Hotel HPTDC Peterhof Shimla Review

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012
The Chail Palace, The Palace, Chail, H.P. Phone: (01792) - 248141. .
Review Authored by The Editor.
Stay in a Palace full of royal splendour

Chail Palace hotel has an interesting story about its origin. The story goes that Bhupinder Singh, the then Maharaja of Patiala eloped with the daughter of the British Viceroy. In is said that the couple used to meet at what later came to be called as Scandal Point in Shimla. Unfortunately, for the Maharaj, his rendezvous did not go well with British who banished him from Shimla. In retaliation, Bhupinder Singh attempted to build a city and palace that was at higher elevation than Shimla. The result is the Chail Palace which served as summer retreat for King of Patiala and was later converted into a heritage hotel by HPTDC.
The Chail Palace hotel shot into fame with the Bollywood flick, Three Idiots, which extensively features the palace hotel.

Chail is at 45 Kms from Shimla via Kurfi. Coming in from Chandigarh, there is no need to go Shimla. You can take the detour at Kandaghat
Chail is a rather small town with nothing much to offer in terms of conventional tourist attractions. It is best for treks in the wooded forests.

On offer are rooms within the palace complex and log huts at the grounds surrounding the palace. Rooms, as can be expected, are extremely plush with antique furniture and period charm. If you have money to splurge go for Maharaja or Maharani suite which are luxurious. Avoid rooms at the Himneel block as they are pretty basic and not within the main palace complex.
Log huts and cottages are at least 500 meters from the palace. They feel cramped compared to the rooms within the palace but are cozier and less expensive.
The monkeys are a menace. They may not even let you walk in peace on the well maintained lawn.

Our Verdict: 4.5/ 5
HPTDC Chail Palace at Chail near Shimla Website
Indicative Tariff
Rs. 3,000 Per Room Per Night

Amenities at Hotel Chail Palace

  • Ornate and antique furniture in all rooms in the main complex
  • Wall to wall carpeting with fire place
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • 24 hours running hot and cold water
  • Parking Facility for Cars
  • Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Therapies

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