The 5-Star Oberoi Cecil Hotel is situated close to the centre of Shimla, within walking distance of the Viceregal Lodge, the State Museum and the railway station. Originally built as a Himalayan hill station in 1884, the Oberoi Cecil is full of colonial charm and offers spectacular views over the surrounding forest-covered mountains. The hotel has a restaurant with a menu featuring a range of cuisine, an outdoor restaurant serving light snacks and a tea lounge and bar. Leisure facilities include a billiard room, indoor heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym and a spa offering a selection of Ayurveda-inspired therapies (pay locally). The elegant rooms come with a telephone, satellite television, safe and a minibar. Many rooms offer wonderful views over the Himalayas.