Spanning across four acres of verdant plains, the WelcomHeritage Woodville Palace hotel has a rich history that dates back to 1865. The first occupier of this attractive estate in Shimla, Sir William Mansfield was the commander-in-chief of the Imperial Army. Seven centuries later, the palace was renovated by Rana Sir Bhagat Chand of Jubbal, whose wife Rani Leila Ba had received it as a gift from her father. The Rana left no stone unturned to make it a magnificent affair. Today, this estate stands as a heritage hotel, which was inaugurated in 1977 by Rana Kumar Uday Singh.
At an elevation of 7000 feet, just outside the heart of Shimla, this Royal Palace of the ruling family of Jubbal is like a time capsule that has been preserved from the times of the British Raj. With multiple level rose gardens, and merely 31 rooms that are each adorned in a different theme, the Woodville Palace offers breathtaking beauty and gracious hospitality. Housing a number of restaurants that serve Indian as well as international fare, a stay at this hotel is a dream come true for gourmands. The surrounding deodhar and pine forests add a woodsy calm and guests can also sip on delicious drinks in the Tiger Lounge, where they’ll be spooked by the royal tiger looking down upon them. The Hollywood Bar here is perhaps the most talked about bar in town, after all it houses signed photographs of famous film stars of the 1930s.