Stayed at this hotel for One night on 02 Feb. Not Thoroughly impressed. Herez why.....
What I did not Like:
-Booked a Double room, but when I was given the room, it was a twin. They then had to join the beds.
- Room was small. With 2 large suitcases and 2 hand baggage ( we were doing a 12 day tour), the place was cramped. Please with children be careful, there is absolutely no place for extra bed.
-Bathroom was small, dim lighting, smelt funny.
-Geyser has enough water for one person. Being winter, after I showered, the wife had to wait for over an hour for the thing to heat up. This happens in all the elgin properties, so be warned.
-The 4 dogs are not a good sight when wandering by themselves. Not if your not a Dog lover. They also had a small moody one loitering around.
-Dinner and Breakfast was OK - nothing great. Simple continental for dinner.
- Except for the Orchids near the entrace, didnt find much of flowers and beauty in the property. It was on a kind of slope, very tiny lawn, about a 10 minute walk to the Mall. The road to the mall was pitch dark, no lights, and I was totally unimpressed with the Mall and the stuff they sold there.
What I did like:
-Fast checkin at the reception and the scarf and cherry brandy welcome
-The lobby area was nicely furnished in period furniture
-staff were polite.
Was happy to move out after a night to the more spacious, nicer, prettier hotel - The Mayfair and never regretted the move. Also, I must mention here, I found darjeeling to be very very disappointing. A shanty town on the hills, no greenery, no flowers anywhere, a dirty, dusty town, no proper lights, no beauty, diesel fumes and THE MOST HORRIBLE ROADS ANYWHERE IN DARJEELING - PELLING-GANGTOK- KALIMPONG-BAGDOGRA. Its such a disgrace. I would never ever visit Darjeeling again and its high time they change the name of this place from the Queen of Hill stations to The Dump of a Hill station.
We visited Tiger Hill early in the morning, and when you wake up at 4am to reach at 5pm, what you see there is chaos. The ghoom monastery was disappointing, the Toy Train gave you a headache with it horning non stop, the Tibetan refugee camp sold carpets at rip off prices. On the whole, avoid Darjeeling - Read my review on Pelling and Gangtok.....and also kalimpong.
- 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