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Rudyard Kipling liked the hotel very much and in his short story 'City of Dreadful Night' made a mention of this grand hotel. Referred to as "Jewel of the East" and the "Savoy of the East'', it was said of the hotel in 1883 that a man could walk into it, buy anything of his choice, have a meal, a burra peg (double) and if the seditious barmaid was agreeable, walk out at the other end engaged to be married. It was a perfect place to go shopping to one's satisfaction.
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Well-known personalities who graced the hotel included Nikita Khrushchev and Nikolai Bulganin of Russia, Elizabeth II, Mark Twain, American writer Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist and composer and possibly Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam. Unfortunately the hotel that saw its hey days during the colonial period and later after Independence in August, 1947 began to feel the pinch with the arrival of the Naxalites , a violent communist group in the early 1970s. The West Bengal government, after a brief take over, sold it to a private company in 2005. The hotel is credited with having operated continuously for the longest period in Asia till its closure and restoration in 2005.
The new hotel called the Lalit Great Eastern Hotel began operating on the 19th November,2013 onward. The building is registered as a heritage structure. So, old charm, old structures and other features need to be retained with a fresh look without damaging the heritage value.