district: Oost (East)
Set in a historic building from 1886 that once functioned as a girls orphanage, hostel and party palace, Hotel Arena now features a tranquil, pristine white Dutch minimalist design meeting 1970s retro, with occasional period touches (grand wrought-iron stairways, remnants of 19th-century patterned wall paintings). illuminating vintage and bespoke furnishings, including pieces by Zuiver, Moooi, HK living, Ferm Living, and Kave Home.
The hotel is situated in the Oosterpark, in the hip eastern part of Amsterdam. The city centre can be reached in a 15-minute walk or by using the nearby tram and metro stops.
Rooms continue the minimalist white style of the main areas, with snow-drifts of linen, milky walls, pale-wood laminate floors and frosted glass around the bathrooms (some of which are all-black, for the hell of it). Sixties- and Seventies-style chairs offer hip contrast. Some rooms are natty duplexes with tall windows and separate sleeping and seating areas looking onto the park, and others to garden courtyards.
A glass-walled café-restaurant offers imaginative, healthy and regionally sourced meals and a superb breakfast. Bicycle rental and yoga lessons in the park.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 140 rooms & suites (25-60m2) (269-646 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2017 • interior design: TANK (Amsterdam) • on-site parking (charged) • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk