Hotel clean and staff very friendly. Son loved the wet room/bathroom. A very pleasant and welcome surprise after arriving in Amsterdam and having to navigate from Schiphol to hotel at 10pm with a very tired 11 year old, using train and tram (missed booked taxi from airport due to flight being delayed). Was given a ground floor room, not sure if because I was with my son. Restaurant was fine for breakfast (offereed the usual range of cereal/cooked etc...)
Room very comfortable. Mirror in the bathroom too high to see in. I would be nice to have tea/coffee in room but they have tea stations on every other floor. Didn't have breakfast but it looked really good when I walked by
We stayed at the Hotel Arena for 2 nights. Despite the hotel being in the middle of renovations, the hotel was spotless, staff were very friendly and the breakfast we had was yummy. We did get a travel card from hotel reception though as its a bit of a walk to see the 'sights'. Only thing to mention is that our room had stairs which is where the bed was, very steep stairs in fact. I would stay here again but I'd request a room with no stairs. Otherwise a lovely stay here :-)
The staff were really helpful and the apartment we had was lovely. Was very clean and comfortable. Was a little dusty but that is my only criticism for the whole experience. You are really close to lots of places and the surrounding area has got a lot going on and is being developed quite abit. We loved the brewery and bar by the windmill. Overall I think Yays is a great company to stay with, they really go out the way to make your experience amazing.
Booked as part of a deal, really was not expecting a lot from the hotel as was very last minute. There is only one tram in and out of the centre to the hotel so its easy not to get lost, as an added bonus this stops directly opposite the hotel, there are also taxis around the street out front (and a public urinal much to my partners dismay, after seeing how much use they get instead of in the park directly next to it, she changed her mind!).
When entering the grounds it is surrounded by a courtyard, this completely blocks the noise of any traffic and provides a relaxing space with ample seating, lighting and a lovely tree. Upon arrival we were greeted promptly by staff who were very friendly. After paying the standard city tax we went up to our room on the first floor via elevators (I never saw stairs the entire visit however I believe this may be because of a conference centre, sandwiched above the lobby and the first which may have been accessible by stairs??) The room was generously sized and we were extremely fortunate to have a view over Oost park (the other three sides have views over the park to the back, the Tropic institute the the side and the main road/courtyard to the front). The room has the standard tea/coffee facilities a strong & hot shower and a television, there was also the added bonus of a safe. The bed was a double and it was an ok size and comfortable.
Felt like home, room was above average size, clean, excellent breakfast everyday there was something different, best Dutch Pancakes ever!
The couple who own the place, were so helpful and friendly, they took us for a quick tour of the city, when we first arrived and gave great tips on what to do in beautiful Amsterdam!
I would defensively stay there again!
the staff is nice and they speak fluent English, so communication is not a problem. the hotel is not located at the "centre" of Amsterdam, but it's convenient to take a tram there, and it just take u less than 15 minutes to go there from central station. it's located near the zoo, so if u buy the iAmsterdam card, u can go there for free and take the transport for free too.
This area is known as Plantage (Plantation) and while its lush parkland has mostly gone, botanical gardens and the small Artis Zoo provide refuge from the hustle of the city. To the north, the excellent maritime Nederlands Scheepvaartmuseum is a reminder of Dutch naval power; to the south the ethnographical Tropenmuseum holds exotic treasures from the Dutch East Indies.