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.