What We Love
- Monumental building that allows for rooms bigger than your average Amsterdam shoebox
- Nightlife on tap thanks to the destination club on the premises
- Twin showers make this hotel great for romantics
What To Know
- The property is in a quiet residential area; the main sights are just a 10-minute bike ride away
- Amsterdam's huge green Oosterpark is on the doorstep
- A city tax of 5 percent of the room cost per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Formerly an orphanage with its own chapel (now a nightclub), this impressive building in the hip and increasingly gastro-minded Oost district has been boldly remodeled for party purposes. The mammoth Victorian-era interiors have been put through the funky cycle, with eye-popping colorblock canvases and atmospheric lighting effects that take full advantage of the scale of the place. The industrial-chic canteen looks out onto a huge terrace and well-tended greenery.
Bed and Bath
Some of the corridors have been painted an atmospheric black, but the guestrooms feature white walls and sofas, plain white bed linens and largely white abstract paintings. A large round lampshade woven from abaca stops the place from resembling the inside of a fridge by throwing textured light around the space. The windows are positioned high above eye level, so imaginative bathers can make full use of the twin showers in the black-tile bathrooms.
Located in the chapel of this former orphanage, the nightclub at Hotel Arena is ecumenical, offering such regular events as Salsa Lounge and the R&B-flavored Swingbeatz. Dutch bikes from the neighboring VanMoof company can be hired on-site, and the neighborhood’s sparse foot traffic means it’s a good place to practice before heading into town. You’ll want to power up first, of course, by taking advantage of the generous breakfast buffet. The restaurant serves traditional Dutch dishes for lunch and dinner, or you can opt for the surprise menu if you can’t decide what to eat. Take lunch on the alfresco terrace in the summer months.
In the area
Although not as famous as its manicured westerly cousin the Vondelpark, the Oosterpark, which serves as Hotel Arena’s back yard, is not without its charms, including regular open-air music festivals and an array of modern sculptures. Increasingly it’s bordered by a host of buzzy young bars and restaurants; check out the raucous Bar Bukowski and the cozy Pata Negra 2 (an outpost of a city-center tapas favorite). Heavyweight attractions within walking distance include the Tropenmuseum, with its collection of colonial-era treasures, and the Artis Zoo, one of the oldest in Europe.
How to Get There
The hotel is situated about 20 to 25 minutes walk from Amsterdam Centraal railway station, there are good transport links, whether it be tram or tube.
Situated within the Ooster park, the hotel is clean and well presented. With an attached restaurant/bar.
We stayed in a duplex type room see photos. The room is starting to look a little bit old and you can see from the toilet into the lounge area through smoked glass which may be disconcerting for some.
Whilst there was a television upstairs in the bedroom area it would perhaps be nice to have one downstairs as well.
Staff were pleasant and amenable.
Plenty to do in Amsterdam and actually we enjoyed the walk back from the main area in the evening to the hotel.
Would definitely recommend this hotel.
It is worth noting that on checkout we were required to pay a tourist tax which was not included in our flight hotel package price.
Travellers beware. This hotel is not as depicted. Yes, it's in an historic building located in a beautiful park, in a lovely neighbourhood close to the tram and metro. But that's as good as it gets.
The room we booked - a courtyard double - looked inviting online. However, what we got was not as depicted. It's hard to believe that the hotel was renovated in 2017 because it's looking very shabby. Scuff marks everywhere, chipped entry doors, unpainted patch walls.
After agreeing to pay for an upgrade, our next room was not much better. Since there was no dresser or cabinet provided, we had no choice but to stack our clothes on top of the desk for six days. Each time we had a shower, water would leak all over the bathroom floor. The mattresses were flimsy and the pillows worn. There were so many design oversights in our room. Housekeeping service was sporadic.
When I shared my comments with the hotel staff, I received an apology. But there was no follow-up from management. I departed with the impression that our business was of no value. I suggest that if you are considering this hotel, take your business elsewhere. Amsterdam is not inexpensive, but there must be so many better options to choose from.
Stayed here for 2 nights. Absolutely gorgeous hotel!!!! We stayed in a duplex room. . It had rained heavy during the day and when we got back to the room around 6pm we noticed a leak had come in above the TV. We went to reception and he immediately insisted on changing rooms and an upgrade to a better duplex room. It was lovely, unnecessary but it was great they just trusted us and wanted us to move.
There are plenty of tram bus and metro stops around and the park is lovely to walk around during the day and night. The breakfast is all you can eat and a very very wide selection. Would definitely stay there again and highly recommend. There are restaurants very close by which are lovely. We went to one called Mississippi and the food was fantastic.
Hotel Arena had the name before the Amsterdam ArenA stadium so they won the court case! And hence are still called Arena. It is a very large converted orphanage with 164 rooms, a big church-like chapel which can be used as a music venue, and their own popular restaurant called Park. There is also covered parking. There is a bit of street noise in the room and TV and coffee set are a bit outdated. But overall a very interesting place to stay and potentially organise events.
the localtion of the hotel is very good. Bus and tram stop is very close to the hotel and the downtown is only 10 minutes by tram. Breakfast is very good and the dinner too. Rooms are not very cleaned. Staff is good.