5.0
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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 1588 Reviews
Amazing food... Next level hospitality... Breathtaking views!!!!
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited wildflower hall with my wife in April 2018 and I must say that as I was entering there I was not sure if it was the right place because it doesn't seem any big property when you are outside the property on the highway... There is this small gate and a steep climb for the cars when you enter and you also didn't see any building from there.... But as soon as you reach up it's a different era altogether.. a real Royal setup welcomes you with a castle like building and interiors which are from British era... Furniture, lights, upholstery, everything has a royal touch.. one mustn't miss getting into their pool which looks like an infinity pool and the view from where is just heavenly... Surrounded by greens from all side this is located at top of the hill... Coming over to food it's as epic as it gets... I loved their buryani which was 11/10... Setu vadu which was 12/10 and to top it all... Their service... Best in the world... Place not to be missed when you are in simla

Mesmerising and Serene Beauty in a secluded place
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the hotel on our way back to Shimla from Kufri. The hotel, the trees, the gardens and the view from this hotel is truly eternal. The experience will stay throughout one's life. The lunch was great at the restaurant and the staff was very friendly too. A must visit for diners and travellers.

Luxury in the Himalayas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The property is located away from the noise and crowds of the main town and is secluded. It has dense forests around and its own gardens were full of blooming flowers which is a delight. For someone wanting to be close to nature, with all the comforts, there isn't a better option. Though we had booked rooms with a valley view and a garden view (a bit cheaper) we were pleasantly surprised to be upgraded and were given all valley view rooms. Two of our rooms had a balcony where one can sit and enjoy the forests and the valley views. Check-in was smooth though we had to wait for 10-15 minutes. We didn't mind the waiting but the hotel still sent us a vase of flowers with an apology card and since some family members had/were celebrating their birthdays, the staff also sent us cakes. So very thoughtful. The rooms are comfortable with all amenities and high quality toiletries in the bathroom. Every evening housekeeping would leave some pieces of chocolates or other sweets in the room. The buffet breakfast is elaborate with a variety of Indian and Continental dishes. Very sumptuous. The dining options are in the solitary restaurant (which also has a lovely outdoor sitting area) or room service. There is no buffet available at lunch or dinner so only option is ala carte. Pricing is a bit steep but helpings are good and the preparation is excellent. There was one occasion when we found the food a bit too hot for our palate and the Chef and staff made sure that it wasn't repeated. The spa rooms on the third floor offer stupendous views of the mountains and valleys. All the staff was always polite, courteous and helpful. When going out for a walk in the forest the Concierge offers walking sticks and water bottles. There is an indoor all-weather swimming pool and an amazing outdoor jacuzi. Will visit again for sure. My compliments to Mr.Ankush Mahajan, the General Manager for the out-standing service.

Beautiful hotel, restaurant, & grounds
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I didn't stay but after visiting, I wish I had! The whole place is excellent, from the moment you walk through the door. I had a fantastic lunch at the restaurant, which has amazing views down Green Valley on a clear day. The hotel is surrounded by stunning flower gardens and beautifully manicured lawns. Definitely worth visiting even if you're not staying there!

Oberoi Exotic Vacations
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a very wonderful stay here for 2 nights from 31st may. Don't have words to describe the beauty, the service. Every thing was excellent. The staff led by Ankush Mahajan is very very good. The help they extended during our stay there to my wife, because of her injuring her legs was really wonderful & we are really greatful to them for that. Special thanks to Dheeraj from HRD who accompanied us to hospital, sorry we couldn't meet him while checking out. The only drawback which i can find was that the public washrooms & bathrooms near the spa should be properly maintained & the menu in the buffet breakfast , especially the fruits should have more variety.

Already started planning for our next visit. Thanks everyone for all the love & affection shown to us during our stay.