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.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Firhill Shimla, Himachal Pradesh