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Oberoi Cecil Shimla Over 100 years old, the Oberoi Cecil is a Grand Heritage Hotel. It is situated at Chaura Maidan, Shimla, 7000 feet up in the Himalaya. Built in 1884 as a Himalayan hill station, the hotel has been extensively renovated and reopened in 1997. With fabulous views across the valley, The Oberoi Cecil is a perfect base from which to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, cedar forests and ancient monasteries of this world famous destination. The Cecil is within walking distance of the famous Vice Regal Lodge, former summer residence of the Viceroy of India.

The Cecil's classically elegant interiors with paneling, 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. A specially designed children's activity centre is equipped with computer games, toys, Wendy Room and Billiards Room. Horses and ponies can be hired for trekking in the valley.

The Cecil is just 10 minutes from Shimla Station and 45 minutes from Jubbarhatti Airport. Flights from Delhi arrive daily (except Sunday). There is ample private parking for guests who chose to drive or rent a car.

All 79 Rooms and Suites at the Cecil are spacious, elegant and comfortable. Many rooms have spectacular views across the mountains. All 27 Premium rooms have private balconies and DVD players. The 22 Deluxe rooms are bigger and have an electronic safe. All three Executive Suites feature a separate living room and walk-in wardrobes. The Deluxe Suite has separate living room and bedroom, a separate dressing area and additional walk-in closet and a private balcony. Interconnecting rooms are available. All rooms offer 24hr in-room dining, a round-the-clock laundry service and dual-line speakerphones. Rooms are decorated classically, with polished wood, brass and rich, subtle fabrics in a style which recalls the late 19th century, yet feature every modern comfort. There is a babysitting service and baby cribs are available.

Spa
Spa Treatment in Oberoi Cecil Shimla The Health Spa is open from 7am to 9pm. It 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 - or in the boardroom.

Dining Room :
The hotel has a restaurant offering a selection of European and Asian dishes. Wood paneling and chandeliers add to an air of old-world elegance. Special rates for children apply at all mealtimes. Regular theme evenings in the Restaurant celebrate the Indian and colonial heritage of the Cecil.The restaurant is open from 7am-10.30am for breakfast, 12.30-2.30pm for lunch and 7.30pm-11pm for dinner.

The Lounge :
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. The Bar opens between 11am and 11pm.

Cedar Garden :
At the outdoor Cedar Garden, light meals, snacks and drinks are served between 11am and 3pm. 24hour in-room dining is available throughout the hotel.

Swimming Pool :
The heated indoor swimming pool - among the highest in the world - is open to guests between 7am and 8pm. Its windows look out over a spectacular panorama of snow capped mountains. Just the place for a few quiet lengths before breakfast.

Fitness Centre :
Facial in Oberoi Cecil Shimla The Gymnasium, located at the level below the Pool, is free to guests. It offers an exercycle, Multigym, Steppers and Treadmills. This is one way of warming up for a strenuous hill walk.

Indoor Pursuits :
The Cecil has a variety of indoor recreational possibilities. Billiards, board games, bridge tables, toy room and an activity centre with multimedia equipment, CD Rom and VCR.

Golf :
Naldehra - the highest golf course in the world is nearby and Annandale, another course, is just 3kms from the Cecil. Both have nine holes.

Outdoor Pursuits :
Horse riding can be arranged for children and adults. Ice-skating is available between November and March. Trekking with expert guides is also available from the hotel.

Skiing is available at Narkanda, 64kms from the Cecil. There is a beginners run, slalom slope and a sharper run for experienced skiers.

Location:
Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Himalayas at 2,200 meters above sea level, Cecil is a beautiful heritage hotel situated at one end of Shimla's famous Mall. The main city center and the prestigious vice regal lodge are walking distance from the hotel. The hotel is located on Chaura Maidan, which is a restricted road. (Only vehicles with local permits are allowed)

Getting there :
Shimla Airport By air: There are direct flights to Shimla from Delhi and private air charters can also be organized. The Shimla airport is 45 minutes from the hotel. Jagson Airlines operates a 17-seater direct flight from Delhi on every alternate day. The flying time is 45 minutes. Limousine pick up can be arranged from Shimla or Chandigarh airport.

By road: Shimla is connected by road from Chandigarh: 124 kilometers, from Kalka: 110 Kilometers and from Delhi: 385 Kilometers. The drive from Delhi to Shimla takes approximately 8 hours. The drive from Chandigarh to Shimla takes approximately 3 hours.

By rail: Fast trains run daily from Delhi to Chandigarh and Kalka. From Kalka, train connections on a quaint narrow gauge railway, built in 1903, are available. The travel time is approximately 4 hours. There are number of trains to Chandigarh and Kalka. Limousine pick up can be arranged from Shimla, Kalka or Chandigarh railway stations.