From Tuesday to Sunday a large green boat departs from our jetty in the IJ harbour. The historic IJ ferry takes you to Vuurtoreneiland in 20 minutes. From the bustling city to a rugged piece of nature in the Markermeer. On the island you’ll find Amsterdam’s only lighthouse (hence the name), a dilapidated fortress and a greenhouse. In this greenhouse you will be served a delicious five-course menu. The table d’hôte menu is prepared with regional products of the season. Food with character and a special story. Lighthouse Island is a very popular place to visit, so it is useful to make a reservation a few months in advance. This can be done via the Dutch website of Vuurtoreneiland.
In 2016 I did my internship at Lloyd Hotel as I studied Hotel School. Since the beginning of this year I am officially working at the Front Office. I am 21 years old and I live here, in the beautiful Amsterdam East close by the Lloyd. When I am not working at the reception I love to stroll around East, having coffee breaks and exploring new places to shop. I summed up my favorite shopping areas for you.
#1 Czaar Peterstraat, Amsterdam East
This street is absolutely one of the nicest shopping streets in Amsterdam East. A lovely street with many extraordinary and unique shops. Do you want to find something special? Well, this is the place to be! Besides shopping you can also go for drinks or for a bite to eat. Fun fact: the Duch movie ‘Ciske de Rat’ was shot here.
#2 Oosterpoort, Amsterdam East
Oosterpoort is an 18.500 m2 big shopping mall with an underground parking garage that has 875 spots There are more than 200 different shops to be found, it is almost impossible not to succeed here. Sometimes when I don’t feel like wandering around the small streets, it’s is nice to find everything in one place.
#3 Linnaeusstraat, Amsterdam East
Definitely a underestimated part of Amsterdam East. Back in the days this street was occupied by big mainstream shops, but for a number of years now, there are many small boutiques and cosy coffee bars situated here. Small shops with beautiful stuff. It is a great combination of shops we all need sometimes, like the HEMA, and vintage clothing shops where you can browse around during rainy days.
#4 9 streets, Amsterdam Centrum
You don’t feel like going to the mega shops in the famous shopping streets, so you are in search of small, original and exclusive shops. In the 9 streets, a beautiful part of Amsterdam city centre in the middle of canal belt, you will find just that. Practically every tram or bus in the city center of Amsterdam comes close there. While browsing through the beautiful shop windows, you walk around in one of the most characteristic neighbourhoods of Amsterdam. Beautiful buildings embrace you during your shop-walk.
#5 Amsterdam Centrum
Shopping in Amsterdam is perfectly possible in the city centre. From Central Station you can walk straight into the Nieuwendijk, which is the oldest shopping street in the city. Here you’ll find larger chains such as Bershka and H&M, but also smaller shops. If you walk all the way down this street you will arrive at Dam Square, where you will find the Bijenkorf. This is known for its luxury brands, stylish products and design. If this exceeds your budget a little, walk into the Kalverstraat. Every day about 50,000 visitors come here to the many large chains such as Urban Outfitters and Forever 21.
Every 5 years the absolute legends of the ocean pay a visit to Amsterdam. In 2020 SAIL Amsterdam is organised for the 10th time. Famous international Tall Ships and Marine Ships enter the IJ river and are open for public. SAIL Amsterdam is the highlight of 2020 and we are already looking forward to August 12th until 16th. Lloyd Hotel, located at the IJ harbour, is the perfect starting point for a tour along the ships. And if you are planning a stay as well: ask for a hotel room at the north side of the building. You will have a spectacular view over the IJ harbour!
You may have heard that from 30 April 2020 onwards, the Eurostar train connection between Amsterdam and London will finally be a direct one. This means that you no longer need to stop at Brussels Station and it only takes just under 4 hours to travel between the two cities. This is not only faster than flying between the two cities, but it’s also better for the environment. The iconic building of Lloyd Hotel from the 1920’s is located at the IJ harbour and close to Amsterdam Central Station.
Lloyd Hotel is situated in Amsterdam-East, just a 5 minute tram ride from Central Station. It’s a great starting point for either a visit to the city centre of Amsterdam or to discover vibrant Amsterdam-East. If you want to make your stay extra special, we would recommend you to pay a visit to Vuurtoreneiland (lighthouse island). The boat to the island leaves from our jetty. We don’t want to spoil the surprise, but we can guarantee a wonderful diner in a magical place. We love to share the best of Amsterdam with you!
In 2004 I helped open the Lloyd Hotel as Head of the Reception. Currently I am the Operations Manager and I love to get involved with all aspects of the hotel. When I’m not at the Lloyd I have my hands full at home with my 3 kids, aged 3, 4 and 7.
The NEMO is a great place for kids of all ages. Getting there is easy enough as it is located in the city centre next to the Amsterdam Central Station. I would advise going a bit later in the day, around 15:00, as it tends to be a bit more quiet. You can check out their website for the latest news.
There is also a really nice water playground on the roof, where you can have lunch!
If the kids need to run around outside, build a hut or just want to play, go to Maakland in Amsterdam East. You can take tram 7 and after a short walk you’re there. They are not open every day so make sure you check with our reception (the site is only in Dutch). Another great thing is that the entrance is for free!
The Amsterdam Forest is a huge man made forest located in the outskirts of Amsterdam. In the forest there is a really cute Goat farm where the kids get to interact with the goats and are allowed to feed milk to the baby goats. They also have the best goat cheese toasted sandwiches!
Another must is eating pancakes with the kids. At the farmhouse pancake restaurant located in the forest, you have the best pancakes and a nice playground where the kids can play too.
Getting around the forest is best by bike. You can take a bus to the forest from Amsterdam Central Station and then rent a bike at the entrance of the forest.
ARTIS is great for a day out, even for adults. They have recently opened their new Elephant area and it is now a must see. It is quite close to the hotel, you can take tram 7 from directly behind our hotel.
#5 Museum Square
Museum Square is an outdoor park which is great when the kids need space to roam after a busy day walking around the Museums. Go to the local supermarket, grab some lunch and have a picnic on Museum Square!
Explore the city like a local and rent one of our bikes. Lloyd is the perfect starting point for a refreshing bike ride to quirky East or upcoming North.
Our favorite bike ride takes you along the typical Dutch rural landscape, where you can excape the busy city life. Small villages like Durgerdam, Holysloot and Ransdorp are beautiful sites surrounded by water. Especially the historical houses are a feast for the eye. You can easily cross the IJ river by ferry, the Oostveer leaves every 20 minutes from KNSM eiland. Or you can bike a little further and cross the Schellingwouderbrug. We have a route featured on our city map which you can pick-up at reception!
Tram line 7 is a great way to discover many of the highlights Amsterdam has to offer.
You can easily hop on at the back of the hotel at stop Rietlandpark. The route from Lloyd Hotel goes right through the centre of Amsterdam
Our favorite stops:
- Eerste Leeghwaterstraat: this stop is at the beginning of the cosy and “gezellige” Czaar Peterstraat. This is street is just a stone throw away from Lloyd Hotel where you’ll find many small boutiques and nice places to enjoy food & drinks.
- Hoogte Kadijk: Brouwerij ‘t IJ is a beer brewery, located in a former bathhouse next to the old windmill ‘Molen de Gooyer’. They brew special beers, which are well known in Holland. They have been brewing beer since 1985 and you can recognize the beer by the ostrich on their label.
- Korte ‘s-Gravesandestraat: The Hortus Botanicus is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the Netherlands. The garden was founded is 1638 and in 1682 it moved to its present location. The garden contains an impressive number of plants, which can be seen in the outdoor garden and several greenhouses.
- Weesperplein: The Amstel river is called after Aeme-stelle, which means watery area in old Dutch. There are a lot of products, streets and buildings named after the river. So is Amsterdam named after the Amstel River as well. Here you will find the famous “Magere Brug”, the place for an Instagram shot! #pictureperfect
- Vijzelgracht: The Heineken Experience is an interactive museum, where you find out how the beer is made and what the story behind the brand is. You can taste the beer, and also help making it. The museum is located in the former brewery from Heineken, which shut its doors in 1988.
- Spiegelgracht: The Spiegelgracht is a door-to-door art and antiques shopping street. It’s a street which leads from the Herengracht to the Rijksmuseum. A visit to the Spiegelstraat is definitely worthwhile when you are a collector of all sorts of stuff, from antique jewelry to contemporary art. From here it’s just a short walk to the Museumplein where you may find all the big museums, like the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Rijksmuseum.
- Ten Katestraat: The Foodhallen is the first indoor food market in the Netherlands. Wander around in the large loft-like space in this renovated tram depot and discover the very best “culinary Amsterdam” has to offer. Various hospitality concepts will serve a selection of small signature dishes to enjoy.