Built in 1884, the Oberoi Cecil was refurbished and restored in 1997 to become the predominant hotel in Shimla. It contains elegant interiors and period furniture and is ideally located for exploring Shimla’s colonial past and experience its Himalayan delights.
Most of the 79 rooms and suites at the Oberoi Cecil have valley or mountain views, decorated classically with polished wood and brass and with all modern amenities, expected with a member of the Oberoi portfolio. Many rooms afford stunning views across the valley and snow covered peaks of the Himalayas and the bathrooms include a vanity counter, a bathtub and come with deluxe Ayurvedic toiletries.
The hotel has a restaurant offering Asian and European dishes, ‘The Lounge’ where guests can enjoy a cup of tea or a drink later on and the ‘Cedar Garden’ which serves light meals, snacks and drinks. The hotel has a delightful indoor heated swimming pool, steam and sauna facilities, fitness centre and a spa. A range of activities can be arranged from the Oberoi Cecil including Horse riding, Ice Skating, Trekking and Skiing.
The Oberoi Cecil offers 79 rooms and suites. Amenities include a TV & DVD player, satellite, wired broadband internet access, separate walk-in closet with electronic safe, direct dial telephone, personal bar and a 24 hr butler service. Classically elegant interiors with panelling, pillars and chandeliers recall the days of the Raj. Many rooms afford stunning views across the valley and snow covered peaks of the Himalayas.
Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities.
Facilities at the Oberoi Cecil include ‘The Restaurant’, serving Asian and European cuisine, ‘The Lounge’, ‘The Cedar Garden’, an indoor swimming pool, steam & sauna, fitness centre and spa offering signature indigenous rituals, Balinese, Hawaiian and Thai massages, facials and Ayurvedic therapies.
Activities at the hotel include swimming, off site golf at the Naldehra Golf Course, and use of the gym and spa. Local attractions include the Viceregal Lodge which was built in 1888 by the British Viceroy Lord Dufferin and also features a museum and beautifully laid out gardens, Tattapani/Shiv Goofa, the hot sulphur spring famous for its therapeutic power, Sankat Mochan, a temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman and Kufri, a ski destination in Himachal Pradesh.
Services at the hotel include Internet Access, Business Centre, Concierge, Beauty Salon, Laundry & Valet Service, Doctor on Call
When to travel
Shimla's salubrious climate helps make it a year-round destination. Though Shimla has pleasant climate throughout the year, it experiences cold winters. The temperatures can drop to sub-zero conditions during the peak winter season. The best time to visit Shimla would be October to November and from March to May. It is advisable not to visit Shimla during monsoons as the place has a history of having landslides every now and then.
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Location and directions
Resting at the foothills of the majestic Himalayas is Shimla, the queen of hill stations and once the summer capital of the British Raj. Situated at the quiet end of the city's Mall, The Oberoi Cecil is about a 25-minute walk from the centre of Shimla and near the Viceregal Lodge.
How to get there
Daily direct flights to Shimla from Delhi are available. Private air charters can also be organized. The flying time is 45-minutes. The Shimla airport is 90-minutes from the hotel. Limousine pick up can be arranged from Shimla or Chandigarh airport.