It is a five-minute walk from the central square and a three-minute walk from the Windamere Hotel. Although the New Elgin Hotel is more than 120 years old, unlike the Windamere Hotel you won't get the feeling that you are actually staying in a museum. The hotel was originally built as the private residence of a maharaja's daughter, and it does still feel like a home. Don't expect exclusive service or anything like that: the reception works at its own pleasure and at its own time - unlike the internet connection that works (or not) depending on the weather. In the morning you may be amused by the sight of a chattering group of maids in Tibetan aprons, waiting patiently for you to leave so they can clean your room. The colonial-style interior of the bar and restaurant area is contrasted by the room design that successfully combines history with contemporary elements. There are Burmese teak floors in all 25 rooms, marble bathrooms, antique furniture and a fireplace in some of the rooms. The breakfast is excellent and very slow.
If your weight is approaching (or exceeding) 100 kg, think twice before you give in to the temptation of sprawling out on one of the invitingly comfortable sofas in the lounge. They are a bit fragile, antique pieces of furniture that they are; the legs may just not hold you. Otherwise it's a pleasure to have a cup of tea or a cocktail in the bar room.
By the way, the Nor-Khill hotel in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, also belongs to the same owner, and is very likely to be among the best in the city.
Double room from USD 103
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