A Top Bluxury Destination Going on Four Centuries

Tucked away in the old merchant’s district of Valletta


A palazzo purposely designed in the 1600s for a top VIP. Pietro Rosselli, a successful gold merchant, wanted to conduct his private business affairs in a beautiful, private setting in the heart of Malta’s capital city.

Following the businessman’s vision, and the input of his artistic wife Alusietta Massa, by the by the time the property on 167 Merchants Street was completed, it was a combined bluxury and leisure masterpiece. Guests, friends, business associates, and soon the whole city, knew the magnificent residence by its name, Casa Rosselli-Massa.

Fast-forward 400 years and the classic Renaissance manse with Baroque flourishes, corniced alcoves, rose-scented terraced balconies and an oasis-like courtyard has lost none of its original charm. Now known as Rosselli – AX Privilege, it has become a magnet for seekers of a bluxury travel destination unlike any other.


Reimagining its corporate roots


The allure of Rosselli as a contemporary corporate getaway lies in the fact that it was originally built to meet the meticulous specifications of a high-flying Renaissance businessman, who also happened to be married to the daughter of the Master of Mint. Like all the world’s celebrated palaces and stately homes, nothing built in the modern era can compare to the original character of an architectural icon of its period.

But Rosselli wasn’t destined to be a static stopover on the tourist trail.

The private palazzo was purchased by the AX Hotels group with a vision to maintain the property’s timeless character while reimagining it for today’s VIPs.

When the subtly modernized palazzo premiered to the public in 2019, it immediately drew acclaim from the international travel press and the luxury travel industry, becoming Valletta’s first five-star luxury hotel within the City walls. Prestigious awards followed for service excellence, romantic ambience and careful restoration. Continuing to build on its illustrious heritage, the hotel also launched Under Grain, one of the first three restaurants in Malta awarded a Michelin star.


Business trip hotspot


Given Rosselli’s history and its modern renaissance, it’s no surprise the five-star phenomenon is today one of the world’s most desirable business travel destinations. A prime factor in this regard is the hotel’s location in Valletta, the 2018 European Capital of Culture.

167 Merchants Street is just a short walk away from Fort St Elmo, where a small contingent of knights aided by resolute citizens beat off a superior force of Turkish invaders during the last battle of the Holy Wars. Beside the massive honey-coloured stone fortresses of Fort St Elmo there is a wealth of history to discover in the area, from cathedrals, palazzos and WW2 war rooms to museums, restaurants and designer-brand shopping.


Michelin Star restaurant with a private meeting space


While Valletta is home to outstanding eateries and famous bars, Rosselli’s Michelin starred Under Grain is a cut above, with acclaimed signature dishes and ultra-fine wines. For the business guest seeking complete confidentially, a private room with an exclusive entrance from the street makes Under Grain a deal-closing destination of the highest order. Just off the hotel’s spacious lobby area, meanwhile, is a more traditional meeting room for larger corporate sit downs.


Rooms with unique character


While gadgets and digital devices are standard across the hotel, the various room options have a unique character all of their own. Sleek Carrara marble harmonizes with decorative stucco and warm walnut finishes in the Don Pietro executive rooms, which all have an indoor private spa terrace with sauna and rain shower.

Junior suites are delightfully duplex, with dazzling geometric floors featuring contrasting inlays made from rare marble and internal spiral staircases leading up to mezzanine sleeping areas.

For the ultimate living and working space, Suite Sixteen 34’s classical interior features beautifully burnished wooden floors and a private working lounge with interconnected sleeping quarters for power naps on tap.

Added to the artistic design elements found across all six room types, Rosselli’s restoration worked top-end business travel essentials into every room. From modern workspaces with high-speed Wi-Fi, to bona fide Italian coffee making stations, everything is primed for the complete modern working environment.

With the sun shining on Malta for over 300 days in a year, the rest and recreation facilities at Rosselli add an extra glow to every stay. Wind down the day in style with a sundowner beside the pool overlooking Valletta, or join up with colleagues for a cocktail on the rooftop terrace.


Tailor-made and flexible


Parent brand AX Hotels has over 35 years’ experience at the forefront of Malta’s hospitality industry. This means Guest Experience Managers at Rosselli are well versed in providing professional corporate travel management services. From airport transfers and private jet hire to Under Grain – catered luxury yacht charters, the hotel’s corporate facing staff can tailor- make every business trip down to the finest detail. Contact managers can also arrange a change of scenery, as business guests often stay for a few days at the Rosselli and then meet up with their family for a weekend by transferring to another AX property.

With seven four- and five-star properties in the AX Hotel portfolio, there’s a lot of choice on offer. Another former VIP’s residence also in Valletta is AX The Saint John, an elegant boutique hotel with an urban-edged flavour.

In the iGaming and retail hub Sliema there are three hotels, with the fashionable five-star AX The Palace leading the way with its acclaimed cuisine and minimalist chic and retro-hip rooms and suites.


Best rates and COVID-19 compliant


Whether it’s a tailormade business travel arrangement or a luxury travel stay, AX Hotels’ best rate guarantee and flexible cancellation terms offer an additional peace of mind. Attention to guests’ personal safety is further safeguarded via Rosselli’s COVID-19 compliance protocols, which include 24/7 hotel hygiene management and monitoring.