When you walk into the lobby you immediately come across a five-storey high column of black and white pictures of British royalty. Our group was given a welcome drink and a scarf, as happened at hotels in a number of places in these parts.
The elevator doesn't reach the ground floor, so you need to walk up a storey before you can use it. It has old-style mesh gates which, if not closed properly when you get out, render the elevator unusable for the next person who summons it. But this didn't often happen, and there were only five storeys anyway.
Rooms were comfortable. There was a mains switch for the electricity outside every room, so if you were feeling mischievous you could go around switching off everyone's power, leaving them in the dark and running away. I resisted the temptation.
Television reception was good, the shower was good (pressure and temperature), although there was only a small hot water tank (one long or two short showers only). The place was clean, with the exception of some mould on the back of the curtains. Beds were pretty hard, but they are most places in this neck of the woods, and I didn't find it uncomfortable.
The buffets in the restaurant were good, and, as we found at many places in India, there was always an abundance of waiters circling us ready to swoop as soon as we finished a course. I'm still not sure whether I appreciated this exemplary service or found it a little intrusive.
You can go up to the roof and gaze out at the Himalayas (through the smog). We did this early one morning. The previous morning we had made an early trek to Tiger Hill for the celebrated view but saw nothing but cloud.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Viceroy Hotel is situated in the heart of the town, just next to the clock tower & all the rooms give a clear view of the mighty kanchanjunja's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Viceroy Hotel Darjeeling