The Oberoi Cecil, Simla
Roy Davies, Founder of World Discovery
“This remarkable hotel exudes 'class'. Sitting out on your room balcony in the morning sunshine overlooking range after range of rolling pine-clad hills, listening to the insistent 'cawing' of the crows and sipping a coffee, is the perfect start to a day. Oberoi have done a superb job of restoring this historic property to its former eminence, retaining all the original features where possible whilst adding the essential ingredients of a 21st century hotel. Without doubt your best choice in Simla. ”
The Oberoi Cecil is very much a part of Simla’s colonial history. The hotel has been restored to its original grandeur with wooden floors, period furniture, crackling fires and an inviting ambience. Built around a beautiful atrium, the rooms offer splendid views of the mountains and valleys. A heated swimming pool, billiards rooms and children’s activity centre and many opportunities for nature walks, make this luxury resort an all season destination.
Over 100 years old, the Oberoi Cecil is a Grand Heritage Hotel. It is situated 7,000 feet up in the Himalaya. Built in 1884, the hotel has been extensively renovated and reopened in 1997. The Cecil is within walking distance of the famous Viceregal Lodge, former summer residence of the Viceroy of India.
The Cecil’s classically elegant interiors with panelling, pillars and chandeliers recall the days of the Raj. Many rooms at the Cecil have views across the valley and snow covered peaks of the Himalaya. The Hotel is centrally heated in winter, air-conditioned in summer and features one of the highest located heated swimming pools in the world. Horses and ponies can be hired for trekking in the valley.
The restaurant (pictured above) offers a selection of European and Asian dishes. Wood panelling and chandeliers add to an air of old-world elegance. Regular theme evenings in the restaurant celebrate the Indian and colonial heritage of the Cecil.
The Lobby Lounge in the soaring five-storey galleried Atrium also has a Bar. Here guests can enjoy tea or a quiet drink in front of a roaring fire. At the outdoor Cedar Garden, light meals, snacks and drinks are served. 24 Hour in-room dining is available throughout the hotel.
The Spa offers an extensive ‘menu’ of relaxing and reviving massages and beauty treatments. Aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, Balinese, Hawaiian and Thai massage all feature, along with Chakra Head and Shoulder Massage and facials. As well as the spa therapy suites, the Spa offers steam rooms and saunas. This is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day in the mountains. The gymnasium, located at the level below the pool, is free to guests.
Pictured below: a deluxe room at the Oberoi Cecil.