Discover Benelux | Summer Special | Amsterdam Oost Highlights
A peaceful summer spot for the curious
TEXT: EVA MENGER
peace and quiet. What’s more, the hotel is conveniently located right by het IJ, from which the ferry to the up-and-coming Amsterdam North departs roughly three times per hour. Keen to go on a little adventure? No problem. The hotel offers rental bikes for just 17 euros per day.
Slightly off the beaten track, just three tram stops from Amsterdam Central Station and a short 20-minute walk from the increasingly popular Indische Buurt, lies the rather original Lloyd Hotel. Dating back to 1921, it was once where European emigrants prepared themselves for the big move to South America. Nearly a century later, the hotel has become a popular hang-out for both tourists and locals.
Boogert says, “but, what they all have in common is a certain level of curiosity; a need for something unconventional. Everyone can be themselves here.” What makes the hotel a particularly brilliant summer spot is its gorgeous outside terrace, which, as part of new owner Rocco Veenboer’s rebrand of the hotel, has been given a new and exciting look. Full of luscious plants and located on a blind alley, this is where locals go for sun,
By the end of the 20th Century, Zeeburg had long lost its purpose as international port, hence local authorities decided to transform it into a modern residential area. The Lloyd hotel would stay, however, and reopened in 2004. One of the hotel’s most outstanding features is its versatility – both in terms of audience and design. Every single room is different and prices range from high to low, allowing for an infinitely mixed crowd to feel at home there. “Our guests range from creative to corporate and adventurous,” general manager Piet
LEFT: Every room in the Lloyd hotel is unique. Photo: Suzan Baars. RIGHT: The historic hotel used to function as a base for European emigrants travelling to South America using the Royal Dutch Lloyd shipping company. Photo: Dennis Bouman
A perfect place to feel at home TEXT: BERTHE VAN DEN HURK | PHOTOS: CÔTE WISPE
We all love the experience of sitting on an outside terrace in the middle of the bustling city, while enjoying a great cup of coffee, a piece of pie or a delicious meal. Owner Jessica Sparenberg opened the doors of Côte Wispe in March of this year. The bar-restaurant at the Weesperzijde in the Dutch capital is a place to feel comfortable and at home. It has a great view of the river Amstel, to which Amsterdam owes its name, and the stylish in-
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terior adds to the welcoming atmosphere. For sunny days, the outside terrace offers some of that pleasant liveliness of the city. The menu has something for everyone, whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or if dropping by for a drink. Sparenberg: “Our menu is honest. We prefer fresh and locally produced ingredients – and always make sure to choose quality over quantity.” The founding story of Côte Wispe is no less unique than the place itself. A trusted and valued
crowdfunding website offered the business plan to its investors and within no time, Sparrenberg could start building her dream. “I really love Côte Wispe,” she says. “I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for years, and I still enjoy every bit of it. It’s a great feeling when the customers are able to forget the daily things in life and just enjoy hanging out here with friends or colleagues.” Web: www.cote-wispe.nl
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