The Grand Hotel still has the Germanic flavor of yesteryear with many original artifacts.The staff is helpful. The rooms we took were adequate and neat. Lodz,once an economic powerhouse, is the least developed of the Polish cities we visited. My father (born there) says Piotrokowska was once full of Jewish people. Today there are none. But there are many stores. I bought an excellent pair of boots.My husband bought books.
Piotrokowska, where the Grand is located, has weird driving rules (it is a pedestrian passage most of the day) but we ignored the unintelligible signs and drove there at night.
There is a small daily minyan, shul, kosher restaurant (with good food) and "Jewish" hotel/hostel called Linat Orchim, nearby located in a single compound. Don't miss a visit to the vast, well laid out, Jewish cemetery-- often overlooked because people assume it was destroyed. It wasn't. But visit with Simcha Keller, at the shul first. He has pre-war hevre kadisha cards (preserved) and is helpful. Once in the cemetery, (not so easy to find by car but be persistent-- worth it) if you can't locate your loved one's pre-war grave (visit on line before) give the cemetery worker 15-20 zloty and he will help you. There are many leaves around. Don't fall! There is a Holocaust Memorial and a large funeral home. Check hours first. The cemetery has a gate around it and small lavatory at the entrance.
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- Also Known As:
- Orbis Grand Lodz
- Lodz Orbis Grand Hotel