Amsterdam unique sightseeing tips
(Photos courtesy of Lloyd Hotel)
If you’re looking for an unconventional hotel – even slightly eccentric – Lloyd’s in Amsterdam is it. Their slogan says it all:
“We believe that elements of surprise create unforgettable moments. Our iconic building provides spacious rooms in all shapes and sizes and literally every room is different. We welcome guests of all stripes, at Lloyd you can be yourself!”
Royal Dutch Lloyd shipping company built the hotel in 1920 along the IJ-quay from which their ships departed. Their passengers were mostly emigrants who headed for the US and awaiting their ship, stayed a few days at the hotel.
After Royal Dutch Lloyd went bankrupt in 1935, the building was used for a variety of purposes.
In 1996, the municipality organized a competition for new hotel plans. The Eastern Docklands were to become a prestigious area for living and working, with work of the best Dutch architects. Lloyd Hotel – by now a monument – reopened on 11 November 2004 as a 1-to-5 star hotel with a Cultural Embassy.
Soaked in history, the original staircase houses a permanent exhibition about Lloyd Hotel history. Admission is open, free and worthwhile to visit if you’re a history buff!
A fitting hotel that suits this city of liberal and open-minded thinking of long.