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“A very good off beat resort with exceptional service and super food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Oakwood Hamlet

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Hotel Oakwood Hamlet
Ranked #27 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Shimla
Gurgaon
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A very good off beat resort with exceptional service and super food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

13 km before Shimla away from the overcrowded streets. The mud houses are a treat to stay in with superb view. The highlight is the staff. Extremely humble and always ready to help. The food is simple but the best that I have ever had in any of the resorts! Overall a great experience

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank VKA
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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73 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

Great Hamlet away from the hustle and bustle of the main town Shimla. Very quite and serence place. Facilites for assitance on trekking and other adventure tourist interest available. Should have your own vehicle to reach the place and come on to the main road. Food average but not very great. Food is not value for money. Facilities to go to Shimla and around not available. Traveller has to make his own arrangement for the same. Gardner and cook very helpful but no assistance from owners or managers of the property

Room Tip: Mud Huts are good for groups and families. Bamboo huts good for couples only
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Tirumala_Rao_K
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New Delhi, India
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2011

I went twice to Oakwood and it was great experience. Resort owner Mr. Vineet Sharma took care of us. Driver picked us from bus stand. Rooms were so clean and tidy. Every time I visit Shimla I love to stay in Oakwood. I feel close to nature. Food in Oakwood is great. Staff of Oakwood is very helpful. I must say if you are going to Shimla try Oakwood. Thanks Mr. Vineet Sharma for this concept for resort.:):):):):)

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Priyanka R
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Mumbai, India
Level Contributor
15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

It is extremely difficult for me to be very objective and pen down why one should visit Oakwood. I have been there twice- yet I have always came back wanting more. On both the occasions, I have been there with my set of friends and the nights we have spent sitting around the bonfire, enjoying the weather and the view of those luscious mountains with the Manager of the place (Dixit), ever so happily, strumming the guitar for us, have become our fondest memories. Oakwood, for me, goes beyond the usual decorative adjectives like "beautiful", "breathtaking", "tranquil", "peaceful" e.t.c. Not that it is not all of the these things, but so much more. The word that comes closest to doing justice to Oakwood is simply "ünpretentious". Don't expect the usual commercialized 5 star/7star experience. Because this place is more organic and personal than that. Surrounded by the gorgeous mountains, a breathtaking view feasts the eye in every direction and point. Dotted with quaint mud huts and cottages brilliantly placed at just the right distance from each other. During both my visits, I have found it pleasantly difficult to believe that all the huts and cottages were occupied because it just doesn't feel like that. The sense of calm and tranquility that envelopes you the moment you step into Oakwood is precious and for want of a better word, "other-worldly". Time seems to stand still. But the absolute strength of Oakwood is it's staff, comprising Pahadi localites, who are not trained to greet or help you in rehearsed English, with a fake smile plastered across their faces 24x7. But are happy to help with a genuine eagerness. Oakwood intends to give you a real taste of the Pahadi life, which even reflects in the food served there- not over the top, but still very pleasing. It is a know fact that Shimla promises excellent weather and amazing natural beauty. Oakwood, unlike other lodges, does not exploit or commercialize it, but delightfully let's it be, just the way the Maker intended.

Room Tip: All rooms are clean and comforable. Not your usual fare, very unique.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank sachi_1989
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New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2011

We went to Oakwood Hamlet with great expectations of an eco holiday. Our mud hut's linen was not clean and we had to request that it be changed. The bathroom was clean but the towels were not. Clearly, hygiene is not a priority in this place. If hygiene is important to you, don't expect it from the linens! Anyone who wants to visit, would be wise to bring his own towels, linen and rain coats to sleep in.

The reason I am saying to sleep in, on the first night it rained heavily, and our mud hut, which was not really mud, but made of concrete, leaked! There were pools of water all over the wooden floor!

Our 3 month old son, was sleeping in his pram, luckily, the hood was covering him, otherwise he would have been drenched with dirty water.

The management put a tarp on the roof so that there was no seepage the next time it rained, however we were quite jaded from the first night, and although we were planning on staying for 3 nights, after the first night's experience, we decided to cut short our trip.

The manager/owner was extremely unapologetic about the first night's malady, and flatly told us that we have to pay for all three nights. Finally after arguing with him for a long time, he reduced the room rent of one room for one night.

All said and done, I would like to point out, that the staff is very helpful and friendly.

We will not visit this place again

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
4 Thank salonigupta
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Additional Information about Hotel Oakwood Hamlet

Property: Hotel Oakwood Hamlet
Address: Kaithlighat, Shimla 173219, India
Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla
Amenities:
Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Shimla
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,139 - ₹ 10,578
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Oakwood Hamlet 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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Hotel Oakwood Hamlet Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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