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“Best value in Himachal Pradesh!”
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Hotel Firhill
Ranked #71 of 151 Shimla B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 February 2009

My wife and I had been living in East Africa for 3 years and were slowly making our way back to the States. We went to India for 4 weeks with no prearranged plans. We had already been in India for 2 weeks when we arrived in Shimla and had stayed in rooms ranging from 500 to 2000 rupees per double. This hotel, from 600 to 700 rupees for a normal double depending on how you book it, was our favorite and, we thought, the best value.

I read two reviews before staying there, one very negative. Yes, the website says "Deluxe Double Bed Room" or "Super Deluxe" but if you're expecting that paying only 600 to 1200 rupees (about $12 to $24) then you may need a lesson in economics or exchange rates. Also, the receptionists pretty much work there without a break as far as we could tell and may be sleeping when you call on them but they never hestitated to wake up and address any issue we had.

What do you get? We stayed in the cheapest room and got a very large bed, extra sheets, an eating table and two chairs, hot water, a large wardrobe, a large mirror, a TV with lots of English language programming, a great view, and access to a very good, cheap food that was brought to our door. Another thing we liked was the staff never hung around expecting a tip which we experienced a lot prior to our stay here. We were told if you think a tip is deserved you leave it in the room when you leave for good as is the custom in India and the staff respected that.

One concern may be that the hotel is far from the Mall (main shopping area; a twenty minute walk up and downhill) but for my wife and I this was a good excuse for exercise. Just make sure you get off the main road (highway 22) up the first set of steps that you can. Another possible concern is that the beds are a little hard when compared to American and European hotels. However, even the 2000 rupee doubles we stayed in were like this; you may have to pay closer to American or European rates to get a spring mattress.

My wife and I stayed there twice for a total of 6 days and really liked the hotel and town. Hope you do, too.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2008

We had a marvelous stay in Shimla at the Hotel Firhill.

Nice interiors, good service and some excellent location too.

Very reasonably priced menu; Freshly prepared food.

The only limitation: distance from the Mall.

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 17 October 2008

On return from manali we were accomidated in one of the worst hotels i have ever stayed in my life. We got substandard rooms and they were categorized as super delux rooms.

After a nights pathetic sleep in the so called super delux rooms it was the turn of a miserable morning. We planned to go for an outing at around 7 O clock in the morning and woke up at around 5 O Clock to take a bath. To our surprise a drop of water was not found in the taps. The receptionist was not available to take a complaint( later it was intimated to us that the reception and the room service starts only at 8 O clock in the morning - first time in my life i heard such a thing from a hotel).

Later we were shifted to some other rooms were we could take a bath.

Here i am rating the hotel as one because i could not get any figure below this.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Hotel Firhill

Address: Dogra Estate, Shimla 171004, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
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Ranked #71 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Shimla
Price Range: ₹ 600 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:1 star — Hotel Firhill 1*
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Hotel Firhill Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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