For over 25 years, Hotel Arena has been a staple in the Amsterdam cultural and hospitality landscape located in the vibrant city getaway Oosterpark. Never one to rest on his laurels, founder Paul Hermanides initiated a complete rethinking of design and concept, re-establishing the hotel as an In The City Park – concept where locals and tourists meet for hospitality. Hotel Arena will finish the reconstruction with a brand-new wing containing16 new rooms, Café-Restaurant PARK, creative meeting and event studio’s and an impressive new look for the monumental building on September 1st.
Hotel Arena is located in the monumental St. Elisabeth Guesthouse in Amsterdam East. After being used as an orphanage and guesthouse the historic location was turned into a youth hostel in the early 1980s. Paul Hermanides took over the business and turned the budget hotel around to the luxurious location it is today, eventually earning a four-star rating in 2009. The new look and feel will start the next chapter in the hotel’s exciting story.
TeamV Architectuur and Tank Interior Design are responsible for the redesign of the 11.000 square meter space. They created a balance between the historic surroundings and the leafy green of the Oosterpark. The new park-side entrance and terrace is a gateway for the city, its inhabitants and visitors. The soul of Hotel Arena and the city of Amsterdam truly shines through in welcoming open structures, glass walls, greenery and earthy tones.
The hotel wants to connect people – it’s a part of Amsterdam and wants to introduce the city and its locals to guests, and the other way around. While the amount of rooms has increased with the brand-new wing, the redesigned original rooms and the new suites still have a personal boutique feeling. The new layout and design connects the building with the park, creating an environment where all social and cultural backgrounds can connect. This is also reflected in the veggie-focused dining concept of PARK. The restaurant’s herb garden is an integral part of the new design. The historic chapel – a haven for music lovers since the hostel days – will alongside a new gallery continue to be a meeting point where anyone can enjoy concerts, debates, theatre and film screening. Five new studios and a sunny patio provide a place where professionals can meet, get inspired and create community initiatives.