Originally built in 1890 as a Roman Catholic orphanage, the former St. Elisabeth building is today a stylish hotel. Fully renovated in 2006, the three-star Hotel Arena offers an innovative approach to inner-city accommodation, priding itself on hosting many local and international cultural events, giving it a reputation as one of Amsterdam's creative hotspots. Rooms at this remarkable hotel are of a minimalist style with the emphasis on style and comfort, featuring cutting-edge designs complimented by timber floors and high ceilings. Many of the city's attractions are within walking distance of the hotel, including the Zoo Artis, Tropenmuseum, and the Dappermarket. The city center is just 15 minutes away, and for those wishing to explore a little further afield, Amsterdam's network of public transport is right there, connecting the entire city.