Plans have been announced to demolish The Caleta Hotel on Gibraltar’s eastern coastline and replace it with a Hilton establishment. Overlooking the picture-postcard Catalan Bay under the imposing Rock of Gibraltar, the hotel is due to close on 1 January 2022.
According to a news report on GBC, the project is expected to take three years to complete, subject to planning permission and final negotiations with the Hilton Corporation. If approved, it will double the Caleta’s current 60-room capacity.
Director Bruno Callaghan told GBC the changes were bitter-sweet, as his grandfather had opened the hotel’s forerunner, the Caleta Palace, in 1964 and it had been run as a family business ever since.
He added, however, that it was wonderful news for Gibraltar that the new project would be undertaken with Gibraltarian investment, and it would be the Rock’s second internationally branded hotel. Opened in May 2018, the Holiday Inn Express has since been honoured by international hotel group IHG with a “Trailblazer” award.
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