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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Arena Amsterdam
Arena Hotel - A great place to stay
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:
C33 - This is what the hotel describes as a 'split level room'. It's quite narrow but it's really cool. It's the best 'split level room' in the hotel because it features a set of french doors that open into the garden. This is the only room that has this, so request this room if you are going for this type of accomodation.
On the second night, we asked if we could try one of the other rooms. We were sent to a room on the first floor that had not been done up, and had - as one of the reviewers said - scratches on the walls and looked quite dated. We were dissapointed so we called reception and on hearing this they immediately offered us one of their newest suites. Oh my God. This was not a suite, it was a mini appartment with two TV sets, a bathtub the size of a small swimming pool (honest) and beautiful decor. If you want to really enjoy your stay request this suite - the room number is 64. It's a bit more expensive than the 'split level' or 'first floor' level rooms but well worth it.
We had a fantastic dinner at the restaurant that came up to EURO 75, including two starters, two main courses a shared dessert, a bottle of excellect wine, water and a basket of bread. When was the last time you got this much in London? Exactly.
The breakfast is great too - plenty of breads, croissants, yoghurts, coffee and hot drinks and cooked eggs and bacon. Breakfast is included.\
The service overall was brilliant. I would recommend to anybody staying at the Amsterdam to speak to the staff if they are unhappy with their rooms or any element of their stay. They are really friendly and can't do enough for you.
I can see why some reviewers were dissapointed. The hotel's website is really good and it suggests that the hotel is more than it actually is. But, I would recommend this place to anybody who likes to stay somewhere different.
Business travellers will not find internet connection in the room. But then again, if you are staying at the Arena, you shouldn't be working all night, but enjoying the hotel's facilities.
There's a park nearby if you enjoy running, take your shorts and running shoes.
I would recommend the Arena to anybody going to Amsterdam. And I will defenitely stay there when I come back to this amazing city.
A ramshackle hostel!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The breakfast buffet in the morning must be the best in Amsterdam by far, served in the ultra-modern "To Drink" bar area of the hotel.
The only thing I can complain about is that it's a little outside the center of the city, but there's a tram station less than two minutes walking distance away, which solves the problem. Also, I believe in the summer it would make a beautiful walk into the center of Amsterdam...I can't wait to go back and find out if I'm right!!
In conclusion...If you want room service and pampering, the Arena is not for you. However, if you're hip, and going to Amsterdam for some time away from prying eyes and the everyday intrusions of society...the ARENA is The Place To BE.
I give it five stars because I can't rate it any higher.
Won't return to the Arena
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
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
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.
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