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.
- 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