Travel: Amsterdam is not just for adults any more
TELL people you’re planning to take a 10-year-old to Amsterdam and they’ll probably look at you as if you’re mad. Or, at the very least, grossly irresponsible.
Amsterdam, they’ll insist, is for adults. Everyone knows that. Not for no reason is its official symbol XXX (although actually it isn’t why you think).
Which is true, of course, at least in part. But putting any preconceptions aside, this is really a capital city like most other capital cities: it is exactly what you want it to be.
And, for the purposes of a long weekend break, we wanted it to be a short flight from Liverpool with good restaurants, world class galleries and plenty of sights of the child-friendly kind.
With three days to fill and no real idea how to do it, we turned to the internet. Number one search was ‘cool hotels’, an admittedly random query which has previously served us well all over the world.
This time it presented The Lloyd: a place unlike any other I have ever seen, let alone stayed in.
The Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy is situated in Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands area, which sounds a little remote but is in fact just 10 minutes into the heart of the city on a direct and meticulously regular tram route.
In its colourful past life, the 1920s building has been a migrants hotel, a young offenders institute and artists enclave. Now, still with many original features as a permanent deliberate nod to history, is has been transformed to house 116 guest rooms.