Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam

Lloyd Hotel / Oostelijke Handelskade 34 / 1019 BN Amsterdam (Map)
★★★ / Rooms: 117 / Price from: € 80
Rating Booking.com: Good, 7.4 (based on 330+ reviews)

‘First 1-to-5 Star Hotel in the World’

Opened after renovation in 2004, The Lloyd Hotel claims to be ‘the first 1-to-5 star hotel in the world’. Say what? Yes, the hotel offers 1-star rooms with shared bathroom, luxurious 5-star suites and everything in between. Located in the eastern part of the city center and housed in a freestanding monumental building dating from 1921, the Lloyd used to be a temporary accommodation for immigrants, a wartime prison and a detention center for troublesome youth before it was transformed into a hotel by architect firm MVRDV. Each of its 117 rooms was redesigned by famed Dutch designers like Marcel Wanders and Piet Hein Eek.

Check out the four mezzanine platforms used for exhibitions, meetings and events, retreat to the library for a moment of peace and quiet, or have a meal in restaurant Snel, which serves quality organic food (on summer days there’s a spacious terrace at the back of the hotel). Combining the aura of its history and original details with 21st century design, the Lloyd Hotel is as a-typical as its surroundings, which can easily be explored on foot. Want to discover Amsterdam by bike? Rent one at the hotel and they’ll pack you a lunch too. Don’t feel like sweating? Simply take the nearby tram 26 to Amsterdam Central Station (5 minutes), or tram 10 to the Leidseplein (15 minutes) and the Jordaan district (20 minutes).

All photographs courtesy of Lloyd Hotel.

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