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This boutique hotel housed in a beautiful 16th century building is opening in Cospicua soon!
The incredible building has been given a new lease on life!

Jillian Mallia

Have you ever wandered around the Three Cities and thought of the immense potential they could have in the hospitality industry? Well, this local thought just that!

Dorian Cassar, locally known as Magic Malta’s The Ride Home radio presenter, has embarked on a new venture, and will be opening this incredible new boutique hotel in the heart of Cospicua (Bormla) very soon. 

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Paul Camilleri (Pix by P)

Cospicua: the new place to be

Cospicua is a very different location as opposed to the main tourist hubs, so I jumped at the opportunity to ask Dorian about his choice. “I’m very attached to this building. It was the former organisation Dar it-Tama’s spot where I started my radio career over 22 years ago, so I guess you can say Cospicua chose me!”

Dorian explains that while it’s not a central tourist hub, visitors love to venture into the backstreets of Bormla. “Loads of people stop to take photos of our street, which is characterised by stairs, and other hotels and restaurants are popping up in the area too,” quickly making it a go-to spot.

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Paul Camilleri (Pix by P)

The breathtaking building

Dorian tells me that the building dates back to around 1580 during the Knights’ period. “As far as we know, it was used as a privy lodge or a resting place where the owner, a Knight himself, used to come when hunting, hence the name. This unique is probably one of the very few buildings still standing from the first decades of the Knights’ occupation.

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Paul Camilleri (Pix by P)

“Visitors can expect to feel the rare charm and character of Maltese houses,” says Dorian. “We restored the building and its features as much as possible and enhance the lost or hidden ones. We tried to bring out the character and lifestyle that this area brings.”

The house features incredible characteristics such as ancient graffiti, a small aqueduct within (as the area was formerly part of a valley), an underground cavern transformed into a wine cellar, and grand features at the entrance just like those found at the nearby Inquisitor's Palace.

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Dorian Cassar / Facebook 

“Part of this building will be used for small events such as baptism parties, hens or bachelor parties, engagement parties and small intimate weddings. The other half of the building will be used as accommodation and will have seven rooms, each having a specific theme, style and name,” says Dorian. This truly sounds like a home away from home for visitors!

And while the area is not the most touristic one, certain people do look for it. “The Three Cities together will continue changing and will be the next big location in Malta, at least in my opinion!” The Lodge just screams everything Maltese, and we absolutely love the charm, character and culture that it embodies. They even got inspo from a traditional Maltese tile for their logo! How cool is that?

The team at The Lodge are finalising the finishing touches and will be opening to welcome their first clients in the coming weeks! We can’t wait!

14th June 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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