This hotel ticked all the boxes for me and my daughter for a three day city break to Amsterdam. Neither of us had been to holland before so were grateful for all the advice and help from hotel staff, be it reception, bar and restaurant. Our room on the first floor was roomy, clean and modern with the black cube as the bathroom(see photos) we don't use minibars so didn't notice prices, we found that prices for food and drink were similar to those in the city and our ribeye steaks were really good. Breakfast was included in our deal and everything was fresh, fruit, breads, cooked courses are kept hot so nothing spoils and the choice is plentiful.
trams #7 and 10 would take you west towards the museum sector along the canal. The connections then head into Central station we bought a day card which lasts 24hrs from time of purchase ideal if you know what your plans are- you can get two or three day passes but we only needed the one as everything else we had planned on seeing was within walking distance of each spot. To get direct from the hotel to Central station walk a little further east and there's #9 or 14 straight there, there's also the metro but we prefer to see the sights as we travel. Our hotel gave us a great little city map which show what bus and trams run along which direction- an absolute must until you get used to the city plan - I just love maps anyway. We didn't stay out in the evenings not being sure what times the trams stopped although we were walking all day so were ready for a lovely meal and drinks before planning our next day's entertainment.
In all the time we spent sightseeing, museums, eating and drinking we found the people here very friendly and helpful - thanks go to two tram ticket booth guys ( on the tram) they were so helpful and had a great sense of humour - doesn't matter what language you speak they can convey your wishes in a flash - wish I could say the same in some other countries!!
Take a good look at these staircases in the Arena they are awesome. We'll be back
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arena is located in one of the most beautiful parks of Amsterdam, the Oosterpark. In the popular East side of the city and at only 10 minutes walking distance from the city centre. The hotel is located in a historic building that once functioned as an orphanage and nursing-home. Besides hotel rooms, Hotel Arena has a café- restaurant PARK with amazing food and great views on the park, a hidden patio, creative studios for meetings & events and an old chapel to be used for events. With high ceilings, large windows, sloping walls, wooden beams and original ornaments no room in our hotel is the same. But each room does have a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, seating area and private bathroom. The hotel offers 24-hour reception, free WiFi, bicycle rental and a host that is always there for you to share various insider tips during your unforgettable stay. The hotel's entrance is accessible via the Oosterpark. Parking is available via the underground garage. Several trams stop are around the corner and offer good and fast connections to the main attractions of the city such as Museum Square, Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and the Dam Square. Experience Hotel Arena: a green oasis in the vibrant centre of Amsterdam. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel Arena Amsterdam