Had to visit Shimla for a business trip and spent a night at this extremely well located hotel. The room was well appointed and comfortable. In spite of the severe cold and snow, the entire property was well heated. There was enough hot water too. The staff were very courteous. Food was of a high standard and reasonably priced, possibly one of the better places to eat in Shimla. And a nice bar - well stocked and good snacks. General housekeeping was good. The only disappointment was that the Sauna and Steam were not working - I was told that was because of voltage problems. But the jacuzzi was and the gym was adequately equipped. Overall, however, my stay was pleasant and comfortable. I would definitely stay at this property on my next visit too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Willow Banks was established in the year 1871, a landmark estate which spells history and exemplifies an era of gracious living. Originally owned by Arthur James Craddok, "Architect and Builder of Shimla," in a fitting tribute to his memory the building has been redesigned into a hotel, endowed with all modern amenities and comforts, effortlessly blending into the surrounding pine trees, landscapes and enhancing its beauty. The hotel is located on The Heritage Mall Road, a pleasant walking distance from the famous Ridge, Scandal point, Lakkar Bazaar, Gaiety Theater, Ancient Kali Bari & Jakhoo Temple, High Court, Secretariat, C.M. Residence and Raj Bhavan. Amidst the age old Deodar and Pine trees, Willow Banks Estate on the Mall Road overlooks the lush green valley, the majestic mountains and the complete well lit town of Shimla. The hotel is easily accessible from the High Court Parking and the Tourism Lift, making staying a convenient proposition for one and all. The charming walking trails of Shimla are a pleasant stone's throw away from the hotel. Whatever the purpose of your visit, relaxation away from the busy city life, exploring natural beauties that the town has to offer or pumping adventure trips, Hotel Willow Banks at Shimla guarantees to make your vacation worth remembering. The blend of extremes, modern facilities in a heritage estate and picturesque views at the Mall Road level, make Willow Banks arguably the best hotel in Shimla. Also rated by TripAdvisor as amongst the top 10 Jewel Hotels of India. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Willow Banks Hotel
- Willow Banks Shimla