Plenty of pools and restaurants, a great spa, and first-rate views – that’s Hotel Fortina in a nutshell.
Hotel Fortina’s 2 main pools have widescreen views of Sliema’s waterfront. And from their sun terraces you can see the domes and spires of Malta’s capital, Valletta.
There’s another pool in the spa – the heated saltwater is packed with health-boosting minerals. Talking of the spa, it’s one of the hotel’s biggest drawcards. The arm’s-length menu ticks off sugar body scrubs and Dead Sea wraps, as well as milky Cleopatra baths and thalassotherapy treatments.
There are 5 restaurants to choose from. A smart buffet place comes with a side of panoramic city views, while a Thai à la carte serves up duck stir fries and spicy green curries.
Rooms are finished off in seaside colours, and every place opens to balconies with sea or garden views. Flatscreen TVs come as standard, too.
Location-wise, Hotel Fortina is steps away from Sliema’s huge shopping plaza. Plus, the ferry to Valletta is only a 5-minute walk away.
I booked myself and my wife into the Fortina Hotel in Sliema for a long week-end in October.
When we arrived at the hotel we were told we had a free upgrade to the 5 Star Fortina Spa Resort, we were happy about this as you can imagine.
The room was really nice with a sea view across the harbour to Valletta and a side view of the entrance to the harbour. The balcony was however only just wide enough for the two small sunbeds it contained, there were no other seating arrangements. This is a pity as the views are spectacular day and evening.
The staff are very friendly and helpful and the location is ideal, right next to The Point shopping mall.
We were on half-board basis, the meals are taken in the hotel Fortina, but you can pick and choose between the other five restaurants in the complex, booking them though can be difficult. If you choose to eat at some other restaurant the menu is sometimes limited unless you wish to pay a surcharge. We found the buffet style food to be of a good quality and always nice and hot. The Lido is very nice and has views across to Valletta. The area is open and therefore smokers are allowed to smoke anywhere around the pools, not a good thing if you are a non-smoker.
I would say that this hotel is very nice, but is now starting to look a bit tired and dated. There is a musty smell in some of the public areas and the furniture in the public places is looking a little worn.
I would say in my honest opinion that the hotel needs upgrading to call itself a 5 Star establishment.
That said we had a nice break and we were relaxed after the holiday.More
Steve G, Paphos, Cyprus
We were a little unsure about this hotel as the reviews were not so good, we were happily surprized as the hotel was lovely,the staff were friendly and very helpful. The room was lovely with a view looking over the capital Vellenta and at night the capital all illuminated was fantastic. We were half board and the choice of food was great there was five differant restaurants to choose from. The room was kept spotlessly clean every day. There was three pools to choose from all kept very clean, the only thing that spoilt it a bit was that smokers can smoke anywhere around the pool areas we don't smoke and would rather not inhale smoke that has been in other peoples lungs an area could be put for smokers so non smokers don't have to put up with it. We would go back againMore
Di W, Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom
BEST holiday in Europe I've ever had.
A stunning hotel with breath taking view of Veletta & The Grand Harbour. The spa facilities are excellent. Dine around with a choice of five restaurant's is a brilliant idea. Malta is a beautiful country with so much history & lots of places to explore Can't wait to go again.More
Big improvement in atmosphere
We have a time share on the 15th floor facing Valletta wonderful and this view was our reasoning for having this room for the last 7 years - had problems with quality of water again this year BUT the manager who was new to us Collette Lynch attended to us allowed us to use another room to shower in and got the problem sorted within24 hours. The whole atmosphere in the hotel this year seemed much better and more like we expect for a 5star. No children running around this year which helps - ALL the staff were always smiling and helpful. The only problem we had was the dine around which was a bit of a nightmare trying to book we only managed to get the place we wanted at the time we wanted once during our stay. But to be fair I cannot think of a better way but people must book at 0001 hours as one day at 8.15am some of the restaurants were already fully booked. That said brilliant holiday thanks Collette you are a star and seemed to have made a vast improvement looking forward to 2015 alreadyMore
pingman14, Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
I read these reviews and I really wonder sometimes what people expect, we have just returned from Two weeks staying at the Fortina Spa not the Fortina Hotel. The spa is 5 star and the Fortina is 4 star. When we arrived in the evening and were allocated our rooms, we had paid for sea views but we were over looking the tunnel and footbridge. I went to the reception and calmly stated what we were expecting,the girl said come back in the morning and they would try and help us. We returned in the morning and were given a choice of rooms and were finally offered an upgrade to a suite on the 11th floor. Fantastic service from really helpful and friendly staff.Throughout our stay they were always polite and cheerful, if you are polite to them they will help you, some people just love to moan and complain. The choice of places to eat within the hotel was first class ranging from Japanese, Indian, Thai, and Mediterranean cuisine.Our room was cleaned everyday, with fresh towels etc. In the evening a girl would come and ask us if we required anything replacing and turn down the beds.
We loved our stay in this Hotel thank you all for an enjoyable time.More
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