I'm so glad we didn't stay at the Windamere. We popped in and found it very sad and shabby. In contrast, the Mayfair is decorated to a good standard and seems very popular.
The building is fairly bonkers but very charming. The rooms are comfortable but in common with everywhere in Darjeeling, have only limited hot water and rely on convection heaters for warmth - and Darjeeling can be really cold. The food when provided as a buffet was excellent but the staff really struggle to provide and A La Carte lunches. This food took ages and didn't all arrive in the right order! The bar is great and measures are generous with creative cocktails including my daughter's favourite, Gurkha Punch. The beauty salon is amazingly cheap so worth a visit.
The reception staff I'm afraid were clueless when asked for any information about Darjeeling which is a shame. For example they didn't warn us that we might not be able to get immediate tickets for the Hill Railway and didn't know there is a church at the top of their road!
These are minor quibbles given the lack of good choice in Darjeeling so I would recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- MAYFAIR Darjeeling - located in the lap of Mother Nature, is a star category deluxe heritage hotel that was once the summerhouse of Maharaja of Nazargunj. Located at prime location (opposite Governor's House) in Darjeeling, MAYFAIR Darjeeling is known for world-class facilities, state-of-the-art services, superb amenities, and a home like surrounding that pleases ever tourist. With 43 well-decorated and fully furnished rooms,the leading luxury hotel in Darjeeling provide you accommodation with the motive of "Stay with Us, Stay with Nature". Being over a century old, it still maintains the charm of the old world while having modern amenities and a young and vibrant staff. Warm fires in each room, spectacular sunsets, the stellar Spa, an exclusive Tea boutique and extensive dining options are just some of the reasons guests come back here time and again. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Mayfair Hotel Darjeeling