JUDI – MARKETING MANAGER

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

Every Monday afternoon at 5 PM and Friday morning at 8 AM, hotel guests are welcome to participate in a yoga class. 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 – CREATIVE MANAGER

My name is Renee Schuiten-Kniepstra, 29 years old and living nearby Amsterdam. After graduating I started working in the Amsterdam art world. In addition to my work at the Lloyd Hotel, I run an art website together with two former classmates. We review exhibitions throughout the Netherlands and try to make as many people as possible enthusiastic to visit them. At the Lloyd Hotel I am the Creative Manager, 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. More information is available on their website.

 

#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. For more information about Eye’s agenda, visit the website.

 

#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. Check out their website!

 

 

 

 

SARAH – ASSISTANT FRONT OFFICE MANAGER

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.

ILANA – OPERATIONS MANAGER

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!

 

SAMIEL – RECEPTIONIST

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.

LIKE A LOCAL: AMSTERDAM BY BIKE

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!

 

DISCOVER TOWN BY TRAM

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.