The Oberoi Cecil

Top choice hotel in Shimla

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9.3 out of 10

This grand high-rise, 2km west of Scandal Point, is Shimla’s glitziest hotel. Discreet colonial-era charm combines happily with modern, wood-clad luxury in the plush rooms, with their tastefully trad furnishings, and the spacious common areas. The hotel has a lovely indoor pool and fine restaurant and service is polished but friendly.

The Cecil is where Mohan Singh Oberoi got his first hotel job, as a clerk, in 1922. He went on to found the luxury hotel chain that bears his name, buying the Cecil along the way in 1944. It was radically modernised in the 1990s. The best rates are available for bookings 21 days or more in advance.

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Situated in Chaura Maidan, Shimla - 7000 feet up in the Himalayas, The Oberoi Cecil offers luxury accommodation along with an indoor heated swimming pool, spa and 3 dining options. Free WiFi is available in the rooms of the property. Classically furnished rooms with Burma teak wood floors are equipped with a satellite TV and DVD player. They also offer tea/coffee-making facilities and en suite bathroom with shower. Guests can work-out at the fully equipped fitness centre or relax with a massage at the full service Oberoi Spa. It also has a billiards room and an activity centre for children. 24-hour room and laundry service is available. A cup of tea or a quiet drink can be enjoyed in front of a roaring fire at the Tea Lounge and Bar. A menu of European and Asian specialities are served at The Oberoi's restaurant. It is a 10-minute drive to Shimla Station. A 45-minute drive leads to Jubbarhatti Airport. A short walk away form The Oberoi Cecil is the famous Vice Regal Lodge, the former summer residence of the Viceroy of India.

Important information

Please note that the hotel is located on a restricted road. If you are driving there with your personal vehicle, please park at The Oberoi Cecil parking spot and take the hotel shuttle service.

Please note that there will be a mandatory gala dinner on the 24th and the 31st December 2018 and 2019. All additional charges are to be paid at the hotel. Rates are as follows:

Christmas Eve (24th): INR 7150/- per adult plus taxes.
New Year's Eve (31st): INR 7500/- per adult plus taxes.

Features of The Oberoi Cecil


  • Parking
  • Babysitting/child services
  • Games room
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Free parking
  • Internet services
  • Currency exchange
  • Billiards
  • Table tennis
  • Library
  • Packed lunches
  • Tour desk
  • Ticket service
  • Wifi
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Trouser press
  • Kids' club
  • On-site parking
  • Wifi available in all areas

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar


  • Room service
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Business centre
  • Laundry
  • Dry cleaning
  • Ironing service
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • Shoeshine
  • Car hire
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Luggage storage
  • Concierge service
  • Daily maid service


  • Fitness centre
  • Spa and wellness centre
  • Massage
  • Indoor pool (all year)


  • Newspapers
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Lift
  • Safety deposit box
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Air conditioning


  • Valet parking
  • Private parking


  • Free WiFi available