The architecture and large chunks of the interior of Lloyd Hotel bear witness to the fact that this is a building soaked in history. Climbing one of the staircases, this history unfolds in film, pictures, and letters.
The most luxury emigrant hotel of Europe
Royal Dutch Lloyd built Lloyd Hotel along the IJ-quay, from which their ships departed. The hotel – which could bed 900 people - had rave reviews at the opening in 1920. The eclectic architecture of Evert Breman was considered impressive.
Emigrants arrived at the neighbouring Quarantine building, where they had a medical check up and a shower. A film of this procedure was made by the Amsterdam Health Service in the '20s. They stayed in Lloyd Hotel for a few days, before departure. Royal Dutch Lloyd went bankrupt in 1935.
Numerous projects of the Cultural Embassy were based on this history of Lloyd Hotel. We are always interested in your stories. If you have any information, or want to know more, please contact us via cultureleambassade [at] lloydhotel [dot] com
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.
From 1989 to 1999 the hotel was rented out as artist studios. In 1996, the municipality organized a competition for new hotel plans. The Eastern Docklands were to become a prestigious area for living and working, with work by the cream of Dutch architects. Lloyd Hotel – by now a monument - reopened on 11 November 2004 as a 1 to 5 star hotel with a Cultural Embassy.
One of the artist studio's in the 90's
Reflections on the Lloyd History
The documentary film 'Lloyd Hotel, portrait of a building', by Micaela van Rijckevorsel and Jeroen Visser, was broadcast on NPS national television in January 2005. The filmmakers witnessed the transformation of the builing into a 1 to 5-star hotel and interspersed these scenes with archive material.
MVRDV architect Natalie de Vries (r) piecing together the model of Lloyd Hotel, scene from the documentary
In 2005, the book 'Lloyd Hotel' by journalist and researcher Annette Lubbers came out. She was the first to write an overall history of Lloyd Hotel. This unique edition in Dutch is now a rare find on the internet.