The Story of Casa
The legendary story of Casa starts with four friends and a mission. Casa was founded in the late ‘50s, to help solve the housing shortage for students. By also offering rooms to hotel guests in the building, Casa is – to this day – able to provide students enjoyable and affordable student housing. And that makes for a unique mixture of people that’ll never bore you.
Four ambitious students, a symbolic amount of 100 guilders and a student housing shortage in Amsterdam. That is how the Casa Academica Foundation started. A hotel in the summer, and student homes for the rest of the year.
After arranging all the necessary funding, the first stone of Casa Academica was laid at James Wattstraat on 12 November, 1959.
31 October 1962: The official opening of Casa Academica. Even the Mayor and the Minister of Education and Culture attended the event, which was all over the newspapers: Casa is the future of Amsterdam-Oost.
New director and young hospitality professional Max Wellink was a breath of fresh air for Casa. Wellink engaged students in the process, and Casa gained its first co-ed floor. Before that, girls and boys were separated.
In the summer of 1964, Casa was greatly honoured to welcome the Chinese Opera from Beijing. As an experienced host, Wellink made sure the group received all the service they needed. The entire ninth floor was converted into a rehearsal depa
Gradus van Nieuwkuijk became the new director of Casa, and soon became one of Casa’s most popular directors. The amiable man was known for his genuine interest in students, and how he could sit and chat with them for hours.
After years of guests and student housing, it was time for an update. Between 1980 and 1984, Casa invested 1 million guilders a year for a major renovation.
In 1984, a small group of students had the innovative idea to start a bar called ‘Casa Croeg’: a smashing success. Parties and gatherings found their way into Casa’s home, and the place remains the hangout spot for residents today.
Marianne van Meurs became the Casa Academica Foundation’s first female director. The experienced lady stated that it was time for a new Casa. From 2005 onwards, Meurs was responsible for the construction of the new building on Eerste Ringdi
The ‘90s proved to be less appealing to hotel guests, and to the delight of the students, Marianne van Meurs decided that students could stay at Casa over the summer of 1995 - one time only.
In line with the plans for Casa’s new location, a new director was appointed in 2005: Hans Vugts, who had big plans for Casa. However, as Marianne van Meurs was also still leading the foundation, uncertainty arose on who was leading the pro
On 30 September, 2010, the new Casa complex was officially opened by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan. The complex offered more of a hotel vibe with a bed, a large desk, a flatscreen TV and Wi-Fi. A win-win, as it made moving in and out easier f
The old Casa complex, located in the Amsterdam Eenhoorn area, was redeveloped in collaboration with VMX Architects. The borough is becoming a bustling Amsterdam neighbourhood.
Hotel Casa introduced a new concept called East57. A coffee corner, a deli, a restaurant and a wine bar all in one. The name comes from the hotel’s founding story, ‘57 being the year it was established and ‘East’ because of its location.
Hotel Casa opened NEST, a rooftop terrace and hotspot for the outsiders, lovebirds and chatterers. Truly unique because of its green ambiance and fantastic views.
In 2017, Hotel Casa celebrated its 60th anniversary. It was a party to never forget! One thing is certain: Casa will be forever young.
Nest disappears, Hopp appears. The roof terrace has a new concept including 40 craft beers on the menu and lots of cool events and workshops.