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“Treat Yourself To The Chapslee Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chapslee

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Chapslee
Ranked #2 of 111 Hotels in Shimla
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai
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32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Treat Yourself To The Chapslee Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2009

It's a home stay that involves being treated like royalty in wonderful old world ambiance with food that makes you wonder if Mum was really that good a cook. But most of all the care and hospitality showered upon you is un-matched world over.
This summer palace is located very well in Simla city yet away from the humdrum and is probably one of the few of it's kind experiences.
Take it from an avid traveler.

  • Liked — The care & hospitality coupled with the luxurious interiors
  • Disliked — No TV in the rooms
  • Stayed April 2009, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2008

In March/April 2004 I had the opportunity to travel to Simla (Shimla) India. My tour company chose a hotel but I own and avidly check off the destinations of "1000 places to see before you die" and desterately wanted to stay at Chapslee House. We couldn't swing the price for more then one night so looked for a hotel that was within walking distance. We stayed in Chapslee for one night. It was magic! We chose to have dinner at the hotel and couldn't have been more delighted. If you have a chance to experience Chapslee House, grab it. You are stepping back to the time of the British Raj. The accommodation that we had didn't look or feel like it had been changed since it was built but this allowed us the chance to live the life, if only for one night, of those escaping the monsoon in Delhi at the turn of the century. I would go back in a minute. The other two nights in Simla we stayed at Willowbanks. I will talk about it in another posting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2007

I recently stayed at Chapslee with my girlfriend for our anniversary and it was the one of the most fantastic, unique places we have ever stayed at. This estate is a private home and a school, not your typical hotel.

We arrived on a Saturday morning and departed Sunday evening. There was some noise from the school on Saturday, but it was closed on Sunday, so we got to sleep in. It was so quiet at night that our ears were ringing (from the noise of Delhi and the train there).

We didn't eat there, but another guest was eating and the food looked and smelled delicious. We wished we had eaten there once.

They requested upfront payment via money transfer, which was odd, but given that they are not a big hotel, it is understandable. Don't worry, you won't be disappointed.

Get them to pick you up from the train (Best way to get to Shimla) in their fancy old car.

We found the place to be very safe. They have two "guard dogs" and the house boys sleep in the TV room.

Take a look at the photos for the full "experience".
I'll make a second review with more photos.

  • Liked — The Unique, Historical Atmosphere
  • Disliked — Slightly rough around the edges (showing it's age) and the proximity to the school
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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chapsleeShimla, Owner at Chapslee, responded to this review, 3 June 2011
To : ‘Treat yourself to the Chapslee Experience’

Thank you, Sir, for your very complementary review. I write to convey that I hope to install television…… which you missed during your stay…. The Luxury and The Deluxe Suites, this year.

I shall look forward to your visiting Chapslee again in not too distance future.

Management Response

To : ‘ Good memories’

Thank you, Sir, for your very kind and complementary review of your stay at Chapslee in October, 2004. As you say, it is ‘an old Raj house and the rooms antiquated’, having been built in the 1830’s, though enlarged upon in 1900. Chapslee was purchased by my grandfather in 1938, even though the fixture and furnishings are much older, as they were brought from my grandfather’s other houses to furnish Chapslee and are ‘Victorian and Edwardian’ in style. Some of the object d’arts and fabric, both Indian and European, are centuries old.

The ‘two loving dogs’ are now five !!!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2006

We stayed in Chapslee and it is quite amazing. Time really stands still here and we most enjoyed our stay. The owner is the principal of the school next door and I do remember being waken up at about 7:30 every morning by the little kids and their very catchy school drums followed by the singing of the Indian National anthem. This is an old Raj house and whilst the rooms are antiquated the service more than makes up for it - friendly and stylish. Very good food and two loving dogs in the garden who keep you company after breakfast. You walk straight to the rigde from Chapslee and it is a pleasant stay for a few days in this amazing educational centre at the footsteps of the Himalayas. Make sure you go to the wildflowe Oberoi for a guided hike day tour - watch out for the big cats!

Bas Breimer
London UK

  • Stayed September 2004
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Additional Information about Chapslee

Property: Chapslee
Address: Chapslee, Shimla 171001, India
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Region: India > Himachal Pradesh > Shimla District > Shimla
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Shimla
#5 Family Hotel in Shimla
Price range (per night): ₹ 21,588 - ₹ 24,874
Number of rooms: 6
Also Known As:
Chapslee Hotel Shimla
Chapslee Shimla, Himachal Pradesh

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