Amsterdam’s Hotel Arena reopens after refurbishment and extension

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Netherlands: Hotel Arena has reopened with a new wing containing 16 new rooms, café-restaurant PARK, and meeting and event rooms.

Hotel Arena is located in the monumental St. Elisabeth Guesthouse in Amsterdam East. After being used as an orphanage, guesthouse and eventually a refugee shelter in World War I and hospital in World War II, it was turned into a youth hostel in the early 1980s. With the guidance of founder Paul Hermanides the budget hotel has been transformed into a luxury lifestyle property.

TeamV Architectuur and Tank Interior Design are responsible for the redesign of the space. They created "a balance between the historic surroundings and the leafy green of the Oosterpark. The new park-side entrance and terrace are 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 property, managed by Typhoon Hospitality, now has 139 rooms.

The "veggie-focused" PARK restaurant's herb garden is an integral part of the new design. The historic chapel and new gallery will 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".

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