Lloyd Hotel

, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Lloyd Hotel

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Oostelijke Handelskade 34 - Amsterdam - 3817 CA - Netherlands Hotel Website | | (+31) (0)20 419 18 40
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Very odd, very quirky but definitely an experience

from cvwgi
I also read the reviews of this hotel and anticipated my stay there, arranged by the organizers of a conference I was staying, with great trepidation. There is something very odd about the place including the odd, user unfriendly rooms and somewhat strange staff (when you can find them). In addition it's simply difficult to find the door. It's really not clear where the main entrance is! But if you take advantage of it you can explore a very interesting area of the city. There are a few good restaurants, the walkway along the River as well as the Stedelijk Museum as long as they're still there and in the end..it's simply not that remote. It's on two convenient tram lines and if you're up to walking, about a good twenty minutes to the central station. Not as removed as one might think when first arriving. I regret not changing my room as I was stuck on the sixth floor in a charming but VERY hot room with a small dormer window that barely opened. The long hallways were also a bit creepy. But the feel of the main restaurant, lounge, visitor center etc. was really very nice. All in all a memorable experience. Although I'm not sure that I'd choose it again I don't regret the explore to the up and coming Eastern Docklands area.

Why are you all so negative about this place?

from miles26r
I had read all of the bad reviews of the Lloyd here on Tripadvisor. "How bad can it be?" I wondered. I'm completely flummoxed by why people seem to dislike the Lloyd so much. I think it's a great hotel. It begs to be explored and experienced. There are lectures (we attended one on Ubuntu--a South African concept of "humanity towards others,”) there is a tremendous library, crazy staircases and multiple levels and a great restaurant. Yes the hallways are narrow without wall-to-wall carpeting and railings to hold on to. Yes the rooms are sparse, but my wife and I welcomed the lack of some horrible Thomas Kinkade-type painting looming over our bed. The Lloyd exceeds in its efficiency and refreshing out-of-the-boxness. Sure, the bathrooms could use a few more hooks and a shelf here and there, but as the previous reviewer stated, "give it some time." As for complaints about remoteness: If you want to be in the thick of Amsterdam's crowds and frat boy infested center than this isn’t the place. But if you're interested in seeing what appears to be a developing area with lots of great, new architecture and you don't mind a quick tram ride, than it’s just fine. We found all of the staff accommodating and pleasant. I will definitely return and recommend. Thank you. M.Rohan.

Very weird, felt just like the prison it is

from Orlandolawyer
I agree with other travelers, this place was awful. It was an old prison and our room felt exactly like a prison cell. We paid about $200 for one night and were given a room in the basement with almost no sun light. The bathroom and room set up is exactly like a prison cell, dark and gray and stark. I literally felt like we were being punished while staying there.

We didn't eat there because we just wanted to be away from the place. If you came to tour amsterdam it is set far far away from everything else in the city center and there is no restaurants or anywhere to stroll in the nearby vicinity. There is a direct tram line, but if you came to vacation in amsterdam/europe this is not the place to stay.

I agree the pictures on the website ar every misleading. Would not stay here again.

Quirky: give it time

from Dublin8
Quirky, but very Dutch. You need to be open-minded: they lost our reservation, the occasional furnishings are (deliberately) jumble sale in style, the "Cultural Centre" is a bit pretentious and full of books you wouldn't send to Oxfam, the institutional feel can be a bit overpowering. But: the rooms can be stylish, if unconventional, the overall feel of the place is cool, the canteen (for breakfast and perfectly good meals at extended hours) pleasant. Not for those needing identikit comforts. Relatively unusual location in the rejuvenated Eastern docklands: interesting if you like architecture or urban planning. Summer 2005 should have seen a direct tramline open to the railway station, already at the terminus of the circular tram line, which is very convenient for many things. As a tourist, a mercy to be away from the horrors of some of Amsterdam's tourist fleshpots. An interersting choice of hotel in Amsterdam: don't set your expectations too high though. The website might lead you to expect a more conventionally "boutique" hotel. Instead you get a Dutch experience: all-comers welcome, modest, thrifty, in an unusual (but well-connected and quite real) area.

Get me out of here!

from A TripAdvisor Member
This place was horrible, it's an old prison that had had changed little in terms of atmosphere since it became a hotel. In fact I struggle to apply the term 'hotel' to it. Think cramped corridors with old shabby furniture from a yard sale, it feel like you are being punished for staying here. It's miles away from the city centre in an area that has obviously been 'regenerated' i.e. rough and industrial so taxis cost a lot to get away from it. Please note that the website is completly misleading and makes the place look really good. It's positioned as a newly done up place of all things cool and edgey, it's not. For the money they charge you're better off staying anywhere in the centre of town.

I was there for business but it was so bad I had to check into another hotel after one night. If I was paying to stay there myself I would have cried. The decor is not just terrible but shabby. In my room the toilet was in the shower, I had no hanging rail in the cupboared that was suppose to be my wardrobe and I had 7 chairs of faded quality. The linen didn't look to clean and the base of the bed was dirty. My headboard was a radiator surrounded by cracked tiles. I had requested a double bed but was given a room with two singles that weren't even pushed together. Because the whole place is covered in (ugly, brown) tiles I was kept awake all night by people walking by my room. The pictures on the sight made the rooms look chic and scandinavian but they are just sparse and cold.

I have no problems with the main space in the hotel, the restaurant / lounge / bar, although it did all look like a canteen (a prison one at that). When I came back from work I was subjected to a documentary about ... of all things ... tulips. Nice. It was projected onto a wall in the open space so there was no escape unless I accepted a 5% room service charge in my room. But since I wanted to spend as little time as possible in there and being miles away from anywhere else I suffered it. In addition when I ordered a drink I was informed with a shrug of the shoulders that the hotel didn't have what I wanted so I would have to order something else. I was fine with that but then the drinks that came were made with so little care and tasted terrible we had to complain.

The best thing about this hotel was leaving it. I pity anyone who stays here.

’ve got to stay here

from I-AM-ON-HOLIDAYS
I’ve stayed at the Lloyd hotel for seven nights while on a business trip. I got a three star* room – remember that Lloyd offers rooms from 1* to 5*– on the 3rd floor. My shower was in fact in the middle of the room!!! The room was ingeniously designed and really spacious. Indeed there are no coffee facilities in the room and room service incurs a €7.50 charge. The hotel wants to encourage you to either eat at the really spacious Snel restaurant or get the food to your room yourself, which I did a couple of times. The food is fantastic and not overpriced. The staff were really friendly and not pretentious.
Breakfast was plentiful and varied…just don’t mix the milk with the sour yogurt like I did!
There is free wireless internet connection throughout the hotel and an entire library of books and magazines if you fancy reading.
The hotel is only 10 minutes from the central station. Take tram 26 and get off at Rietlandpark… or sth like that.
Overall a great hotel and a great experience. Would highly recommend it

Lloyd Hotel

from A TripAdvisor Member
Although it may be partly due to the fact that it's not full tourist season yet (so they have a little more time for each guest), but the the Lloyd was great, everyone was friendly, helpful, attentive and service was quick but not rushed
Stayed in a 1* room which was basic (as expected)but with great bedding and views and the rest of the hotel more than made up for this (very contempory), even the shared bathroom and toilet were in great condition and actually quite nice
Reception gave us directions when needed and tram only took 5 mins to get to town
Good food (plenty of veggie food for me too)and fair prices
Would DEFINATELY stay there again

Would not recommend at all

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just returned from a two night stay at the Lloyd hotel.
We were expecting the Hotel, from the reviews we had read to be a little "different" but it was in fact "weird".
Our room in the loft space was spacious but it also housed the exposed central heating pipes for the hotel so was warm and noisy.There was no carpet on the floor just rough floorboards and a coir matting which meant you had to wear shoes all the time. There were no tea/coffee making facilities and when i asked reception for non-feather bedding they were unable to provide this.Some other members of our party reported having showers and toilets in the middle of their bedrooms!, we were lucky then we had a seperate wet room.
The dining room was nice, but breakfast was like a chimps tea-party with nowhere near enough food provided for all the guests.There were fights almost breaking out for the last crossaint!.In conclusion this hotel is not good value for money and i would definately not stay here again.

Good Telling Off

from A TripAdvisor Member
The good telling off by one of the breakfast staff was the last straw. Twice I had been to the breakfast buffet to find the fruit bowl empty. When I asked for some fruit I received an earful from the waitress about how long it took to prepare and that I would just have to wait.
After they had failed to send a confirmation e-mail they had assured me by phone that I was booked in. On arrival they had lost the booking but found us a room.
The room was cold and the quilts were thin. We got up during the night to heap coats and woolies on the bed.
It was supposed to be 4 star but this was not luxurious by any standards, more utilitarian. I've been in better youth hostels! The rooms were arranged so that pretty much wherever you were the lavatory was in full view! Yeuk.
We've had far better rooms and service much cheaper elsewhere. This hotel is an expensive bad joke.

Contemporary and Interesting!

from joandpete
My partner and I stayed at this hotel for one night in November and loved it! We stayed in a 4* room with fantastic views and an amazing splash room. The rooms were clean, well presented and modern. My partner found the beds a little too soft for his tastes but I found them very snug. We had pleasure in having some food from the restuarant which was first class and affordable with a good wine selection. I would definately recommend this hotel and its facilities to anyone staying in Amsterdam!

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  • Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34 - Amsterdam - 3817 CA - Netherlands
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