Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Pros

  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • 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)

Bottom Line

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. Amenities include a trendy bright-red bar, a ceiling-high gift shop, and meeting and exhibition spaces. Outside, visitors can walk to a handful of transportation options, which will be necessary to get to the heart of the city.

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 Location

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
  • 24-minute tram ride to the Van Gogh Museum
  • 25-minute tram ride to Stedelijk Museum

 Bottom Line

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. Amenities include a trendy bright-red bar, a ceiling-high gift shop, and meeting and exhibition spaces. Outside, visitors can walk to a handful of transportation options, which will be necessary to get to the heart of the city.

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Address

  • Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1019 BN

Room Types

  • Five Star Prestige Deluxe Room
  • Four Star Prestige Room
  • One Star Economy Room
  • Three Star Superior Room
  • Two Star Comfort Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 117
Pool: No
Internet Access: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1019 BN
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