Lizzie Evans

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

  • Where:
  • 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.
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Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy What’s most interesting about the hotel is its history. Take a little time to read the stories and understand the many incarnations of the building on the Lloyd History Exhibition staircase.

What’s most interesting about the hotel is its history. Take a little time to read the stories and understand the many incarnations of the building on the Lloyd History Exhibition staircase.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy The old school louvered shutters are a nice touch.

The old school louvered shutters are a nice touch.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Simple, white, crisp linens on a nice big bed. <br data-src=

Simple, white, crisp linens on a nice big bed.
Can’t really ask for more.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Big desk and comfy chair, perfect for spreading out and writing your A Hotel Life review.

Big desk and comfy chair, perfect for spreading out and writing your A Hotel Life review.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Here’s a sneak peek at one of the five star rooms. With this one, you get a view of the moon from the bath tub.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the five star rooms. With this one, you get a view of the moon from the bath tub.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy The loo in the bedroom is a definite harp back to the Lloyd’s prison days. Not ideal for a romantic getaway.

The loo in the bedroom is a definite harp back to the Lloyd’s prison days. Not ideal for a romantic getaway.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy This mustard yellow wardrobe pretty much made the room for me.

This mustard yellow wardrobe pretty much made the room for me.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy A fun time was had unpacking.

A fun time was had unpacking.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy The shop/bar area works pretty well in the open plan restaurant at the heart of the hotel.

The shop/bar area works pretty well in the open plan restaurant at the heart of the hotel.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Guests ‘enjoying’ their breakfasts.

Guests ‘enjoying’ their breakfasts.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Terrace time can be had in the summer months.

Terrace time can be had in the summer months.

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy’s building.

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy’s building.

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.

The Barometer

  • Design

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  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

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  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 40/50

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

  • Health & Wellness

    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.

  • Children

    Bring them along.

  • Price

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

  • Website

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