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We left our friends in cologne this morning. We really enjoyed our time in cologne. It is a vibrant city with lots going on. Extremely walkable to stores and restaurants. It was a place we would like to go back to. We took the train which had difficulties and we wound up having to switch to a local train with our heavy suitcases in Utrecht. We made it to the barge about 2 and a half hours later Han planned. It has been great reuniting with old friends. This seems to be a good ...
Greetings from the Netherlands. We had a very smooth trip through Frankfurt and onto Amsterdam. Taking an overnight flight from Chicago, made it much easier to adjust to the time change. We are staying at a wonderful bed and breakfast very close to the central train station. We took the train from the airport and walked about seven minutes to the Crown B and B. The building dates to 1783 and is totally charming. Our innkeeper, Angelo, sat with us and a map ...
... just found another reason to be a backseat bandit. Off we got to join the next bus out to the Keukenhof location, which although express (no more pick-ups) it took longer. As we got closer, the traffic was pretty severe. The reason why was soon apparent - 10 columns of between 15 and 20 buses each, plus car park, motorbike/scooter park and bike park. Popular place, this! With tickets in hand, we went straight in and missed the spot with the maps (I spotted it later on the way ...
... Rick quickly developed negative feelings about so many bikes as they were parked/abandoned anywhere and everywhere, invading sidewalks, public spaces and obscuring otherwise beautiful vistas. Albeit bothersome to visiting tourists, they are an essential part of everyday life here.
Despite the bike clutter, Amsterdam has a unique "charm". We loved ...
... forwards and sometimes around in circles. It was hard to steer ok! Ha it was fun all the same and we eventually got the hang of it. Paul did most of the pedalling. The hour sped by and we returned the water bikes, after a funny attempt at reverse parking the boat. Eventually we managed after lots of laughter and a few goes and then ventured on through the museum on the bicycle... Yes I just said we rode through a museum on a bicycle! This is the famous Rijks museum which has ...
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The reception area is far from welcoming. We had two rooms, the first a double which was so small one of us had to sit on the bed while the other stood up and the second a single, was enormous. We asked for a different room and got one without a hassle. Transportation to Central Station is excellent but a taxi back at night is expensive. Parking was outrageous! Wouldn't stay again.
Good Buzz Doesn't Deliver
As much as I love good design and unique hotel experiences, the Lloyd was a great disappointment. Our room, at almost $200 per night, was cramped and unattractive. Our bathroom, which the staff referred to as a sculpture, was a large, plastic unit with a tiny room housing the toilet and another housing the shower. The plastic material used for our bathroom "sculpture" gave off an extemely unpleasant odor not unlike those of Porta Potties.
Unless you're willing to pay quite a bit for an "artistic" environment, avoid the Lloyd.
Let me start by staying that we really wanted to like the Lloyd. We are experienced travelers with a taste for boutique hotels and modern design. We came to the hotel with great expectations, but have to admit to mild disappointment.
We stayed with a group of people in this hotel. So i had a look in 5 different rooms. The check-in time is the first problem: very late (15h pm). The second one is the tiny counter to welcome the public: makes you waiting too long. The furniture in the lounge is the worst ever seen in a 2+ star hotel (reminds me my student room with second hand stuff).
The hotel is definitely not for someone looking for the "standard" fare. Checked in quite early with no problem. Was asked if a "conceptual" room was OK with me. Boy was it conceptual! The room had a lime green fiberglas lavatory/tub/sink unit snaking through it. All the other furniture was stuff I would subsequently see in design stores around town. I found the staff helpful and attitude-free. Only ate breakfast there, at the counter, which was conducive to conversation with strangers and felt friendly. Very convenient to the tram for getting to the centrum but a pricey cab ride back if you stay out late. My big complaint: bad post-visit guest service. Having thought I left something in my room, I sent an e-mail the next day. This message, and a follow up, went unanswered.
We stayed at Lloyd Hotel in October 2005. Staff were very helpful. My husband loved the hotel but I thought it looked ok. When entering the hotel it reminds of a visit for a hospital checkup it seemed cold, not cosy, it reminded me of also a batchelor pad no plush furnishings, if you like very contemporary you'll like this, to my horror there was not a full length mirror, I therfore had to run out to check my outfit on the lift mirror, also the bathroom mirror was quite high, I had to stand on a chair to do my makeup. We had a door in our room to enter an adjoining room. You could hear your neighbours coughing. My complaints are small ones but when your paying that price, I just expected a bit more of everyday items like drawers and a wardrope etc. The food was nice not amazing but nice. Also one last comment the shower was weird. To describe it, it was open plan, not good for privacy and not good for their wooden floor, which was already showing signs of damage. One last comment the staff spoke very good english and were very helpful.
I arrived about 12.30am from meetings in Rotterdam and found the reception staff welcoming. So tired that night that I didn't take into too many details of my room except that the bathroom was open plan - novel, and gives you room to move around - but the next morning I could not believe the height of the bedroom ceiling! I lay for fifteen minutes as I was a figure in a chapel, gathering my thoughts. Which as
Saved our lives!
We were stuck in a bad situation on New Year's eve (see review of hotel waterfront) and the Amsterdam tourist office sent us to the Lloyd. Although a bit far out of the centre (10 mins in a taxi) it was worth it for the quality. Both myself and my friends had nice rooms. Mine was a bit smaller but beautifully decorated, and my friend's room was bigger, but the floor was unfinished. The views were lovely from both rooms. The hotel staff were very helpful and gave us advice on transport and other matters. I would stay here again.
We stayed in one of the shared bathroom units of the Lloyd Hotel last weekend. It was perfect for us since we just needed a place to stay for one night but it would probably be uncomfortable for people staying for more than one night. First of all the room was very small with hardly any place to put your luggage. The shared toilet and shower was alittle bit weird because there was no way to lock the door from the inside so you had to constantly be on edge while doing your business. There is no wash basin or mirror in the hotel room, only in the shower room. If you are arriving by train to Amsterdam, there is a bus (no.32) that gets you from the Centraal Station to the area of the Lloyd Hotel but if we didn't find a really nice lady to help us find the hotel, we would've been wandering around since there are no clear signs as to where the hotel is located. Otherwise, there is a streetcar (No. 10) that is located directly behind the hotel that takes you into the city center, to the Leidseplein (takes about 10-15 minutes). I also think the price for the room was alittle too expensive considering the location and the scarce amenities. Positive things: the comforter and pillows were really plush and comfortable, they give you nice complimentary soap and shampoo, there is a 24 hour restaurant downstairs, the location is quiet and shows you a different side of Amsterdam.
We stayed at this hotel the first weekend it opened so expected some teething problems. However this hotel has nothing to offer. It looks like a hospital, it has rooms like a hospital and the staff treat you like you are an extra in 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. The check in was painful, there was no room service menu, the location is in the middle of a building site. There are no wardrobes or chests of drawers. The toilet is in the middle of the room for those that like having absolutely no privacy. The only redeeming factor is the food which is good. The menu is incomprehensible however and the restaurant is full of extras
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