Rosewood hotel in former Palace of Justice

Halfway through the 17th century, the city authorities ordered for a new orphanage to be built at Prinsengracht. In 1666, the new building by urban architect Daniël Stalpaert was completed and the first orphans moved in. In 1783 the building was extended, with both side wings being raised by two floors. After the orphanage was closed in 1825, the local authorities decided to relocate the judicature from Amsterdam to this building. The architect was Jan de Greef. One of the main construction jobs was to alter the façade at Prinsengracht. During this period, the interior and furniture were also designed and constructed especially for the building. The building was taken into use in 1836. As a result of a lack of space, the interior was modified in 1892, adding a new courtroom, terrazzo work, panelling and chic coffered ceilings. In 1931, the basement water cisterns were converted into archive space. In 1950, the building reached its current size, when the government acquired the adjacent buildings and those at the rear at Prinsengracht, Leidsegracht and Lange Leidsedwarsstraat.

Aedes Real Estate will redevelop the former Palace of Justice, acquired by CTF Development International Ltd, and turn it into a luxurious Rosewood hotel. Rosewood aims to become the crown jewel in Amsterdam’s hotel business, as well as one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. The hotel will create authentic and memorable experiences for its guests, by honouring history, culture & architecture and by also offering the perfect modern hotel experience. The ground floor and wide façade, which has relatively few openings, feel fairly closed. The aim is to give the building a more open character. From the inside this will be realised by opening up the lobby to the inner courtyards and on the outside by reusing the left and right entrances of the main entrance.
The hotel will have 144 rooms, 118 of which are normal rooms and 26 are suites. Nearly all public functions, visible from Prinsengracht, will be accommodated on the ground floor, creating a lively and pleasant atmosphere. Four catering establishments are scheduled. There will also be six conference rooms, including an impressively large ballroom, all grouped around a spacious and light patio. This will turn the unique and exclusive Pavilion into a flexible and multifunctional location for special and memorable events. The luxurious Sense Spa, the spa and wellness centre in the basement, will have a swimming pool, spa & fitness centre and will be accessible to guests and other users.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, incorporated in Dallas, Texas, in 1979 manages 19 unique and luxurious immovable properties in 12 countries and has 13 new hotels under development. The Rosewood portfolio includes some of the world’s most prestigious hotels and resorts, such as The Carlyle in New York and Hôtel de Crillon in Paris. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts aims to manage 50 hotels by 2020.

Project Details

Project size:

20.350 m2


Kentie & Partners


Completion 2020

Role Aedes:

Acquisition and development (terminated March 2018)

Aedes cooperates amongst others with: