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. They stayed in Lloyd Hotel for a few days, before departure. Royal Dutch Lloyd went bankrupt in 1935.
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.