These superior twin rooms are simple yet stylish in design. You’ll have room for 3 with 1 extra bed in the bedroom. There’s a balcony outside overlooking the sea. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October.
We booked via Spa Travel and everything was handled very well, thanks to Claire. The taxi service, the concierge, cleaners and reception all good.
Our room on the fourth floor(not a SPA room) had a balcony with a fabulous view of Valetta, however it was tired and in need of decoration and a new carpet, but it was very spacious with every amenity required (apart from a shower cap!), including a fridge, safe, coffee maker, tea and coffee facilities, a bath and a walk in shower so we were very comfortable. Some of the towels were grey and well used but they were changed daily which was great and we had a very nice lady doing a turn down service.
I have marked 'average' because some aspects of this hotel are not what you might expect for 5*.
Our gripe was with the arrangements to eat 'around the world'. We had a half board, a la carte arrangement for meals. But we found that the restaurants were not open on some days, in fact the Japanese one was closed permanently it seems, and you needed to book two days in advance to get a table in whichever restaurant happened to be open..... if they had room!
We found out that the Indian restaurant did not belong to the hotel and only took a certain number of diners per day from the hotel. Having been wrongly booked into the Chinese restaurant instead of the Indian by an error by a very apologetic member of reception, we were refused entry into the Indian, although it was nearly empty, because they had had their quota already. I presume we could have stayed if we had paid.
We were told that it was closed the next day- Saturday (we believe only closed to residents) and fully booked already for the Sunday, our last evening. We were offered a reservation in Table 1 which we refused as the waitress there had been rude earlier in the week stabbing at the table d'hote menu and telling us we could not have a la carte. I was upset so we just ate and left. So our only other choice on our last night was the buffet which we didn't know about. It was like a big canteen, very noisy with youngsters shouting but the choice of food was very good and extensive, if warm not hot with mushy veg. We think that people were allowed in who were not staying at our hotel. Once was enough!
'Taste' was the same restaurant as where we had our very nice breakfast and the staff, especially the main lady, and food there was very good.
Another thing we must point out is that Giardino is a pizza restaurant and not an Italian restaurant as we thought The main courses are only pizza and we don't consider this an evening dinner. Disappointed on arrival, we still stayed as there was no other restaurant we could choose and were too tired to go down the road looking for food. Not wanting to eat pizza, I asked for garlic bread to start, a soup and the starter pasta for my meal which totally confused the waiter for some time. There were only 4 other people in there. He kept asking me what I wanted and I kept telling him. In the end I got what I wanted!
The free Thalassio session in the therapy pool was given by a very nice, understanding man. Just what I needed as I can't swim!
One other thing, the Wifi in the rooms is basic and if you want faster wifi you could pay for it. This payment would also give you more TV programmes and access to films. We didn't bother with this.
All in all we would come back to the Fortina Spa for the views and it's position but would only book B & B and eat out. By the way, The Terrace restaurant opposite is lovely!!! It belongs to the Fortina but is not included in any meal deal.More
good base to explore Valleta but very average hotel
lovely positioned hotel with direct views across the water to Valleta(the capital )unfortuantley the rest of the hotel does not match the view.The food in the main buffet restaurant was VERY poor and the service clearing the tables terrible.An example is when we had finished our main course and just starting our sweet the wine waiter asked us if we would like wine with our meal!!!!
the room115 was quite good but holes in the bed sheets did not create a good impression .Our friens room (317) was huge with a lounge and 2 seperate bedroomsMore
This hotel is infront of Valetta amazing view,this hotel in good ventre v Malta,lots of restaurants pubs,ferries all in one place like 5minutes walk.Our room was with balcony view to garden,big nice hotel,food good Mediterranean most of.Recomend:)More
Have been coming to the Fortina for 20 plus years. Then the 5 star since it open. Have spent over 4.500 on this holiday.All inclusive is not what it seems. We can not use all the restaurant due to my husband disability. We booked the Chinese and there is no ramp to take you to the restaurant. The ramp at the Indian has been taken away for repair. But no temporary replacement. So we can only if wheel chair bound use Taste. So when taste is closed Sunday & Monday where do you eat.?. When you have paid so much for the holday. One suggestion was we go to the 4 star and take there lift, which doesn't take our chair. Next suggestion was to go buy Taste. As there is no safey rail this was not a valid route safety wise. All inclusive can't use the Indian on Saturday. There are subsides on some dishes. In the Chinese you can only have one scoop of ice cream.They do not tell you that when you book. So you pay all this money then it costs you more on top.To content to wifi cost you money. I am still at the Fortina till the 24th but can't wait to leave. I would NOT RECOMMEND A STAY HERE. .????More