A peaceful summer spot for the curious
TEXT: EVA MENGER | PHOTO: DENNIS BOUMAN
Slightly off the beaten track, just three tram stops from Amsterdam Central Station and a short 20-minute walk from the increasingly popular Indische Buurt, lies the rather original Lloyd Hotel. Dating back to 1921, it was once where European emigrants prepared themselves for the big move to South America. Nearly a century later, the hotel has become a popular hang-out for both tourists and locals.
By the end of the 20th Century, Zeeburg had long lost its purpose as international port, hence local authorities decided to transform it into a modern residential area. The Lloyd hotel would stay, however, and reopened in 2004.
One of the hotel’s most outstanding features is its versatility – both in terms of audience and design. Every single room is different and prices range from high to low, allowing for an infinitely mixed crowd to feel at home there. “Our guests range from creative to corporate and adventurous,” general manager Piet Boogert says, “but, what they all have in common is a certain level of curiosity; a need for something unconventional. Everyone can be themselves here.”
What makes the hotel a particularly brilliant summer spot is its gorgeous outside terrace, which, as part of new owner Rocco Veenboer’s rebrand of the hotel, has been given a new and exciting look. Full of luscious plants and located on a blind alley, this is where locals go for sun, peace and quiet. What’s more, the hotel is conveniently located right by het IJ, from which the ferry to the up-and-coming Amsterdam North departs roughly three times per hour. Keen to go on a little adventure? No problem. The hotel offers rental bikes for just 17 euros per day.