India’s first luxury hotel set to reopen

The jewel of east is set to shine as India’s first luxury hotel which has hosted guests to the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Mark Twain is ready to see the light of day again. Erstwhile Great Eastern Hotel, now rechristened as The Lalit Great Eastern, will be reopened on Tuesday evening in presence of state chief minister Mamata Banerjee but it is only a ‘soft launch’ as hurdles continue to stay in the way of historic hotel to  be able to operate as fully commercial hotel.

The reasons are more than one. One of the primary reasons being cited by the hotel officials is not being able to remove stores which are still operating in the ground floors of one of the blocks of 171 year old hotel. Jyotsna Suri, chairman and managing director  of Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, had cited same reason last week when she was here to attend a Ficci meeting. Suri herself has sought state government’s help in this matter.

Among others, it is yet to obtain some of the licenses to be able to operate as commercial luxury hotels. One of the most important of such licenses being liquor licenses. But that is the case with many other hotels and restaurants in the city. The recently opened Taj Gateway in Kolkata is yet to get its liquor license.

Full report here Business Standard 


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