Valletta, Malta

Casa Ellul

Rates from (inc tax)$254.34

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Neo-Classical townhouse


The magical Maltese capital

Tucked away on a tiny side street in the Unesco-approved city of Valletta, Casa Ellul is the sort of secret hideaway so good you almost don’t want to tell your friends about it. The historic, family-run property has been carefully restored and updated, creating a charming mix of the elegant old and the super-stylish new. 

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Need to know


8 suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $254.34 (€234), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR249.99), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast (Continental €15, full English €20) or Malta's eco tax (capped at €5 per adult, per stay).


In-room spa and beauty treatments can be arranged on request.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: free bottled water, international adaptor, hairdryer.

Our favourite rooms

They’re all a bit wondrous (Suites 1–5 classically so, while 6–8 lean more towards modernism), but the 360-degree views from Suite 7, the penthouse, are extra magnificent, and you can lounge in the hot tub while you enjoy them. Suite 5 has the winning combination of high ceilings and a piano. If you have your heart set on a roll-top bath, opt for 2, 3 or 5.

Packing tips

Leave the Louboutins at home: pack for pounding the cobbled mediaeval streets of endlessly explorable Valletta. If you’re anything of a linguist, throw a Maltese phrase book in your carry-on: it’s a particularly intriguing tongue.


The breakfast room and reception are all wheelchair accessible, as is the specially adapted Suite 1, which has a wet room.


Over-5s are accepted, but the hotel’s designed much more with adults in mind.

Food and Drink

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Dress Code

It’s breakfast – roll out of bed and throw on whatever you fancy. Perhaps go a bit grecian if you want to fit in with the statue of Heracles looming in the lobby.

Hotel restaurant

The tiny hotel serves breakfast but not lunch or dinner, so head out and explore for your later meals.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar… but there is an array of drinks available in the breakfast room, and the night porter or receptionist will be happy to whip up whatever you request.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–10.30am (although if you have a special request for later or earlier dining staff will do their best to make it happen).

Room service

Sandwiches, salads and so on can be delivered to your room from 7am to 7pm (and the minibar’s stocked with water, wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and snacks).


Photos Casa Ellul – Valletta – Malta
Casa Ellul
81 Old Theatre Street


You’ll land at Malta International Airport, about 20 minutes from Casa Ellul by car.


The hotel doesn’t have its own car park, but there’s a public one nearby (€8 a day). You’ll probably walk more than drive in the historic city itself (driving there isn’t fun), but a car could come in handy if you’re planning on exploring further afield.

Worth getting out of bed for

Valletta's the archetypal World Heritage City, a pleasing mix of Rococo opulence, romantic balconettes and striking church domes on the horizon. You can easily spend your days just wandering, taking in the details or admiring sweeping vistas from the city wall. The public Upper Barrakka Gardens are the place to take your impress-your-friends Instagrams. The Grand Harbour views are incredibly, well, grand. The park, which was built in 1775, is packed with statues, too (from street urchins to Winston Churchill).

Ten minutes’ walk from Casa Ellul, the National Museum of Fine Arts has an impressive collection, all housed within a fine building dating back to the 1760s (it boasts the finest High Baroque staircase on the island, if you’re into that sort of thing). The Pjazza Teatru Rjal open-air theatre plaza (its name means Royal Theatre Square) is set in the empty space left by the destruction of the Royal Opera House in 1942. Today, it hosts art installations, dance events, comedy performances, plays and all sorts of concerts.

Local restaurants

A bit of an institution, waterfront Scoglitti on Triq il-Lanċa is the place to go for harbour views, fresh seafood and first-class service. Chefs (and sisters) Ramona and Roberta run Palazzo Preca on Strait Street, a top choice for romantic dinners, candles and all. Andrew Borg, owner and chef of The Black Pig on Old Bakery Street, is locally renowned for his fine, delicate cuisine. 


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this historic hotel in Valletta, a full account of their luxury Mediterranean break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside/postcard from Casa Ellul in Malta

On arrival through the remarkably narrow Old Theatre Street at Casa Ellul, your temporary Maltese home, you’re greeted by Heracles, ancient Greek divine hero, leaning imperiously – all muscles and no clothes – on his wooden club and lion skin. He’s a striking sight, perhaps beaten only by the panoramic views from the penthouse rooftop. 

Once you move on to your room, things take a choose-your-own-adventure turn: will you opt to continue the classical theme In one of the more traditional rooms, or go more modernist in one of the others? Each is unique – a piano here, a roll-top bath there – but all are fresh and serene, their restoration overseen by the Ellul family owners (descendants of the textile merchant who bought the historic home in 1837). The family love of the house, and of Valletta itself, is evident everywhere, including in each carefully restored original tile. Welcome home. 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Casa Ellul’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The unique rooms, the personal attention from staff, the location, so close to all the lovely parts of the island. Take recommendations for dinner from staff. We went to Gozo and really liked it. Our absolute favorite sight was co-cathedral of st. john. It is so magnificent and the audio tour totally worthwhile. Didn't have a bad meal at any of the places. Excellent people watching. The owner of the hotell had lived in the space when a small child. It's been in his family for 200 years. Two years ago he renovated it and turned it into the small hotel it is.

Don’t expect

Anything negative


Stayed on 20 Aug 2016

We loved

The location, central but tucked away from the hustle and bustle, the staff, the breakfast, and the individual suites.

Don’t expect

Any meals other than breakfast, unfortunately, but great restaurants within 5 minute's walking; large outdoor seating, just a small internal courtyard.


Stayed on 7 Feb 2016

We loved

The impeccable concierge services, warmth and hospitality of all the staff, going the extra mile, the style and comfort of the rooms, and excellent location!

Don’t expect

Anything negative about the hotel: there isn't!


Stayed on 4 Dec 2015

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