No Hope for 5-Star Hotel

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
By Hugh MacArthur

ALM unfinished 5 starIt looks like the attempt to get the 5-star hotel in Almuñécar kicked started has failed after receiving a negative from Sevilla.

The Almuñécar Town Hall had approached the Consejo Consultivo de Andalucía (regional advisory board) concerning whether it would be legally acceptable to reactivate the dormant building licence for the 5-star near the Santa Cruz Junior School.

Although the verdict given by such a body is not binding, to ignore it and go ahead would be unacceptable.

The problem goes back to 2005 when the Town Hall issued a building licence for a hotel on greenbelt land, justifying this by claiming that the hotel would be of ‘public use;’ i.e., beneficial for the town.

The Junta took the Town Hall to court and ever since their the project has been embroiled in an interminable legal battle.

In February this year the Town Hall took the bull by the horns and ratified the original building licence, considering that it was still valid, but to make sure that their backs were covered they approached the advisory board, hoping that it would get a favourable response. It was not to be.


The hotel owner, Trinitario Betoret Catalá, has already spent eight-million euros on the project and argues that they went ahead with the building of the hotel because they had been issued a building licence.

Even so, he said that he “didn’t even want to think about suing the Town Hall,” because, he reasoned, “the people of the town would end up paying.”

So, the ball’s back in the Town Hall court but so far the Mayor has made no comment on their plans.

(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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3 Responses to “No Hope for 5-Star Hotel”

  1. The 7-star has been dead in the water since 2014 after Fenicia Invest went bankrupt.

  2. Martin,
    can I ask you, do you know what is happening to the proposed 7 star hotel development in Almunecar.

    Michael Wright


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