In Amsterdam, the new Hotel Arena (Member of Design Hotels) is located in a 19th-century building in Oosterpark
Hotel Arena in Amsterdam is housed in the former Saint Elisabeth Institute, designed in 1886 by architect Adrianus Bleijs. This building originally housed a female orphanage, then a municipal dormitory and finally a center for youth and culture. Dutch firms Team V Architecture and TANK Interior Design have designed a new renovation, which respects the existing building and dialogues with the surrounding nature.
The original building has been expanded with three new wings: one in red brick, echoing the late 19th-century facades, and two in transparent glass. Moreover, the main entrance of the Hotel has been moved to the side facing the park. The interiors of Hotel Arena are characterized by original architectural elements such as the staircase and the exposed wooden beams. The finishes and furnishings are in natural materials such as wood, marble, cast iron and stone, both to pay homage to tradition and to keep a sober and essential style.
Divided into five categories, all the rooms are different from each other and feature minimalist furnishings with vintage accents, natural materials and neutral colors, inspired by the colors of the park. Some suites have direct access to the garden and many are 2-story rooms, offering guests beautiful panoramic views of the city and the park.
Hotel Arena has 140 rooms plus the Park café-restaurant, located in one of the two new wings, entirely made of transparent glass. In addition to the rooms, the hotel offers a panoramic terrace, some meeting rooms and an event room, located in the restored 19th-century chapel. There is also a gallery displaying some works by artists and photographers such as Teo Krijgsman, Max Kraanen, Marjolein Blom and Tim Hoekstra. [Text: Arianna Callocchia – Photo: Teo Krijgsman, Luuk Kramer, courtesy Design Hotels]