Elgin Silver Oaks is a luxurious hotel in Kalimpong that that stands as a testament of the old colonial influence on the small hill station. The property belonged to two people at different times, and their influence is still felt around the grounds.
It was much later (in the 1980s) converted into a boutique hotel by Diamond Oberoi, the property’s third owner. Elgin Silver Oaks first belonged to a famous British jute magnate who only built the ground floor in the 1930s.
Later he sold it to a prominent architect Frederick Desraj who was responsible for building the old Teesta bridge. As extra floors were added to the original structure, nothing of the old style was forgotten. In fact the new floors with their wide windows and spacious rooms only added glory to the house.
As a boutique hotel, it is undoubtedly one of the most sought-after and heavenly places to be in Kalimpong. The landscaped gardens teeming with exotic flowers, the quaint gazebos where sipping a cup of Darjeeling tea tastes refreshingly better - makes this quite an heaven on earth.
The interiors of the hotel have been decked with lithographs of old masters, period furniture, handpicked publications in the bookshelves and a bar to lift the spirit. There is also an old-style piano whose soft tunes lulls ones to tranquility.
The aroma of the food that lingers in the air and makes the mouth water cannot be ignored by food-lovers. The service and facilities offered at the Elgin Silver Oaks is without doubt modern and extremely warm.
Elgin Silver Oaks is a boutique hotel that tactfully knows how to pamper the guests with luxurious facilities and services. Among the wide array of facilities are –
Dining Options at Elgin Silver Oaks
The Gazebo and the Garden Lawn – The outdoor gazebo and the garden lawn offers a light menu of snacks and drinks. The peaceful setting seems to be ideal for such light meals.
The Tea Lounge and Oak Bar – The tea lounge is located in the lobby which also houses the Oak Bar. A visit to the sub-Himalayas is quite incomplete without sipping the famous Darjeeling tea. However on a cold winter day, nothing lifts the spirit as liquor of the highest order that is available at the Oak Bar.
The Silver Dining Room – The posh dining room offers a selection of European and Asian menus and it is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The wooden paneling, chandeliers and lithographs add to the old-world elegance of the dining room.
Meetings at Elgin Silver Oaks
The hotel is quite an inspirational venue for board meetings and small conferences. For conferences and board meetings, the dining room is customized and re-decorated for the purpose. Thus prior booking is absolutely necessary.
The room can accommodate about 75 to 100 people. All modern audio-visual requirements can be found in the hotel. The hotel also has a dedicated team of planners who effortlessly organize meetings and conference on request.