In 2008 the former public library was bought by Aedes Real Estate and Marcel Wanders. With a gross surface of nearly 12.500 m² the former Public Library is one of the largest buildings along the canal, with one of the broadest facades along. ‘Strengthening the central position and mixed use’ have been the most important objectives expressed in the municipal. Aedes has taken these into account and transformed the Prinsengracht into a hotel.
The hotel has 117 rooms and 5 suites, of which one, at 140 m² large, earns a ‘presidential’ designation. Top designer Marcel Wanders is responsible for the design. Proclaimed to be the ‘Lady Gaga of the design world’ by the New York Times, the hotel’s design is inspired by the heritage of the building and the city with the interior developing into a new antique with an appearance of metropolitan grandeur combined with idiosyncratic detail. The hotel is being operated by Andaz, which is Hyatt Hotel Corporation newest lifestyle brand.
Andaz consists of luxurious boutique hotels where cosmopolitan comfort goes hand in hand with a strongly developed sense for couleur locale and intimacy. The hotel does not comply with the usual brand differentiation, but does offer the service and comfort of a 5-star hotel. The adventurous, culturally interested traveler being a guest in the hotel, will receive the soul of the city on a platter. Guests won’t find receptionists behind the desk, but ‘hosts’. These hosts not only show the way to the latest restaurants, art galleries, shops and entertainment spots, but also to the most exclusive, unique and specific of each.
The Andaz hotel is the first lifestyle hotel of this size in Amsterdam. Besides the hotel facilities, the complex also offers office suites for companies in the creative industry. What makes the complex truly unique is the integration of a museum function. Video art is presented throughout the whole hotel, from the lobby to the rooms. Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and comprises video and /or audio data.
Aedes Real Estate bought the building in January 2003. The building served as a daycare center Huize Henriëtte, the oldest daycare center in Amsterdam.
The ‘Bungehuis’ was built in the 1930s originally as a Trading Office, as of the 70s it has served as a university building.