Stayed there in February 2016 honestly and was excited to have the rooms as they advertised but unfortunately these are the loft ones and there are very few of those. Anyways, the manager was kind enough to upgrade us free of charge to these loft ones as the standard ones are pretty poorly maintained and cheap (must have been our dodgy indian tour operator the reason why we were booked in that room in the first place). Food decent but little bit overpriced compared to other hotels, location is very far from main town but still accessible by bus. Just 10 min walk from the hotel to the bustop.
Overall, best view in Shimla but the rest is a bit lacklustre.
A very beautifully located hotel, great value for money, but need to work slightly on the finishing and cleanliness. Very courteous staff, and got a free upgrade also. We had booked two rooms and asked for rooms with a view of the valley, but cause they could give us only one room with a view, they upgraded the other to a super deluxe view. Really appreciated that gesture. But the walls in the 2nd room were a little soggy and the floors and bathroom wasnt 100% cleaned.
If the hotel pays attention to these minute details, it can really become one of the best hotels in Shimla
We stayed here for 2 nights & we were a group of 7 people. We had three rooms with one room ad triple occupancy.
Good food was provided( Breakfast and Dinner)
Room Service was not expensive ( For ex: Water, Tea, Coffee)
Heaters was provided in all three rooms.
Sufficient Car parking
Away from the chaos of Shimla city yet very near to the market.
Hot water in bathroom is provided by geyser which is not efficient and takes time.
Bathroom/water had some chemical smell like corporation swimming pools.
Outdoor area of the hotel is not very well maintained.
Also, the extra bed that they were supposed to provide was made available to us at 11:45pm, after 2 hours of asking for it.
Also some electrical points were not working.
Location : Away from the madding crowd! About 10~15 minutes drive from the Mall Lift, towards South-East. A minute of steep uphill from the main road. Parking for 7~8 cars, so check in advance. Excellent choice if you are looking for a quite get away in the midst of nature. But be prepared that you cannot take a walk to the town.
Infrastructure : Shimla hotels have problem with location (drive in), access (long flight of stairs), rooms (windows face next building wall) and corresponding cost.
Drive in to Fairmount, walk up a single flight of stairs to reach the reception (1st Flr). This floor has few rooms, the rest in the next floors above. Restaurant is on 2nd Flr.
Rates are reasonable considering Shimla, though you might find the food cost to be higher if you are on a budget.
Rooms : We had booked rooms on the 2nd Flr but were fortunate to meet Mr Chauhan, Resident Manager, during checkin. He offered us the 1st Flr rooms at same rates as there were elderly family members.
The rooms are well furnished and spiky clean. The large window offers you a good view of the pine covered hillside, lighting up to the rising sun. Room heaters & tea/coffee maker included.
Food : Standard fare, should satisfy most, though difficult to emulate the diversity of our country. We had the privilege of eating 'made to order khichri' the day we arrived.
Service : With a smile and quite efficiency of all the staff. Never had a reason to complain or ask twice. Mr. Chauhan is always present to make your stay memorable.
Room Tip : Most of the rooms face the opposite hill side full of trees, so choose the floor according to your ability to climb stairs.
Fairmount Hotel was part of my 70,000Rs - 8 night accommodation package through India Tourism and Services @ Scindia House Janpath.
My room was perhaps one of the least desirable rooms avaiable. It was sandwitched between reception ( maybe 10 steps away ) and the access road.
Day and night, every time a guest visited reception I was disturbed. Very early in the morning cars were being washed them packed with the luggage of departing guests.