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
This hotel was beautiful. You can feel the history. The separate seating area in room was great for me as I had my toddler with me. Great location. Not touristy, lovely park. Perfect for walking to the Artis Zoo. Nice restaurant too.
What a find! Great location on the beautiful Oost park. Convenient tram stops all around the park.Nicely refurbished old building. Staff was very friendly and helpful. I will stay there again when we visit Amaterdam. I Highly recommend it especially if you want a nice, quiet hotel but still near the city center.
Was a lovely area of town right on the park. Staff was friendly. Room was to hot and no way to make It cooler. Stairway to bedroom was steep so be aware. Housekeeper was very attentive to our needs during our stay.
The property is beautifully situated at the edge of Oosterpark. When you enter the hotel you do so up beautiful granite ramps and steps past their nice Park Restaurant that is complete with a full bar and comfortable inside and outside seating.
The 24-hr service was great with easy check-in and out. The lobby is very nice with a comfortable sitting room and also free lockers if you need to stow your luggage temporarily.
The hallways on the upper floors are dark and narrow but my room had plenty of light and a great view of the hotel rooftops. My room was small but well-appointed with air conditioning and a comfy bed and a great shower. Everything was very clean and I especially appreciated the converter in the bathroom where I could charge my 110v electric toothbrush!
I would definitely stay there again.
A really nice stay in a stunning environment with great terrace, perfect gastronomic products and very friendly people. It was more than just a stay : it was an experience. The only minus point is that kitchen was overloaded on friday, since we were not really the only ones appreciating this locality. I absolutely recommend it.