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The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata

1 2 & 3 Old Court House Street, Kolkata (Calcutta) 700069 India
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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#7 of 954 hotels in Kolkata (Calcutta)
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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.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free internet
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Airport transportation
Paid wifi
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Soundproof rooms
Bottled water
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Languages Spoken
English, Hindi
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Sanjay wrote a review 15 Jan
2 contributions
Pros: 1. staff are nice and welcoming - such as mr bapan Giri in the restaurant. mr Abhirup in the front desk 2. food is good 3. good location Cons: 1. hotel smells old and dingy 2. bugs in rooms. poor housekeeping.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Trip type: Travelled on business
Prateek Sabherwal wrote a review 7 Jan
Mumbai, India4 contributions1 helpful vote
The oldest standing hotel in Asia. A bit underwhelming when we first entered the rooms. Decently sized and constructed, but maintained not greatly. But the staff compensated fully. Very warm and cooperative. Front desk was always pleasant. The spa Manager was very nice and cordial. The restaurant staff also was extremely welcoming. Giri served us very well throughout. Overall a very homely and warm experience.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
arunvbhat wrote a review 6 Jan
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Except the "name" The Great Eastern nothing else here impresses anyone. Its just another Star Category Hotel. The Breakfast buffet arrangements seriousely missing professionalism. The stone hard Idlis are arranged in such a way that the buffet dispenser has a lid which should be kept apart on a plant pot while serving! This arrangement makes the stone hard idlis to get concrete! I stayed for 3 days and all 3 days iI pointed out the discrepencies to the concerned floor incharge at Buffet counter and the same fell on deaf ears!. Management should send these people to a Hotel in Bangalore to get more expertise in catering. The floor of the Breakfast Buffet looks like uncleaned since British Regiem. The glass roof of the Buffet breakfast area too looks like the St. John's Church !! The Rooms are just below Average than any 5 star hotels in Bangalore. I stayed in the new 3rd block 5th floor. Room no.3525. They should rename the Property as "La Littered, The not so Great Eastern". The entire Hotel doesnt look like the one displayed in the picture in any angle!!! Totally not recommended property at this price range! Thanks.
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Date of stay: December 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: NEW BLOCK rooms are better..I was told by an inmate of OLD BLOCK
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Mohammed Z wrote a review 5 Jan
1 contribution
Our stay in the hotel was simply excellent. The hotel staff was ver courteous. I must mention and thank Mr. Tayab Hossain in the front desk. He was so very helpful. He always enquired about our comfort. I would like thank him specially for arranging our Covid 19 test and arranged to get the results in a short time as our flight was in odd hours. We will return again to the hotel. Mohammed Zaman Room 3617 & 3721
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Dilip Mishra, General Manager at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Guest, Namaskar! Patrons like you inspire us to go extra miles to make our guests stay memorable and comfortable one. We are happy to know that our team members came up to your expectations and ensured every small requirements are taken care. We look forward to welcoming you back again at The Lalit Great Eastern, Kolkata. Warm regards Dilip
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Parth G wrote a review 4 Jan
2 contributions
Our stay at Lalit was amazing and the staff is very helpful. Breakfast buffet was delicious and Mr. Bapangiri especially provided exceptional service and took great care of each and every need. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
USD 87 - USD 197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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IndiaWest BengalKolkata DistrictKolkata (Calcutta)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata
Which popular attractions are close to The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Nearby attractions include St. John's Church (0.3 km), General Post Office (0.5 km), and Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Yes, secured parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Conveniently located restaurants include Alfresco, The Bakery at the Lalit Great Eastern, and The Chutney Co..
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool and a fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata have airport transportation?
Yes, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Kolkata (Calcutta).
Are any cleaning services offered at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.