The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata is a heritage landmark that has witnessed the evolving history of India, particularly of Bengal. From its early days as a thriving confectionary shop and meeting place for the East India Company's officers in the late 1830’s, this five-star hotel is a celebration of the iconic legacy of the Raj. Referred to as the “Jewel of the East” and the “Best Hotel East of the Suez” by esteemed guest Mark Twain, it has been one of the top hotels in Kolkata for nearly 165 years. After a meticulous seven-year refurbishment, the hotel showcases a distinctive blend of Victorian, Edwardian and Contemporary architecture and décor. The original Heritage Block radiates the charm of the British Colonial Era, while the Modern Block incorporates a contemporary look and feel, enhanced with authentic Bengali artworks, crafts and design elements. The Great Eastern’s heritage and history are celebrated in details like a century old oven preserved and adorning the interiors of The Bakery, the beautifully restored century-old piano in the lobby and an 8 ft replica of the trophy that Queen Elizabeth II presented to Mr. A.L. Bilimoria, the then Chairman of Great Eastern hotel.