The recently renovated 116 room 4-star hotel Arena is located in a quiet, residential part of Amsterdam, within walking distance of Artis Zoo and the Royal Tropical Institute. The city centre of Amsterdam is less than a 10 minute taxi or tram ride away. Alternatively a very pleasant 30 minute stroll through the historic Jewish district will also bring you to the centre. There are a number of excellent restaurants and bars in the neighbourhood. The hotel is housed in a converted Roman Catholic orphanage from 1890 and the rooms are in-keeping with this minimalist heritage. Complete with timber roof beams and wooden floors, rooms are individually decorated by young up-and-coming Dutch designers. In contrast the public spaces have monumental marble staircases, cast-iron banisters, stained-glass windows, marble columns, and original murals which have all been faithfully restored.
The hotel complex also houses a restaurant and a nightclub in the old chapel.