Valletta’s Embassy Shopping Complex is set to be transformed into a four-star hotel, the first of its kind in the city.
The Planning Directorate will be recommending the approval of the application to transform the complex by the Planning Authority. The PA will be discussing the application later on this week.
If the permit is approved, the Embassy Complex will see its six floors transformed into an 80-room hotel, with various facilities, including a pool.
Embassy’s Managing Director, Bettina Azzopardi, said that the complex’s beloved cinemas will be relocated to the lower part of the building.
Speaking to TVM, Ms Azzopardi said that if the plans were approved, work would be expected to last between six and eight months, although the transformation of the complex would not commence in 2018.
The Embassy cinema has been a mainstay of Valletta since the 1950s. However, the complex was demolished and rebuilt in 1999 to include a multi-storey shopping centre.
Meanwhile, the transformation of Valletta as a catering destination continues apace. There are currently four three-star hotels, three two-star hotels, and thirteen boutique hotels, which currently fall under the guesthouse remit.