Hotel Grand continuously open to visitors from 129 years
Located at 72 Piotrkowska Street, the Grand Hotel is the most famous hotel in Łódź with the longest history, which has been functioning for 129 years continuously. From the very beginning, Grand Hotel is synonymous with prestige and elegance.
For many years, unconditionality has led the primacy of the city, contributing to its history.
Perpetuating the tradition of this historic place
Located at number 72 Piotrkowski street (ulica Piotrkowski), this impressive building was erected in the second half of the 19th century and has had an eventful and complicated history, the sole survivor of these events to this day. Previously the site of Edward Hentschl’s factory, Ludwik Meyer built the hotel between 1887-1888. The building had a neo-Renaissance form with characteristic decorated gables enveloping the mansard roof of the middle and side sections, while above the entrance stood three Classical statues.
The next phase in its development took place between 1911-1913 (Dawid Lande, architect) and consisted of raising the height of the building and installing the present larger mansard roof with its dormer windows and small bell tower. At the same time, the sumptuously decorated Malinowa (Raspberry) and Złota (Golden) dining rooms were also created. The final important phase took place following the fire of 1942 with the creation of the top floor, the simplification of the style and the finishing of some of the interiors.
The superlative Raspberry and Golden dining rooms and the hotel’s rooms played host to, among others, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Helena Modrzejewska, Jan Kiepura, Stefan Jaracz, Kornel Makuszyński, Władysław Broniewski, Zofia Nałkowska, Jan Brzechwa and Krzysztof Penderecki.
Under communism the Grand passed under the ownership of the state run Orbis travel company and became a place which drew leading cultural and artistic figures. In its elegant dining rooms one could meet Beata Tyszkiewicz, Janusz Gajos, Daniel Olbrychski and Jan Machulski, a relationship which has been celebrated by naming the hotel’s apartments after such luminaries. The pavement outside is Poland’s equivalent of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, with stars commemorating the most famous figures in Polish film – a reminder that for many years Łodz has been an important centre in cinematography.
From its earliest days, the Grand has been synonymous with prestige and elegance and its unquestionable predominance in the city for many years has played a key role in its development. In 2010, Likus Hotels acquired the Grand and, with a view to continuing this tradition and the uninterrupted operations of the hotel, welcomes guests to enjoy it at its present standard. In the nearest future a gradual restoration will begin in order to meet the exacting standards of a five star hotel and to ensure that we cater for every wish and whim of our clients.