Our true Amsterdammer Dave has been working as a waiter in our restaurant for the past year. Working 4 days a week makes him one of the regular faces in our team. You can describe Dave as a hard worker and an all-round nice guy, someone who really wants to do good and a true happy face. During a conversation with Dave he talks about our guests, the menu, the neighbourhood and also about himself.
‘Our restaurant has been renovated in the past year. I would describe it as a brasserie with a fresh style. The architecture is divers and layered, it seems to reflect the variety of work we do. You won’t find an old-fashioned vibe here, and we mainly get positive reactions to the changes we recently made to the restaurant.
I’m also very curious to see what the new furniture in the rooms look like, and especially what people think of the room designed by Bas Kosters.’
‘Every season we change our menu. Before the menu is released in the restaurant we get to taste it. It’s great to get to understand the menu, which enables you to recommend and explain items on the menu to our guests. Our guests appreciate the seasonal menu, but we are also asked when favourite dishes will come back. The pasta Vongele is very popular and also my favourite!’
‘We often share hotspots with each other. I love Amsterdam East, for sports and food. I enjoy boxing at East Bound Gym, really fantastic. They have those sweaty sofas. East Bound is not like a standard gym, it has a more living room feel to it. When you enter the gym, you find yourself in a room where you can chill out, which creates a nice atmosphere. The beer garden in East is also a fantastic concept -for tasty beers- and the terrace of Lloyd Hotel is great. It really is! I quite frequently end up staying for a drink after work, it’s comfortable and has a lounge-like vibe.’
Well cared for
‘I recently took a cocktail course. Our cocktails are becoming more and more popular, because of their great taste, but also because they are not stupidly expensive. I enjoy making them. It’s great!
On busy days, especially on the terrace, you walk crazy distances. But we are well taken care of here. We get lunch and dinner, and twice a week a masseuse comes by to give massages to the team. But too be honest I’m a bit afraid of massages.’
‘We don’t experience many crazy things. The band Venice gave a concert here a while back, which was great! The restaurant was full of Venice fans. An older American woman walked in, I think she was around 70. She wasn’t expecting the crowds and you could see she was startled. But she turned around to the band and did a split right in front of the stage. I thought that was really cool!’
‘An older couple over 80, he gives a very firm handshake. They usually order wine. He likes white, she often chooses red. Sometimes he has a notepad with him, then he orders a different wine from the wine list and takes notes. He always ends his visit with an Irish coffee. His birthday is on the same day as mine.’
Working at Lloyd Hotel
‘You come into contact with so many different cultures, which is great. I have also learned a lot, in the field of service. It is very diverse, because there are so many different tasks. I love the fact that you get to know your colleagues and guests. If you want to work here, you have to speak easy, our guests like getting to know you and all that is going on at the hotel. It would be nice to have some new colleagues, so that we can spend even more time getting to know our guests.
Before, I worked at Loetje, whilst following my studies to become a physical education teacher. As of September, I’m going to study communication in addition to working at Lloyd Hotel.’