Amsterdam Dance Event is approaching fast, and we want to share some of the best tips with you. ADE is the yearly leading festival in electronic music and is held from the 16th until 20th of October.

With over 3000 performances in more than 200 venues in Amsterdam it is a must go for night owls. The choice is huge in terms of music, speakers, events and conferences. To help you pick the event that fits you best, we decided to ask our own staff on their favourite ADE parties.


The top 5 must-go events from Sander, our Supervisor Housekeeping, are:

  1. Awakenings x Drumcode. The line-up for this event is amazing: Adam Beyer, Enrico Sangiuliano and Maceo Plex. Besides, it is held in the Gashouder, the temple of techno and the home-base of Awakenings for over 20 years.
  2. Audio Obscura x Spectrum which is hosted by Joris Voorn. He is known for his innovative techno music. This party is held at ‘Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ’, one of the most famous concert halls of Amsterdam. Joris will play all night long together with a special guest.
  3. Amsterdam Music festival at the Johan Cruijff Arena. A festival that welcomes people from all over the world and reunites the big names that we all know. Alesso, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and more. During this party the number 1 DJ of the DJ Mag top 100 is announced. This list of upcoming and well known DJ’s is released yearly by the same magazine.
  4. Brois Brechja x Fcking Serious is organised by Awakenings at Warehouse Elementenstraat during the ADE opening night on Wednesdag 16th. Boris Brechja is an upcoming DJ in the techno scene and known for his experimental and minimal techno beats. Every time he starts a new song, he takes the audience on an adventure. I’ve seen him play for the first time four years ago at Pleinvrees in ‘Het Paard van Troje’ in The Hague.
  5. Awakenings x Joseph Capriati invites’ is also held in the Gashouder. The well-known Italian tech DJ Joseph Capriati invites his colleagues Carl Cox, Gianni Callipari, Luigi Madonna and Anna. To complete this night full of the best techno music, Joseph will do a Back to Back with Carl Cox.


Hi! My name is Boy Glansbeek, 28 years old and living in Amsterdam. I’m the Head of Sales at Lloyd Hotel and responsible for the commercial activities, acquisition and relationship management. In my spare time I highly value variety; finding peace in the city parks and forest or exploring the city’s bubbly nightlife. Amsterdam has it all for me! What’s my ultimate day?


Breakfast at…Dignita

The place to start the day. You can enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch here. They are located near Lloyd at the gardens of the Hoftuin, or at the heart of Amsterdam South. I can highly recommend the Forrest Dwellers (poached egg with mixed mushrooms).


Yoga session at… Conscious Club

You can follow amazing yoga classes here in an inspiring and peaceful ambiance. Conscious Club is the first climate neutral canal house in Amsterdam. Check out their website for special events. Tip: try the Deep Guided Meditation.


Afternoon walk through… The 9 Little Streets

You can find the ‘9 Little Streets’ in the heart of the canal district. Between Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, Herengracht and Singel. There are some amazing shops here (such as Skins Cosmetics, Velour Amsterdam and ZIpper). For a quick lunch I go to The Lebanese Sajeria, delicious! If you have space left, you need to try the famous ‘Van Stapele’ chocolate cookie.


Museum at… De Nieuwe Kerk

De Nieuwe Kerk located right off Dam Square is a beautiful church. They have been known for high-profile exhibitions about art and photography. My favourite exhibition: World Press Photo (from April 13th until July 7th, 2019).


Cocktail o’clock at…Hiding in Plain Sight

A unique location with a unique menu! The bar team is very kind, service minded and create (to my taste) the best cocktails in town. The ambiance is really intimate and cozy.



My name is Eve and I was born and raised in Amsterdam. I am 24 years old and I am studying Hotel Management at the Eurocollege in Rotterdam. I work at Lloyd Hotel as a revenue intern until March. Besides my internship I work in a restaurant.  During the weekends I am actively involved in the nightlife in Amsterdam. Hereby my 6 favorite bars/clubs in Amsterdam.


#1 Studio K

This is a nice place which is visited by many people who are from the art scene, as it is also a movie theatre. Mostly there is disco/house music played here.


#2  Bar Bukowski 

This is a perfect place to drink a Gin Tonic in the evening and to have good conversations with your friends. While enjoying background music, you can have a great time until late in the morning.


#3  Oosterbar

This nightclub is located in the generator hotel in the Oosterpark. Here you can dance to all kinds of music from 11 pm until 4 am.


#4  Claire

In this, former best techno club in the world, you can dance to trendy techno music on weekends until late at night.


#5 Bitterzoet

If you are into hip hop music than this is the perfect place for you! There is always a nice atmosphere here and if you are lucky you can also do karaoke!


#6 Disco Dolly

Here you can dance to funky disco music or hip hop every night!


Judi is our Marketing Manager and sometimes sports fanatic.  Hereby a few of her tips in case you want use up your energy!


#1 Jogging

You can enjoy a nice round of jogging on the Eastern Islands. When you leave the hotel, turn left at the pier. Walk to the bridge where you cross the IJ. From here you can make the round as big as you want. Fanatics go straight ahead, I turn right along the quay and take the next bridge back. On the city map at the reception is also a running route on the islands.


#2 Yoga

Mariska Gunsing gives Yin Yang yoga at the hotel. You only have to wear comfortable clothing, because we already have a nice Gaiam mat. I think it is a wonderful start of the day and after that I have much more energy. It is also good for the laughing muscles, because Mariska is the most sociable yoga instructor I know!


#3 Cycling

Lloyd is the perfect base for a bike tour through North. You can take the ferry from KNSM Island (Oostveer). From here you can see the city quickly disappear into a typically Dutch landscape: water, meadows and dike houses. And that while you’re still in Amsterdam! On the city map available at the reception you will find a nice cycling route. There are plenty of nice places to go for coffee or lunch, so this actually doesn’t really fall into the category sports…


#4 Swimming

When the weather is good, you can visit the Flevoparkbad, this is a nice outdoor pool in the Flevopark. In winter, the Sportfondsenbad in Oostpoort is a great place to swim. This is the oldest sports fund pool in the Netherlands, located in a former gas factory. So you also have an cultural trip.


#5 Fitness

There are several possibilities in the neighborhood where you can do fitness. The closest are New York Gym (left the quay) and Barmhartig (right the quay, next to the Albert Heijn). At both places you can buy a day pass. It is interesting to check the website of Gym Nomad in advance, on this website you can buy day or week passes with discount. Lloyd guests get a 5% discount on their first purchase via Gym Nomad with the promocode H1LLOYD.




Renee Schuiten-Kniepstra is 29 years old and living nearby Amsterdam. She is responsible for all creative and cultural events we host and organize.


#1 House Marseille

This photo museum located by the Amsterdam canals is worth a visit because of the two beautiful buildings. Furthermore, they program very diverse photography exhibitions which are always worth visiting.


#2 The Hazenstraat

This is a street in the Jordaan, where many galleries are located together. Nice to walk through: you suddenly come across different galleries and exhibitions. Free to visit but pay attention to the opening hours.


#3 Eye

The Eye always has beautiful film exhibitions, not only about the most well-known films but also about the people who have worked behind the scenes. This leads to very surprising and beautiful shows. They also have a large terrace by the IJ, where you can enjoy a drink afterwards.


#4 Micropia

This is a very fun museum, also for children. Information about everything under the surface such as fungi, bacteria, germs and the smallest organisms on our planet is being told in this museum. The museum is next to the entrance of Artis and is quite recently built, certainly worth a visit if desired in combination with a visit to the zoo.


#5 Shell museum

This is a small treasure room in a lovely street, near Lloyd Hotel. They have thousands of copies of shells but also a super nice museum shop, perfect as original souvenirs for the home front.





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.


#1 NEMO Science Museum

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!


#2 Jeugdland – Maakland

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!


#3 The Amsterdam Forest

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.


#4 The Amsterdam Zoo, ARTIS

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!



If there was ever a time to stay at Lloyd, it’s this October when the big beats of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) hits town. The 2018 edition of ADE will be one of the best ever with over 2500 performers at 140 venues — the choice is huge. That’s why Sander, Supervisor Housekeeping by day and dance lover at night, selected his top 5 favorite events exclusively for you. See you in October, book your room soon!



Date: 19 October 2018
Time: 22:00 – 08:00
Cost: From € 50,-
Venue: Gashouder | Klönneplein 1
Tickets: Buy your ticket here

Maceo Plex excels in combining all different styles and producing a unique blend of techno, house, funk and electro. Combining this with the unique venue of the Gashouder, the home of Awakenings, makes it a party not to miss.



Date: 18 October 2018
Time: 20:00 – 23:00
Cost: From € 49,-
Venue: Ziggo Dome | Arena Boulevard 61-75
Tickets: Buy your ticket here

This is your last chance to see Hardwell perform, so you have to make sure not to miss out. What I like about this gig is that Hardwell performs together with the Metropole Orchestra, an unusual combination. This one-off concert takes you on a musical journey through the history of dance music.



Date: 20 October 2018
Time: 11:00 – 23:00
Cost: From € 39,50
Venue: Havenpark | Wethouder van Essenweg 1
Tickets: Buy your ticket here

The location of Dockyard Festival is superb. This parc located next to the harbours is the ultimate festival location: Plenty of space, green areas and an industrial touch. This festival is the place to be for fans of hard techno, featuring Sven Väth, Len Faki, Ben Sims and many more.



 Date: 20 October 2018
Time: 22:00 – 07:00
Cost: From € 42,50
Venue: Scheepsbouwloods | Tt. Neveritaweg 15
Tickets: Buy your ticket here

After Docklands Festival a long night awaits you at the Scheepsbouwloods, with a little bit more relaxing music. I love the fact that Bonobo developed his own significant style: a mix of electronic music, triphop and breakbeat.



Date: 21 October 2018
Time: 12:00 – 22:00
Cost: From € 40,-
Venue: Gashouder | Klönneplein 1
Tickets: Buy your ticket here

End ADE in style with Awakenings by Day. The line-up is promising: Ferro, Peggy Gou, Kölsch, Luciano, Sven Väth and to top it off: Âme & Rodhäd. Some energy left? You can stick around for the Awakenings party at night as well!


Samiël is one of our receptionists and a familiar face for many of our regular guests. He likes to share some of his favorite places to have a drink or bite in Amsterdam.


Around the hotel:

  • Hummus Bistro D&A at the end of Czaar Peterstraat, just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.. Lebanese/Israeli hummus tent. Perfect place for a nice and quick lunch. There is always a table free, because it is not in the center.
  • Michel-Inn on the Knsm Island is a a great place to have delicious traditional Italian pizza from a wood-fired oven. Good service and great location by the water.
  • Bar Botanique and Walter’s in the Java street are cool places where you will find many locals. Fun on Friday and Saturday evening. The Java Street is a great place to wander around and discover quirky local hot spots.


Favorites in the center:

  • Singel 404 is a very cosy lunch spot where they serve some lovely sandwiches. Beautiful setting along the canal and you can combine it with a shopping tour through the 9 streets.
  • Cannibale Royale is thé place to have delicious steaks and burgers for a good price. You may find their restaurants at the Spui and in the Pipe.


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.