We booked for 6 nights in a deluxe room with a deal although you had to pay upfront.
Arrived mid evening and went to the bar for food which was excellent although limited choice.
The room was lovely in that it had high ceilings and was crisp and clean with wooden floors and white bedding. Overlooking the front courtyard - a huge picture window with 2 leather swivel chairs. The bed was in The middle of the room but was limited space to move around one side as here was also a free standing bedside table which I fell over many times during the night. The bathroom was lovely but although we were warned about the black glass box in reality never felt comfortable - when in the shower my husband was making tea on the other side and could see everything which wasn't as bad as when sitting on the toilet - where sight AND sound were unavoidable!
Food and service in the restaurant was excellent and we wanted to eat here a second night but far too expensive. The first night I woke around 1.30 to a persistent drumming and realised across the courtyard was a club - this went on till 4 in the morning and I spent it rocking to and fro on the bed in frustration. Mid week was another such night with an earlier closing around 2.30 but if you wish to avoid it a room over the other side of the building should be requested. The rooms were cleaned every day but we noticed not swept so crumbs and fluff were left on the floor.
The rest of the hotel is beautiful with lovely art and chandeliers and rich furnishings and located near the canal and a lovely little park. Walking distance to albertcruypt market and ten minutes to the metro to the centre or approx 30 minute walk to centre.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Arena is not simply a 4 star hotel, it is a place of cultural history. A place where people used to come together and it still is for both locals and citizens from all over the world, from artist to business people. Hotel Arena offers a restaurant with a sunny, laid-back terrace; the perfect retreat to have drinks. Hidden away is the enclosed backyard where you can enjoy your Sunday breakfast. Moreover, Hotel Arena regularly hosts contemporary art exhibitions and boasts its very own night club. Hop on one of the hotel bikes and discover Amsterdam’s Eastern Quarter, where Hotel Arena is situated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arena Hotel Amsterdam
- Hotel Arena Amsterdam