Convenient location close to many transportation options
More amenities than most Amsterdam hotels, including a meeting room, bar, restaurant, and gift shop
The hotel has a clear room classification system for managing expectations -- one through five stars (smaller to larger)
Exhibition space features rotating art exhibits
A quaint guest library features tons of books and an old-fashioned typewriter
Bike rentals available through the hotel
Two computers available for use free of charge in the lobby
Some rooms, such as one-star rooms, share a communal bathroom with only one shower and toilet stall
Rooms have older tube TVs and cheap-looking furniture
The smaller rooms feel like dorms or prison cells (the hotel was once in fact a prison)
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is an almost ominous presence on the waterfront of the Upmarket Eastern Docklands -- a slightly foreboding building with a quirky interior. The hotel itself has an unusual history -- built in 1921, it was first used as an emigrant hotel and then as a prison before being converted into art studios, and finally refurbished into a hotel in 2004. The 117 rooms have their own classification system; one-star rooms, for example, are bunker-like cells with no bathroom or amenities. Guests who stay in these rooms must share a communal bathroom, which unfortunately has limited facilities. Two-, three-, four- and five-star rooms are significantly bigger, but have older tube TVs and basic furniture. The larger rooms have their own bathrooms, though their layout lacks privacy. Outside, visitors can walk to a handful of transportation options, which will be necessary to get to the heart of the city.
On the outskirts of the city center, public transport is necessary to reach popular sights
Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy is located on the outskirts of the city's center, close to public transportation and a handful of restaurants -- but far enough from Amsterdam's main areas that transportation is a necessity.
Marked by cobblestone roads, street-level canals and an abundance of coffee shops (which are most often known for something other than coffee), Amsterdam is both a quiet and lively city without the pretention of European metropolises.
In the summer, visitors can enjoy live music at the Openluchttheater, an open-air venue at the Vondelpark, or the Roots Music Festival. The Gay Pride parade also takes place in the summer, and the city's many museums -- including the Van Gogh Museum or the Anne Frank House, where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis during World War 2 -- are popular year-round. Visitors in April can experience Queen's Day, which celebrates the queen's birthday and includes a massive flea market, parties, and outdoor concerts.
Noordermarkt is known for its antiques, and Brouwerij de Prael is a recommended stop for beer enthusiasts. Fun dining spots include the famous sandwich spot Van Dobben, as well as Pancake Bakery, which offers more than 70 types of pancakes and a slew of other breakfast goods.
21-minute drive to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
1- to 3-minute walk to several shops and restaurants
4-minute walk to Rietlandpark tram station
4-minute walk to C. van Eesterenlaan tram and bus station
4-minute drive to Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum
7-minute drive to Amsterdam Centraal train station
7-minute drive to Rembrandt House Museum
8-minute drive to Museum Amstelkring
9-minute drive to the Red Light District
9-minute drive to Oude Kerk
10-minute drive to Dam Square and the National Monument
10-minute drive to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
17-minute drive to Vondelpark
15-minute tram ride to Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, a concert venue and restaurant
16-minute tram ride to Artis Zoo
17-minute tram ride to the Heineken Experience
18-minute tram ride to Hortus Botanicus botanical gardens