I stayed at the Darjeeling Tourist Lodge for 3 days in May 2013. The location of this place is great - next to the Darjeeling Gymkhana, and quite near to the Raj Bhavan and the Shrubbery. the Mall road begins only a few hundred feet away from the lodge. The old tiny English St. Andrew's Church faces the lodge and looks like a dream in the mist.
First thing that strikes you is the spacious place - big parking place in the front, and a lawn in the backyard. The corridors are dreamy with photos of old Darjeeling and Kanchenjunga dotting them.
Stayed at the large room in the main building (not the annexe). The rooms are HUGE with a balcony. On a clear day, the Lebong racecourse and ofcourse Kanchenjunga would be visible. Due to the cloudy weather in May, we could not see the snow capped mountains. The huge teak doors with the quaint brass lockers are not the typical hotel doors you see. The bathrooms are big and clean. On yes, you don't have that typical stupid hotel intercom phones to order room service. But a bell to summon the servers is good enough, though you the service may be slow at times.
The vegetarian food was good. The menu is not big, but decent enough in my opinion. Having two children below 10 years, I was naturally finicky about less spicy food, and the hotel staff ensured good (almost homelike) food. The only hitch is that one has to place the food order in advance, and last minute additions are not accepted.
I think this is good value for money. Almost say 2/3 star in nature - more like a great room in a lazy British Raj club. The staff are good. One person who stands out is Mr. Jagat Subba, who fits perfectly into the description of an old faithful employee always serving people with a smile and great pride.
On the negative part, I wish the chairs, table and carpet placed at the landing of each stairs is replaced. They are worn out a bit. But the sheer presence of these two tiny chairs with the tiny table adds to the ambience.
Overall, a wonderful place to stay. And will definitely stay at the same place if I plan to visit Darjeeling once again.