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Lloyds Hotel & Board Building, Amsterdam - September 2017

 

Royal Dutch Lloyd Shipping Company built Lloyd Hotel along the IJ-quay, from which their ships departed. The hotel – which could bed 900 people - had its opening in 1920. Emigrants in the 20's arrived at the neighbouring Quarantine building, where they had a medical check up and a shower. They stayed in Lloyd Hotel for a few days, before departure to overseas. Royal Dutch Lloyd went bankrupt in 1935 and  stopped using the building. Lloyd Hotel served  sinds as refugee centre, detention centre, juvenile detention centre and currently as artist studios. In 1996, the municipality organized a competition for new hotel plans. The Eastern Docklands were to become a prestigious area for living and working, with work by the cream of Dutch architects. Lloyd Hotel – by now a monument - reopened on 11 November 2004 as a 1-to-5 star hotel with a Cultural Embassy.

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