Must-see hotels in Shimla

  • Top Choice
    Sunnymead

    Some 40 steps down through a barely signed green gate take you from busy Cart Rd into a magical forest-garden wonderland. Here nestles this wonderfully…

  • Top Choice
    Chapslee

    For the full Raj treatment, you can't beat this exclusive retreat crammed with chandeliers, tapestries, antiques and family portraits. Five…

  • Oberoi Cecil

    Shimla’s glitziest hotel wraps most of its plush rooms around a multistorey piano-bar atrium, yet maintains a discreet sense of colonial-era charm that…

  • Clarkes Hotel

    Perfectly located and with an attractive white-and-blue half-timbered exterior, Clarkes opened in 1898 and in 1934 was the first property of what would…

  • Marina

    Tucked into beautiful forest, yet just 500m from the main east Mall area, the stylish Marina has large, immaculate rooms given a contemporary twist by…

  • YMCA

    Shimla's backpacker stalwart, the friendly, bright-red YMCA has been open since 1930 and takes all comers, regardless of age, gender or religion. Rooms…

  • Ballyhack Cottage

    Completely unsigned, this marvellously located five-room property sits behind the main house in the walled gardens of historic Sidhowal Lodge, just behind…

  • Hotel Dhroov

    Opened in 2017, Dhroov is one of the centre's bigger hotels, with high levels of comfort, a modern elegance, and plenty of free parking (by car lift). The…

  • Hotel Woodland

    There are several inexpensive options flanking the Jakhu Ropeway tower. The Woodland might be a tad ragged and humid with rusty geysers but for the price…

  • Spars Lodge

    Around 2km west of Scandal Point, on the road up to the State Museum, Spars has a homely feel with just eight clean, unfussy rooms of varying sizes: all…

  • Hotel Springfields

    The erstwhile summer retreat of the Raja of Sheikhupura (near Lahore), now run by his charming descendants, Springfields features neatly trimmed lawns…

  • Hotel Summit Le Royale

    A steep 300m up from behind Christ Church, this midrange hotel has a sweet little sunset-facing patio and better rooms are big, bright and share the views…

  • Hotel Amber

    Right in the thick of the bazaar with views across Ram Mandir, Amber has unfussy budget rooms above a small thali restaurant, a short climb above the Old…

  • Hotel White

    Northeast of The Ridge through a bustling bazaar, Hotel White is clean, simple and has spacious if rather dated premium rooms (₹2700) with fine valley…

  • Hotel City View

    Cheap, basic but friendly and passably well kept, with small discounts for foreigners. Some rooms are claustrophobic but front ones on the upper floor…