Talk about a split personality. The gabled exterior of Amsterdam's new Lloyd Hotel, in the waterfront neighborhood of Oostelÿk Havengebied, is a unique example of the Amsterdam School of Architecture, dating from 1921. The interior, though, is modern Netherlands through and through: the 120 guest rooms were created by various designers, which means that no two are alike. To ensure a democratic mix of guests, the rooms in the eight-story building have been divided into four categories—the simplest have shared bathrooms and cost around $100; top-end suites are outfitted with unexpected amenities, such as a grand piano or a bed big enough for eight, and go for $398. The bar and communal restaurant attract the style set, while the exhibition space and library have made the Lloyd a hub for edgy artists and bookworms alike. Lloyd Hotel, 34 Oostelijke Handelskade; 31-20/561-3636;; doubles from $106.
—Stephen Whitlock