Our story

We started 30 years ago as a place to sleep for free spirits, young world travellers and creatives. Always have been located in Amsterdam and always have been part of the city we call home. In the meantime, we became a little more mature. And although we have largely lost our wild hair, we have always managed to retain our local and international heart for culture. We like to celebrate this with everyone - whether you are a tourist, a local or a business traveller.


Our history

With its heart in the city and its face to the green, our iconic, monumental building watches over the Oosterpark. It has done so since 1886, when it was a hospice for disabled and incurably ill girls. After 1945, it became a nursing home for the elderly, and from 1982 a 'sleep-in' to accommodate the masses of Dam-sleepers that the City of Amsterdam couldn't cope with. In 1992, we took over the building from the municipality. We renamed it Arena - international centre for youth culture and tourism. Ten years later, now known as Hotel Arena, welcomed world stars such as Alicia Keys, Norah Jones and Oasis. In 2017, after a major renovation, we expanded to the place it is today. From a sleep-inn to a fully-fledged four-star Design Hotelâ„¢. Who could have ever imagined that?



Our sustainability

Just like us, our guests enjoy traveling, experiencing new beautiful places and discovering the world. A world we admire and want to cherish. For now and upcoming generations. This is how we focus on our sustainability.

Our sustainability


Our partners

Besides that our food is prepared with love and attention, it tastes even better because we mainly use local, organic products and ingredients. We are proud of our local suppliers, who all contribute to sustainability in their own way. This is how they work.

Meet our partners


Hotel Services

At Hotel Arena we care about your stay and comfort, that's why we offer many extra hotel services. For example, you can rent one of our bikes so you can easily go around the city or have a look at our own Hotel Arena shop.



City guide

Hotel Arena is located in the Oost district, which is one of the hippest areas in Amsterdam. A perfect location to enjoy a green environment while being close to the centre. Many museums and sights are practically around the corner and with Beukenplein within walking distance, you are surrounded by lots of nice bars and restaurants. We listed our favourite spots in Amsterdam for you to discover.



Hotels For Trees

Hotel Arena is a product of her environment, and giving back to the environment means a lot to us. Not only in Amsterdam, but all over the world. That's why we recently joined Hotels For Trees; an initiative that proudly supports forestation projects that contribute to a greener planet. How we do this? By planting 1 tree for each day, you choose to skip the daily cleaning of your room. Let's do this together!


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