This hotel was built during the reign of the British Raj. It is situated quite some distance from Shimla railway station and the Mall/Ridge. Its design is the 'patten' used by the Raj during the 1920's onwards which you see all over Shimla: long and low 2-storey with a coloured corrugated roof with long 'postage stamp' style windows. The hotel closely maintains this heritage in both style and fitments, so do not expect the latest in hotel design here. I stayed here for a couple of nights in October 2011. The rooms upstairs are large, with TV, kettles etc. It was not cold so I needed no extra heat. Bed was huge. The busy road and shops outside go quiet, so I slept undisturbed. My morning call was a monkey swinging about on the roof outside - which is why the inner windows are meshed! However the rooms overlooking the hotel entrance have no balcony. So the rooms to go for are those on the other side overlooking the garden because, with the balcony comes a magic view over the huge valley. On the ground floor beneath the balcony, the rooms open onto a patio and then the garden, which is attractive [English cottage]. Everywhere was clean and everything worked. The food is satisfactory and there is a reasonable menu of Euro/Indian dishes. The waiters were helpful and, from what I saw were prepared to provide food prepared to guests' request. Guests with balconies had meals served there. So, sitting there you can easily get an idea of why Shimla was so popular with the Raj - a bit of a time-warp perhaps. If the Raj returned here, they could pick up here where they left off. All it needs to complete this myth is Noel Coward...
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- Hotel Springfields Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
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