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... careful not to get run over by bikes, motorcycles (share the same path), buses, trams and of course cars! Traffic and canals everywhere and it seems – No rules! We walked around the town, found the old palace, numerous monuments and tried to get into Anne Frank's House/museum where she wrote her diary during WW2 but the line was really long and it was just before closing. As we were in Amsterdam we decided ...
... 2 groups of girls one from Norway and the other from New Zealand. It was a great mix! We slept in a little bit the next day and got on our way to the Anne frank house. After standing outside in line for 2 HOURS in the pouring rain/hail we finally made it in. It was so worth it because it was a truly amazing exhibit. After the Anne frank house we decided it was time for a beer(or two) at the Heineken brewery. The experience was fun and we got ...
After rushing around getting everything together this morning, we finally boarded the plane and headed for Amsterdam, the first stop on this leg of our tour!! Eli said Dale would like easyjet because their primary color is orange and it's everywhere in the terminal. It's a budget airline but it was a quick and easy flight. We arrived in Amsterdam around 4:20pm. It's an hour ahead of UK time. The flight was great and went so quickly. We had ...
... to find the train station (a bit tricky to work out the platform needed) however purchased a couple of tickets to the city and off we went.
Day 1 - Getting to know the city
We arrived out of the train station and had no idea which way to move! We followed the crowd and made our way to what we later found out was Dam Square. En-route we came across a charming little Christmas Market. As far as I was aware there were not going to be any ...
... tube looking shot glasses and dancing to strange European dance music at an event dubbed "Kill All Hipsters." Anna, clad in a plaid t-shirt and big, square glasses, really enjoyed the evening's theme. Our good times came to an end when a very tall man walking by dumped an entire cup of beer down my back. So we headed home and rested up for an early train to city number two: Bruges, Belgium. More to come in the next post.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam
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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
from an 80's pop video.