Joy Roy Choudhury – Kolkata
The erstwhile Great Eastern Hotel (GEH), after nearly seven years of restoration work, has been revamped and rechristened as ‘The LaLit Great Eastern, Kolkata’. This Lalit Suri Hospitality Group owned property will be opened on November 19, 2013 and the reopening ceremony will be attended by Mamata Banerjee, chief minister, West Bengal, and Jyotsna Suri, chairperson and MD, LaLit Suri Hospitality Group. The LaLit Suri Hospitality Group had acquired 90 per cent of the erstwhile GEH from the West Bengal government headed by the Left Front regime for Rs 52 crore in 2005. The West Bengal government now has a single nominee on the reconstituted board of the new hotel.
The cost of rebuilding and restoration is estimated to be around Rs 260 crore. The original building — the heritage block — will retain the architectural charm of the British era. The new wing, however, has been designed to sport a modern look by a Singapore-based designer. The new wing will incorporate contemporary international hospitality trends, enhanced by Bengali art, craft and culture. “Spread across 2.3 acres, the hotel in its new avatar will offer 244 rooms including deluxe and presidential suites, banqueting facilities, several F&B outlets including the famous Maxim’s bar, swimming pool, car parking facilities for 250 cars and other modern amenities,” said Rakesh Mitra, general manager, The LaLit Great Eastern, Kolkata.
|The LaLit Suri Hospitality Group to soon open hotel management institution|
The LaLit Suri Hospitality Group will be starting a hotel management institution close to New Delhi in the next one and half years. Amit Samson, general manager, The LaLit Ashok Bangalore also informed that the name of the institution has not been decided upon as yet. But the institution will be careful on the intake of students and will have trained and experienced visiting faculty members.
– Kahini Chakraborty