We were booked at a local, once luxurious club but when we went there were aghast at the tattered state in which it was. We asked around for an alternative and were about The Elgin.
It was beautiful in every way! The building is old world colonial but perfectly and painstakingly maintained. The boundary walls ingeniously reveal only the distant mountains and trees and conceal the mess that is Darjeeling town. Our room was bright and lovely. A hot water bottle was placed under the bedclothes every night - a welcome touch! The food was excellent, the tea lounge and the bar spacious, luxurious. The gratuities box at the reception ensured that no embarrassing staff hung around at check out time!
- 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