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Best Hotel in Mall Road for Your Next Shimla Trip.

Published on: September 20, 2023

The Oberoi Cecil, our Grand Heritage Hotel on Mall Road, Shimla, occupies a superlative position at the quieter end of this popular spot on the tourist map of the former British summer capital.

One of the oldest and most famous of hotels in Shimla’s Mall Road, in colonial times The Oberoi Cecil hosted fabulous ballroom dances in what is now the main restaurant. Unlike other restaurants in Shimla, ours maintains the elegance and ambience of its grand past. It offers beautiful views over the valley and personalised dining experiences in the attached private dining room. These can be booked in advance via the concierge. Breakfast is a lavish affair, with a vast buffet of hot and cold continental and Indian dishes. Lunch and dinner are a la carte and present specially curated menus of international, pan-Indian and local Himachali delicacies. Always served with our impeccable hospitality.

Please browse our website and take your pick from our accommodation options, which vary in size and views offered over and around Mall Road Shimla. Each room and suite is thoughtfully appointed with colonial style furnishings, teak wood floors, hand carved two poster beds and all modern in-room entertainment options.

The Oberoi Spa in Shimla on Mall Road is ranked #1 amongst 5-star hotels in Shimla’s Mall Road. Accessed down a staircase, it is set in the mountainside and enjoys breathtaking views from its private therapy rooms. Treatments include Oberoi experiences, Eastern and Western-inspired massages, as well as facials. The Oberoi Spa is for the exclusive use of our resident guests only.

While you relax and unwind, we would be happy to entertain your little ones. We have a dedicated Children’s Activity Centre with specialist staff who supervise at all times. In the Children’s Activity Centre, our young guests can play air hockey, table top football, table tennis and carrom. There are also soft toys and plenty of books to choose from. During their time with us, we invite children to create a piece of art of writing about their experience of Shimla, which we enter into a weekly competition. Also once a week, we show a popular children’s movie on a bog screen, with beanbags and popcorn.

Our concierge would be happy to advise you of places to visit that might pique your particular interest. Being the best of hotels on Mall Road, Shimla, we are well connected to the top places to visit in Shimla, many of which are within walking distance. Local beers can be sampled at the nearby Brew Estate microbrewery, while woollen shawls and wooden souvenirs can be bought in Lakkar Bazaar. Café Simla Times is a fun place to stop for a coffee and some people watching.

Our sister property: Clarkes Hotel is another good option. One of the earliest of hotels in Shimla’s Mall Road, Clarkes has one of the best restaurants in Shimla and offers warm hospitality. The 19th century Christ Church is worth a visit for those interested in history and architecture, while Gaiety Theatre, a restored gothic building, has an interesting exhibition hall and art gallery.

Within a short distance from central Shimla, Jahku Hill with its giant Hanuman statue is a must-see. You could also pop over to Mashobra for some trekking or white water rafting. Naldehra is a good choice for golfers. Its challenging golf course stands at 2,195 metres above sea level and is ranked amongst the best in the country.

We offer customised tours to Annandale, a nearby village located at 1,898 metres above sea level. Here, you can spread out on a blanket in the cool woods beside a gurgling stream and enjoy a gourmet picnic from The Oberoi Cecil, Mall Road Shimla. Lay back and enjoy the soft summer sun and sounds of nature or take a stroll down to the ‘playground’, a polo and cricket ground-cum helipad.

Or take a personalised tour around the most iconic sights of British Shimla. Discover Gorton Castle, whose 125 rooms and 3 storeys dominate the skyline of Shimla, peering peer over the tops of the surrounding deodar forests. Now an administrative office, Gorton Castle has many interesting tales to tell. And Viceregal Lodge, near the best hotels Shimla Mall Road. Now know as Rashtrapati Nilayam (the President’s Residence), this colonial-era building was the summer holiday home for British administrators during the times of the Raj, and later, for Indian Presidents after independence.

Back at The Oberoi Cecil, the best of 5-star hotels in Shimla Mall Road, you can sit down to a romantic dinner for two in our private dining room. Raise a toast with the one you love and let us serve you with our intuitive, unobtrusive hospitality.

If you are coming on a road trip from Delhi, which is around 7 hours or 350 kms by car, or Chandigarh, which is approximately 3 hours or 100 kms away, The Oberoi Cecil is one of few hotels with parking in Shimla. Alternately, let us know your travel arrangements and we would be happy to arrange a chauffeur driven private vehicle to transfer you to our hotel.

We look forward to welcoming you at the best hotel in Mall Road for your next Shimla trip with family and friends.

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