Casa Ellul, an exquisite small luxury hotel in Valletta, Malta, enchants with its eight elegant suites, a magnificent courtyard, terraces and traditionally Maltese gallarijas.
How would you describe Valletta Vintage in a nutshell?
Valletta Vintage are vacation rentals for the design-conscious traveler without the super high price tag.
Usually well-designed vacation homes with good service are very expensive to stay at. I wanted to provide that same luxurious accommodation within a beautifully designed environment, but in the form of apartments, at a lower price.
How would you describe the interior design of the vacation apartments?
The interior design of the apartments is a mix between contemporary and vintage. For example, the flooring is made of 150-year-old tiles but set into a contemporary pattern.
In terms of the atmosphere, I would say the apartments are somewhat alive, as I like to move things around a lot. If you have stayed with us before on vacation, on your return you will find that things have changed and improved. You will notice that there are entire sets of new chairs, for example, as this is my biggest soft spot. Usually every time I go to a flea market I find a new chair, which I then add to the collection in the apartments or exchange it with another one.
Also, one of the most beautiful things about the apartments is that they are facing south and therefore always have lots of sunlight coming in.
What has been the biggest reward about running Valletta Vintage?
For some reason, we attract guests who have similar likes and tendencies when it comes to design and life philosophy. The biggest reward has been to get to know our guests and potentially even become friends with them. It is a wonderful experience when a friendship is started by a shared interest in things like architecture and design, or even a book collection.