Work on 81-room ho­tel to re­place Em­bassy shop­ping com­plex to be com­pleted by 2019

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

Work on four star, 81-room ho­tel which will re­place the Em­bassy shop­ping com­plex in Val­letta will be com­pleted within a year with works start­ing in the com­ing three weeks, the de­vel­op­ers said on Mon­day.

The build­ing will re­tain its cur­rent height and house a rooftop restau­rant, pool and in­ter­nal court­yard. Its en­trance will be on Strait Street, whilst the only changes to its fa­cade will be in an in­crease in the num­ber of win­dows. The en­trance for the com­mer­cial part of the com­plex will re­main, as it is to­day, on St. Lucy Street.

The ground floor will in­clude the ho­tel’s re­cep­tion and a com­mer­cial area. The first floor will see eight ho­tel rooms, a multi-pur­pose hall and a bar area, in ad­di­tion to, ac­cord­ing to the plans, a cen­tral court­yard.

Lev­els two to six will see guest rooms in­stalled, and level seven will see an in­door heated pool con­structed, and will house the break­fast and bar area, which will in­clude out­door seat­ing. In to­tal there will be 81 rooms.

The Em­bassy’s cin­ema com­plex will also be given a new lease of life, with the cin­ema’s of­fi­cial so­cial me­dia por­tal an­nounc­ing that as of 7 Jan­uary 2019 the cin­e­mas would be closed, but would be re-built and re-opened on one of the new com­plex’s lower lev­els later on in the year.

The de­vel­op­ers had orig­i­nally sought to add two ex­tra floors to the build­ing, which is al­ready one of the high­est build­ings over­look­ing Marsamx­ett Har­bour, but this was turned down by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved in Fe­bru­ary ear­lier this year by the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity. It will not in­clude any ad­di­tional park­ing fa­cil­i­ties, as the case of­fi­cer had ruled in his re­port that no fur­ther con­tri­bu­tion for a park­ing pro­vi­sion is needed as a ho­tel re­quires fewer park­ing spa­ces than the cur­rent com­mer­cial build­ing.

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