The Oberoi Cecil, Shimla

Step back to the era of the British Raj, when this was the most exclusive of hotels in Shimla, known for its fabulous ballroom dances and fashionable clientele.

Step back to the era of the British Raj, when this was the most exclusive of hotels in Shimla, known for its fabulous ballroom dances and fashionable clientele. Over a century later, the restored five-star hotel blends colonial charm with modern luxuries. Located at the quieter end of the bustling Mall Road, near the famous Viceroy Lodge, The Oberoi Cecil welcomes guests into an expansive sky-lit atrium with marble fireplaces, a comfortable lounge and signature warm hospitality.

Rooms and suites offer fantastic views across the garden, towards towering cedar trees or the Shimla valley. Each room is excellently appointed with a king-size bed, Burmese teak floorboards and bathroom with a full-length bathtub and variable-pressure shower. Quaint colonial touches, such as an ottoman and a leather topped bureau desk, complete their exquisite style. Other highlights include complimentary high-speed internet and a dedicated butler.

Dinner in the hotel’s main restaurant is a must for every guest. Here, you can feast on a wide range of fine international, pan-Indian and local Himachali dishes in the restored grand ballroom, once the most chic ballroom in Shimla. There’s also a private dining room if you desire an intimate dinner. For a pre-dinner martini or after-dinner whisky, head to the lounge in the spectacular skylit atrium and soak up the colonial ambience enhanced by live classical piano recitals.

After a satisfying day exploring the colonial town and Shimla valley, there’s no better way to relax than inside The Oberoi Spa with a wide range of Eastern, Western and signature Oberoi treatments, and a heated pool.

Why we like it

  • A perfect location overlooking Shimla, within walking distance from the city centre
  • One of India’s best-known and best-loved hotels
  • Grand skylit atrium with a lounge and bar
  • Excellent spa and heated indoor pool
  • All rooms are beautifully furnished in classically elegant style 

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