This was one of the best places I have stayed. Right in the middle of Darjeeling, a mere 10 minutes walk to the Mall, it is a large Colonial bungalow with wooden floors and filled with Colonial artifacts. It perches on the slope of a hill-side so the gardens are sloping. I was impressed by their flowering plant collection, a photographers delight. The food was plentiful and delicious, a mix of Continental, Indian and Bengali. The staff were friendly and very helpful. They've employed older Gorkha women for housekeeping and I found their wrinkled, smiling faces etched with mountain life, immensely charming, inspiring me to capture their timeless beauty through my camera or a sketchpad. I was there with my two sons aged 9 & 7, and found it safe to leave my kids in the room, lobby or the grounds, while I visited Tiger Hill early in the morning or went for a walk with my camera later in the day.
On the flip-side, the lower rooms though beautifully furnished, don't have much of a view. And the toilets need a helping hand with flushing (need to pour in water with a bucket), but I've found this true with other charming old houses.
I would definitely visit again and highly recommend it.
- 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