Picture this- Wake up to misty mornings in Shimla, enjoying lights twinkling lights on hills far away and, a star-studded night sky and stunning views everywhere you look. The “Summer Capital” during British rule, Shimla continues to charm travellers endlessly. Key to enjoying your holiday to Shimla is picking the correct hotel. Here we bring to you a handpicked list of the best hotels in Shimla that will ensure you have a fantastic holiday.
Oberoi Wildflower Hall
Spread over a rambling 22 acres, this beautiful hotel offers stunning mountain views and is the perfect start to your vacation in Shimla. The hotel has many amenities like a swimming pool, health spa, game and activity room, a well-stocked library, tennis court and fitness centre. Other than that the hotel offers a range of exciting activities like bonfire evenings, rafting, cycling, trekking, and guided nature walks.
The rooftop terrace, a glass conservatory which is warmed by bonfires during winter offers a beautiful view when it snows outside. The cavalry bar apart from serving some exotic drinks is also a museum of sorts that gives a sneak peek into the rich history of this favourite city of the British.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 13,000* per night.
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Hotel Marina is another popular hotel in Shimla. Fully equipped with all the modern amenities this luxurious 5 star property has two restaurants (including an open garden terrace restaurant that has live barbeque), lounge bar, gym, spa and an activity centre. This hotel is a great choice to stay for travellers who appreciate the finer things in life. The proximity of hotel to major tourist attractions of Shimla comes in handy when you don’t want to waste time in travelling.
If you are looking for a stylish and affluent stay in Shimla then Hotel Marina is highly recommended.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 6000* per night.
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Ideal location, great service, tasty food, clean rooms and efficient staff are some of the reasons why Hotel Prestige is popular among budget travellers to Shimla. Basic facilities like airport and railway station transport, doctor on call, laundry service, and safety deposit box, adequate parking, car rental, 24X7 room service and restaurant is available.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 1600* per night.
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The Grand Welcome
Located at NH 22 Bye Pass in Panthaghati this hotel is just 3 kilometres from the railway station, 4 kilometres from Shimla ISBT, 26 kilometres from Shimla airport. The Grand Welcome hotel is reputed for its cleanliness and hospitable staff. Essential amenities like Wi-Fi access, 27X7room service, and fully fitted rooms and a multi-cuisine restaurant is available. Being located a little away from the bustling city is actually a boon for travellers intent on rejuvenation.
Tariff: Start at Rs 1900* per night.
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Hotel Himalayan Escape
Aptly christened, this hotel is truly an escape. Perched on a hilltop, Hotel Himalyan Escape is ideal for leisure travellers. ‘Just put up your feet and enjoy scenic beauty’; that’s what you would want to do once inside the welcoming gates of this hotel. Located on the Chail-Kufri road, this hotel is ideal if you wish to explore areas around Shimla like Chail and Kufri. It is a value property with spacious rooms and great views of the valley.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 2000* per night.
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Radisson Jass Hotel
This 5 star property is nestled in the scenic mountains ranges of Himalayas. The grandeur of the hotel, the lush surroundings and luxurious setting will make it hard for you ever come back from here. The in-house restaurant, coffee shop and bar stands at par with international standards. Take a dip in the pool or enjoy a drink by the poolside, and have a laidback vacation while the children’s pool is perfect for the little ones. A stay in Radisson Jass is truly a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 8000* per night.
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With babysitting service, Clarke’s Hotel is recommended Shimla hotels for families with young kids. If you wish to spend some romantic time together when in Shimla then choose this hotel, ask for babysitting, leave all nappy worries and spend some quality time together. This heritage property with some old world charm is fascinating and a unique experience for city dwellers.
Or older kids there is a bicycle hire facility as well. Other than that the hotel comes equipped with a games room, activity centre and WiFi. Other features that make Clarke’s Hotel a great choice are its central location, spacious rooms, cocktail lounge, bar, terrace seating in-house restaurants and complimentary buffet breakfast.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 9000* per night.
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Hotels With Ideal Location
Hotel Willows Bank
Hotel Willows Bank is a heritage hotel that dates back to British era. Established in 1871 this colonial estate gives you a piece of a bygone era. It was originally owned by the renowned British architect Arthur James Craddock Jr who is also known as the 'Architect and Builder of Simla’. The hotel was later redesigned to blend modern amenities with heritage settings. The surrounding landscape, aura of British times and beauty of picturesque Shimla all combine together to make a perfect stay at this 4-star property. The Mall road is just 2.5 kilometres from the railway station and 21 kilometres away from the airport.
Step into Akasa Spa to pamper yourself with European and Indian traditional massages. Steam, sauna and jacuzzi are also available. Buffet breakfast is lavish with an array of spread ranging from pan Indian, Oriental cuisine, and international grills.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 5000* per night.
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Nightclub, gym, health club, three restaurants, bar, billiards room, activity centre, games room and two banquet halls are the major in-house attractions that this 4-star property boasts of. Located in the heart of Shimla right opposite tourism lift on Mall road Hotel Combermere is among the best in Shimla hotels on criteria of convenient location, luxury and add-on facilities. You can choose to dine at any of the three in-house restaurants - Seventh Heaven (multi-cuisine restaurant), rooftop Bar-Be-Que (grills) and Cafe Sol (bakery products, pizza and burger). The rooms are also centrally heated. Major tourist places to visit in Shimla like Summer Hill and Jhaku Temple are nearby. The hotel can arrange for transportation on request.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 5000* per night.
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The USP of Hotel Shingar is its ideal location which is bang on the Mall road near Shimla High court, merely 5 minutes from the railway station. There are four categories of well-designed rooms to choose from. Facilities include conference room, laundry service, free internet, doctor on call, room service, table tennis and a travel desk.
The in-house restaurant serves delicious Continental and all-time favourite Punjabi cuisines. It has a bar and rooftop dining too.
Tariff: Starts at Rs. 2500* per night.
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