Five-storey hotel proposed on Saqqajja hill in Rabat

The project is set to have a considerable visual impact on Saqqaja hill due to the increase in building density created by the new hotel

Saqqajja hill in Rabat
Saqqajja hill in Rabat

A massive five-star hotel with 110 guest-rooms built over five terraced floors is being proposed on the area presently occupied by the Tattingers club and a number of adjacent properties in Rabat.

The 5,549 sq.m area is presently characterised by two-storey properties now earmarked for demolition. An extensive undeveloped site which lies outside development boundaries between these properties and Mdina is earmarked for landscaping and a swimming pool.

The project is set to have a considerable visual impact on Saqqaja hill due to the increase in building density created by the new hotel. But the development will be terraced along the slope of the hill in a way that the hotel will not exceed the height of older buildings located on top of Saqqajja hill.

The Saqqajja hill hotel as proposed
The Saqqajja hill hotel as proposed

The application which impacts on an urban conservation area also foresees the felling of some trees and alterations to existing rubble walls.

Applicant Jeffrey Cutajar has declared full ownership of the site earmarked for the hotel development.

The Tattingers club closed its doors seven months ago after 25 years in operation.

An application presented last year for the construction of offices instead of the neighbouring Rainbow apartments block has now been dropped. A restaurant instead of a showroom was approved in the same block in 2015.

As presented the application does not foresee any excavations under the existing buildings or the creation of new parking facilities.

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