Shimla, a popular tourist destination, it is often referred to as the “Queen of Hills,” a term coined by the British. Located in the north-west Himalayas at an average altitude of 2,205 metres (7,234 ft), the city of Shimla is drape in forests of pine, rhododendron, and oak, experiences pleasant summers and cold, snowy winters. Lakhs of tourists visit Shimla in all seasons and its pleasant weather and picturque location make their sojourn memorable. Here are few premium hotels in Shimla Town that can make visitors visit comfortable in this hilly place.
The Oberoi Cecil
Oberoi Cecil is a Grand Heritage Hotel, over 100 years old. It is situated at Chaura Maidan, Shimla, 7000 feet up in the Himalayas. With fabulous views across the valley, The Oberoi Cecil is a perfect place to enjoy natural surroundings. Rich teakwood paneling, wooden staircases, old colonial architecture makes you relive the colonial past.
The Restaurant at the hotel Cecil serves European and Asian delicacies. The Lounge is a five-storey galleried Atrium having a Bar and a fireplace. The Cedar Garden is an outdoor garden restaurant that serves light snacks, drinks and beverages.
The Radisson Hotel Shimla is situated at the foot of the northwest Himalayas, set amidst beautiful cedar forests. The Radisson Hotel in Shimla is located 26 km from the Shimla airport, in a central location for business or leisure travellers. The Radisson offers amenities like multi-level swimming pool, a well-equipped Business Centre and spacious rooms and suites that offer a level of comfort and style not found at other hotels in Shimla.
The Radisson Hotel Shimla has on-site restaurant, Cafe Valley Vue, serves international cuisine and opens onto a garden that overlooks beautiful mountain ranges. Guests can also enjoy the view with drinks at the Pulse Terrasse Bar or with room service.
Clarkes Hotel is a heritage hotel and one of the oldest hotels of Shimla. The hotel has a unique old style British colonial architecture dating back to 1898. The rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished and offer spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains. Clarke’s Hotel embodies the elegance and charm of yesteryear, with modern day conveniences.
Clarkes Hotel is located on the Shimla Mall Road, Clarkes Hotel is an oasis of calm on the bustling promenade. The hotel is within walking distance of Shimla attractions – Gaiety Theatre, Groton Castle, Museum, Rothney Castle, Viceregal Lodge, Churches and other Colonial era buildings. Clarkes Hotel is just 10 minutes from Shimla Station and 45 minutes from Jubbarhatti Airport.
Hotel Combermere is situated in the heart of town, at level with Shimla’s elegant Mall and close to the Tourism Lift, Hotel Combermere is one of Shimla’s modern hotel. It successfully combines today’s amenities, service and comforts with the graceful ways of life that belong to an older era.
Hotel Combermere has Multi Cuisine Restaurant, Serving Indian, Chinese, Thai and Continental Cuisine. With a special Asian twist, this serves outstanding Mughlai Chinese and Continental cuisine; Visitor can dine indoors or by a bonfire on the terrace.
East Bourne Resort & Spa
Earlier, East Bourne Resorts was the home of erstwhile Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial British army, Col Auchenlock. The resort is situated at just 3 km from the main town, away from the hustle and bustle of the town, amidst oak and deodar trees. The elegant decor of the hotel evokes the vintage charm of the British era. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Continental cuisine.
Earlier, Woodville palace was home to Sir William Mansfield, Commander in Chief of the imperial army (1866). The palace was reconstructed in 1938 by the Rana of Jubbal. Kanwar Udai Singh opened a part of the mansion as a guest house in 1977 and today, the palace is one of the finest places to stay in Shimla. Woodville Palace Resorts has one multi-cuisine restaurant.
Hotel Woodville Palace houses 31 rooms, inclusive of the royal cottage and royal suite, which have been decorated into theme rooms.
Hotel Willow Banks
Willow Banks is one of the oldest hotels in Shimla. Hotel Willow Banks was established in the year 1871, and was originally owned by Arthur James Cradook, “Architect and Builder of Simla”. The hotel has been redesigned keeping in mind the needs of the modern day traveler. But Willow Banks still retains the old world charm and provides all the modern amenities and services for a comfortable stay.
Hotel Willow Banks offers Multi-cuisine restaurant: Cafe Willows, Fiesta Food Court: Self-service fast food outlet and Fusion Club Bar: Serves spirits and cocktails.
HPTDC Hotel Holiday Home
The Holiday Home is a flagship hotel Himachal Tourism Department; it offers comprehensive facilities in a convenient location. Its imposing building faces the heart of town and all major places are within easy distance. Whether you are in Shimla for business or pleasure or a bit of both – The Holiday Home’s business is your pleasure.
The Peterhof housed at least seven Viceroys and Governor Generals during the Raj. Now Peterhof is a one of heritage luxury hotel in Shimla town. The historical Peterhof complex is located in the heart of city ‘Chaura Maidan’ offering panoramic view of Choorchandani on the front side, Dhauladhar ranges on western side and Kinner Kailash on the eastern side. It is also strategically situated with the State Museum on one side and famous Viceroy Legal Lodge on the other side, now housing the Institute of Advance Studies.
Hotel Ashiana Regency
Hotel Ashiana Regency is situated in Chotta Shimla that is 2km from The Mall Shimla. It is a four season luxury hotel offering a style and service unmatched in the region. A charming blend of elegance and calm, Ashiana Regency in Shimla is popular among tourists for providing comfort, service and relaxation for guests, at very reasonable prices. Nestled amidst the solitude of conifers and oak forests, Ashiana – as the name suggests, offers a home away from home. Hotel Ashiana Regency offers Ferns: a Multi-cuisine restaurant. Black Lotus: Open air multi-cuisine restaurant and a Bar as well.