Casa Ellul is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the historic Maltese city of Valletta that offers a unique stay for discerning travellers. The eclectic old-meets-new atmosphere and exceptional service make the hotel’s nine suites an ideal option when visiting the Mediterranean island.
Before booking our stay at Casa Ellul, we pored over the nine individual suites on offer, eventually deciding on Suite 8, drawn in by its pared-back aesthetic and textured concrete finish. The suite proved to be the ideal place to retreat after busy days exploring the island on foot. As soon as we arrived, we were instantly impressed by the private terrace and hot tub with incredible views of old churches, facades and the busy street below. Perched high on an upper floor, our terrace felt like a sanctuary above the city. Our first balmy afternoon in Valletta was spent unwinding there, while enjoying a coffee and snacks from our mini-bar.
We really enjoyed the spacious layout of the suite, in particular, the sleek bathroom fitted with a bath alongside large windows peering through to the timber terrace. The modern bath and black basin provided a minimalist yet luxurious feel to the bathroom. Another great feature was the inclusion of multiple power outlets and convenient USB ports positioned beside the bed that made it easy for us to recharge multiple devices before heading out each day.
With a rich past dating back to the early 1800s, the hotel was originally the home of wine and spirit merchants, the Elluls. Passed on through five generations, the Ellul family has now redefined this elegant piece of Valletta history as a contemporary hideaway for guests to enjoy. Working with architect Chris Briffa, the original building has been renovated with sympathy; its original architectural features are now amplified and given new life accompanied by an assortment of antique and modern furnishings. No two suites at Casa Ellul are alike, ranging from classical all the way to brutalist in style. Guests of the hotel are able to customise their stay by choosing a suite that fits with their personal taste.
Throughout, intricate patterned tiles have been restored meticulously to offer visitors an insight into the palazzo’s plush origins. Timber beam ceilings, stunning gallery walls and priceless antiques line the cosy common areas and help to create a welcoming, intimate environment. Upon arrival, we enjoyed a welcome drink at check-in and felt instantly at home, with the kind staff offering up invaluable advice on the best sights and other Valletta recommendations. As well as that, we had the pleasure of dining at the hotel’s Risette restaurant for a delicious breakfast. With a focus on fresh produce, the weekly menu by chef Andrew Borg looked superb.
The Wrap-Up | Casa Ellul Review
Casa Ellul is a completely unique accommodation experience that lets guests immerse themselves in the various eras of the boutique hotel’s past. Also on offer is an impressive dining destination, friendly service and all the contemporary conveniences a modern traveller could ask for.