Travel Blogs from Amsterdam
... and it was even more sobering to see the place where she had written her experiences. There was a time when being Jewish meant death and now we walk around openly and have museums about our tragic past. As I left the Anne Frank house I saw signs for the Tulip museum. It was on my list of extras but it was already five oclock. I decided to give it a shot and they ended up letting me in. It wasn't as impressive as I ...
... was a great place.
We saw the new Van Gogh museum which was a highlight. It was recently opened and it is really well done with lots of his famous paintings including the smoking skeleton. It also has a nice narrative running through the exhibition on his life, his relationships, his own turmoil and his unfortunate end. You can’t do too much culture in one day, so we followed that with a trip to the Bols museum. Bols is a famous dutch spirit and is the forerunner to gin ...
... golden rules to living here: you're discreet, it’s good for business and it doesn’t hurt anyone. So why coffee shops.... It's discrete (hence, they are called coffee shops), it's obviously good for business and you're not hurting anyone but yourself.
The Dutch government tried to formally make this illegal in 2012. To make a stand the Amsterdam mayor who was opposed to the idea publicly posted on a website that "Amsterdam would not ban the use of drugs". ...
My Dutch is very terrible. Luckily for me, their English is perfect! Huge queues at all the museums, which was all a bit much after all the travel yesterday, so had a lovely time wandering, and catching up with Katie for dinner. Spent a good bit of the afternoon in the beautiful Apple ...
... course, they were in set amounts and the auctioneer set the minimum amount of bins you could buy and after your bid is set a buyer has 10 seconds to say how many bins he is going to take and it then continues until all the bins of that lot are sold. It was incredibly fast and without our tour guide I am quite sure none of us would have got how the system worked. From there we were driven to Gassens - Diamond cutters ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam
Check the room first
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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