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Netherlands, Amsterdam

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Ambassy

4 stars, Contemporary, Designers & Brands, Design, Historic, Unusual, City, Cultural activities, Business, Wedding & Honeymoon, Art collection, Gastronomy, Restaurant, Shopping

The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy design hotel in the center of Amsterdam opens onto the chic eastern quarter of the Dutch capital. This fascinating establishment located within the walls of a sad looking 1920s building, plunges guests into the whimsical universe of MVRDV architecture. The 117 arty, original and trendy rooms have polystyrene bathtubs and all possible modern comforts. The five star Lloyd’s interiors place their guests in an ultra design décor, casting a veil of fantasy over this former German detention center. From the seats in the library to the tables of the Snel restaurant, the hotel celebrates the gentleness of Dutch life, making it the ideal starting point for visiting the museums of Holland’s cultural capital.


Amsterdam is undoubtedly the cultural and artistic capital of the Netherlands. Numerous tourists come here every year to visit its approximately fifty museums, and to discover their abundant collection of remarkable works of art. Two museums stand out above the others and are absolute musts. The Van Gogh Museum is totally dedicated to the renowned painter, with several hundred of his drawings a huge number of paintings, as well as works by his contemporaries. The world famous Rijksmuseum is the place to admire and contemplate the works of the greatest names in Dutch painting including Rembrandt with his famous Night Watch and The Jewish Bride, and Johannes Vermeer’s, The Milkmaid. Amsterdam however, is not just a museum city, and is world famous for its canals crossed by more than1,200 bridges, which tourists often discover on bicycles, rain or shine, since the city is charming whatever the weather may be. And if it’s cold, there’s nothing better for getting warm than enjoying one or several delicious Dutch sandwiches known as broodjes in one of the brown or white cafes in the city, which are also part of the local folklore.

A totally design building steeped in history

Located in the trendy eastern quarter of the port of Amsterdam, the Hotel Lloyd attracts a great many curious eyes. This imposing, 1921 gray brick building is in radical contrast with the neighborhood and its modern structures. And those who are not totally won over by the outside of the building should remember that beauty also comes from the inside. And the inside of the hotel is a surprising jewel thanks to the work of the best names in local contemporary design and by the popular modern architectural agency, MVRDV, which brilliantly made use of the original character of the site.

More than a hundred different size rooms, ranging from one to five stars rival each other for originality and off the wall concepts like a shower in the middle of a room, a bed hidden in a cupboard, a polystyrene bathtub, a kitchen for inviting friends to have a meal with you, children’s books by C. S. Lewis or a magnificent piano. And although originality reigns supreme here, comfort and the well-being of guests are also top priorities.

There are two places to eat, the Snel, which is a kind of lunch counter and the Slomm, a more classic restaurant but very arty as well, where the cuisine is French inspired using local and seasonal products. The library and the other common areas offer large, well lit spaces for moments of relaxation after a long day of discovering the city’s treasures.

Before becoming a hotel, the building had a hundred year old history. It was originally built to house the offices of KHL, a company dealing with the transportation of goods and people to South America and which eventually went bankrupt. Then, during World War II, it was transformed into an incarceration center for Germans. It retained its prison status until 1999 when it became an atelier for artists and finally, a hotel, which opened in 2004 after renovation.

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Four stars / Design / Historic building / French, Dutch and South-European cuisine / Temporary exhibitions / Recording studio / Nomad library

When open:

Open all year

Number of rooms and suites:

117 rooms and suites


Double occupancy from 86 euros

Nearest airport:

Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport (AMS) - Amsterdam

Hotel details:


Oostelijke Handelskade 34

1019 BN Amsterdam

The Netherlands

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Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 1h15

Time difference from Paris:

No time diifference


Temperate maritime climate: fairly mild winters, cool summers
Average temperature: 3°C in January / 18°C in July

Necessary travel documents for French nationals

National ID card or valid passport
No visa required
No vaccinations required


The euro (EUR)

Languages spoken

Dutch and Flemish, Frison

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+33 1 75 43 70 26 *Our reservation department is always happy to assist you via phone or via email. We are open Monday to Friday 9am to 18pm (GMT +1).