Hotel Arena

's-Gravesandestraat 51, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1092 AA, Netherlands | 3 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Amsterdam

Trams, Boats and Bikes

A travel blog entry by dillardstravels

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whoo hoo!! Today Tiffani, Chloé and Grant decided to live dangerously! First stop, the bike rental shop. George and Sharon were either too tired from last night or too afraid to ride a bicycle so we ditched them. We planned to meet up later on this afternoon in town.

Although Dutch is the official language in Amsterdam, almost everyone is fluent in two or more languages. Getting around was no problem. The guy who helped us at the bike shop could ...

Koningsdag in Amsterdam

A travel blog entry by mwetzel

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... I attempted Spanish with them but their Spanish is really different so we stuck to English. They invited us to go with them so I got Liz and we headed with them. They were in a group of people so we met some more Spanish/Rotterdam peeps. We went to a park area down the street where there was a stage set up. Then they just stood there and ate sandwiches and such. Liz and I got restless so we said our goodbyes and left. The language barrier was a bit awkward because jokes ...

Christmas Day

A travel blog entry by ckwalt

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... how many bikes we have seen in Holland. But the interesting thing is not how many bikes there were, instead how many bikes were lying on the ground because they have fallen over. Maybe it's the special smoke that effects the bikes as well...  At one place we witnessed a red scooter which was chained to a bar on the edge of the canal, hanging down the canal wall. I'm glad I'm not the person having to get it back up onto the road.  After wandering and ...

Heineken experience

A travel blog entry by shanstravels

We went to the Heineken beer museum and went for a ride around Amsterdam in the Heineken boat. Today we had a full day of walking around. we ate breakfast, went to the Heineken experience which includes a boat ride and drinking beer. We went to the IAMsterdam sign, took pictures, had wraps for lunch, went to the VanGoh museum which was closed and went on a short train ride ...

Amsterdam

A travel blog entry by jossocaf

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... it soon! That museum was definitely a must-see. I also had the pleasure of hearing a cellist in the park perform Bach’s first unaccompanied cello suite. I gave him a euro which he hopefully used for supermarket snackies and not drugs. Essentially, we trolled around, sat by the canal, explored a couple parks, took pictures of some monuments, and just enjoyed the beauty of Amsterdam. I also want to share the fact that I witnessed an elderly couple holding hands ...

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This 3 star hotel, located in the Plantage area of Amsterdam, is near Artis Zoo, Tropenmuseum, Hollandsche Schouwburg, and Tropeninstituut.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arena Amsterdam

    Arena Hotel - A great place to stay

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    The Arena hotel is simply one of the best budget hotels I've stayed at. It's a 10 minute tram ride from the centre and it's got everything you may need to enjoy a weekend break. The complex features a great bar, restaurant and nightclub as well as an amazing variety of rooms. We stayed in two of the rooms, we recommend them both:

    A ramshackle hostel!

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    We are all led to believe from the marketing and "image" this hotel tries to portray that it is an oasis of cool in what is (and i agree to this!) a very cool city. However, on arrival the dank room was full of flies, the shower next to useless with black mould on the grouting. The clencher was the broken blind which was straight out of Sarajevo! Nothing could justify the high room rates - but the breakfast and seating area outside provided 2 relative highlights. oh! a suggestion, stay somewhere more central... it will be worth it!

    ArenA Hostel/Hotel, Trendy, Young, Overall, Pretty Cool

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    Arena Hostel - More like a hotel than a hostle, Arena is large, clean, relatively inexpensive & it also has a somewhat decent dance club. This place is perfect for the 18 - 35 crowd. Nearly everyone is young & trendy, etc. The location is safe, but a little out of the way, it's not far by tram though. The food at their bistro in the evenings is pretty damn good, and it is a pretty cool atmosphere. Too bad, it's not right in the middle of the Dam. Otherwise, a good value, we thought. I'm pretty picky! Amsterdam is fun, but not as quaint as I expected

    Room average cool place

    from

    myself and my brother stayed in hotel arena last march and must say it has the greatest athmosphere and is really hip,the staff seem unfriendly at first but just ask a question and they are only too willing to help,our room was small but we were last minute,you could roam naked and no one seems to mind and thats what i loved about it,its not very central but walk five mins to underground station and it takes you to central station in minutes,I would love to stay there again

    Hip but OK

    from

    We stayed here in early January 03. It is a cool place but we weren't very happy with our room. We reserved our room through STA travel so it was a hostel type of room and very cold. The shower and toliet were in the same room, nothing separating them so the water from the shower got all over the place! Our friends booked their room through the hotel, paid more but had a much nicer room--2 levels and warm. The breakfast was very good. The bar was fun.

    Not for me

    from

    This is a 1 to 2 star hotel at best. The website makes it seem cool, but it's really more of an upscale youth hostel. I tried 2 different rooms, but then decided to say "thanks but no thanks" and left to find another hotel.

    That said, it's a fun atmosphere, bar and club are cool and the people at the desk were very understanding.

    A Fabulous Experience for Any Hip Traveller

    from

    My fiance and I just returned from a fantastic trip to Amsterdam...We stayed at the Arena Hotel, first in one of their absolutely perfect, couldn't-be-better large two floor rooms, and later in a medium room that was coolness in itself. Both rooms boasted super- high ceilings which I adored, huge windows, and hardwood floors. Our two-floor room came equipped with modern-art wallpaper, which we will never forget, and the medium room with cool lighting and 60's inspired chairs. The ultra-modern interior of the hotel contrasts beautifully with the old architechture and almost spooky exterior. The hotel staff were fantastic- after our initial check- in, we were not bothered for the rest of our trip. It was almost like having our own apartment, as the staff were unobtrusive and made it seem almost like they weren't there at all. We had never seen anything like it- all hotels should be so discreet.

    Won't return to the Arena

    from

    Not convenient for walking to the city centre. Also, the rooms were ridiculously small, the door would barely open as the bed took up most of the floor space. The staff were not friendly at all, but thats not to say they were rude, just not too welcoming. I must say that the breakfast buffet was fantastic though. There was a huge selection of fresh food to choose from, by far the best I've come accross. I won't be going back though as it just was not within a short walk from the City Centre.

    Arena is mod and hip

    from

    I loved the Hotel Arena. My husband and I stayed there in the spring of 2002. The staff was friendly and nice. The breakfast buffet has got to be the best in the city. It was plentiful and fresh. We felt pampered.

    Convenient if you like to dance--a club is located in the building.

    Wonderfull two-floor rooms

    from

    The Arena Hotel is a big 3 star hotel in the center of Amsterdam. My girlfriend and i had a two-Floor Room. Because of the high old rooms at the 18th Century. In the hotel there's a nightclub but we hered nothing in the room from the music. Breakfast was very good. We loved to stay their for 2 nights. Amsterdam itself is a very nicy city.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Arena Amsterdam

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good