This 1921 building was a German prison during WWII, then a jail for young offenders in the 1960s—but the bad juju has been eradicated by a team of top Dutch design innovators, including Hella Jongerius, Claudy Jongstra, Marcel Wanders and Ineke Hans. Now a hotel in the trendy Eastern Docklands area, the Lloyd has 116 madly varied rooms that rate from one to five stars, and a chic restaurant that uses ingredients from local producers. The smallest rooms wittily reference the building's penal past, with tongue-and-groove walls and iron-frame beds. From here the rooms get bigger and fancier, with cool features like a fiberglass bath or a grand piano. The Lloyd's motto: "Luxury is our standard, economy is an option."
DETAILS Doubles from $97; Oostelijke Handelskade 34; 011-31-20-561-3636 or lloydhotel.com.