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Hotel Arena

Former use: Care Facility

Location: Amsterdam

Weekend rate for a double: from approx. $268

Contrary to what the name might indicate, this hotel is not a former arena, though it does have a varied past. It began as The St. Elisabeth home for invalid women, which opened in 1889. During World War II, the building sheltered Belgian refugees, and then in 1969 became a nursing home. After the government allowed squatters to take over the abandoned facility in 1982, it became a youth hostel where musicians such as Iggy Pop and Oasis stayed. In 2002 after extensive renovation, it became Hotel Arena, with a club, bar and restaurant on the premises.

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