A Neo-Renaissance structure in the heart of Prague’s New Town has been transformed into a new lodging concept from the Julius Meinl family, European titans of retail and dining. Designed by Matteo Thun & Partners, the Julius Prague comprises 168 apartment-style units that were conceived to meld the flexibility of residential living with the amenities of a hotel.
“I have been working with the Meinl family on various projects for over 15 years,” says Matteo Thun, the firm’s founder. “The in-depth knowledge of the history and the strong connection with the family were invaluable in the design and branding concept for the Julius Prague—bringing together tradition and a contemporary lifestyle. With the Julius, we wanted the historic palace in the center of Prague to become a temporary home.”
The property’s design concept is vibrant and balanced take on modernism, complete with an immersive color palette that draws upon the Czech Republic’s rich artistic legacy. Artists like painters Alphonse Mucha and František Kupka served as key muses.
Custom furniture also populates the Julius Prague’s convivial common areas, from reception to the Emporium bistro and bar. The central F&B space’s sleek metallic finishes and modern tilework compose a narrative of understated luxury, accented by a sexy lighting design that effortlessly transitions the bistro from day to evening service.
Each onsite residence comprises an individual living room and bedroom space, and most are equipped with an open-plan kitchen as well. Restrained pastel hues nod to Mucha’s work and form an organic backdrop for natural materials and soft textiles, like artisanal carpets installed upon oak wood floors for a residential-inspired effect. Marble bathrooms round out each unit with fine tactility and elegance.