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“Elgin Elegance” 4 of 5 stars
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Elgin Darjeeling
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   18 HD Lama Road, Darjeeling 734101, India   |  
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Ranked #10 of 79 Hotels in Darjeeling
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Somewhere On The Road Between Sydney And Europe
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Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
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“Elgin Elegance”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2006

After the hair-raising drive up to Darjeeling, the Elgin was a haven of colonial charm and tranquility. The Elgin is a rambling heritage hotel which has been recently fully renovated but retains all its raj character and style.
We were offered a choice of rooms, a sunny twin or a larger suite but without views. We chose the latter, attracted by the coal fire and comfortable sitting area. The bed was large and comfortable with the hot water bottles a welcome added touch, and the marble bathroom was one of the best we had seen in India although hot water was sometimes in short supply.
The tariff included all meals (room only was not offered), which were taken in a dining room with chintz table cloths and roaring fire. The food was plentiful with a range of curries, soups and english puddings, although after the large breakfasts and morning tea the 5 course lunches were a bit of an effort . There were some very pleasant sitting areas overlooking the garden and a gazebo ideal for afternoon tea and cucumber sandwiches.
Broadband internet was available at no charge in the lounge and the hotel had good off street parking (essential for us)
Management was efficient but not particularly friendly although this was made up for by the helpful turbaned staff plying guest with tea or drinks.

  • Liked — The old world 'raj' atmosphere, the lounge
  • Disliked — Having to have all meals
  • Tips/Secrets — Negotiate a rate to exclude lunch
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2005

First, it's important to realize that Darjeeling is basically a one horse town--and there are few options for upscale travellers--most visitors are probably non-demanding trekkers.
The New Elgin has charm--in a decaying raj sort of way--(this part of the country is prone to generator blackouts--be sure to bring a flashlight)--but it also has a very unhappy staff--and meals consisting of limp British food served in silver chafing dishes swimming in grease. I am hesitant to understand why--unless the hotel has discovered that Europeans prefer even the lowest denominator English food to the best of local cuisine.

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Address: 18 HD Lama Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
Location: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Darjeeling
#5 Spa Hotel in Darjeeling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Elgin Darjeeling 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Elgin is the oldest hotel in Darjeeling. Built in 1887, it is now a luxury heritage hotel hotel completely restored to its former grandeur.Originally owned by the the royal family of Cooch Behar, the property was leased and run by a succession of British families, the last being Madame Nancy Oakley.It was then bought by the late Kuldip Chand Oberoi of the Oberoi family of hoteliers fame and has been ever since run by his son Diamond Oberoi to the present day. ... more   less 
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