Although the precise date of Casa Ellul's construction is not known, it was sometime around 1830 when an earlier building dating to Hospitaller times was demolished to make way for this new group of houses.
The house at 81, Old Theatre street, Valletta was bought by textile merchant Vincenzo Formosa from Victoria Gozo, in 1837. His son, Fortunato Ellul, founder of "Ellul wines and spirits" had opened his first shop in Merchant's street in 1878, producing spirits such as anisette and other liquors. Today both "Ellul Wine & Spirits" as well as Casa Ellul are owned and run by his grandsons Matthew and Andrew Ellul.
The style is best described as Neo-Classical with a prevailing Maltese feel. Casa Ellul is a magnificent celebration of a marriage between the past and the future when it comes to style, architecture, design and decor. Characteristics such as the exquisitely coved vestibule, the colonnaded fireplace in the sala nobile, the concertina doors and patterned tiles all add to the finery of the house.
In the small but cosy cortile stands a statue of Heracles, the ancient Greek divine hero, sheltered in a finely executed Ionic shrine. This muscular son of the Zeus is portrayed wearily resting on his wooden club and lion skin which he presented to King Eurystheus after being challenged to kill and flay the beast which was terrorising the hills around Nemea.
The style is best described as Neo-Classical with a prevailing Maltese feel. Casa Ellul is a magnificent celebration of a marriage between the past and the future when it comes to style, architecture, design and decor.
The ground floor area, apart from serving as the main reception, caters for the breakfast area which can be easily transformed into an intimate environment by night sprawling into the exclusive courtyard guarded by Heracles. The dual-experience of a classic, yet stylish guesthouse on the lower floors and contemporary rooftop spaces surrounded by private upper terraces make this project a unique and very alternative experience.
When it comes to its Suites, Casa Ellul offers it's seamless service, crisp, sensuous natural-fibre white linen, magnificently restored tiles, exquisite design, exclusive impeccable amenities including Jacuzzis or cocktails in its magical courtyard, prestigious local and global antiques individually selected from world renowned Parisian markets, breath-taking views, attention to detail or comfort at your fingertips – this magnificent palazzo has it all.
Every little item within this extraordinary quarter has been individually selected to promote perfection – a little something beyond the ordinary, for those who are ready to experience life in the City.
This boutique hotel offers its visitors the ultimate cultural experience of living in an authentic Victorian-period house, where one is surely invited to unwind, relax, and be inspired by the surrounding, awe-inspiring roof-top views. Valletta, today a world heritage site, is highly sought after by many tourists that visit the Maltese Islands but availability of high quality accommodation is very scarce. Casa Ellul will offer everything a discerning traveller needs for a comfortable stay in this wonderful city.
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