Plenty of pools and restaurants, a great spa, and first-rate views – that’s Hotel Fortina in a nutshell.
Hotel Fortina’s two 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 five 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 centre. Plus, the ferry to Valletta is only a 5-minute walk away.
My wife and I have just returned from a week at the above.
This was our first trip to Malta and got of to a great start.We had booked the Fortina Hotel through Easyjet Holidays and on arrival found we had been upgraded to the Spa,which is next door.
Although we ended up with a disabled persons room it was large and very comfortable,with a huge bed!
The hotel is well appointed and clean,right on the harbour front,with an unrivaled view of Valleta.
Restaurants and bars are very near by and it is a short walk up Tower Road to the wide promenade leading up to St Jullian.
Valleta is a beautiful place and the Maltese are super friendly.
The only fault we could mention was the main course at the Indian restaurant was probably the worst indian food I have ever had,with a distinct lack of spices and an over use of pepper.
The buffet restaurant and Table 1 were both excellent.However I would recommend booking Table 1 well in advance,we could only get booked in once.
All in all we had a great holiday and the staff at the hotel were friendly and efficient.
We will return.More
400RalphM, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
5 star hotel?
Staff is VERY friendly and helpful. Also to make bookings on behalf of guests.
Nice very spacious rooms, view on the bay is magnificent.
Reception area is really outdatedâ¦ and so inefficientâ¦
Gym - state of the art with amazing view
WIFI is really FAR below acceptable level (at the room using the different possible options AND at the hotel lobby) Even the internet speed at the business center was unacceptable low.
We went to a bar nearby to upload some pictures on Facebook as the hotel WIFI crashed regularly.
Indoor swimming pool - water not very clear, area did not give impression of being cleaned.
Outdoor swimming pool - garden level: closed. Bay level: closed while is was 23Â°C â¦. Disappointment.
Pity there was not concierge desk, but reception desk could cope quite well.
For a 5 star hotel it seems very difficult to get a drink at the bar and charged to the roomâ¦the receptionist apparently forgot to ask for a 200 Euro depositâ¦. I thought one would find this only at lower level hotels.. but the SPA treatment, which was much more expensive could be charged to the roomâ¦ I am still trying to understand this.More
Hans T, Leuven
I do want it to succeed but ...........
In common with some previous reviews I would suggest a 5 star rating is very generous. The main entrance is by a busy road with no space to offload a car. The entrance lobby is very dated, (thirty years old?) and rather gloomy. I was kept waiting at reception for some 20 minutes as my reservation could not be found.
My room on 2nd floor was satisfactory; spacious, clean and large en suite though there was no shower. I could see the harbour from the balcony stretching round to the right but it was not a genuinely sea view room. There was no traffic noise however. Wifi was slow and kept dropping off and the tv failed to function at all.
I'm not trying to be negative about this hotel, it was fine for a short stay, it has a good position and there are plenty of eating establishments nearby. I wonder if competition has forced it to move downmarket which in turn reduces revenues and stifles funding for ongoing refurbishment. The staff are friendly and helpful and I'm sure they want the hotel to succeed as I do.More
EmperorJustinian, Hastings, United Kingdom
definitely not a hotel for business travel
This hotel is well located in the island and has ( if you get those rooms) nice views of Valetta.
But if you're in Malta for business don't stay.
Free internet is very poor all over the place, and you don't even get it at the (so called) business center!
The TV channels that are offered for free are very limited.
Room service is expensive and the selection is really short ( the menu fits in a 2 pages brochure!).
The fitness premises (no gym, only swimming pool), are focussed on Spa treatments and open from 9 to 6! ( so how can I use them if I come to work?).
Finally, the quality of the premises in general do not meet, by no International standard, the 5 stars level they say they have.
It was probably my mistake but I have stroke it through.More
We had a lovely large double room with a balcony with the most spectacular view over to Valletta. Will post a picture as it is simply breath taking.
The rooms have everything you need and are kept to a high standard.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.More