With the summer holidays coming up and the mercury rising, everyone is looking around for weekend escapes. Shimla being close to Delhi is the most favorite escape of all Delhiites. A quaint little establishment on seven hills, it was known as the summer capital of India. Shimla has been a favorite among tourists over the years. The cherry orchards, breathtaking valley views, and the famous heritage toy train, Shimla is one of the most coveted hill stations in India. I asked friends on their favourite hotels in Shimla and this is what they have to say;
Charu Chitwal who hails from Shimla but is now settled in Delhi reminisces;
It is a lovely hotel with great views over the Himalayas. Rooms are dim litted but add to the ambience of the place. In a great location at the bottom of the pedestrianized mall and with easy reach of the main sites. The front desk staff and bar staff are absolutely brilliant, very friendly and knowledgeable. It is a historical building belonging to the British era. It has a beautiful view and is walking distance from the centre of Shimla – Mall Road.
This Heritage hotel has recently been upgraded to Heritage Grand category and is one of the oldest hotels(since 1898) in Shimla. Clarkes Hotel embodies the elegance and charm of yesteryear, with modern conveniences of today. The service is good, staff is courteous and food is delectable.
THE OBEROI CECIL, SHIMLA
Pooja Sabharwal, a corporate professional from Mumbai, says this is her all time favourite property. She rates this as the most kid-friendly of all the hotels in Shimla.
We have been going there since 2011 as we just absolutely love the property. It has impeccable hospitality, great place for kids and a great spa.
The Oberoi Cecil has breathtaking views of mountains and valleys from the guest rooms and suites, restaurants, outdoor heated whirlpool and the in-door heated swimming pool. They also offer several outdoor and indoor recreational activities such as trekking, mountain biking, river rafting, billiards and golf. Spa Suites are ideal for those who would like to experience a unique holistic wellness program.
There is enough and more to keep your kids engaged. Furnished with gaming machines, soft toys, table tennis and a library, the dedicated Children’s Activity Centre.
English teas, fine dining at night, log fires, a heated indoor swimming pool, impeccable and personalised service and panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range, are some highlights of the hotel.
ps. Great choice if you are headed there with kids.
Shalu Malhotra, fashion designer from Delhi, heads to the Wildflower Hall whenever she can get away from the city life. She first went there for her honeymoon and has been in love with the property ever since.
I love the view from the balcony overlooking the magnificent Himalayas. The food, the service and the location is all superb!
Wildflower Hall is a fairytale luxury resort set in 23 acres of virgin woods of pine and cedar. The hotel recreates the magic of the colonial era. You can beautiful views of mountains and valleys from the rooms, restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool. Nature lovers can explore the Himalayas and enjoy adventure sports.
p.s. One thing to note is that Wildflower hall does not allow kids below 10 years.
With choices of Hotels in Shimla such as these, I am sure you are already tempted to head there.