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Aréna Plaza, Budapest

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Arena Plaza is the largest shopping plaza in Budapest at a size of 200,000 square metres. On November 15, 2007, Arena Plaza opened at the site of an old horse racing track.The project was developed by Plaza Centers Group, a shopping center developer in Central and Eastern Europe . Plaza Centers Group credits itself as the first developer to bring Western-style shopping centers to Hungary. The executive of Plaza Centers says during the opening in 2007, “Arena Plaza is one of the largest and most prestigious shopping and entertainment centres in Central and Eastern Europe, the design and ambition of which has set new standards for the region..."The center includes the country's first IMAX cinema auditorium, along with 22 other screens. It includes many stores for shopping, dining, and entertainment. A major focal point is the large Tesco, a hypermarket.AccessArena Plaza is located approximately five minutes walking distance from Keleti Railway Station.If driving, the shopping center is accessible by approximately 2,800 underground parking spaces.SalesOn August 7, 2007, Arena Plaza was sold to active Asset Investment Management . The transaction was closed at a gross yield of 5.9%, reflecting an approximately 381 million Euro asset value. This represented 20% of the value of 2007 Hungarian real estate deals and the largest single transaction for that year. The price compares to the November 2006 IPO of €333 million.
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  • Good mall, clean, not as many stores as might think, international brands, not far from a major public transportation station, good for a couple of hours.  more »
  • This is a very big mall and has lots of stores. What would be nice would be more restaurants / places to eat. In my opinion the variety of food types is pretty poor.  more »
  • Having visited the West End Mall a number of times we decided to try something different and had a 45 minute walk to Arena Plaza. It is bigger than West End, a lot newer, with a lot more space though ...  more »
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  • Aréna Plaza is near where we live and, as one of the largest shopping centers in the city, provides a good selection of shops and services. We try to patronize the small local stores as much as possible, but a periodic run to Aréna Plaza keeps us well stocked.
  • Aréna Plaza is one of the biggest shopping centers in Hungary where you can find pretty much almost all popular shops. It has a big Tesco and a one of a few cinemas in Budapest that plays movies in English. The down sides are the location (10 minutes walk from the nearest metro station) and the ALWAYS crowded food court.
  • This shoping mall is my favourite. Very big and bright. Nice shops and Tesco supermarket. ...you can find what you need. Food court is popular among customers. Enough free parking space.
  • This was the only mall we found in our trip to Budapest. It was close to the train station and had lots of stores to visit. The food court was very busy and didn't have enough tables. The toilets here were FREE, we couldn't believe it. Upstairs is a big sport store, a big toy store and a big electronics store. Plus lots of open area for you to lay around on bean bags and chill out. There is also a movie theatre, and if you are feeling guilt for sitting or laying around too long there is a gym next door to the cinema. The cinema does have some movies in English at various times, ask at the box office.
  • Not bad but they screwed up the location, it is right between two metro stops and can mainly accessed by car only. Which is actually quite good as this keeps the low class crowd away.