr Rajkumar Bhatia came to our table. He was the lovliest, most approachable, Friendly, happy chef we have ever met and had a long chat with him. He offered and we accepted a short cooking class for us the next day - it was how to cook the best poached egg, a task my wife always had trouble with. we were shown that the secret is to include at least 10% vinegar in the cooking water. The next day we went back to the restaurant. We always prefer to eat in wherever we are and do not like trying street food. We always think that we are safer in a hotel who has a reputation to keep. On this occasion we both ordered the Navarin of Lamb. like our first night, this too was absolutely delicious and the lamb was the tenderest we have ever eaten. Again Mr Bhatia visited our table and we were invited to another cookery class for the following afternoon, this time it was how to cook the best White soufflé omelette. The third night found us ordering the Slow cooked Chicken with a green apple compote, we were informed by the waiter that this was the hotels signature dish. Ive run out of superlatives, again it was a generous portion, extremely tasty and tender and we loved every mouthful. We could not decide on which desert to finish with, so Mr Bhatia said he would do a special desert for us. About 15mins later, we were given a large plate with a spiral of dark chocolate sauce on which had been placed 3 portions of ice cream. The first was Marsala chai flavoured, with ginger, cinnamon and cardamoms - absolutely gorgeous, the second portion was a green colour and tasted almost floral, it was apparently made from Palm kernels, We cant remember what the last one was but all were fantastic. I have forgotten to mention the breakfasts which were a buffet plus you could order eggs cooked to your own preference, along with bacon, salmon etc. We said our goodbyes to Mr Bhatia and when we checked out found that he had prepared for us some packed lunches for our long journey back to Delhi. These were not charged on our final bill, nor were the cookery classes!! Mr Bhatia, you are a marvellous chef and a STAR man. Thankyou for your kindness and wonderful hospitality.
To sum up, its a wonderful hotel with fantastic food and lovely staff who cant do enough for you. We felt like we were Royalty whist we were there.
Top notch 2 day stay at the Oberoi Cecil was excellent.Starting from the arrival, rooms and all services. Hotel is well maintained and beautiful. Nilesh Jain is managing operation very well in the absence of GM. We would like to recognise Gunjit chawla the head chef, chef Raj, Fnb mgr nilesh, Banrisha room attendant. All the staff member were amazing. We felt like kings. Congratulation to all. We hope to see you soon again.
Fantastic hotel beautiful surroundings large and spacious rooms clean great food at the restaurant great chef especially the sous chef Rajkumar bharia cooked a really nice meal for me and my friend and a great breakfast all the staff at the restaurant were fantastic from the housekeeper to the main decks and just to name some of the great people to work at the hotel gungid chaw last Head chef ,Nilesh jain amitoj singh banrica hope to see you all soon thank you very much for a great service love shakil yakub and Barry Welch 👍 👍 👍 👍 👍 🇮🇳😎
Our initial experience arriving at the Cecil after travelling up on the Toy Train was not the best; a mix up with rooms and a quite hostile reception from one staff member in particular was not the best of starts. However, by the end of our two night stay we can say with all honesty that this is one of the most comfortable and exceptional hotels we've ever had the pleasure to stay in. When a snowstorm arrived one evening we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant where the food and wines were really excellent and the restaurant staff were absolutely delightful - service was impeccable and their friendliness and warmth completely turned around our initial impression. A response from the restaurant manager to a comment about the wine, was immediate and gracious and reflected the commitment to standards and service in this world renowned hotel.