AX Hotels introduces Rosselli – AX Privilege in Valletta

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
17 September 2019 | Updated 17 September 2019

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

Following a €15 million redevelopment, a 17th century Palazzo has been transformed into a luxury, 25-suite hotel. It is the seventh and latest addition to the AX Hotels chain.

Led by AX Construction, the project involved the removal of accretions to restore the Palazzo to its original state, while taking measures to protect the building's limestone against humidity.

Other considerations involved the installation of lighting effects on the property's façade, which AX Group hopes the government will emulate on the restored façade of the Old University and the Jesuit Church opposite the hotel.

Angelo Xuereb, Chairman of AX Group, said: "I've always believed that in order for the regeneration of Valletta to take place, there needs to be strong investment from both the private sector and from the government, which started a few years back and is currently still underway. While AX Hotels are already prominent in Qawra and Sliema, AX Group now saw the need to invest in Valletta."

Xuereb has since urged the planning authority to erect a new board with an expert understanding of historic buildings, so as to safeguard Malta's heritage, create well-balanced buildings, and to do this in an efficient way that reduces inconvenience to the neighbourhood.

"Valletta is a unique city that deserves high-quality international exposure," said Claire Zammit Xuereb, hospitality director of AX Group. "With Rosselli, we sought to create a five-star hotel with a difference in order to complement the progress and development that is taking place in Valetta today. Our aim is not to sell rooms, but to add value to the city of Valletta and elevate Malta's potential to tap into new international markets."

Since its opening, Rosselli has been shortlisted for two awards: one of the top seven Hotels under 50 rooms, and one of the top four Best Suites in Europe in the International Hotel and Property Awards.

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