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Breakfast5
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8.1
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Excellent location - 200 meters from city center
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Anne Frank House2.76 km
The Jordaan2.86 km
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Onze Lieve Vrouwe Hospital220 m
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Hotel Arena

's-Gravesandestraat 55, Oost / Watergraafsmeer, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1092 AA - See map
"Little old but clean, i like the room with mezzanine floor, cooperative staff, very good breakfast, beautiful park front of hotel."
Safoora A. - January 10, 2018
Exceptional reputation
Recommended by 89% of guests
Excellent service
8.8 rating for service
Excellent cleanliness
8.4 rating for cleanliness
Excellent facilities on premise
8.4 facilities on premise
  • 600 meters to public transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

  • Air conditioning

  • Daily housekeeping

Your dates are popular among travelersUsers are booking a place in Amsterdam every 12 minutes on Agoda.com
Value for money8.1
Distance to city center2km
Location rating8.1
Nearest airportAmsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS)
Distance to airport11.8 km

Rooms available at Hotel Arena

8.1
Excellent
Room comfort & quality
Arena Classic Room
Arena Classic Room
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 queen bed
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Executive Suite
Executive Suite
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  • Room size: 41 m²/441 ft²
  • 1 king bed
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Arena Suite
Arena Suite
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    Classic Double or Twin Room
    Classic Double or Twin Room
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    • Room size: 21 m²/226 ft²
    • 1 queen bed
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    Deluxe Double or Twin Room
    Deluxe Double or Twin Room
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    • Room size: 32 m²/344 ft²
    • 1 queen bed
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    Arena Supreme Room
    Arena Supreme Room
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    • Garden view
    • 1 king bed
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            Frequently asked questions

            What time is check-in and check-out at Hotel Arena?

            Check-in is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:30 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The property offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

            How do I get to Hotel Arena?

            Hotel Arena is easy to access from the airport. In fact, you can even book your airport transfer in advance for greater peace of mind with the additional charge of EUR 45. Just use the Let us know what you need section of the booking page to let the hotel know you want a ride, and they will contact you via the Agoda messaging service. A stay at Hotel Arena also comes with easy access to the neighborhoods around the hotel through the property's convenient shuttle service. For those who wish to drive their own cars, Hotel Arena has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Car parking is available for a fee of EUR 35 per day. Self-parking is conveniently available at the property.

            What is the smoking policy at Hotel Arena?

            Hotel Arena does not permit smoking in any of its rooms or indoor areas. The property offers its guests both smoking and non-smoking rooms. You can request your preferred room type during booking, but please keep in mind that rooms are subject to availability.

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            What people love about Hotel Arena

            • 9.2
              Exceptional
              Location

              "Great location in the park with a lovely bar and restaurant downstairs."

              Natasha

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              July 20, 2018

            • 10.0
              Exceptional
              Breakfast

              "Breakfast is very nice as well as gorgeous rooms."

              Janet

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              November 22, 2018

            • 8.4
              Excellent
              Location

              "Great Location, good public transit connection."

              S

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              September 23, 2018

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            Overall rating:
            8.4
            Excellent
            325 reviews
            Cleanliness
            8.4
            Facilities
            8.4
            Location
            8.1
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            What travelers say they love:
            Very comfortable bar/Restaurant, and hotel is right beside a...
            S from Germany
            Business traveler
            More about Hotel Arena

            More about Hotel Arena

            Originally built in 1890 as a Roman Catholic orphanage, the former St. Elisabeth building is a stylish hotel today. Fully renovated in 2006, the 4-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.

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            Most talked about facilities

            Housekeeping
            11 mentions
            Breakfast
            7 mentions
            Food & Dining
            4 mentions
            Car Park
            1 mention

            What they offer

            7.2
            Very good
            Spaciousness

            "On the positive side, the room was spacious and the park was..."

            Catherine

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            January 14, 2019

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            Nearest essentials

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            Food and dining

            Breakfast options

            Continental
            Italian
            Vegetarian
            Gluten-free

            Restaurants on site

            PARK
            Cuisine:International, Dutch
            Menu:Buffet

            Nearby restaurants

            Dutch cuisine
            Dutch cuisine
            Arena
            60 m Dutch, European
            Cafe de Roeter
            390 m Dutch, European, Pizza
            T Eten en Drinken
            490 m Dutch, European
            American cuisine
            American cuisine
            Smokin' Barrels
            490 m American, Bar, Barbecue
            De Biertuin
            530 m American, Bar, Dutch
            Grand Cafe Lokaal
            620 m American, Bar, European
            European cuisine
            European cuisine
            Oost pizza pasta
            260 m European, Italian, Pizza
            Marits Huiskamerrestaurant
            280 m European, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
            Picnic Company
            570 m European, Mediterranean, Spanish

            What's nearby

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            Reviews of Hotel Arena from real guests

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            8.4
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            10
            Cleanliness8.4
            Facilities8.4
            Location8.1
            Room comfort and quality8.1
            Service8.8
            Value for money8.1
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            10.0
            Exceptional
            Athol from Australia
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 3 nights in June 2018

            What a Gem”

            We stayed at Hotel Arena for three nights, the final leg of our six week European holiday before the long flight home to Australia. What a gem it is! It is located within a former Catholic orphanage, so access from the street is not ideal and there are parts of the hotel which are not in pristine condition. For us this jut added to the appeal. Our room was modern, spacious and spotlessly clean. The staff are courteous, friendly and efficient. Step out the front door and you are in the stunningly beautiful Oostpark. Here a fascinating glimpse of the real Amsterdam is on show at any time of the day, a million miles away from the regular tourist traps. This hotel carries our strongest possible recommendation.

            Reviewed June 09, 2018
            8.8
            Excellent
            Zuleyka from United States
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 2 nights in March 2018

            Gorgeous Hotel in Gorgeous Park”

            I want to stay in Hotel Arena every single time I'm in Amsterdam. The rooms are gorgeous and the staff is wonderful. It's located in a park that is beautiful and scenic. It's in a really quiet area. I would say for the price you should get just one or two additional amenities (like toiletries/lotion/etc) but I'm happy to pay again for the service and atmosphere. The size of the rooms is great and the bed is very comfortable. It is a bit far away from the center - about a 30-40min walk, so if you prioritize being in the middle of all the action, this is not the hotel for you.

            Reviewed March 16, 2018
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Ben from United States
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 4 nights in August 2016

            Exactly what we were hoping for”

            While not in the center of Amsterdam, Hotel Arena is very close to all of the action. It's just a short walk to the tram and only a 15 min walk into the city center. The staff was friendly and helpful in helping us get around and the rooms were clean and bright. There was construction at the time of the visit, but we didn't hear any noise and the hotel generously gave us two free drinks to apologize for the work.

            Reviewed September 10, 2016
            8.3
            Excellent
            Christopher from Australia
            Solo traveler
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 2 nights in July 2013

            Unexpected quality for the price.”

            Value, room design, quiet surroundings.

            I had a great time at the Hotel Arena. It's not in the centre of Amsterdam but it is within walking distance (it's a nice walk too) and close to trams. The bed was comfortable and the room was nicely decorated. The rooms are designed well with light decor for the room and black tiles for the bathroom. I would of loved a bath in the room. The staff are friendly and I was able to check-in earlier than the stated time which was a godsend after my long trip from Australia. The buffet breakfast wasn't included in the price however I paid for it one morning and the offering was great and well worth the money. I would definitely recommend staying here.

            Reviewed July 17, 2013
            8.7
            Excellent
            Syeda from Bangladesh
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 4 nights in May 2014

            Exceeded expectation. ”

            They gave us a free up gradation to the suite room, Huge bathroom, Beautiful interior and exterior.

            We had a great experience, in fact it was the best thing of our Amsterdam stay. In the beginning they were unable to find our booking and made us wait for 20 mins and gave us a free beverage coupons. But later when they found it, they provided us with a free up-gradation to their best room, the suite. The room was duplex and huge. The bathroom was humongous. The hotel had very nice interior and exterior. The internet speed was great. Overall it was the best hotel in our 65 days Europe trip.

            Reviewed May 24, 2014
            9.6
            Exceptional
            Gary from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

            Special”

            Staff were very pleasant and helpful, hotel is special because of our past being there before for special reasons and the addition of the new restaurant and bar area was lovely. One gripe regrettably was lack of vegan options on their menu although we did manage just about with sides of vegetables and portions were ok for both of us. Would like to add although not the hotels fault but our taxi back to the airport was frightening with speeds over the limit and careless in our view with the driver playing with his phone too and just wasn’t comfortable at all. I hope this doesn’t happen all the time and maybe the hotel can make a view on this for their customers to be happier and arrive and leave safely. I’ll happily give this hotel a great review as we’ve stayed before a few times and it’s great for walks with the park. As we are an older couple , our room perhaps wasn’t perfect choice as the steep stairs to the bedroom was bit tricky but we survived . All in all we will stay again.

            Reviewed June 11, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Jose from Spain
            Family with young children
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 4 nights in November 2017

            BEst experience ever”

            All the personal in Arena was fantastic. Thanks to Daniel that change our room to a safer room for the baby. It was incredible. In recomend the place for families and people who want to rest and also be near to the center. Thanks also to Samuel at the restaurant for the great service and recommendations. Also Mirta on the front desk was really kind!

            Reviewed December 07, 2017
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Tom from Taiwan
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2017

            Great place to stay, but a little pricy for what we got.”

            It was a good experience at the Hotel Arena. One thing, since the hotel was expanding, it didn't help with their only entrance and exit through the park, which made it a little effort when checking in or out.

            Reviewed January 12, 2017
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Kim
            Couple
            Stayed 3 nights in August 2018

            The best hotel in Amsterdam”

            I’ve stayed in a few places in Amsterdam but this hotel has become my favorite one. The rooms are decorated with the love for detail and are super cozy. The staff is amazing and the location is a short 5 min drive by bike to the center. Highly recommend this hotel :)

            Reviewed August 10, 2018
            8.4
            Excellent
            Claire from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Stayed 4 nights in June 2018

            Beautiful hotel ”

            We found the hotel was beautiful sat to the corner of Oosterpark, rooms were clean with plenty of space. Breakfasts were great, lots of choice and very tasty. We did find the location was quite out of the way from the centre, it was a good 40 minute walk into the centre, however there was trains and trams if you didn’t want to walk. Would highly recommend hiring a bike from the hotel as it’s a good way of getting around Amsterdam and seeing lots of the parks and canals. All in all a lovely hotel

            Reviewed June 25, 2018
            8.3
            Excellent
            Kevin from Ireland
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 3 nights in May 2012

            Funky Hotel, friendly helpful staff,”

            Unique rooms, great use of space for a city with notorious narrow rooms and buildings!

            we had a great stay in hotel arena, really don't have a bad word to say about the hotel or its staff we really enjoyed our stay there. the hotel was one of the highlights of our stay in what is already a unique city! the location is a little out but the trams are only a 5 minute walk, perfect if you don't want to be in the hustle and bustle of a very busy city centre?

            Reviewed May 17, 2012
            8.4
            Excellent
            S from Germany
            Business traveler
            Stayed 3 nights in September 2018

            Excellent”

            Great Location, good public transit connection. Duplex rooms not suitable for people, who have problems with steep stairs. Breakfast costs 17,50-19,50€ per Person...is expensive, but Amsterdam is expensive and it is a great looking buffet. Parking is 30€ per 24 Hours....also expensive but nothing cheaper in direct area. Very comfortable bar/Restaurant, and hotel is right beside a lovely park.

            Reviewed September 23, 2018
            8.4
            Excellent
            Patricia from Canada
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 5 nights in September 2019

            Excellent”

            Our room was a bit dark, only one small window but we didn’t spend much time in the room so okay The hotel surroundings in the park was beautiful You do need to use the tram system to explore Amsterdam Can purchase tram tickets at the hotel front desk, very convenient

            Reviewed October 16, 2019
            7.2
            Very good
            Catherine from United States
            Couple
            Basic Double/Twin
            Stayed 2 nights in January 2019

            Style over function”

            There were things that I liked about Hotel Arena, but definitely things that were disappointing. On the positive side, the room was spacious and the park was beautiful. We also had a king bed, which great. As far as challenges go, the hotel isn't very practical. Firstly, there is no privacy when it comes to the bathroom. The entire bathroom is glass (lightly tinted, not frosted) so anyone you are sharing the room with can see EVERYTHING that you are doing. The bedroom curtains also didn't fully close, so unless you found something to wedge them together, anyone outside can also see you showering. The hotel tries to be eco friendly, which is nice but resulted in a blow dryer that couldn't pull power and barely functioned. When I plugged in my hair styling tools into the bathroom outlet, they also could not pull satisfactory power and turned off within a few seconds. I ended up having to style my hair in the bedroom with no mirror because that was the only other accessible outlet.

            Reviewed January 14, 2019
            9.3
            Exceptional
            Bein from Malaysia
            Business traveler
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 2 nights in September 2015

            Very beautiful hotel currently under renovation”

            Clean, environment absulotely stunning.. The staff are friendly and helpful.. Location is good near downtown Amsterdam..

            Very good and satisfy for the price i paid.. Will definitively come back whenever i visit Amsterdam

            Reviewed September 21, 2015
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Gregory
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 4 nights in August 2019

            Perfect Getaway”

            A lovely hotel with a great team of staff!! About a 30 minute walk to the centre which was nice as we could stop and grab coffee on the way! It has a lovely park on on the door step which we went running around and a 15 minute walk from a crossfit gym. The staff were very helpful and they gave us the option to upgrade upon arrival which was a great offer. Everyone was friendly and more than helpful! Room was fantastic and felt very relaxed every time I set foot into the room! Room service and extras we're lovely too! I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting! Made the whole experience wonderful and I'd definitely go back!

            Reviewed September 03, 2019
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Wayne from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 3 nights in March 2019

            Perfect hotel for a city break. Smart, quiet md very clean. Great rooms.”

            There really wasn’t any cons if I had to be picky there was a slight drainage smell in the wet room. I could see that this hotel was catering for couples, families old and young, buisiness and students. Hotel was immaculate, staff were great and a nice decor finish making it very welcoming (specially after a long day walking). Just far enough out to be quiet but with a tram stop just opposite a little ride into town was easy. Restaurant I’m guessing is sort after by the locals as it got busy on the weekends and after wasting there we could see why(very good food). Would definitely book again.

            Reviewed March 24, 2019
            9.2
            Exceptional
            Frank from Australia
            Couple
            Arena Classic Room
            Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

            great location”

            The hotel is right near a subway station, 200 meters or so away, The hotel is parallel to the shopping street with a big department store and other designer shops. can walk to the Grand Place in 10-15 min... taken us longer as we kept stopping at shops and strolling overall it was a very clean hotel and the room was massive, super convenient if you want to do some shopping!

            Reviewed November 06, 2018
            7.6
            Very good
            Vickie from United Kingdom
            Couple
            Basic Double/Twin
            Stayed 2 nights in November 2018

            Lovely hotel”

            Great hotel in a beautiful park. The room was clean and well presented, the staff were very helpful and friendly. The only slight downside was the distance from the centre of Amsterdam, but the metro station was close if you can’t walk the distance

            Reviewed November 19, 2018
            10.0
            Exceptional
            Janet from Netherlands
            Business traveler
            Basic Double/Twin
            Stayed 1 night in November 2018

            Exceptional”

            Excellent hotel. This was my second stay and I won’t hesitate to stay there again. Breakfast is very nice as well as gorgeous rooms. Just beautiful, and at a reasonable price.

            Reviewed November 22, 2018
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