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Rosselli – AX Privilege: Valletta’s first five-star hotel within the city walls

By Georgie Bentley-Buckle on 16th October 2019

Introducing a new era of five-star opulence enclosed within the Maltese walls of Valletta is Rosselli – AX Privilege. An elegant city that glows a gradient of gold hues, the city’s founder proclaimed that it should be ‘a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen’. This certainly rings true for Rosselli – AX Privilege, the first five-star hotel to open within the historic city walls from leading hotel group AX Hotels.

Pioneering an elite portfolio of hotels that are curated for superior travel experiences, Rosselli AX Privilege is the latest endeavour from AX Hotels. Embodying the elegance from times gone by and situated in the midpoint of the historic Baroque city, Rosselli – AX Privilege is a serene oasis situated in the interior of the Maltese metropolis. Offering a new type of exclusivity to the most discerning of guests, the traditional values of the original owner of the hotel – Casa Rosselli-Massa are woven among the carefully restored walls. Combined with his avant-garde ethos of the time as a 17th-century goldsmith and philanthropist, Rosselli AX Privilege is a hotel that thoughtfully combines traditional principles with a fresh and contemporary outlook.

Rosselli - AX Privilege
Serenely located within the walls of the busy capital city of Malta, Rosselli – AX Privilege is the first 5 star luxury hotel in Valletta

Rosselli – AX Privilege has the vision to raise the bar for high-quality travel experiences within the centre of the city whilst elevating the city’s reputation within the realm of luxury travel. This concept can be found across the 25 designer rooms of the beautiful boutique hotel. Falling across six suite categories capaciously centred around space and comport whilst exuding luxurious touchpoints from Valletta’s rich cultural past.

The creative designers from Forward Architects have been recognised for their outstanding work to restore the historic property. Meticulously converting the delicate 17th-century palazzo, they blended the original baroque features with new contemporary touches. With a fusion of colours, textures and architectural motifs, Rosselli – AX Privilege incorporates the classical lines of Renaissance architecture with early Baroque styles for a highly distinguished finish. One of the most striking parts of the property where this is conveyed is in the ground floor courtyard which has been fully restored to its former glory, today it can be savoured as a calming place, away from the fast-paced pavements of the surrounding city.

Rosselli – AX Privilege forms part of the AX Designer Collection and was officially inaugurated on Thursday 12 September, 2019

The past and present meet as one at the new Rosselli – AX Privilege. A place where time slows to a serene standstill, facilities at guests’ fingertips, include everything the luxury traveller would expect for a sophisticated city escape. Exceptional service ties each of the facilities together for an experience exceeding all others within the city walls. From the elegant rooftop bar, lounge area, restaurant and spa, with each of the 25 rooms are inspired by the heritage of the building, encouraging those who step inside to leave the stresses of daily life behind and to indulge among the seamless pleasures available.

Within the heart of the hotel, blood-red velvet armchairs stand out against sleek pearly white walls within the hotel’s Rosselli Lounge. Mixing a variety of cocktails from refined classics to creative new concoctions from the bar’s talented mixology team, the nearby restored fountain in the courtyard creates a relaxed ambience and the perfect meeting place within the centre of the property. Whilst upstairs on the higher levels of the hotel, Rosselli – AX Privilege offers guests a true sense of place removed from the madness of the metropolis below.

Set in a 17th-century building formerly owned by a member of the Knights of Malta, the hotel combines Baroque architecture and modern facilities

Overlooking the city’s glorious skyline is the outdoor pool, the destination for a refreshing dip hovering above the buzz of the city beyond. Whilst also framing views of the ancient architecture of Valletta is Rosselli – AX Privilege’s rooftop garden: ‘overGrain’. With a relaxed and informal ambience, guests can recline in one of the garden’s deckchairs, soaking in the urban Maltese sunshine before venturing downstairs to its restaurant counterpart Grain, a place that is ideal for either intimate drinks and dinners with friends and family to larger events.

From stylish haute cuisine to gastro-Bistrot and Al Fresco dining, Rosselli’s restaurant Grain guarantees the best quality produce and embodies dishes with a variety of Mediterranean flavours. It’s ‘Street’ dining experience revolves around the concept that ‘there is no sincere love than the love of food’, offering a casual ambience with family style sharing plates and no set rules. Whilst epitomising a more refined experience with luxurious touches is its ‘underGrain’. A true believer that ‘worries are less with food and wine’, ‘underGrain’ leads with a more classical dining ethos in an environment of unpretentious and informal luxury with a concise, high-quality menu.

From haute cuisine to gastro-bistrot and Al Fresco dining, Rosselli’s restaurant Grain guarantees the best quality produce, infused with that unique Mediterranean flavour which makes your palate sing

Intuitively balancing a blend of traditional with contemporary comfort are the collection of six designer room categories. Inspired and named after the members of the Rosselli family and symbols closely connected to them, each of the rooms enclosed within Rosselli – AX Privilege is utterly unique. Reflecting the grandeur of the building and the era it was originally built, a sense of time is forgotten across each room and its style.

Inspired by the charm of the younger members of the Rosselli family is the entry-level ‘Maruzzo’ comfort rooms, which offer guests an intimate and comfortable experience. The next category up is the Deluxe ‘Mezza Croce’ rooms, inspired by Pietro Rosselli – who was awarded the Mezza Croce accolade for his artistry, ability and attention to detail. Reflecting a feminine character are the superior rooms Alusietta – named after Pietro Rosselli’s wife who was known for her elegant, artistic and impeccable taste.

Sip a cocktail while taking a dip in the splash pool located on the higher level of Rosselli – AX Privilege while admiring the views of the Valletta city skyline

On the most luxurious and spacious end of the scale are the Don Pietro executive rooms. Named after the original master of the house, each of these rooms reflects his humanitarian character. The most opulent accommodation option of Rosselli – AX Privilege is the 3 Herons junior suites. Designed around the symbol of the Rosselli family, these rooms revolve calmness, grace and tranquillity. These duplex rooms are rich in architecture and high-quality design, transforming the family’s historic symbols into a reality for each guest who resides in them.

Address: Rosselli – AX Privilege, 167, Merchants Street, Valletta, Malta / stay@rosselli.mt / +356 2124 5245

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