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Hotel Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
This elegant 116-room hotel tucked away in Amsterdam's eastern quarter in a corner of Osterpark was once a late 19th-century orphanage and retains numerous characterful original features. Updated with a bright, minimalist design, it offers spacious, comfortable guest rooms and a lively bar/restaurant offering an interesting menu and lots of buzzing atmosphere. There's a terraced area ideal for warmer days. It's a welcome choice if you're looking for accommodation away from the busy centre and the popular tourist trails. Although not particularly geared to families, the park and playground areas on your doorstep make it a good choice for those with children.
The hotel is situated in a leafy neighbourhood away from the bustle, yet quick enough to reach the centre.
Right on the edge of Oosterpark, it's a 20-minute stroll to Skinny Bridge which takes you to the heart of the city and museum quarter.
By plane: direct flights from London and Manchester take around 1 hour 15 minutes. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Schiphol airport and a 10-minute drive from central station. Parking costs €35 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel is popular with couples and people on business. The building retains its original features, such as ornate carvings and detailed ironmongery on staircases.
Service & Facilities
The hotel's rental bikes have GPS systems pre-programmed with points of interest, interesting routes and more.
- Art gallery
- Bike rental
- On-site parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Room 65 (Suite) is really spacious and bright with white walls, a high ceiling and large windows. It's homely, with a hardwood floor and rug, leather chairs and dark green sofa. Bathrooms are bright and spacious, typically white-tiled or black-tiled with a double vanity unit, walk-in shower and freestanding bath.
Comfy, Super Comfy, Suite, The Loft, The Villa, The Top Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, kettle, seating area, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The simplest things are done well. The plate of wild oysters with gin, samphire, lime and black pepper was divine both to look at and taste. Dishes are unusual, for example Belgian dish Gent waterzooi (stew) with guinea fowl, carrot, watercress and spring onion was delicious.
Bar & Restaurant: garden-themed restaurant and terrace. International cuisine, locally-sourced produce. Serving light bites and large plates. All-day menu, open daily.