We don't really list hotels but shortly after arriving here we knew we had to make an exception..
Initiated by an underground party organiser, a curator, a chef and a tax expert Lloydsl/ cultural embassy is anything but your average hotel. This listed building is located in the city's upmarket eastern docklands area and has heaps of history having previously functioned as a migrants hotel, a refuge for Jews, a prison during the second world war and as artist' studio's in the 90's.. And although 50 artists and designers have participated in the build and decor of the hotel most of the original features are still in place keeping its vivid past still very present!
Despite there being a lot of design Lloyd's is not a design hotel.. It's a hotel with all sorts of creative surprises where every corner has something to discover and explore.. It's a cultural haven for people from the area who want to browse the library or drink a latte on the hotels' spacious terrace, it's a meeting point for travellers from all over the globe whom are interested in Dutch culture and seek originality and it's a place for artists to be inspired and to create.. It's the first 1 to 5 star hotel so expect to see flip flopped backpackers mingle with suited up business people and paint splattered artists at the coffee stations which are located in the halls.
Now I could write a piece solely on the rooms really.. There are rooms with swings, beds that slowly take over the room, free floating hotel rooms, beds big enough and made up for 8, rooms with grand piano's and sound proofed rooms which double as concert venues.. We stayed at the Chelsea room which was inspired by New York's famous Chelsea Hotel. Super cool..
Curious? Well, yes, we would like to think so! Really if you are going to spend some time in Amsterdam, Lloyds is a hotel like no other and almost worth the trip to 'the Dam' itself!
address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34
1019 BN Amsterdam
phone: 020 561 3636
website: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
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