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“Takes you Back in Time”

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The Elgin, Darjeeling
Ranked #4 of 97 Hotels in Darjeeling
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New Delhi, India
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“Takes you Back in Time”
Reviewed 3 October 2013

Stayed at the Elgin for 2 nights towards the end of September. Great heritage property that takes you back in time. Must stay for people looking for a flavour of the British Raj.

The location is great very close to Chowrasta and the Mall. Still away from the traffic noise etc. Few rooms face the valley. So try and get one of those. There are a couple of dogs (forget the breed) that u can spend hours with. Big lazy furballs they are.

The food however is average at best. It's oily and poorly cooked. However the staff will accommodate your requests if u don't like what's on the menu.

All in all a great short stay.

  • Stayed September 2013
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ElginGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at The Elgin, Darjeeling, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear Sir !

Thank you so much for appreciating the old world charm and decor of the hotel . The Elgin Darjeeling is the oldest hotel of Darjeeling . It was built in 1887 by the Maharaja of Cooch Behar as his summer residence , ever since our owners the Oberoi family have strived very hard on a personal level to maintain the property at its best and bring you an experience from the British raj era of India .
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

If you want to stay in a very British hotel this is it. The owner has tried very hard to continue the legacy of British India. Good homely experience with well thought out service. Location is bit difficult to approach but property is well maintained.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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ElginGuestRelations, Director of Sales at The Elgin, Darjeeling, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear Sir and Madame !

Thank you so much for appreciating the heritage colonial decor and ambiance of the hotel . The management team , staff and our owners strive to their level best to keep up the hotel to the best standards of service and ambiance . The Elgin Darjeeling was built in 1887 and was the summer residence of the Maharaja of Cooch Behar . It is now a classified luxury Heritage hotel .
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

I stayed in this hotel durying summers and hotel took back to acient times. Room were king size means you can carve 2 room from a single rooms...Altohugh not to tidy but still provide the feeling of royalty. We didnto had food in hotel since local adviced us about better resturant i darjelling.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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ElginGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at The Elgin, Darjeeling, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear Sir and Madame !

Offering personalized service and customizing stay for our guests is most important to us and I am pleased to know that the entire team could create this experience for you.
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Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We booked a combo deal with Elgins for Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok & Kalimpong!!. We started with Darjeeling & it was wonderful weather full of rains & cool place. They greeted us well & the building found to be archaic look but very well maintained. The food was very good.......& staff was very courteous, helping..........it was nice stay there.!!!

Driver of The Elgin Darjeeling was very good & maintained cleanliness. Their own cars & drivers were very good but if the rented ones were not good. Dont go for rented cars with them; use Hotels own cars & drivers.

We enjoyed Elgin Darjeeling & Elgin Pelling the most. Rest of them were ok.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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ElginGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at The Elgin, Darjeeling, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear Sir and Madame !

It is a pleasure to know that you enjoyed your stay at The Elgin Darjeeling and I thank you for sharing your positive feedback. We do hope that you return to Darjeeling soon.
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

I started my visit from Elgin Darjeeling and had a very good experience. But some it was terrible to have checked in at Elgin Gangtok. The staff out their is only and only concerned about collecting money without any hospitality ethics. I have a review made and attached letter for the same on Elgin Gangtok.

Would recommend Elgin Darjeeling, but never go for Elgin Gangtok "worst experience".

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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ElginGuestRelations, Guest Relations Manager at The Elgin, Darjeeling, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Dear Guest

It is wonderful to note that you liked the Elgin Darjeeling during your holiday with us , and that the rooms, loacation and services were to you liking.

We look forward to have the oppurtunity to serve you once again.
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

This property transports you to another era. The garden, the sit-out, the lounge and the general easy calm in the property reminds you of how it must have been in the days of the Raj. There is a well-painted and polished post-box inside the premises that still works!

Great comfort in the rooms, elegant furniture and fixtures, well-meaning staff. And one of the coziest lounge and bar area for conversations. If you are here for a very short trip, you will want to extend it.

We met the owners while checking out - Mr & Mrs Oberoi who were down from Kolkata. Lovely people. They sat us down in the lounge area and chit-chatted while we waited for our taxi to arrive. Personal touch. Very gracious of them.

The location is excellent too. Its a short walk to the main market and attractions. The crowd is not immediately next to you, so that's good. The moment you step inside the main gate, you arrive into your oasis. Don't miss this for the world..!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

This was the last of the three Elgin hotels we visited in the summer of 2013 and by far the best. Darjelling is too crowded and the views are of not of much consequence. We got a very spacious room in the old property. room no 35 and its spacious and highly recommended. Though there are newer rooms in the property that we have not checked. The lobby and the tea served are excellent. Dining area and the staff are very courteous and the property is highly recommended in Darjelling, though Darjelling as a place may not rank that high in my list.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Elgin, Darjeeling
Address: 18 HD Lama Road, Darjeeling 734101, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Darjeeling District > Darjeeling
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Darjeeling
#2 Luxury Hotel in Darjeeling
#6 Family Hotel in Darjeeling
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Elgin, Darjeeling 4*
Number of rooms: 23
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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