Alex Catarinella

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

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  • Why:Because I needed some R&R after attending Amsterdam Fashion Week!
  • When:July 2017
  • Who:Me + a friend.
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Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Hi there, gorgeous.

Hi there, gorgeous.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Time for a coffee or three.

Time for a coffee or three.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Look up!

Look up!

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Beauty is legit everywhere.

Beauty is legit everywhere.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy I think I’ll eat on the terrace.

I think I’ll eat on the terrace.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Post-food, I climbed those amazing stairs and found myself in a library.

Post-food, I climbed those amazing stairs and found myself in a library.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Here’s me invading a work of art.

Here’s me invading a work of art.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Best natural light ever all over this perfection of a place.

Best natural light ever all over this perfection of a place.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Free coffee and tea outside our room. THANK YOU.

Free coffee and tea outside our room. THANK YOU.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Look at these ceilings.

Look at these ceilings.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy This bed was amazing. Apparently I snored a lot.

This bed was amazing. Apparently I snored a lot.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Maybe I should take a quick nap.

Maybe I should take a quick nap.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy What’s a room without a full length mirror?

What’s a room without a full length mirror?

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Need this dinner/work table.

Need this dinner/work table.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Jacob’s Instagram-ready hammock turn.

Jacob’s Instagram-ready hammock turn.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy More.

More.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Let the sunshine in!

Let the sunshine in!

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Window views.

Window views.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Let’s go outside.

Let’s go outside.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Art.

Art.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Great gift shop. Tony’s chocolate bars are a big deal in Amsterdam. So yum.

Great gift shop. Tony’s chocolate bars are a big deal in Amsterdam. So yum.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy The hotel is clearly all about fresh flowers.

The hotel is clearly all about fresh flowers.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy It’s time to hit the Amsterdam streets for a night on the town. Wish me luck….!

It’s time to hit the Amsterdam streets for a night on the town. Wish me luck….!

Highs & Lows

  • I stayed in a quirkily-designed five star room... which included a very Instagram-friendly hammock! But I took a peak at a few others, and they’re all impressive and full of personality

  • The room was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Towering ceilings made of gigantic wooden pillars. I basically stayed in a five star attic suite. It was all so dreamy. Kind of gave me laidback ‘70s vibes. (Although there was a flat screen TV.) An indie rocker’s dream bedroom. I’m surprised a vintage guitar wasn’t included.

  • My floor was very quiet! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

  • You must set your alarm and run to their traditional Dutch breakfast. The bread, the cheese and the pastry selection drove my tastebuds insane.

  • The restaurant/cafe/bar is fabulous. And not just the food. I could sit and down cappuccinos for hours while doing work on my laptop and/or people watching. It’s so spacious with high ceilings. Loved the funky furniture, the light fixtures, etc. Special shout out to the communal table lined with orchids!

  • Also fabulous is their library, stocked with cool art and design books. Make sure to explore the hallways and the public spaces and meeting rooms. Dutch design heaven everywhere!

  • - The building lacks AC. But my room was still comfortable -- I was provided with two fans. Anyway, the Amsterdam summer weather is gorgeous (AKA no humidity) so you’ll be fine!

  • - No ghost sightings! Okay, I guess this is a good thing.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    This is what I’d call a very unique “experience” hotel. Upon entry, you can just FEEL that the majestic/mysterious building’s got quite a story to tell. There’s so much history going on here, dating back to when it opened in 1921 as a hotel for immigrants. Then in 1939, it was used as a refugee camp for Jewish people, and during World War II, the Germans used it as a detention center. Between 1964 to 1989, the building served as a prison for young offenders. Then it was a place for artists to live and work until 2001 when soon after, it’d become the fabulous Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.

  • Vibe

    My feel was it’s for the artsy, adventurous, well-traveled types who want something super special and aren’t into the boring business hotels.

  • Location

    East Amsterdam AKA Amsterdam oost!

  • Rooms

    117 unique rooms created by 50 Dutch designers!

  • Music

    Not loud, perfect volume. I remember hearing Joe’s 2001 hit AKA “I Wanna Know” and I died of joy.

  • Year Opened

    It was reopened as the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in 2004.

  • Designed By

    Many were involved. According to a press release, architectural agency MVRDV were commissioned to transform the building back into its original purpose -- a hotel. It’s a contemporary Dutch design mixed with the classical twenties style from when the hotel was first opened. The interior design is a collaborative effort of Claudy Jongstra, Atelier van Lieshout, Richard Hutten, and more.

  • Health & Wellness

    No, but who needs any of that when you can rent a bike at the reception and ride around like all of the locals? (As for me, I am terrified of biking so I opted for walking/the tram/Uber.)

  • Restaurant

    The Lloyd Restaurant and it’s open from 7am until 1am every day. Fantastically designed and a massive space boasting heavenly natural light. LOVE the spacious outdoors terrace. The food is classical European cuisine with seasonal and local products. You must wake up in time for their traditional Dutch breakfast. MUST. I’m still dreaming of the cheese selection and the chocolate-coated croissants.

  • Bar

    There’s a stylish bar in the restaurant.

  • Minibar

    No, but 24/7 really good room service! And free coffee/tea.

  • Children

    Yes.

  • Price

    This is the first 1-to-5 star hotel in the world, so the room rates vary depending on the room type and season, going from 65 to 500 euros.

  • Website

    Visit website

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The EYE film museum!

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Hop on the tram and head to Annet Gelink gallery

Hop on the tram and head to Annet Gelink gallery

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Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Oostelijke Handelskade, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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