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Kolkata's Great Eastern hotel to reopen soon

Posted on Nov 20, 10:06AM | IBNS

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group Monday marked the birth anniversary of founder chairman Late Lalit Suri with a 'puja' at the iconic The Great Eastern hotel, here.

The Great Eastern Hotel is currently under extensive restoration process. The historic property has been a landmark in Kolkata for the last 171 years and is the oldest hotel in India, informed officials.

"It is a beautiful coincidence that The Great Eastern Kolkata (then named the Auckland hotel after the British governor general) also opened its doors for the first time on Nov 19, 1841," officials said.

Chairperson and Managing Director, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group Jyotsna Suri said, "As hoteliers, we are delighted to bring back the legendary Great Eastern Kolkata which is expected to reopen by 2013. The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group takes pride in restoring this iconic and oldest hotel, which has a strong heritage."

"Restoration work has been undergoing in a scientific and careful fashion. We have commissioned experts from various fields in the project and we look forward to providing a memorable experience to our guests with our brand promise of 'limitless Hospitality'."

Suri added, "The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata will be a luxury property and will reflect the Group's brand ethos of 'Traditionally Modern, Subtly Luxurious and Distinctly Lalit'. Spread across 2.3 acres, when re-commissioned, the hotel will offer 244 rooms and suites, an all day dining, two speciality restaurants including the famous Maxim's, the grand bakery."

"The hotel would be presented in a distinct block would radiate with the charms of the 'British Colonial' era -with the styles."

She asserted, "The Great Eastern fašade, the living accommodation and services restored to its gracious glory. Additionally, a modern ethos would reflect through a new wing, which will incorporate contemporary international hospitality trends, enhanced by local Bengali art, craft and culture."

"The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group reinforces its commitments to deliver a splendid property to the city of Kolkata."

She said "Work is on in full swing and it is amazing how the ancient and damaged parts of the erstwhile hotel are metamorphosing into niches, corners, vaults and pillars."

"The property will be well equipped with facilities capable of and appealing to national and international key markets."