The JERMA PALACE HOTEL is a former four-star hotel in
Malta . It was opened in 1982, and was managed by Corinthia Hotels
International . It was the largest hotel in southern
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.
The Jerma Palace
Hotel was built on a headland called il-Hamriga,
close to the 17th-century
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 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 in 2016
The Jerma Palace was the largest hotel in the south of
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 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 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
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.
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