About Rosselli

Elegance, Sophistication, Refined


The latest addition to the capital city, Rosselli – AX Privilege, is the first 5 star luxury hotel in Valletta. Once the residence of a well-established goldsmith and philanthropist, the Rosselli house has always been brimming with historical detail.


Its richness has been passed onto generations and it is still highly visible in today’s reformed luxury hotel. The Rosselli rooms depict elegance, sophistication and extravagance while also having an element of comfort, satisfaction and convenience. All the rooms have their own story to tell. We invite you to choose the story you want to relive?


Luxury is also evident through the hotel’s services and facilities. As soon as you step inside the hotel, you will be treated with authority, distinction and greatness. Well-taken care of by your personal butler and making use of the hotel’s supreme facilities, Rosselli – AX Privilege is your home away from home.

Our History

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Pietro Rosselli was born in Valletta on the 23rd February in 1607. He married Alusietta Massa (1613-1682) who was the daughter of the Master of Mint, Mastro Antonio Massa. The couple, who celebrated their vows in St. Francis Church, Valletta on the 29th April 1634, had a son whose name was Maruzzo and lived in a palace called Casa Rosselli-Massa. Today, this beautiful building houses the 5 star boutique hotel Rosselli – AX Privilege, at 167, Merchants Street, Valletta.


Pietro was known to be a reputable goldsmith and his portrait shows a confident gentleman that is proud of his association to the Order of St. John. In his portrait, he is seen wearing the ​Mezza Croce (Half-cross) badge. This badge was a result of the Order honouring him by making him a Donat, a distinction awarded to few.


Additionally, both Grand Masters Jean Paul Lascaris Castellar and Martin de Redin appointed him Jurat ​of the Valletta and Harbour Cities ​Universita ​in 1649, 1650, 1658 and 1659.


Pietro and his wife Alusietta enjoyed huge respect amongst many. They were outstanding philanthropists and it is said that they have paid for the building and decoration of the Oratory of the Goldsmiths’, that of St. Helen, and for the embellishment of the Confraternity’s Chapel in St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church in Valletta. They took possession of the chapel of San Pietro ad Vinculis in the Jesuits’ Church in Merchants Street, just across the hotel, and endowed this chapel with damask wall coverings, silver lamps and oil paintings by Mattia Preti.


During this time, Preti was the official artist of the Grandmaster. The couple’s ability to commission Mattia Preti to work for them, further indicates how established this family was.


Massa and Rosselli’s portraits may be found in a chapel in Siġġiewi​​, owned by the Confraternity of Our Lady of Charity and dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The word “Founder” is inscribed beneath their names in this chapel.


Pietro Rosselli passed away in April 1676, possibly as an early victim of a terrible plague in Malta during that year. Alusietta joined him in August 1682.


Their will is yet another testament of both the wealth and finesse of this family. It included very prestigious items such as ivory and ebony devotional crosses, bed drapery and armchairs covered in damask, golden rings with diamonds, copper walking sticks, sugar bowls made from tortoise shells, frames made from walnut, amber and solid gold rosary beads, porcelain coffee cups and ​sottocoppe​ and flatware made from silver.


Today, the couple lie in their chapel in the Jesuits’ Church in Merchants Street. The tombstone bears an inscription that highlights how Pietro Rosselli wanted to distinguish the worthiness of his soul from the money he held. It is also adorned with Rosselli’s crest which includes the distinctive halfcross and three herons.


The herons, the initials of the couple, P.R and A.M and the badge of the Arcikonfraternitatal-Karita ​have been restored and may still be found today on the facade of the hotel.

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