Malta boutique hotel plans resubmitted

George Sell By George Sell
08 December 2013 | Updated 08 December 2013

Malta: A project to convert parts of Valletta’s Embassy shopping complex into a 40-room boutique hotel is on hold while new architectural plans are submitted.

According to the minutes of a planning commission meeting, the architect has to show that the external shell will be retained as well as other proposed changes. The application is for a change of use for part of level two of the complex into hotel facilities and a breakfast room, and to change the use of levels five and six, currently housing cinema halls, into hotel rooms.

It will also two more floors for extra guestrooms and a rooftop pool with related amenities, including a bar.

The case officer who reviewed the original request is recommending refusal on the grounds of a negative impact on the surrounding streetscape and skyline. "The proposed additional two floors with the pool bar and stairwell at roof level would further increase the height of the building and therefore increase the negative impact of this building on Valletta's skyline," he said.

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