Shimla

Budget

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Hotel White
Lakkar Bazaar
+91 177 265-5276
Rs1500
500m NE of The Ridge

This hotel surprisingly offers clean and spacious rooms all done up in white at budget-friendly rates. Opt for their suite which also offers a balcony and great views of the vally.

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YMCA
Behind Ritz Cinema, The Ridge
+91 177 2650021
Rs 370 and above
1 mile walk from Shimla train and bus station

A centrally located, charming Victorian style building. Offers both en-suite rooms and rooms with common bathrooms. A limited choice complementary breakfast is provided at no extra cost. En-suite rooms have clean attached bathrooms. To avoid disappointment during peak season, pre-book a room over phone. En suite room costs Rs 700 for a single person and Rs 1000 for two persons. A room with common bathroom costs Rs 370 for a single person and Rs 500 for two persons.

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Amar Palace
Shimla
01772804055, 9418696458
Even in peak season they were the cheapest (rs 800 offered without bargaining).
Take the road directly up the hill to the left of/behind christ church and it's about 300m up the road from there. Call if you get lost and they'll come find you.

24 Hour hot water, and some rooms with a pretty good view back out along the ridge. Don't go with touts! Last room closed about 12 months ago, so be careful of the jackal

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A visitor to Shimla requiring truly budget but safe accommodation at any time of the year other than the months of May latter part and June — when high season causes a spike in room rates even at the most modest of establishments — can confidently expect to be able to find a double hotel room for Rs. 200 USD 4.38 a night or thereabout. In this category, the well-known standbys among the frequent visitors to Shimla are Hotel Gulmarg below The Mall; a room for as low as Rs 150 per night, Hotel Dreamland rather institutional though, Hotel Woodland peaceful and with balcony and cheap but food and room service is not up to the mark, Hotel City View great terrace, but beware of resident touts, Hill Bloom Hotel some rooms with great panoramic views, all basic but adequate and excellently located above Christ Church on The Ridge some with spectacular views. Use Christ Church on The Ridge — Shimla's principal landmark familiar to all, easily identifiable during the day and prominently illuminated at night — as your first orientation point upon arrival.

All accommodation arrangements as well as any additional side-trips, sightseeing, onward transportation, etc., can easily and safely be arranged without the help of the touts. Visit the office of the state-run Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (phone +91 177 265-2561 or 265-8302, located in the central place downtown called "The Scandal Point", before Christ Church on The Ridge across from the City Hall, for any impartial information or guidance you may require: the staff there are well-informed and reasonably professional. There are no alternatives to this office as the source of impartial, reliable information on all aspects of Shimla and on travel thereto and therefrom.)

The rate of Rs 200 per night should be taken as a benchmark when negotiating the price of accommodation at most ordinary hotels in Shimla outside of the aforementioned period of late May and June, when, as already mentioned, the spike in demand causes a spike in the price of the supply. Budget travellers should bear in mind that from 1 May 2011 an extra tax at the rate of 5.15% is charged on all hotel rooms with the approved maximum charge per night exceeding the amount of Rs 1,000 one thousand rupees: hotel rooms with the maximum approved nightly rate below Rs 1,000 are exempt. The tax, when applicable, is calculated on the maximum rate for the particular room that has been approved by the State tourism authorities and not on the actual rate negotiated between between the guest and the hotel. Thus, if a particular hotel room has the approved maximum nightly rate of Rs 1,200, for example, but the guest has managed to negotiate with the hotel a rate of Rs 300 for that room in off-season, the final bill may attract an additional amount of Rs 62 per night, or over 20% of the total. To avoid the tax in question, try to choose budget hotels with government-approved maximum rates below Rs 1,000 per night regardless of your actual negotiated amount, or those where the hotelier is willing to cover the extra charge himself in any case.

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Shimla Youth Hostel located in "must visit" Lakkar Bazar offers budget accommodation, ranging from Rs.500 to 1000. and a discount to Youth hostel members. Ph:+919418025462. shimlayouthhostel@yahoo.com

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Hotel Mayur
The Ridge
+91 177 265-2393
Rs 1000-1700
just behind Christ Church, and overlooking its roof

A centrally located hotel on The Ridge. Rooms have clean attached bathrooms, color television, wall-to-wall carpeting; somewhat run-down by now. The room service is fairly decent.

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Dalziel
The Mall
9211709437
From Rs 400 upwards
10 minutes walk westwards from Scandal Point

Situated in a wooden heritage building. Laundry service and meals available.Food & water served unhygenic

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Other cheaper areas of the city are through Victory tunnel and on Circular Rd and Kaithu to Kali Bari Rd. In high season, rooms can be found for Rs 1000 - Rs 1500 a night.

Midrange

Midrange
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Hotel Combermere
The Mall
+91 177 225-1246/47/48, 265-2242/43/46/48
From Rs 4,500 to Rs 9,900; 2 Nights Package with meals Rs 7699
10 minutes' walk eastwards from Scandal Point; near The Lift, opposite the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex

Although some of the suites are rather unreasonably priced, this remains a good option, mainly because of its convenient location. Facilities include a bar, good wi-fi in guestrooms chargeable, a terrace garden, a gym a rarity among the mid-range hotels in Shimla and a spa. This is one of the only two hotels on The Mall equipped with its own private lift to the lower level of Circular Road Cart Road, the other facility so equipped being the Landmark Hotel. Good food, professionally prepared, especially Italian recommended: one can tell that the F&B department are kept on their toes here.

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Honeymoon Inn
The Mall

This 20 room boutique hotel offers some great views.

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Hotel Landmark
The Mall
+91 177 281-4700, 281-4701, or 281-4703
From Rs 3,950 to Rs 5,400
15 minutes' walk westwards from Scandal Point; near Gorton Castle, a historic property used nowadays for the offices of the Accountant-General of Himachal Pradesh and not open to the general public

A good choice for those wishing to stay west of Scandal Point; decent views from some rooms over the northern valley of Shimla, including the helipad at Annadale, at an elevation of 1,865 metres, directly across owing to their positioning, guestrooms receive little direct sunlight though. New property with clean, modern facilities marble bathrooms. Both the upper level of The Mall and the lower level of Circular Road Cart Road accessible by private in-house lift. Rooftop terrace accessible directly from The Mall and open to the general public, hence not suitable for lounging. Food nondescript but passable in a pinch.

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Hotel Peterhoff
Chaura Maidan
+91 177 221-3335
Rs 2000-7000
45 minutes' walk westwards from Scandal Point

Nice, clean rooms with air-con, heaters, mini-bars and the usual mid-range amenities. Owned and operated by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, a state government entity. Peterhoff was once the residence of the British Viceroy of India and the old victorian building stood in precisely the same spot until 1981, when it burned to the ground. Hotel Peter Hoff housed at least seven viceroys and Governor Generals during the colonial rule. The first Viceroy to move into Peter Hoff was the Earl of Elgin who arrived in Shimla on the 4th April 1863. The present structure is not its recreation and, despite the retention of the name, is devoid of all period accents or character. It has been redesigned to match the hill architecture of the region. Convenient location for those wishing to visit the Viceregal Lodge atop the Observatory Hill and the Himachal Pradesh Museum atop the Inverarm Hill, but otherwise slightly out-of-the-way with regard to town centre. You get unforgettable views from the front lawn, ending abruptly in a precipice.

Midrange
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Woodville Palace
Raj Bhavan Road
+91 177 262-3919 or 262-4038
Rs 4,000
20 to 25 minutes' walk eastwards from Scandal Point

This converted palace was built in 1938 by the Maharaja of Jubbal a descendant of the original owner still lives on the premises, and is addressed by the staff as "maharaja". It has its own private woodlands, which provide an excellent place for a leisurely evening stroll. Immaculately maintained public spaces, full of 'atmosphere'; attentive service; food on the homely side rather than any haute cuisine, though.

Midrange
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Clarke's Hotel
The Mall
+91 177 265-1010, 265-1011, 265-1012, 265-1013, 265-1014, 265-1015
From Rs 6,500 to 9,000
100 metres as the crow flies across a small valley from the Himachal Pradesh High Court complex; 15 minutes' walk eastwards from Scandal Point

Although billing itself as a 'heritage hotel since 1898', this property had been a hotel before that date 'Carlton Hotel' having been one of its previous, historic names, and it most famously used to be — since 1934 — the premiere property of the Oberoi chain; its current standing with the group is somewhat unclear Chairman Oberoi said publicly in April 2011 that it is still part of the group. Extremely convenient, central location on The Mall; immaculately maintained heritage building, with guestrooms full of period charm and 'atmosphere' good views from windows over the southern valley of Shimla. Food on offer on the premises does not begin to match the quality of the accommodation; instant-powder concoction passes here for 'coffee'. If you stay here, eat and drink out.

Midrange
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Hotel Ashiana Regency
Chōṭā Shimla (or 'Little Shimla')
+91 177 262-1572, 262-2472, 262-2658
Rs 2,500 to 7,700
near 'The Secretariat' — the seat of Himachal Pradesh Government; 45 minutes' walk westwards from Scandal Point

A very decent place to stay in if you don't mind 45 minutes' walk along the wooded and mostly pedestrian Mall to town centre. Facilities include a public terrace with good views over the southern valley of Shimla, a bar, and a spa with a sauna and jacuzzi. The hotel restaurant is a 'moderate' favourite with the locals. The immediate vicinity of the Hotel, in a densely built-up area called 'Chōṭā Shimla', lacks interest and recreational potential, however.

Top end

Top end
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Chapslee Hotel
Chapslee Estate
+91 177 280-2542
Rs 9,500-12,500, Winter Surcharge up to Rs 1,000
between Lakkar Bazaar and Auckland House high school, just above much-trafficked Circular Road

Formerly the residence of the ruler of Kapurthala and still in the hands of "the family"; pretentious ownership a drawback, but otherwise an attractive place to put up in even if the location isn't the greatest for access to town: to get to The Ridge requires making a steep ascent along dusty Lakkar Bazaar. Reminiscent of the days of the British Raj, with croquet lawns and mature gardens. Rooms have no keys doors are left unlocked at all times. As part of this historic property has now been converted into a primary school called 'Chapslee School', the ruckus raised by children on their way to classes early in the morning can be unnerving.

Top end
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The Oberoi Cecil
Chaura Maidan
+91 177 280-4848
Rs 10,000-23,000, Beakfast Rs 1500
takes a pleasant and easy 20-minute walk from town centre to get there

An elegant hotel in the grand heritage style, immaculately maintained, with log fires and a heated swimming-pool. Best food in town.

Top end
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For travellers requiring luxury accommodation during their stay in Shimla, the advantages offered by The Oberoi Cecil, a luxury hotel of the Oberoi chain, as regards both the location and the in-house amenities, are unbeatable by any establishment in town. Their lesser-grade affiliate, The Oberoi Clarke's, another hotel of the Oberoi chain with a great ambiance and rich history, has the advantage of a more central location on The Mall, but its facilities in general and its cuisine in particular are not a match for The Cecil. A close runner-up to The Cecil in the luxury lineup is The Radisson Hotel Shimla, but its location in a low-lying locality known as Goodwood Estate, on Lower Bharari Road currently in a state of shocking disrepair and dangerous to walk on, which is difficult of access and too out-of-the-way for virtually all sightseeing to be done in Shimla, makes this otherwise swanky new hotel impossible to recommend except for those wishing to spend all their time within the confines of their hotel proper or who do not mind relying on the hotel's fleet of private cars to get to town and back a relatively expensive proposition on a daily basis. Travellers who might prefer genteel seclusion would be much better served by Woodville Palace Hotel see "Mid-range", above, accessible on foot from the centre of the town but located in a pleasant quiet woody cove requiring a 20 minutes' walk along The Mall to town, or the 14 kilometres' distant Wildflower Hall see "Accommodation options outside of Shimla", below, a spectacular resort of the expensive Oberoi chain with its own mountain in a forested area outside of town, near the village of Charabra accessible from Shimla by car only, available, at cost, at the hotel.

Top end
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Radisson Hotel Shimla
Goodwood Estate, Shimla
+91 177 2659012-21
from Rs 7,000 and up
on the lower slopes of Longwood Hill, the mountain directly across the northern valley of Shimla, opposite the mountain with The Ridge which is the centre of town

One of the best hotels in Shimla, with most of the five-star facilities, inconveniently located on the outskirts of town, though with great views of The Ridge and the surroundings 800 metres across the Shimla valley, as the crow flies: you can easily see the places you want to be in from your window even if you cannot easily get to them. Pleasant public spaces; good-value buffet dinners.

Homestays near shimla

homestays near shimla
Aditya Home Stay
Shoghi
+91 177 2860079, +19-9418963653, +91-9418026079
12 kms before Shimla

Aditya Home Stay Department of Tourism, HP Government approved home stay unit is located at a very picturesque location at Shoghi a suburb of Shimla (http://www.adityahomestay.in), in a peaceful, calm environment, naturally blessed with breathtaking views of the distant Chail and the snow-clad Himalayan ranges.

homestays near shimla
Sunrise Villa Homestay
Shoghi
+91 177 2860075
Rs 900
12 kms before Shimla

Sunrise VillaDepartment of Tourism, HP Government approved home stay unit is located at a very picturesque location at Shoghi a suburb of Shimla (http://www.sunrisevilla.i...), in a peaceful, calm environment, naturally blessed with breathtaking views of the distant Chail and the snow-clad Himalayan ranges.

homestays near shimla
Vardaan Homestay
Shoghi
+91 981 8568977
Rs 1500
12 kms before Shimla

Vardaan Home StayDepartment of Tourism, HP Government approved home stay unit is located at a picturesque location at Shoghi away from crowded Shimla.

Accommodation outside of shimla

accommodation outside of shimla
East Bourne Resort
Near Bishop Cotton School, Khallini
+91 177 2623669-71
Rs 6000

A pine forest resort, Multi cuisine restaurant, 02 open air garden restaurants, lounge, coffee shop, library over looking a rose garden, steam, sauna, jacuzzi, discotheque & ample parking space for 60 cars.

accommodation outside of shimla
Hotel Golf Links
Naldehra
Rs 1500+

This delightful hotel is in Naldehra, the site of the historical golf course. Overlooking the valley, it offers some very scenic vistas and a cosy place to lounge away your vacation.

accommodation outside of shimla
Wildflower Hall
near the village of Charabra
+91 177 264-8585
Rs 15,000-39,500
14 km west of Shimla on National Highway 22, NH22

An Oberoi property. A stately brand-new stone building built among cedar and pine forests. Arguably the best hotel complex in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh, though definitely outside of town as far as Shimla is concerned: if you can afford to stay there, the private transportation to town will not be an issue for you either. Food fare exceeds here that offered by The Oberoi Cecil in town in terms of the quality and variety of the ingredients, but not necessarily in the quality of preparation the kitchen staff are often shuffled between the two properties, in fact, so that if you had previously stayed at The Cecil you may run into familiar faces in the dining-room here.

accommodation outside of shimla
Flaghouse Resort
Junga
0177-6539022/23
The Flaghouse resort at Junga, Shimla District is a luxury resort nested in the magnificent Shimla Hills. Away from the hustle and bustle of the civilized world, the resort offers peace and tranquility in the cradle of nature. All rooms and cottages in the resort have private balconies having a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains. Each of the rooms measuring around 350 sq. ft. or more are tastefully decorated with elegant furnitures and all modern amenities such as satellite LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, telephones, well stocked mini bar, and much more. The resort is disabled friendly and provides accommodation for drivers and aayas. The resort is pet friendly and has separate accommodation for pets. 3 days/2 nights package inclusive of breakfast and one major meal starts at Rs 3800 per person for standard double rooms.
accommodation outside of shimla
Koti Resort
Mashobra
+919218501601
Please contact for latest deals
Just off the Shimla-Naldehra Road
accommodation outside of shimla
Park Woods Hill Resort Shoghi
Village Paughat
+91 9953818074
Rs 3700-5350
near Shoghi

Forested hill resort with quaint bamboo nad pinewood cottages, valley and mountain views, adventure activities, barbeques, bonfires, open areas.

There are lots of options from dormitories to luxury resort hotels. Online booking is the most convenient way to reserve a room. Alternatively, the tourist office can supply a list of hotels, and you can phone or trek over an reserve a room in person. Rooms in Shimla range from as low as US$ 5 to a whopping US$ 600.

This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under Rs 1500
Mid-range Rs 1500-6000
Splurge Rs 6000+

Avoid touts at all cost, whether locals or outsiders many are in fact Kashmiri chisellers disguised as locals, and calling themselves euphemistically "guides", who have been working the Shimla beat for years and decades; they scour the railway and bus stations for incautious or vulnerable-looking victims among the new arrivals, and foreign travellers carrying luggage are their prime targets in the streets as well: if you allow them to lead you to your hotel you will be manipulated in manifold ways: 1 your daily room rate will automatically but surreptitiously be bumped up to cover the commission they will receive from the hotel for their unnecessary services resulting in an increase in hotel price of as much as 200%; 2 the touts will unbeknownst to you steer you away from hotels which deny them such commission but which may be better choices from your point of view; and moreover 3 you will subsequently be pestered by your tout, who will now "own" you during your stay, to buy additional "services" from him, while 4 being force-fed additional doses of misinformation. The experience of being "led" by an unscrupulous but ingratiating manipulator with his own interest in mind rather than yours can be the ruin of one's visit to Shimla. The touts can be extremely importunate and persevering in pursuit of their illegal trade while at the same time feigning "friendship" intended to ensnare the gullible.