the last quarter of the 19th century, at the site of the Cecil - towards
the western stretch of Shimla's
elegant Mall - stood the small 'Tendril Cottage'. Its most famous occupant
for a 'season' in 1885, was the writer Rudyard Kipling.
The estate went on to provide the location of the Cecil - which since its creation in 1902, has been a major focus of Shimla's social life. As a guest clerk, it was here that the well-known hotelier, M. S. Oberoi started his remarkable career.
The hotel, which has hosted a variety of dignitaries over the years, has recently been exhaustively renovated. Warm woodwork is set-off by elegant furniture and furnishings. There is a full range of suites, rooms and facilities that are comparable with the best in the world. The hotel has the covered classification of 'Heritage Grand'.