A former halfway house for migrants, this bohemian hotel is well suited to its current quirky incarnation as an offbeat design showcase, where rooms range from bare-bones to over-the-top and features may include log walls, ceiling swings and bathtubs in the middle of living rooms. The so-called “Cultural Embassy” presents a changing program of (free) events and exhibitions.
Guest quarters in the art deco landmark vary in size and price, from snug alcoves with shared bathrooms to enormous penthouse dock-view suites and apartments with kitchens. Over 50 designers, architects, and artists were involved in Lloyd Hotel’s interior, and you’ll find rooms designed by renowned names such as Joep van Lieshout, Richard Hutten, Chikako Watanabe and Claudy Jongstra. Some rooms work better than others, but you're not likely to find another soundproofed log cabin with an 8-person orgy-proof bed in Amsterdam. Design features include fold-away bathrooms, bespoke bedspreads and artfully designed curtains and lamps, as well as classic pieces from De Bazel and Rietveld. Guests also have free use of Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and 24-hour room service and all rooms have Auping beds.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Lloyd Hotel’s five room categories are optimistically categorized as 1-star to 5-star but don’t go expecting the bells and whistles you’d normally associate with the latter. In fact, aside from more square feet and privacy, and quirky design features, you’re getting what the other guests are. Keep in mind there’s no air-conditioning and that coffee/tea facilities are located outside the rooms in the hallway.
Cheaper rooms have a shared bathroom (bathrobes are provided), while bigger rooms feature in-room facilities, from open showers and regular en-suites with white tiles and adjustable shower heads to bright red statement bathtubs.
Cross through the all-day restaurant to find a bright yellow counter in a former elevator shaft. While there are a few benches nearby, there’s no real lobby area.
You will find plenty of space to relax in the restaurant or upstairs library.
Soaring, white-walled Lloyd Restaurant and the adjacent sun-drenched patio is popular with locals and guests alike, who enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and sustainably sourced (often organic) food.
Indulge in wine, beer and (reasonably priced) cocktails at Lloyd Restaurant while nibbling on classic Dutch bar bites such as shrimp croquettes, aged Dutch cheese, and ossenworst (artisanal raw beef sausage).
Situated on the fourth floor, there’s a library that started with a donation from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2004, and now boasts an interesting collection of 7,000 art books, as well as foreign translations of classic Dutch literature, reference books, and catalogs.
Lloyd Hotel is located in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands, set to the east of Centraal Station. While your best bet is to rent a Lloyd bike (€17 per day) to get around, tram 26, which stops directly behind the hotel, will get you to Centraal Station within 3 stops, while tram 10 offers a direct connection to Leidseplein and Westergasfabriek. You can park your car at a nearby garage (€25 per day).
Head to Anne&Max Zeeburg to kick off the day with pancakes, acai bowls, homemade cakes and very good coffee. Or enjoy affordable Asian crowd-pleasers in a hip, upbeat setting at HappyHappyJoyJoy (1-minute walk): the bao buns, dumplings, and roasted pork are particularly good here. At Marineterrein, a historical naval dockyard, you’ll find Scheepskameel (6-minute cycle), which pairs casual, contemporary fare with an interesting all-German wine menu.
Sure it’s in all the guidebooks, but Brouwerij ‘t IJ, the famous windmill-slash-tasting house is still a must-visit for its award-winning organic beers. Or go for a drink, a bite or a bit of local culture (from vintage markets to urban art festivals) at edgy creative hub ROEST.
WHY WE LIKE IT
With a wide range of options for different budgets, this singular hotel has something for (almost) everyone, solving the conundrum of planning a city trip with friends who have more (or less) to spend.