Shimla India – Best Value Hotels and Guesthouses
The rolling hills of Shimla never fail to enthral any traveller. Staying in Shimla means waking up to an unforgettable view peeking through your window every day. Shimla is still reminiscent of the Colonial Era and it is reflected in the lifestyle of the town. To help you sleep your way through Shimla we have picked out some of the most stylish properties in town to let you explore the heart of Shimla in a unique way.
General outline of accommodation
The accommodation options in Shimla start from as low as INR 700 for budget and 2-Star digs and go up to INR 15000 and upwards for luxury hotels. The city offers a very good choice of budget sleeping options and you can expect to grab quite good hotels at reasonable prices here.
One of the main reasons to consider before choosing your accommodation is the location and proximity to the tourist landmarks. There are more than 520 hotels and other types of accommodation options in Shimla. They are generally concentrated near the Mall Road, Shimla City Center, Mashobra, and the Kufri Area. The other areas of town have limited connectivity and services.
Treebo Snow View Resort is located in Kufri. It is a cottage-style accommodation which combines wooden details with urban architecture. Through the large awning windows you can have the ultimate view of the mist all around hotel. (INR 2500)
The White Ridge A Sterling Holiday Resort, Kufri, boasts an unbelievably simplistic design outside with highly extravagant and flamboyant interiors. The charming and elegant rooms extend to a full view balcony with spectacular panorama of the pine forests and snow-capped mountain peaks. The rooms have all the amenities to spoil the traveller. (INR 2700).
If you need a fancier interior, consider Prakash Cottage Shimla in Bothwell Estate. Featuring trendy colourful design, charming drapery and plush furnishings it does not compromise on comfort in any way. We love this place because it defies the stereotype that luxury cannot be on a budget. (INR 2700)
There are quite a few homestays and B&Bs in Shimla and MyHome Staycation follows a very popular recent trend of homestays and staycations. It comes on a budget and also lets a traveller be flexible and independent. MyHome Staycation on the Cart Road is minimalist yet comfortable and comes with a kitchen which comes especially handy if you cannot eat local food or have to cook for your kids. The hosts are a very hospitable and cheerful Khosla family, and we like this place because they always make you feel at home. The Khoslas are always ready to share their knowledge about local culture and customs of Shimla – indeed we learned quite a lot during our stay here. (INR 2700)
Another homestay to recommend occupies Heavenly Abode-Claridges Residency. It is an elegant, well-maintained and even plush homestay owned by Mr. Sapan. Without exaggeration – they have everything your would expect from an ideal homestay. Featuring spacious rooms, a well-equipped kitchen, and cosy interiors, this apartment easily accommodates a family of four. Mr. Sapan has delved into every minute aspect of his home and is a perfect host. (INR 2000)
A stay in the Nature’s Nest Eco Resort is an unforgettable experience thanks to the breathtaking views of Shimla’s Himalayan skyline. Simple cottages are elegant and comfortable, and the rooftop restaurant overlooks the rolling hills. (Prices: INR3500)
With a distinct European flavour, The Clarke’s Hotel is a perfect example of the age-old colonial architecture with opulent furnishings, spacious rooms, and top-notch amenities. The hotel has a convenient access to transport, eating venues and shopping streets of the city. We loved this hotel for one reason – an extremely friendly and helpful staff. Everything was just a call away, apart from the mountain view through the balcony. (INR 6500)
If you are looking for mid-range stays, yet do not want to compromise on luxury, try out the Honeymoon Inn in the Lower Mall Road, an iconic stay with plush interiors, well-manicured gardens and splendid views of the mountains.( INR5400)
Nestled in the dense pine forests of Mashobra, the Naldehra Hotel is spacious, simplistic and stylish with misty spectacular early morning views of the mountains. The sprawling 55m² rooms come with huge balconies. The best part about this hotel is that despite being slightly away from the centre it offers quite a large choice of activities to keep the guests occupied: try their yoga room, pool tables, horse riding facilities, dart boarding and table tennis. We also enjoyed golfing which is well within a quick reach. (INR 4000)
Want to splash some cash? You can do it in Shimla, no doubt! Radisson Shimla in the Good Wood Estate comes with a royal touch and exemplary amenities. We simply loved the rooftop swimming pool here offering an absolutely spectacular view. The rooftop restaurant is an ideal place for a romantic dinner. (INR 14500)
Wildflower Hall Shimla Hotel in Kufri will take you back in time with its pure colonial architecture. Everything about this hotel is so European – from its construction to furnishings and even to the names of the suites: Lord Kitchener Suite, the Lutyens Dining Area. The hotel is surrounded by the pine forests and misty mountains, and you can enjoy chirping of birds taking sunbaths on the edge of the outdoor pool. (INR 17000)
The concept of independent spas is not common in Shimla hence there are many spas combined with hotels. Choose one of the hotels from our list to give a try to a wide range of therapeutic treatments which will surely enhance the splendour of the Himalayas.
East Bourne Resort and Spa is a villa-style resort blending seamlessly the charms of the both worlds nestled in the heart of Shimla Town. With spacious and trendy rooms, a chic swimming pool, stylish outdoor space and balcony areas the hotel is a perfect getaway for travellers seeking relaxation. Enjoy the authentic Ayurvedic spa treatments such as panchakarma, beauty massage, body wrapping with exotic Himalayan herbs and oils and ghee treatments such as abhyangam and tarpanam. (INR 5000)
The Hotel Willow Banks occupies a heritage property and its origin can be traced to the 18th century. It was designed and owned by James Craddock Jr., the architect of Shimla town. Apart from the world-class amenities the hotels spots the Akasa Spa that offers a range of rejuvenating therapies including Balinese, Swedish and Ayurvedic massages and treatments. (INR 7500).