Sterling Properties, a company owned by Sterling Jewellers, has submitted a proposal to transform a location in front of Gozo’s Ċittadella in Malta into a four-star, 40-room hotel.  

The project, which includes a six-storey building with a rooftop infinity pool, is currently undergoing the initial vetting stage by the Planning Authority, reported Times of Malta.

The proposed hotel is set to replace a previously approved guesthouse, whose permit expired last June.  

Romina Grech Fenech, representing Sterling Properties, is spearheading the development efforts.  

The application was lodged with the Planning Authority last month, with plans designed by architect Chris Grech. 

The hotel’s design includes ‘partial excavation to the required levels’ and modifications to the existing guesthouse layout to accommodate the new facilities.  

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These include 34 guest rooms, and six suites, totalling 84 beds, a restaurant, a multipurpose hall, and an indoor pool with spa services and massage rooms. 

The topmost floor will have suites with terraces and whirlpool baths while most guest rooms will face an internal courtyard with a retractable skylight. 

It will also feature a jewellery shop and a hairdresser on the ground floor.  

The new property will be situated near Triq Sir Adrian Dingli, Triq il-Kastell, and Triq it-Telgħa Tal-Belt in Victoria’s city centre. 

The Planning Authority’s case officer had previously recommended against the guesthouse project, citing concerns over its proposed height not being in line with the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development.  

Additionally, the officer also noted the lack of clearance from the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage. 

The Malta Tourism Authority has reviewed the new hotel plans and found no objections. 

The new proposal aligns with the parameters of the tourism compliance certificate issued in February, allowing Sterling Properties to proceed with the planning application for the hotel.