When I stayed at the Lloyd Hotel a few days ago I stayed at Room 219, also known as the Ellen ten Damme Room for two nights. The other room is picture here. The Ellen Ten Damme Room is devoted to the photographer Danny Ellinger's photos of the famous Dutch singer. Her face is literally everywhere. The wallpaper consists of thousands of little pictures of her, the toilet features a massive picture of her... err, doing her business on the toilet, and personal memorabilia is lying everywhere. Taxidermy (a stuffed bird and a fox), a wedding dress and a magnifying glass were lying around the room. The room was incredibly photogenic and featured beautiful shuttered windows as well as just about everything covered in sheepskin. Another feature of the room was the "fold-out shower" which is a Lloyd Hotel concept that I am not completely a fan of, but it is definitely a conversation starter! Basically the shower is in the wall and you sort of fold out the wall in order to make the walls of the shower. The water gets kinda everywhere, so a mop is provided. All in all I found the room to be a beautiful and inspiring space, but it lacked a little in the "luxury" department. If you're expecting fluffy towels, sparkling bathroom appliances and room-service this isn't the hotel for you. If you're looking to stay in a building with a lot of history within its wall, art at every corner, and run-down charm then I would recommend it whole-heartedly. I would also suggest that you take a good 4-star room or a 5-star room (the Lloyd Hotel is the first hotel to provide 1 to 5 star rooms). The people working at the hotel are incredibly kind and warm so they let John and I change rooms twice as well as view a selection of different rooms in order to choose a room that we preferred.
The hotel itself is a strange building. It was formerly a migrants hotel and the last stop before people travelled to South America on Royal Dutch Lloyd ships. From the early forties onwards the Lloyd hotel served many functions. As the Germans occupied the Netherlands, they converted the building into a prison. Members of the resistance movement were kept prisoner here. Later, it became a regular detention centre and it remained so after the war. In 1964 Lloyd Hotel was transformed into the first experiment with detaining juveniles apart from adults. It reopened in 2004 as a hotel. For better or for worse, the hotel still feels a bit like an institution. I would also suggest to avoid staying at the hotel in the hottest summer months as they do not have air-conditioning and some of the rooms can get quite steamy.
For what the Lloyd Hotel lacks in luxury they make up with their friendly and accommodating staff and their beautiful art. The hotel is a treasure in itself and you can keep yourself occupied for hours just walking around and discovering the little nooks and crannies of the hotel.
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