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What We Love

  • Sweeping Himalayan views and an incredibly remote location
  • Professional holistic and Ayurvedic spa treatments
  • The feeling you’re starring in a fairy tale and the Wildflower is your castle
  • Outdoor mountaintop Jacuzzi
  • Self-guided walks through the lush foothills and dark pine forest
  • Combine with a stay at Oberoi Cecil in Shimla

What To Know

  • Roughly 45 minutes from Shimla and 90 minutes from the airport
  • The hotel is open year-round, but certain facilities and activities are seasonal
  • Snow covers the region in the winter months. Great if you like skiing!
  • Smoking rooms are available
  • Kids 12 and under are not permitted
  • A mandatory Christmas Eve Dinner (Dec 24) and New Year's Eve Dinner (Dec 31) will be charged at $91 per meal, per person, plus taxes

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

It’s a twisting, turning 90-minute drive along mountain roads from the Shimla airport to Wildflower Hall, but it’s well worth it. Perched at 8,250 feet in the foothills of the Himalayas, Oberoi Hotels’ iconic resort was once the residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the colonial British Army. Though the place has been completely rebuilt since Kitchener’s time, the regal/residential vibe remains.

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In fair weather there’s croquet, archery and afternoon tea on the lawn; in winter, a skating rink and heated indoor pool. The year-round draws, though, are the panoramic mountain vistas, which are best enjoyed from the main restaurant terrace, accompanied by cup of masala chai. In high season there are three operating eateries, including the elegant garden-side Lutyens for traditional Indian fare, and the central restaurant (simply called the Restaurant), which has a menu of refined Asian and continental dishes. The latter also offers a must-try thali, or sampler, of regional Himachal specialties.

Local ingredients are also employed by the spa, which focuses on traditional Asian and Ayurvedic therapies (overseen by an on-staff Ayurvedic doctor). Standout services include the Spirit of Ayurveda, a two-and-a-half-hour session that starts with relaxing inhalation therapy, continues with dry brushing and face massage, and ends with a cedar-infused bath in a tub that looks out on the mountains.

For those who want to be more active, the front desk stocks detailed maps for self-guided trail walks through the surrounding pine forests, while trained guides and botanical experts are on staff to lead more intense hikes or take you mountain biking or river rafting along the thrilling Sutlej River.

How to Get There

Wildflower Hall, In the Himalayas
Mashobra
Shimla, 171012 India

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 1720 Reviews
Indian hospitality at its finest.
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I spent two nights at Wildflower Hall in April 2019. I had heard a lot about this hotel from friends who had stayed there in the past. My expectations were already very high. But kudos to the entire team at Wildflower Hall! Not only did they meet my expectations, but exceeded them by miles!

Right from the check-in, it is clear that for the Wildflower Hall team, the guest comes first. The front desk representative could easily see how tired my wife and I were after an 8 hours drive from Delhi. Rather than making us wait in the lobby, we were taken straight to our room for the check-in formalities.

The hotel and rooms have an old world charm to it. I suggest staying in the mountain-view rooms. It gives you a panoramic view of the snow-clad Himalayas on a clear day.

The restaurant at the hotel serves delicious food. The staff takes great care of the guests. On occasions, I asked for a preparation which included ingredients that I was allergic to. The staff had noted my allergies at the time of the check-in and had informed the restaurant. The chef would make sure that my allergies were addressed by modifying the ingredients. In certain cases, where the ingredients could not be avoided, either the staff in the restaurant or the chef, would suggest alternate dishes. This is the kind of attention to detail that makes the experience memorable.

I look forward to going back soon!

The usual oberoi hospitality in excess!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed with parents for 2 days
The quiet and serene location is not the only plus point; the structure is maintained well and is dotted with plants,flowers and offers a panoramic view of the mountains and valley around
The food is excellent and tasty
You have only one cafe but there is an option of sitting in open area
The level minus 1 has a heated swimming pool as also open air jacuzzi!
Staff is very polite and extremely helpful!They had tastefully decorated the room and brought a flower bouquet as also cake for our anniversary celebrations
At the end of the stay the gifts of traditional caps and sketches are not the only things you carry home!

What Good Hospitality Looks Like - Atithi Devo Bhava
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the opportunity to stay at this property beginning March 2019, when we were visiting India. My cousin who had taken us there had spoken about the kind of hospitality that the Oberoi Group puts out for their guests. We have travelled extensively in Canada and in UK, had the fortune of staying at some very good properties but this experience was by far the best one we ever had.
The staff couldn't do enough to make our stay a memorable one.
The highlight of trip my three (< eleven years old) daughters was a session with the hotel chef and other kitchen staff to bake a pizza and cookies. The staff were very thoughtful and they packed some muffins & cookies for our four plus hour journey to the plains.

The credit goes to Mr. Mahajan and his leadership team need to be complimented for maintaining such high standards and passing those standards to have such motivated staff. The ancient Sanskrit lines "Atithi Devo Brava" translated to guest is like God come to my mind when I reflect upon my stay there.

Beautiful setting, lovely hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really lovely hotel in a beautiful setting. The staff couldn't do enough to help us, with a very warm welcome, flowers and a cake to celebrate our engagement, plus a room upgrade which was much appreciated. The views are incredible, and the spa/pool/jacuzzi area is amazing and very relaxing. Very attentive staff, nothing is too much trouble. The restaurant is rather expensive, but the food is good. Spa prices were very reasonable, and the treatment I had was wonderful. Breakfast on the terrace every morning was great, and we would regularly see eagles flying overhead. Would love to go back one day!

Wildflower Hotel Shimla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fantastic hotel. The staff were amazing, friendly couldn’t do enough to help. It is well worth staying a little bit out of town. The food is superb, the spa treatments great. Lovely walks out he grounds. I can’t rate this hotel high enough, one of the best I have stayed in, there have been quite a few.