When looking for a hotel in Amsterdam you do not often think of the Eastern docklands as a location for your stay. This might change if you get to know this area and this hotel, opened in 2004. We have now stayed here three times; last time was a surprise weekend for my birthday.
The Lloyd is build in a monumental building dating from 1921 by architect Evert Breman. All 117 rooms are different, decorated by famous Dutch designers and range from 1- 5 stars. At first sight the rooms might come across a little strange, last time our bathroom was kind of hidden behind a large wall separator, or the shower is just hanging in the middle of the room. But if you like things to be a bit different and surprising you will quickly feel at home here.
The breakfast is delicious, served in the large restaurant on the ground floor, high ceilings, gorgeous flowers, free newspapers and wifi.
This part of Amsterdam is great to explore by foot, visiting the very interesting modern architecture, walking along the banks of the river Ij, shopping and stopping in the many restaurants and bars.
And last but not least, the beds and duvets are super comfortable! When we wanted a new bed at home, we even bought the same brand, pretending we sleep at the Lloyd every night.
Since we do not have a guestroom anymore I’m always in search of nice hotels in my neighbourhood. I tried out a few and earlier this year I found flyers of this B&B place, very close to where I live and go out.
In July a couple of friends with their two children tried it out and stayed in the room called “Le Studio” and last week my father spent two nights in “Le Grenier” . They were both very enthusiastic.
The house of Florence and Miguel has got three, modern designed rooms. All are different in size and all very tasteful, spacious, quiet and affordable.
You have a small boutique hotel feeling with privacy and it is not like (what I dislike of some B&B’s) you are entering someone’s private home.
The B&B is at an excellent location, both close to my house and a wonderful, eating, drinking and shopping area, so this will be my favourite hotel for any friends or family coming by.
Next time I hope they will stay at the “La Terrasse” room so I can also see this third room myself.
On of our daytrips on the island of Mallorca brought us via some winding roads to Deià. A very small and cute little town where you can walk around and discover new views behind every corner. A romantic small church where we lit a candle for our beloved ones who aren’t here anymore. Adjacent a small graveyard with one of the best panorama’s.
We happened to past by this little hotel and had a drink on the terrace while enjoying the views of the opposite mountains. It seems very much as if you are alone in this corner of the village.
I was not able to see and sleep in the rooms but the setting and interior looked so beautiful that based on what I saw, it seems very much worth trying out.
Dear Spanish friends got married last May and they chose the lovely island of Formentera to celebrate this.
The wedding took place at this hotel and we were so happy to also stay there for 2 nights.
From the moment you arrive, it feels like paradise.
The whole setting breathes tranquility and in case you want to be even more in a holiday mood they also offer all kinds of massages.
Simply a wonderful place, also to be with children since they can just do a sieste while you are close by and the hotel offers a babysit service in case you need it.
Formentera does not have an airport but boats part frequently from Ibiza and take you there in approx. 30 minutes.
It is not cheap but if you manage to go off-season it is reasonable priced and highly recommended for a luxurious break.
My colleagues gave me a very nice present for the birth of our daughter: a hotel night for the two of us. A welcome gift for new parents. We could choose between a few hotels and since we hadn’t been so often at the Belgium coast we opted for this one.
The hotel was only 10 minutes walk from the beach and gives an instant calm, luxury and relaxing atmosphere when you enter. It is very light due to the large windows and the furniture and art seem to be carefully chosen . We were in the tower room and although it is usually smaller then on the pictures, it was a relaxing and pleasant room with a nice décor and old parquet. Antique pieces are combined with more modern ones.
I especially liked the morning breakfast in a sunny, open room, yummy things at the buffet and attended by a very friendly lady.
At the end of September, a wedding of my dear Italian friends Sarah and Mirko brought us to this beautiful 16th century villa. Only a 30 min drive from Malpensa airport (Milan) this 20 room hotel villa feels like sleeping over at a very wealthy friend.
Our spacious corner room had views over Lago di Comabbio and the trees surrounding the villa. I especially loved the original tiled floors and the combination of modern and old in our bathroom.
On Saturday we enjoyed a real Italian lunch close by in Ristorante Tana D’Orso, surrounded by green fields.
It was our first plane-trip and wedding with our 4 month old baby-girl and it couldn’t have gone any better. The sunny weather was of course of great help.
This is also a very nice place to discover many of the beautiful lakes, e.g. Lago Maggiore. This weekend we did not have the time, but I sure hope to be back.