Lloyd Hotel

New East, Amsterdam, Holland Book from Book from £40 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.


  • 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
  • Great value, especially out of season
  • A good option for families


  • 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
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Best rooms for families

    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!

    Parents 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

Baby cots are available on request

Some equipment may need to be requested in advance

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

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

Great for...

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


Describing the rooms at Lloyd Hotel is no simple matter. There are a lot of them, and no two are exactly alike. The hotel prides itself on catering to all types and all wallets.

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


Lloyd Hotel has an all-day restaurant set in the extraordinary open space on the ground floor. There's a wide range of classic European dishes on offer, including veggie, vegan and gluten-free options. 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, the fish is bought straight from the boat, and the organic veggies are cultivated as close to home as possible.

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


  • 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 7 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)
  • Wander around 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

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.
Kid Friendly:


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


  • Amsterdam-Schiphol 15.0 km AMS


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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Great location in the Eastern docklands, away from the touristy city centre and quiet in the evenings. Loved the architecture of the hotel and the exhibits inside explaining its intriguing history. The design and décor were super quirky and the service friendly and quick. Great breakfast buffet and the midday check-out is really handy. I'd definitely return.


Liked: staff very friendly and helpful, bed very comfortable, a good buffet breakfast (additional cost). Disliked: very thin curtains which didn’t stop the light, our room was location in the basement, relatively expensive.


Great historic building converted into a stylish and comfortable hotel. It was great to get to know the Eastern Docklands and surrounding area, though it was a bit quiet at night. Our suite was a wonderful space, but felt like it needed a bit of love. It was a bit sparce. Some art in the walls and a couple of comfy chairs would have been great. Overall this was great value. We paid less than we would have with Airbnb, plus with more luxury and treats. Hire a bike and cycle to the Kadjiksplein area, it’s lovely.


Our room happened to be one where the sitting area (with no windows) is separated from the sleeping area by the bathroom. It was all clean and comfortable but it’s not a layout I would choose. Service and food was excellent with friendly staff. We really liked the fresh flowers on the tables each day. We enjoyed staying in the Eastern Docks area.


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.


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.


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


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.


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