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
It’s worth mentioning that we got this hotel as part of a package including flights and it was all for a very good price so we were not expecting amazing things having stayed in a couple of shocking hotels/hostels in Amsterdam before.
On arrival the entrance is inside a park and as we arrived at night it was all lit up and looked amazing. Not bad to get to from Central station (tram 14 and a 10 min stroll).
The hotel has at the front a lovely bar/restaurant and the hotel lobby although small was always staffed and the staff were helpful.
The room itself was a split level room and although a little grubby, overall it was presentable and done what we wanted. We did note that the heating was on in the room but the vent upstairs and the thermostat downstairs so whilst the downstairs was cool, the upstairs was an oven. We turned it off and opened the window!!!!
The bed was comfy and clean and although it’s a converted orphanage we didn’t see or hear any chilling sounds of children singing in the hallways 👻.
A nice plus was a decent shower which seemed to have an endless supply of hot water.
Overall we were very happy with the hotel and when we mentioned any issues they took a genuine interest. This isn’t a Hilton hotel and you do get what you pay for. I do honestly feel the price we paid was reflected in what we got so overall we were very happy! We would stay again for sure.
This hotel is superb. It’s definitely pricier than most accommodations I usually stay in (I often stay in hostels) but I love it. It’s very near the tram station and fairly near the metro station. The park is stunning. The hotel also has its own unique personality. That’s important to me. I prefer unique hotels than a cookie cutter chain hotel. The service is impeccable. On the first day, I found I had the wrought luggage. The concierge person helped me contact the airport and book me a taxi and I got my luggage back. One note: it takes a solid minute to get off the grounds of the hotel because you need to leave the park and get onto the streets that’s the only, very minor, downside.
What a wonderful hotel beautiful mix of old & new, one of the best hotels we have stayed in. History & character combined with modern facilities. All rooms have there own style.
Staff are so very happy & will go the extra mile to make your stay the best they can.
Food excellent, breakfast amazing.
The area is lovely although a little wet when we visited, but you can't choose the weather & there are so many things to do &places to see just a short tram/metro ride away buy tickets at the hotel. Also found some lovely café s close by.
We will be going back later in the year.
The park is a lovely place to stroll & excercise in & great for children too.
Wonderful staff throughout the hotel. Well deserved four star rating
Perfect accommodation. Great place near the park and close to the city centre. You need only 5 to 10 minutes walking and 10 more minutes through the tram or metro to arrive at centre. Beautiful interior and excellent breakfast
Lovely hotel set in park
Room waa spotless
Had lockers to leave cases in
Upgraded on arrival
Food qas fantastic and breakfast wasabsolutely amazing
Set a little hit out of city bit trams v efficient