As with a lot of hotels in India they can promise a lot but fail in attention to detail. And this is another one.
The ambience is good. The approach down the drive is attractive and was undergoing further beautification when I was there. The interior style takes you back 100 years.
Check-in is stylish, friendly and efficient.
Of particular note is the very attractive lounge area with open fires and a lodge-like atmosphere. If you want some drinks though the choice is limited.
My room 36, was large with 2 single beds- no view though. It seemed to have the capability to open the roof- which could have been very nice on a summers night but too cold to try in December.
The bathroom was large with an exceptional looking deep bath- of course the hot water had run out before the bath was 1/4 full!!
I had to run the small blower heater all night just to take some chill off the room- I can't imagine it would be at all adequate in the January. A nice homely touch was the warm hot water bottle in the bed on retiring.
The (flat screen TV!!) had barely adequate reception but a good choice of channels.
Supplied breakfast and dinner was ok, a bit uninspiring. Staff again pleasant, friendly and helpful.
Overall just scrapes a 4 star from me. Choose to spend a little more and stay at the M!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elgin is the oldest heritage hotel in Darjeeling , built in 1887 it was the summer residence of the Maharajah (King) of Cooch Behar. The property was then leased and run by succession of British families the last being Madame Nancy Oakley . It was then acquired by Mr K.C Oberoi of the Oberoi family of Hoteliers fame in 1969 and has been run and managed by the Elgin Hotels & Resorts Chain to this day . The Elgin brand which now owns and operates 4 Heritage Hotels & Resorts in the region of Darjeeling & Sikkim is headed by its Managing Director Mr B.R Oberoi fondly known as Diamond Oberoi . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Elgin Darjeeling Hotel Darjeeling
- Elgin Hotel Darjeeling