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The JERMA PALACE HOTEL is a former four-star hotel in Marsaskala , Malta
Malta
. It was opened in 1982, and was managed by Corinthia Hotels International . It was the largest hotel in southern Malta
Malta
until it closed down in 2007. The building was subsequently abandoned, and it has since fallen into a state of disrepair. Plans to demolish the former hotel began in 2016.

HISTORY

The Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
was built on a headland called il-Hamriga, close to the 17th-century Saint Thomas Tower
Saint Thomas Tower
. The land originally belonged to Franciscan Conventuals and Ivan Burridge, who sold it to San Tumas Holdings. In 1976, San Tumas sold the plot to the Libyan Foreign Investment Company . The Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
was subsequently built, and it was opened in 1982. The hotel was managed by Corinthia Hotels International through a management agreement. Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had a presidential suite within the hotel. The abandoned Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
in 2016

The Jerma Palace was the largest hotel in the south of Malta
Malta
, and its opening contributed to transforming Marsaskala from a traditional fishing village to a small resort.

The hotel closed down in March 2007, and in July 2008 it was sold to the contractors Jeffrey and Peter Montebello (Jefpet Limited) for €18.6 million. In 2009, the Tumas and Gasan groups sought to transform the hotel into a "Portomaso of the south" but nothing materialized. The Montebello brothers planned to transform the former hotel into apartments, a 5-star hotel and a yacht marina. Ruins of the hotel with Saint Thomas Tower
Saint Thomas Tower
to the right, as seen in 2016

The former hotel is now in a derelict state, with parts of it having collapsed and others being in danger of collapsing. Its interior has been stripped of everything of value, with carpets, marble floors, doors, tiles and even bricks being stolen. The walls are covered in graffiti . The building is occupied by squatters, and it is popular with drug addicts. The former hotel also became an illegal dumping ground, with people disposing of their garbage there. Rubbish left at the hotel caused a number of fires within the building.

In December 2015, it was claimed that Libyan people smugglers were using the Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
as a drop off point for Syrian refugees to illegally enter Malta.

Following a request by the Marsaskala Local Council and the issue of an enforcement notice, on 20 August 2016 the Planning Authority ordered the hotel's owners to demolish the building. On that same day, the building caught fire but it was put out by the Civil Protection Department.

The site of the hotel, which has been valued at €20.8 million, is to be sold at a judicial auction in October 2016. The demolition of the dilapidated hotel buildings is to cost around €1.5 million.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B Dalli, Miriam (21 May 2015). "Residential units, hotel and yacht marina eyed at former Jerma site". Malta
Malta
Today . Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. * ^ Zahra, Angelo (12 April 2007). "The Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
saga". Times of Malta
Malta
. Archived from the original on 8 November 2015. * ^ A B C Johnston, Waylon (19 April 2014). "Former top hotel is a dangerous wreck". Times of Malta
Malta
. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. * ^ Richards, Brian (2008). Malta. New Holland Publishers. p. 73. ISBN 9781845378714 . * ^ Xuereb, Matthew (15 April 2010). "Planning authority still awaiting brief for Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
site project". Times of Malta
Malta
. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. * ^ A B "The Jerma Palace hotel is to be demolished". Times of Malta
Malta
. 20 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. * ^ A B "Fire in Jerma Palace Hotel
Hotel
ruins – not for the first time". TVM . 20 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. * ^ "Website Corpi d\'elite claims Syrians entering Malta
Malta
from near abandoned Jerma Palace Hotel". The Malta
Malta
Independent . 20 December 2015. Archived from the original on 20 December 2015. * ^ "Council: Jerma ruins are a danger and should be demolished". Times of Malta
Malta
. 22 July 2016. Archived from the original on 22 July 2016. * ^ "Mistra Village and Jerma Palace owners get slapped with enforcement notices". Times of Malta
Malta
. 20 August 2016. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. * ^ Xuereb, Matthew (22 August 2016). "Jerma Hotel
Hotel
site valued at €20.8m, to be sold at judicial sale by auction in October". Times of Malta
Malta
. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016.

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