On the Mussorie hilltop, one can see a majestic and grand hotel- ‘Hotel Savoy’. The Savoy Mussorie was built by Cecil D. Lincoln, the Irishman who was a barrister in Lucknow.
It took 5 years to build the grand hotel that had a majestic dining hall with Edwardian furniture, grand pianos, billiard-tables, barrels of cider, crates of champagne and other materials. It was finally ready in 1902. The hotel became known for its dining hall and ball room. It was a favorite holiday destination for the royal elites – wealthy princes and queens .
The Savoy is said to be the spookiest of the hotels in India.
It was in the summer of 1911, Miss Frances Garnett-Orme, a 49-year-old spiritualist, had come to stay at the hotel with her companion from Lucknow, Miss Eva Mountstephen, a fellow spiritualist who specialized in seances and crystal-gazing. One night Miss Frances Garnett-Orme was found dead under mysterious circumstances in the hotel. It was later found that her death happened due to poisoning but her murderer is still not found. The perpetrator was never found and the ghost of Lady Orme is said to still roam the halls of the hotel. Guests have reported hearing flushes going off, seeing the floating silhouette of a lady, and doors opening mysteriously . The guests have reported the sound of a woman whispering and singing softly, perfect for those who need a lullaby at bedtime. Witnesses have found mysterious activities and, spooky noises inside the hotel. Her ghost has reportedly been seen aimlessly walking the halls of her old hotel.
Agatha Christie found this to be the perfect setting for a mystery story and based her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, on Lady Orme’s death.
The Property was taken over by ITC Welcome Group in 2009 and extensively renovated.
We stayed in the property last winter. It was off season and only three of the 50 rooms were occupied. We had a great sleep and did not have any close encounters. It’s a great place to stay with a wonderful mix of old world charm and new-age conveniences with an expectation of the unusual.