Woodville Palace is a conglomeration of the history and tradition that permeates each artifact inside it. Its spirit inhabits its rooms, suites, crockery and even paintings.
However, for the sake of your convenience Woodville Palace can be said to house four major attractions for guests looking towards this palace as a prospective accommodation option in Shimla.
Built over four acres of serene natural beauty and ensconced with roses, deodars and pine forests serving as a backdrop, Woodville Palace is built in the style of an English Country Manor and houses thirty-one rooms. The rooms are furnished imperiod style of the 1930's and beautifully capture that time for its guests. Each room has a separate theme and no two rooms are decorated alike.
The Tiger Lounge plays host to a number of massive tiger trophies and object d'art that grab the attention of art connoisseurs. After a view of this impressive lounge in its golden and earthy hues, the source of its name no longer remains a secret! It is one of the major attractions of the hotel and recreates the lavish lifestyle of Indian kings and their love for hunting.
The Tiger Lounge leads to the Hollywood Bar, where there is a tasteful display of signed photographs of the 1930's Hollywood stars. Amidst this framework of glamorous faces lies the stunning photograph of the Princess of Jubbal who married the Maharaja of Kapurthala. She lived up to the image of an exotic Indian queen. In her heyday she was the toast of Hollywood. Elaine Williams wrote a book on the princess, titled 'The Memoirs of a Rebellious Princess'. Autographed copies signed by her daughter, Rani Ourmila Devi, who resides in Woodville Palace, are available for guests and visitors. From Clark Gable to Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson who made "Staying on" in 1980. Woodville Palace has played host to famous personalities over the years, the most recent ones being Congress President Ms Sonia Gandhi, High Commissioners and Ambassadors as well as Captains of Industy.
Further down the Hollywood Bar, is the Imperial Banquet Hall, now a formal dining hall for guests. Extravagantly inlaid woodwork tables are laid out in French and English bone china from Royal Doultan. The walls are lined with Paintings and Lithographs done by British artists. The Art Deco ethos of the Woodville Palace Hotel permeates in this dining hall and even as one sits down to enjoy the tasteful Himachali cuisine, the British era of the 1930's is re-captured so tastefully that one does not know which to give attention to: the scrumptious food or the elegant décor!
The House of the Rising Sun is the latest offering by Woodville to its esteemed guests. A multi cuisine restaurant, The House of the Rising Sun was recently inaugurated by none other than Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan. The architecture of the restaurant is truly appealing. You can see the bamboos and deodars through the glass structure of the restaurant. With the nature around you and scrumptious food on your table, a perfect evening awaits you here.
Woodville palace has recently renovated a multipurpose hall with an area of ~2200 sq feet and is the idea for conference, weddings, banquets and various events. The hall is adjacent to a private deodar forest.