My stay at the quirky Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam

by Sonja Faul

The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam is certainly a colourful and interesting property! It features 1 to 5-star rooms, the first of its kind in the world. More than 50 artists and designers participated in the design of the hotel. The result? Funky and unique rooms and common areas that everybody can enjoy.

The rooms

Each room differs from the next! I stayed in room 219, designed by a local artist and actress called Ellen ten Damme. The best word to describe my room is eccentric! Let’s start with the things that are standard/normal in the room: a very comfortable king size bed, a desk and chair and a heater.

As you enter the room, you’ll notice a corner filled with what appears to be random memorabilia. A wedding dress, a glass cabinet with Ellen ten Damme souvenirs and stuffed animals, a fox and a deer. It was a bit creepy if I’m being totally honest!

The most intriguing feature of the room is the bathroom. It isn’t separate, but rather, it’s part of the room. What I mean by that is you have to open two panels to create a bathroom in the middle of the room!

I was a little bit sceptical that the water from the shower would run through the whole room, but it didn’t. The design is very clever and thoughtful.

Then there’s the toilet! The toilet itself is normal, but the décor is not. Take a look at the photo below and you’ll see what I mean. Every time you open the door you get a fright because you think someone is sitting on the toilet.

All the walls in the room are covered with wallpaper that consists of thousands of small photographs of the artist herself (and some of them are nude)! This room will definitely not be everybody’s cup of tea.

Quirky décor and quooker points

Throughout the hotel, you’ll find random furniture. For instance, this colourful couch was just outside my room.

Also, walking down the hall on my floor kinda felt like walking down the hall at my old high school, with all the chairs and tables and bookshelves in the hallway.

On every floor is a quooker point. Here you can make yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea. Finding them can be tricky, though. Just search for a door with a boiling cup on it!

The grub

I was really impressed with the restaurant/café. It has a wonderfully warm and social atmosphere.

Every morning a rich breakfast buffet is served in the restaurant. Expect to find a large selection of pastries, soft and hard boiled eggs, meats, cheeses and preserves, fresh fruit, and a wide selection of beverages. Homemade foods in the buffet include smoothies, yoghurt and apple pie (my personal favourite)!

My verdict

I loved this hotel and I would stay here again in a heartbeat. There is much more for me to explore in the hotel and I haven’t seen all the artworks yet. If you’re looking for a unique hotel experience in Amsterdam, head to the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy.

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Jelte March 16, 2017 - 5:20 pm

Cool! Didn’t know about this hotel. I like the archtecture and the design. Must be surprising to see Ellen ten Damme suddenly when you open the door to the toilet. And looks like the hotel is open for the library and cultural activities also if you are not staying in the hotel, so a good place to visit!

Sonja Faul March 16, 2017 - 5:28 pm

I also really loved the design and feel of the hotel! Yes, every time I opened the toilet door I got a fright! LOL


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