Although the restoration of the old block is still not complete, but even the new wing is absolutely amazing. The staff is very helpful. Would suggest to stay in the Edwardian Block. The breakfast at the coffee shop is very relaxing as the entire décor is pure white with a glass roof. The only problem is the view from the room. The rooms facing the streets have a very poor view and it is better to keep the wooden shutters closed. Although the breakfast is complimentary but visitors checking out early have to pay as the buffet starts from 7 am. This is something the management seriously needs to look into.
Would like to specially mention Shewta, Shaunak and the girl at the reception (do not remember the name) who provided perfect guidance for buying sweets and sarees.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asia's first luxury hotel, The Lalit Great Eastern is a heritage landmark located in the main business and shopping district of Kolkata. Restored and renovated over a period of seven years, the hotel holds the distinction of being the longest continuously operating hotel for 165 years. Built in 1841 as Auckland Hotel, it has been referred to as the 'Jewel of the East' and the 'Best Hotel East of the Suez'. Over the years, the hotel has been the favourite haunt of royalty and celebrities from across the world. The Lalit Great Eastern, now restored to its original glory, is an amalgamation of the styles of 3 different eras of history - Victorian, Edwardian and Contemporary, reflected in Heritage Block 1, Heritage Block 2 and the New Block respectively. The original Heritage Block radiates the charm of the British Colonial Era, while the Modern Block incorporates a contemporary look and feel. These blocks have been seamlessly connected despite their distinct character and decor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata Kolkata (Calcutta), India - West Bengal