“At your first sighting of the Lloyd Hotel, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve just stepped into a scene from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. The industrial age building was once an immigrant hotel and a prison. It has recently been extensively renovated, allowing an interior space that is grand and multifunctional, housing bar, restaurant, library, art installations, catwalk, and meeting rooms , with free wifi throughout. Culture, design and community spirit lies at the heart of the thinking. Bedrooms, individually decorated by interior design students, are wacky and innovative, ranging from one to five stars based on size. The hotel isn’t central but a short tram ride from Central Station.”
Written by Hugh Graham-Watson
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam is the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world. It is located in a transformed historic building by MVRDV architects. More than 50 designers and artists participate in the hotel. Our Cultural Embassy presents ongoing exhibitions, talks and events every month, available to all guests.
What is there to do in the area?
Our neighbourhood, the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands is a favoured retreat from the city’s usual tourist beat, with an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafés and speciality stores.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
The breakfast buffet includes all local and organic produce: fresh juices, coffee, tea, a selection of breads and jams, croissants, muffins, muesli, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Our menu is based on French cuisine, paired with Dutch and South-European dishes, snacks and delicacies. Traditional recipes are used for unfussy cooking, with as much home-grown produce as possible. Eggs, fish, meats and vegetables are all locally sourced. Our popular pâté is cycled in by the pâté chef. Our preserves and mayonnaise are made on the premises. Seasonal ingredients are featured on the menu year round. All items on the menu are available throughout the day.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
As we offer rooms for 1 to 5 stars everybody can select the favorite room of their choice
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in your rooms ?
We have free babycots and discounted extra beds available for children. In our 3, 4 and 5 star rooms we can fit extra beds.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
"Once a hostel for poor migrants on their way to America, then a prison, and now a hotel with rooms individually decorated by leading Dutch designers."
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)