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Places & Spaces I love: The Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Amsterdam (10 of 10)

Confession time: I’m sick of typical hotels with their boring cliche interiors. Lloyd Hotel, upon stumbling upon it on the internet, was an immediate 10/10 in my book. There are quite a few things the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy can brag about: they’re the first 1-to-5 star design hotel in the world, the hotel has a rich interesting history, and they’ve got absolutely beautiful comfy rooms that just can’t be beat.


The Lloyd Hotel first opened in the 1920’s, built by the Royal Dutch Lloyd on the IJ-Quay from which their ships departed. Since its opening, the Lloyd Hotel went from being an emmigrant hotel to becoming a refugee center, detention center, juvenile detention center, and artist studios. In November 2014, it was turned into the 1-to-5 star designer hotel we see today.

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My room at the Lloyd Hotel is situated in the 6th floor of the building, includes a swing in the middle of the room and a bathtub on the left side. You can say I was a smitten kitten. Even the rocking chair on the side, which would usually creep me out, was a welcomed detail that just fit. 

It was interesting to find out through the hotel’s history exhibition that my room was also used as an artist studio a decade or two ago!

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Amsterdam (4 of 10)Here I am about to try getting on the swing and praying for dear life I don’t break the beams in half. I’m not the lightest person in the world, even Gab was worried we’d bring the entire hotel down. Thanks, Gab!

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Amsterdam (3 of 10)Success!!! I swung on it a few times until I got tired.

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I think my favorite part of the entire room was the bathtub in the room itself. There was something absolutely relaxing about it. On the morning of the day we were to depart, I spent an hour relaxing in a warm bubble bath. Gab took the liberty of taking my photos.

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Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Amsterdam (8 of 10)What a shame we could only spend a night, the morning after we had a hard time even getting out of bed! Gab and I were so relaxed underneath the thick white comforters, the charming wooden beams above us, the sleepy morning light… It was like waking up to a dream. 

Here’s the thing about Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, I’ll forever find myself wanting the same aesthetic and comfort in all future accommodations I’ll stay at in the future, but they just won’t compare.


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  • Reply Maddie 11 January 2017 at 10:08 am

    Ahh major heart eyes for your photos ❤

  • Reply Dianne Kathreen 11 January 2017 at 10:31 am

    I love the bathtub!! When I saw this on your Instagram post, I instantly fell in love with it. The room is one hella of an aesthetic & interior goals (plus the weather outside.) ❤

  • Reply aicsthetic 11 January 2017 at 10:49 am

    Ooh that hotel history, though. It’s kinda creepy but at the same time, interesting! It’s cool how they went back to their origins as a hotel, though. Love the photos BTW.

  • Reply renalexis01 11 January 2017 at 11:12 am

    The room just screams aesthetic! I love everything about it, the rocking chair, the swing, the bathtub, the wooden beams, the white bed, the cute windows, the lighting, ah! I hope one day I will be able to stay in this hotel too… ❤

  • Reply claudine ann 11 January 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Wow, this place looks so beautiful! I love the photos! Ahhhh ♡_♡

  • Reply Pia 11 January 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Your hotel room looks so beautiful! Yeah, your room definitely set the bar high for accommodations. You looked so happy on the swing! Haha, and that picture of you in the bathtub is so artistically taken. <3

  • Reply Pearly Jane 11 January 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Wow I love it so much!!! I think I’d be the same too, not wanting to leave. Hehe and your photos are so dreamy as always :D

  • Reply Geri (@gerimagsakay) 12 January 2017 at 12:36 am

    I am so in love, not only with this place and your photos but the whole post!! I hope someday I can visit and stay in this hotel!

  • Reply Corinth Suarez 12 January 2017 at 1:14 pm

    “I’m sick of typical hotels with their boring cliche interiors.”

    Same. Loved the photos, especially the tub portraits! :)

  • Reply Pearl Aton 1 February 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Oh wow! Rustic charm overload <3 <3 <3

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