The Elgin Hotel, Darjeeling
Roy Davies, Founder of World Discovery
“Darjeeling 'Queen of the Hills' sits at more than 6,000 feet above sea level, and it can get pretty cold at night. It's therefore pleasant, and in keeping with the character of the hotel, that you are smilingly presented with a hot water bottle in your room just before going down to dinner.”
Built in the late 19th century as the summer residence of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar, the Elgin is now a charming heritage hotel located in the heart of Darjeeling town, within walking distance of the Mall, cafes, restaurants and bars. Sometimes referred to as the 'New' Elgin, the hotel is very much a part of Darjeeling's colonial history and, although offering modern conveniences and comforts, maintains its period feel with Burma teak furniture, oak floorboards and panelling, crackling fireplaces, candle-lit tables and strains of music from the grand piano.
The rooms differ in size and shape, as is normal in these older establishments that were not built as hotels, but all rooms offer ensuite facilities, 26 inch LCD TVs, complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities, electronic safe and telephone. Complimentary Wifi is offered in the lounge and the restaurant areas. A typical deluxe room is pictured below.
The restaurant (below) features a buffet breakfast (with eggs cooked to order) and set lunch and dinner. The 'Douglas on the Rocks' is a splendid Bar Lounge with comfortable armchairs and a wide selection of drinks.
There are views over lower Darjeeling town from the gardens, and a pleasant gazebo, overlooked by azaleas, where you can take early morning tea.