Think about Holland and you picture endless colorful tulip fields as far as the eye can see. The land of the world famous windmills that seem to be taken out from a jigsaw puzzle. The charming city of Amsterdam is the first city that pops in your mind, with its picture perfect canals, trendy neighborhoods and friendly open people.
THE MOST AUTHENTIC DUTCH HOTEL IN AMSTERDAM
Then there is the unconventional, edgy character of Dutch design. Always seeming to be ahead of time, in the forefront of well thought and sophisticated ideas that perfectly represents Dutch friendliness and openness. When it comes to staying in a hotel in Amsterdam, nothing is better that experiencing a place that best represents all that is Dutch.
The Lloyd Hotel is a very well-known icon all throughout Amsterdam and many of the traits like connecting history, people, arts and Dutch design are represented all over the building, constructed by the Royal Dutch Lloyd in 1921 which makes it a monument all by itself. In its origins, the hotel hosted Eastern European emigrants waiting for a ship to go abroad usually to America. Then, during the period of WW2 the hotel served as a shelter for refugees and later as a juvenile detention center. Later it became a thriving community of numerous artists. The hotel´s location is also of resemblance, since it´s situated near the trendy neighborhood area of the Eastern Docklands one that has seen rapid cultural and urban development. Using tram 26 or tram 10 makes it very easy to reach the hotel. Or if you want to walk, it´s only about 20 walk to the city center. In 2004, product of the work of 50 artists and designers the hotel re-opened as the world’s first 1 to 5 star boutique hotel concept.
We were truly impacted with the exquisite details of Dutch design product of more than 50 artists that have participated in the hotel, creating a great atmosphere for interaction between guests, while also sparking creativity and time to reflect. The hotel interior was designed in collaboration with Dutch architects MVRDV and accented with details from internationally renowned Dutch designers including Richard Hutten, Claudy Jongstra, Joep Van Lieshout and Christoph Seyferth.
Every space in the hotel is carefully designed so that it´s guest can instantly connect with the hotels history and presence, on not only the city of Amsterdam, but the impact it has had on numerous cultures and society. It is the first hotel that we have stayed in, which has really managed to capture their cultural heritage and integrate its guest with a perfect balance of contemporary style within a monumental building. We personally loved the library area.
This hotel is friendly for any kind of budget. We loved that it provides its guest with different room options that tailor to each traveler’s budget needs. Room options range from 1 to 5 star, this was the first hotel in the world to offer this concept to its guests. All 117 rooms are different, and whether you choose one that best fits your budget, your assigned room will be kept a secret as the hotel opts for the element of surprise when their guests first open their room doors.
This is exactly what happened to us. Not knowing what to expect, opening the door to our 5 star suite was really exciting, we were immediately surprised when we saw a really cool swing in the middle and how spacious, cozy and charming the room felt.
The mix of a tall wooden roof with contemporary furniture and dimmed lights really made us feel like being in a movie like set. And to top it all, right in the middle we had our private hot tub which gave that extra luxurious touch to the room and served as a perfect place to relax after spending the whole day walking across Amsterdam. Thanks to that element of surprise we honestly can say that this was a perfect room, much more than what we were expecting.
On the 2 nights that we stayed there, every morning we were greeted with a superb and varied buffet breakfast that was served in a spacious modern and elegant restaurant. We had lots of different choices for breakfast and the food was placed on different stations which helps to prevent any long queues.
One of the things that stood for us the most was how friendly the staff of the restaurant was. And by the way, they all spoke perfect English, well most if not all of the Dutch´s we encountered in Amsterdam spoke perfect English. Overall the hotel staff was very friendly and they always were making sure we were enjoying our stay.
Our stay in the Lloyd hotel brought a new perspective of what to expect when staying at a hotel. The artistic approach on design, the surprise elements and the impressive delivery of cultural aspects will provide travelers from all different stripes with the most authentic Dutch experience during their visit to Amsterdam. What a memorable time we had in The Lloyd Hotel.
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