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“Cool hotel.” 4 of 5 stars
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Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied))   |  
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Ranked #129 of 355 Hotels in Amsterdam
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7 reviews
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“Cool hotel.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013 via mobile

The Lloyd hotel was a great place outside the center and very easy access to the train to center station. Rooms were kinda cool in a weird asylum feel kinda way. Grocery store across the street and quite at night. The restaurant was descent especially late night after roaming the city all day. Overall kinda over priced for the rooms. The 5 star is way to over prices and the 2 star should be updated. I've stayed twice so obviously I find it a nice place to stay.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

let's be honest, when you go for 1 star, it's one star. don't expect anything great. i read a comment about the reception and it's true that its pretty small and i can imagine it must be a bit messy if more than 2 people are waiting. otherwise we were ok with our bedroom even though it was very small. the matresses were good. the cleanliness could have been better though.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This was a great experience. It's an exciting mix of recent. vivid history and absolutely modern design. The area is stark but we had a beautiful walk over to Java island and found a good bar and resturant over there. The transformation of the building has been done well, although the prison antecedents combined with stark modern design doesn't exactly make it a cosy stay. I liked the basement plant collection and the library on the top floor.The cafe felt like being in a University Department, with people actually talking to each other at breakfast - that doesn't always happen in hotels! The "hot water stations", where you could make tea and coffee, were only on even floors, which meant negotiating the stairs with hot drinks - and no trays, so I had to make the tea one at a time !
Breakfast was nice but expensive.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wells, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Hotel rooms vary from 1* to 5* unsure which room we had but I would guess a 3* double bed very comfy, shower bit different as was in the middle of room (open shower) TV was a little dated but worked. Hotel is a little strange in terms of décor but was a good average hotel.

To get from the Airport train station to Main train station (Amsterdam Central) take train from platform 1 or 2. When arriving at main train station come out and turn left walk 2/3 mins to tram 26 (comes every few mins) and the hotel is the 3rd stop Rietlandpark you can see the hotel when you get off the tram.

It is worth buying a 1/2/3 day tram ticket as you can get on and off as much as you like with it.

Room Tip: ask for a 4* or 5* with king size bed
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

We stayed at Lloyd's hotel with a group of people, all family. The building is interesting and located in a part of Amsterdam that is not touristic. The building however has quite a bit of history and that creates a nice atmosphere. The rooms are all different, but my room, spacious as it was, had a very strange shower that took up half of the room as soon as the giant door was closed. There is a nice restaurant where we had lunch. Because there are also rooms of a fraction of the price that we paid it gave us the feeling that we overpaid our rooms. These other rooms are meant for students or such which gives the clientele one sees there a slight idea of a youth hostel.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the IJ-side of the building. The view is nicer.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Lloyd Hotel is a taste. you like or you don't. I did. In true Dutch style the place presents an immediate visual interest and attitude. Bold - here I am. Reception booth is kind of cool and interesting but totally impractical if there are more than 2 people waiting. I waited for more than 30 minutes as I arrived just after a conference group.

BUT the wait was worth it! The 4* room was austere and cool at the same time with fabulous simplicity and humour. Clean, functionional and a very comfortable bed.

Staff are customer-oriented in a pragmatic Dutch way. Clear, polite and focussed on their job.

Restaurant is basic fare, good if you fancy a simple meal. For something more, head to the City.

Room Tip: I got the impression Llyoyd Hotel is very keen to impress you with all the clever art and surprises...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The style of the hotel is based on it's history: a jail. This makes the hotel very unique, but as a consequence the rooms are really basic. Hardly any furniture, not even a place to put your soap in the bathroom. It's all part of the style of the hotel, but for 240 euro/night for a three star room, people expect more. The room also didn't have any curtains that block out the light, so we woke up really early in the morning. You can't let a hotel room without curtains.
On the good side, the bed was really good.
The atmosphere is nice, but overall, the hotel is very overpriced.

Room Tip: The three star rooms are in the basement next to the street. In our case a truck was unloading reall...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34, 1019 BN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Location: The Netherlands > North Holland Province > Amsterdam > Eastern Docklands (Oostelijk Havengebied)
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#64 Business Hotel in Amsterdam
#76 Family Hotel in Amsterdam
#112 Romantic Hotel in Amsterdam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy 3*
Number of rooms: 117
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam is the first one-to-five star design hotel in the world. Created as a home for travellers of all stripes, we believe in sharing cultural luggage - yours and ours. Located in a transformed historic building, the Lloyd Hotel is an icon of Dutch design. More than 50 designers and artists participate in the hotel. Our Cultural Embassy presents ongoing exhibitions, talks and events every month, available to all guests. ... more   less 
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