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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 sanitized 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 sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/21/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#2 of 560 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 Center 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 Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Fax / photocopying
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bottled water
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Smoking rooms available
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Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken


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Rahul wrote a review Sep 17
Dubai, United Arab Emirates57 contributions22 helpful votes
No doubt the first thing that comes to your mind is weather its a covid safe place or not? the hotel stands up to its promises of safety very well. Proper measures of safety had been taken. Went for a show-round of the property. Mr. Abhirup Poddar was quite humble to show me around the hotel and all its room categories. Must say all the rooms and suites are very spacious and probably the biggest (space wise) in the city. As soon as you enter inside the building it gives you a uniques mix of old and new feel. I was specially attracted with the old telephones that were kept in the corridors and they are in working conditions used to call reception.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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YakkaAustralia wrote a review Sep 15
Leura, Australia44 contributions35 helpful votes
This is a very good hotel. I stayed there for 5 days in December last year and had the most wonderful time. The G.E. is a 5*++. I had booked a “Pandwar Tour river cruise up the Hooghly River for 7 days and needed somewhere to stay before and after the trip and so after some research decided on the Great Eastern Hotel – being the oldest hotel in the East and justly famous for its history and position. What a choice! I just loved this hotel and cannot wait to return. Everything was perfect and I must say what sold me was the assistance and advice given pre-booking over the phone by the Head Concierge, Mr. Tathagata Chattyopadhayay (Mr. Tatha for short) who assured I would be in safe hands if I stayed at the Great Eastern. Well, I took Mr. Thata at his word and made a reservation. I flew to Kolkata (originally Calcutta) from Colombo and Mr. T. arranged for a car to pick me up at the airport (this was a good move and recommended). The Kolkata Airport is surprisingly wonderful and very easy to navigate with long moving walkways to get you to your intended destination. My driver was at hand to ferry me to the Great Eastern where I was greeted by a very superior looking Doorman and a bevy of smiling staff. No check-in at reception. Just welcome Mr. E. Let us show you your room and we will bring you a drink and you can check in there. Such a service after a relaxing flight! My room was perfect, spacious, and spotless, and it had a lovely vibe and looked down on some lovely old buildings that set the scene. On my return stay, I upgraded to a superior room, which was large and spacious and very grand. I was in heaven. I had a shower and crept into my comfy bed for a night of excellent night sleep and work refreshed ready to take on my tour. Breakfast was varied wonderful and full of good food and I was surprised when the Head Waiter approached me with a warm welcome and told me I would be pleased to know that I was sitting in the same chair as Ricking Pointing, the famous Australian cricketer did when staying at the G.E. I did have a bit of a laugh. Well, it was off to join fellow passengers on the Cruise and I was sad that I had just a short stay at this lovely hotel. My amazing cruise up the Hooghly was amazing and I returned to the Great Eastern and was welcomed back with big smiles and a warm welcome from the charming staff. I was whisked up to my “Premier King” room and what a room it was. I must say I was impressed if somewhat overwhelmed. The room is gorgeous and spacious. The Bathroom was the same and I must say, settling in was a big of a problem, as I am not used to such luxury. Still, no complaints, and I had the most lovely 4 days in recent times. The Great Eastern Hotel is truly wonderful. The staff was wonderful, well trained and considerate, the food divine & the service second to none. I also took in a Massage and Steam at the Health club, which was memorable and left me feeling refreshed and relaxed. The Masseur was kind and very good and the Health Centre had a great vibe. An hour or so here is recommended. The swimming pool looked very inviting but I did not take a dip. The Great Eastern also has many recommendations on what to do and sights to see. Top of the list is a visit to the “Marble Palace” and taking a ride on the old famous Calcutta tram, which slowly winds its way through this amazing city. Truly it is a “City of Joy” and I cannot wait to return. I had the best holiday that I can ever remember and the memory of The Great Eastern Hotel and the people that I encountered shall remain with me for the rest of my life. Kolkatta is one of the world’s underrated destinations.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Room Tip: This is a 5 Star ++ hotel - all rooms are good.
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Himanshu J wrote a review Sep 13
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Great hospitality and a very nice experience. I stayed here for 3 nights, i checked in early morning, i was provided the room soon after my arrival. The room was big, had a view of the busy street. I appreciate the front desk personnel for taking care of all the needs on one call. The meals were good and was served with all safety and hygienic steps. To sum up, it was a nice experience and i hope to come back again soon after the situation is under control.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Sandip M wrote a review Sep 10
6 contributions
Being a loyalty member I get a lot of benifits in the hotel in fooding and stay. Almost stayed in all the hotel, the service , hospitality is touching and wonderful. Express room booking, check-in is offered whenever I stay there. Love the food specially the breakfast with Indian cuisine. The staffs are very friendly and takes utmost care of all the requirements. Happy to stay here always. 🙂🙂
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
Khushbu G wrote a review Sep 10
1 contribution
Very nice embassy and hotels very clean and food and cake too good I loved it ...every property of Lalit is too good.nice entrance ..The staff of Lalit is too friendly.. pool side restaurant is too good ..
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
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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 (0.2 miles), General Post Office (0.3 miles), and Kolkata Tram Museum Smaranika (0.2 miles).
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, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Bakery at the Lalit Great Eastern, Alfresco, 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 center during their stay.
Does The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center 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 center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.