PRICE: Punchy but doesn’t blow the budget
Shimla, the northern Indian jewel in the crown of Himachal Pradesh, is a treasure trove of colonial-era architecture.
In the days of the British Raj, The Oberoi Cecil was the epitome of elegance and exclusivity in Shimla, famed for its grandiose ballroom dances and stylish clientele. Renovated and restored for the modern age, it continues to uphold its legacy with a blend of colonial allure and classic sophistication, hallmarks that define it as the most esteemed hotel in Shimla.
A Heritage Grand Hotel, The Oberoi Cecil boasts polished wooden floors, flickering fireplaces, a majestic atrium lobby, and sweeping vistas of the mountains, all of which contribute to its warm and inviting atmosphere. From the moment you’re welcomed at the door you’re enveloped in the warmth and hospitality that is synonymous with The Oberoi Cecil.
The restaurant, once a bustling ballroom, retains all its former glory. The menu features a diverse array of international, pan-Indian, and local Himachali dishes, all enhanced by breathtaking views of the Shimla valley. The meticulous attention to every detail of your dining experience is unmistakably Oberoi.
During your visit consider embarking on one of the hotel’s specially curated experiences. You can take a guided journey through Shimla’s past to reveal lesser-known facts and vivid narratives of this former Indian summer capital. Explore the Viceregal Lodge situated atop Observatory Hill, home to a collection of photographs from the British colonial period. Visit the neo-Gothic Gorton Castle, nestled amidst deodar trees like a storybook abode. Pause for reflection in the tranquil St. Michael’s Cathedral. Wander along The Mall, entertained with stories of its notorious Scandal Point. Visit Clarkes, a Grand Heritage Hotel established in 1898.
Alternatively step off the beaten path on a revitalising guided walk through the woods around the nearby village of Annadale. Descend through rhododendron and cedar forests into the glen for a picnic lunch beside a stream. Return to the hotel with a brisk climb – or let us chauffeur you by car.
For younger guests, the hotel’s children’s activity centre is equipped with air hockey, carrom board, table top “foosball”, table tennis, pool table, and soft toys. It also features a well-stocked library and a daily changing schedule of complimentary supervised activities.