Lizzie Evans

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Amsterdam

by: Lizzie Evans

  • Why

    Sourcing trip for my design store, SMUG.

  • When

    October 2013

  • Who

    Caught up with the Mr. for breakfast and dinner, who was there working on the new Urban Outfitters store.

Highs + Lows

  • The sheer number of diverse Dutch designers involved makes this project pretty cool. Lots of nice little details to be explored if you’re inclined in that way.

  • Super comfy bed in my opinion. Nice, big room with lovely views. I was in a 4 star.

  • Fell in love with the huge yellow wardrobe/storage system in my room. Shame I only had 3 days worth of clothes to fill it with. Also liked the big desk and grey felt covered wheelie chair.

  • It’s been said before that I am ruled by my stomach, so I feel I should mention that the breakfast buffet is €17 and is pretty rubbish. Nothing cooked and they won’t even let you have a hot chocolate instead of a coffee. Eat out for breakfast. Amsterdam is full of great cafes.

  • Now, this is pretty important as it might be a make or break for you. The loo was actually located inside the bedroom. No walls. All open plan. Not sure about that one…

  • On the one hand it’s really interesting that they have kept the history of the building so visible. On the other, you want a bit more comfort based on what you’re paying.

: 40/50
  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Important Bits

  • Type

    Independent, one to five star hotel.

  • Vibe

    Originally a migrant hotel, then a few other things including a Nazi prison, before becoming what it is today. The history is fascinating and I do like what they’ve done with the place but it does still feel a bit ‘prisony.’

  • Location

    A bit out of the way in the North East. Having said that, nothing in Amsterdam is really all that out of the way because it’s kind of teeny and the trams are good.

  • Rooms

    117

  • Music

    Live folky stuff on Saturday night. Plinky plonky stuff the rest of the time.

  • Year Opened

    2004

  • Designed By

    MVRDV

  • Pool/Gym

    No, but there’s an art library.

  • Restaurant

    Yes. The menu is based on South European dishes and snacks. Didn’t eat there except for brekkie. Great space, rubbish brekkie.

  • Bar

    Yes, the Red Bar. Nice spot overlooking the water. Although the weather, in true Amsterdam style, was rainy so we didn’t get to partake in a terrace cocktail. Nice, fresh OJ though.

  • Wifi

    Yep. Satellite TV too, but don’t watch that, go and use the art library or learn about the building’s previous lives up and down the Lloyd History exhibition staircase.

  • Children

    Bring them along.

  • Price

    €110 - €500 depending on the number of stars you go for.

In the Area

the Amsterdam botanical gardens rock! 3 climate green houses, high up walky bits, loads of cacti. Don’t expect pretty colourful flowers, think rare species of palms and succulents.

de Hortus

Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam Plantage Middenlaan 2a

the Amsterdam botanical gardens rock! 3 climate green houses, high up walky bits, loads of cacti. Don’t expect pretty colourful flowers, think rare species of palms and succulents.

well worth a look. Set in the last remaining 18th century country house in Amsterdam, its exhibitions show that  contemporary art and heritage architecture are an inspiring combination.

The Frankendael Foundation

Middenweg 72, 1097 BS Amsterdam, Netherlands

well worth a look. Set in the last remaining 18th century country house in Amsterdam, its exhibitions show that contemporary art and heritage architecture are an inspiring combination.

Situated in the Frankendael gardens, in a large converted greenhouse is de Kas, the best restaurant in Amsterdam I reckon. Seasonal, locally sourced, gorgeous food in a beautiful setting.

de Kas

Kamerlingh Onneslaan 3 1097 DE Amsterdam

Situated in the Frankendael gardens, in a large converted greenhouse is de Kas, the best restaurant in Amsterdam I reckon. Seasonal, locally sourced, gorgeous food in a beautiful setting.

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy’s building.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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