Amsterdam's attractive business district
The new hotel is set to open in 2015 and will be home to 176 rooms, as well as extensive conference facilities. Atlas ArenA Amsterdam is an excellent example of the successful redevelopment of one of Amsterdam’s business districts to create a lively mix of work, entertainment and recreational facilities. In 2010 the first tenants moved into fully renovated office buildings. Since then, a number of important service providers have settled in Atlas ArenA Amsterdam – including a day-care centre, various restaurants and catering businesses and a sports complex – making for a valuable network of businesses. This new hotel will contribute further to the area’s appeal to both businesses and residents.
The City of Amsterdam is keen to find innovative uses for empty office buildings in order to optimise the local investment climate. Consequently, such spaces are increasingly being converted into hotels, student housing or creative workspaces. The former office building of Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant is one such regeneration success story. The building has been a temporary home to creative workspaces and a rooftop bar since 2007, and is now being transformed into a new hotel. Named the Volkshotel, it is set to open in April 2014. The space will remain multifunctional, however, with office space for creative professionals and an extended rooftop bar, plus 24-hour speakeasy cocktail bar, a recording studio and a nightclub.