In Shimla, you can find a budget hotel room for INR 450 to INR 1,300 inclusive of taxes per person on twin share / double occupancy basis. Rate of a bed in budget hotel dormitory is just one hundred rupees.
You will find a wide variety of hotels in Shimla. Tariffs vary, depending on the amenities offered, the season, the floor on which room is located, the view from the room, and the mode of booking. During peak season (summer holiday (Mid April-June) and festival (October-January) seasons), however, prices are the highest. A luxury tax of 10% and service tax of 7.2% apply to the rooms.
You can book hotels via the internet, travel agent, over phone, or email. Mode of payment includes cash, check, credit card, debit card, demand draft, and direct bank transfer. Some hotels, however, charge 2% extra on payments made via credit card.
In case of cancellation, refund varies from 0 to 100%, according to the hotel-specific policy and the duration of notice. To get back the maximum of advance paid, you should cancel the reservation at least 15 days in advance. A few hotels refund full advance deposit except a nominal administration fee.
Features of a budget hotel
All budget hotels may not follow uniform standards. Generally, however, each budget hotel room has an attached bathroom, double / twin bed, table, dressing mirror, television, and two chairs. All the hotels may not have a restaurant. The hotels have Hindi-speaking staff, but some employees may also have a working knowledge of English.
The budget hotels feature different types of rooms:
- Semi Deluxe
- Super Deluxe
- Family suite
- Apartment suite
- Honeymoon suite
You can even book a luxury room and a suite in budget hotel if you have extra cash!