What:

The first ‘one to five’ star hotel, where room rates range in the extreme based on the square footage of the room. But intelligent service, ultra comfortable beds, high design and homemade breakfasts are for everyone.

Where:

In a 1920s building in the trendy Eastern Docklands neighbourhood of Amsterdam, overlooking the water. There is a boat dock in front for those arriving by canal.

Why:

This is an impressive effort to rewrite the book when it comes to luxury boutique hotels. Designed by local architecture practice MVRDV, the classic building is filled with art and design from both classic names and more niche Dutch brands. Each of the 117 rooms is different, reflecting the hotel’s unique pricing policy. Interested in meeting creative-minded locals? The Lloyd also functions as a ‘Cultural Embassy’ with a space above its restaurant dedicated to projects that combine the Amsterdam literati with hotel guests on a range of performances and exhibitions.