Lloyd Hotel

New East, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £54 per night

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A building with a chequered career reinvented as a wonderful hotel by some of Amsterdam’s leading architects and designers - a complete one-off
Many hotels claim to be unique. By comparison, Lloyd Hotel makes the rest blend quietly into the background. For this hotel is one big shackle-free experiment, with ‘wow factor’ in bucket loads. On first impression, the interior is more design gallery than hotel. But look closer, this is very much a place to stay, offering a wide spectrum of rooms from small and simple to large and comfortable. Form and function do indeed work in tandem here.

From the outside, the building is a foreboding monolith. Built in the 1920s in Amsterdam’s now up and coming docklands, it has served as a migrants’ boarding house, detention centre, young offenders’ prison and artists’ squat - all acknowledged in the design of the hotel, with the architecture acting as a kind of exorcism, freeing the building from its old role as oppressor. As for the facilities, you have everything from the sublime (a mezzanine bed spanning 4m, above a concert piano) to the ordinary (functional, starkly white rooms flooded with light). So your experience depends very much on the room you choose.

Highs

  • Stunning architecture and installation art
  • Very friendly staff and a complete lack of snootiness
  • The restaurant space is fantastic and the food is pretty good too
  • A good option for families, with spacious rooms and a play space above the restaurant
  • Great value, especially out of season

Lows

  • It's situated 5-10 minutes outside the city centre in the old docklands area
  • Budget rooms have shared bathrooms, and some others have open-plan bathrooms in the bedroom
  • Some rooms have a (deliberately) stark boarding-house feel to them which I personally did not like, but others may
  • Service can be a bit slow

Best time to go

Spring is the best time to visit Amsterdam. The tulips are out, the days are often sunny and the summer crowds have not yet descended. In July and August it can get hot and humid, with mosquitoes breeding in the canals - though if you like the buzz of a crowded city, then this is a good time to visit. Winter in Amsterdam can be bitter.

Our top tips

The claim is that the hotel is for all types and all budgets; prices range from economy to luxury, while the restaurant, the library and convenience store are open to everyone (including non-guests). Although this is true to some degree, the design concept and styling means that a large proportion of the guests are creative types.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 117
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Music room
  • Board games
Room:

Rooms

Describing the rooms at Lloyd Hotel is no simple matter. There are a lot of them, and no 2 are exactly alike. The hotel prides itself on catering to all types and all wallets; the cheaper rooms are great value when you consider that the full whack of hotel facilities is included (WiFi, 24-hour room service, access to the art library and cultural embassy).

Strewn throughout are artefacts and works of installation art from the best of Amsterdam’s designers, architects and artists. There are antique trestle tables from Lithuania, unusual lamps, fold-away bathrooms, bespoke curtains and ‘soft knobs’ for hanging clothes. A few of the more outlandish features in the most expensive rooms include a grand piano, vast bathtubs and a couple of palatial beds that can sleep 7 people (that’s one big duvet), as well as 3 rooms which have a swing.

The smallest rooms (more like sleeper cabins than hotel rooms) are tiny but nevertheless attractive, highly functional and achingly hip. Put together by a well-known Dutch designer, they make great use of minimal space, with raised beds (stow your luggage beneath), funky hooks on the wall in place of wardrobes, and magnetic lamps that can be moved about on the metal-plated walls. The original tiles add a colourful touch, while the curtains are works of art in themselves. Bathrobes are provided for your stroll to the shared bathroom.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Lloyd Hotel has an all-day restaurant and snack bar set in the extraordinary open space on the ground floor. There's a wide range of dishes, from classic pasta and sandwiches to oysters for the adventurous. The hotel prides itself on using animal-friendly, low-food-mileage suppliers: the eggs are on your plate less than 10 hours after being laid, fish is bought straight from the boat, and the handmade pâté de campagne with pistachio nuts is delivered on a bicycle!

Breakfast is an expensive but expansive spread of fruits, cereals, pastries, cheeses and cold meats. The fresh baked baguettes are to die for, and with so many savoury options it can last you through till the evening.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the hip new Oostelijk Havengebied quarter, Amsterdam’s ‘New East’, in which Lloyd Hotel is located - which features narrow streets, low-lying canal houses, flash new apartments, design stores and cutting edge architecture

  • Dine at nearby ‘Fifteen’, the Amsterdam incarnation of Jamie Oliver’s project to inspire culinary excellence in disadvantaged young people

  • Jump on tram 10 for a loop of the grand canals. Stop at Museumplein for a tour of the city’s great museums and art galleries

  • Visit NEMO, a modern museum of science and technology set in the middle of Oosterdok in a stunning building designed by Renzo Piano (it looks like the prow of a ship)

  • Wonder round a full-size replica of the Amsterdam, one of the East India Company’s ships, which is moored up at the Scheepvart (Maritime) Museum

      Activities on site or nearby include:

      • Boat trips
      • Cycling
      • Historical sites
      • Museums / galleries
      • Nightlife
      • Private guided tours
      • Shopping / markets

Kids

Children are welcome, and the friendly, unfussy atmosphere makes it easy for parents to relax and kids to make new friends. Cots are free, extra beds are available for a supplement in the larger rooms.

Amsterdam is a great city to bring children to: there are plenty of exciting things for all the family such as going on a canal cruise, visiting a working windmill or historical dungeon. And the renowned museums all have special kids activities. The city is easy to get about and children will love being by the canals.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Two rooms can interconnect. The Comfort and Superior Rooms have space for 3 adults, while the Suites can accommodate 4 people in total and come with bathtubs. Three rooms have a swing! Two of the Suites have a 7-person bed!

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request, and some baby items can be purchased from the hotel shop

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

There are kid-friendly dishes on the menu such as pasta and burger and fries, and children pay half-price for dishes

Kids Activities on site:

  • Play space with games and toys on the second level above the restaurant, plus computer for kids to use

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Ship museum
  • Several playgrounds nearby
  • Science Centre NEMO
  • Canal cruises

Families Should Know:

There is a road in front of the hotel but it isn't too busy. Behind the hotel is a terrace and basketball field

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 minutes
  • Hospital: 10 minutes
  • Shops: 1 minute
Kid Friendly:

Location

Lloyd Hotel is centrally situated in the fashionable heart of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands Area - the 'New East' area. Rietlandpark is the nearest tram stop (on line 26).

By Air:
Fly into Schiphol Airport (15km).

From the Airport
Amsterdam Central Station is a 20-minute direct train ride from Schiphol Airport. From here it’s a 5-minute taxi ride to the Lloyd Hotel, or you can take the 26 tram which stops fairly close to the hotel at Rietlandpark. A taxi from the airport will cost from around EUR 50.

By Train:
Eurostar operates direct trains from London St Pancras to Amsterdam.

By Train & Ferry:
You can take a ferry and train combination from Newcastle, Hull or London (via Harwich).

By Car:
Amsterdam is easily explored by bicycle, public transport and on foot so you won't really need a car. However, if you want to hire one to see the surrounding region, see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

More on getting to Amsterdam and getting around

Airports:

  • Amsterdam-Schiphol 15.0 km AMS

Other:

  • Beach 20.0 km
  • Shops 0.1 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
7/10
Food
9/10
Service
8/10
Value
8/10
Overall

The staff members were extremely helpful & pleasant: there was a minor issue with the room, which they worked hard to sort out as quickly as possible. The location of the hotel was great: easy to get into the centre of the city and an interesting neighbourhood.

9/10,

Great atmosphere, interesting rooms, comfortable beds, cool location and easy access to Central via tram. I would recommend having a run across the bridge and enjoy the water views.

8/10,

Great atmosphere; interesting rooms; comfortable beds; cool location; easy access to Centraal via tram. Go running across the bridge and enjoy the water views.

8/10,

With Amsterdam so packed with tourists this is an oasis of calm, with relaxed and casual lounge and dining areas, outside and in. Rooms are unique and you have to adapt to them to really enjoy; not sure everyone will like a toilet open to the rest of the room, so choose carefully and it's a rewarding stay attended by great staff.

8/10,

Original, interesting hotel definitely added to our Amsterdam trip. Staff helpful, we found first room less special than hoped for and was moved to one we'd seen on their site, great!

10/10,

My room was amazing. Staff was super friendly. Room could use a small fridge. Breakfast was overpriced.

9/10,

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