Maltese townhouses set to become 47-key boutique hotel

George Sell By George Sell
20 November 2018 | Updated 20 November 2018

Malta: A pair of townhouses on Rabat’s Saqqajja Hill are set to become a four-storey boutique hotel if an application for development is approved by the planning authority.

The application, filed by architect Justin Spiteri on behalf of Keith Grima, seeks to add another two floors to existing buildings on two streets and convert the structure into a boutique hotel.

The plan is to turn 14 and 15 on Saqqajja Square, and 12 and 13 St Augustine's Avenue, into a hotel.

According to the plans the hotel will have a swimming pool in the present garden, a bar and restaurant, and at least 47 rooms, all with en suite facilities, spread over all floors.

It will have a reception at the front end of the property and a store to the back, which leads on to St Augustine's Avenue. The total area of the site is 885 square metres.

Rabat residents have objected to the proposal, primarily because of its impact on the streetscape and the aesthetics of the area.

This is the second hotel application in the neighbourhood - there is a pending case for a five-star hotel with 110 rooms built over five floors on the area presently occupied by the now-closed Tattingers club and some adjacent properties.

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