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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.

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  • 2Buildings
  • 8Floors
  • 200Rooms
  • 4Lifts

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Food & Drink

Dining options Breakfast Lunch Evening meal Drinks Snacks, Icecream
Half Board

Buffet breakfast and dinner, with the choice of 5 restaurants for dinner.   

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2 outdoor pools

There are 2 saltwater pools with impressive sea views, open during the summer months.

Italian restaurant and Pizzeria*

This place offers antipasti, pizzas and pasta dishes, plus the menu includes vegetarian options. Il Giardino Italian restaurant is open for dinner, and you'll find it at the Fortina Resort next door.

Table 1 Mediterranean restaurant*

Offering a set menu of tasty Mediterranean dishes and a selection of wines.

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superior twin room with sea view

Superior twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with air-conditioning or heating, and bath with shower.

twin room with sea view

Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 3 with air-conditioning or heating, bath with shower.

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Not a 5 star hotel - worst spa experience ever!!!

My boyfriend & myself decided to try the Spa at the Fortina Spa resort as we needed some pool therapy. The first thing that is not welcoming at all, is the long distance you have to walk to finally get to a reception where there are staff. We arrived there at 3pm and we were still charged €11/person ( a normal rate) even though the Spa closes at 6:30pm. When we were given the keys for our lockers, the first that staff advised us is that the women's changing room was 'messy'. at that expression I thought it was because cleaners were still not there to clean, which still at a 5star hotel this should not happen. Once I entered the changing room, I was shocked! everything out of order and you can only use the changing room to put things in the lockers. Water on the floor, mould on the soffit and much more. Taking a shower for a woman meant getting all things out of the locker and walking to other rooms that were designated as 'shower & changing room' which were usually used as therapy rooms. they were in a terrible state everything rusting! The last but not least was the pool... although it is quite large, there is no such relaxed music while using the facility which made it a bit boring. no adequate tables/chairs were to put towels etc. Our experience there only lasted for an hour as we were quite angry. upon handing back the locker key to the staff, we were not asked if our experience was ok, and this left us with nit being able to complain there and then. I would suggest to think twice before going there, as it is really not a Spa for a 5 star hotel.More

anaMalta, malta

Decent only

This hotel was adequate but we started out on the wrong foot. A cab that we had arranged with the hotel to meet us at the airport was not the best intro to the property. Yes, he was prompt and awaited us with the Fortina Spa sign. No problem finding each other since the airport is very small. We two senior adults walked out with our hand luggage, happy to turn it over to the driver. That was not the case! The young man walked in front of us for several minutes and never inquired as to whether we would like help with the suitcases until it was time to put them into the trunk. Strange! Next step was arrival when we entered a dimly lit lobby to hear a phone ringing non stop and see the one and only desk clerk checking in someone he knew (cash only). We were ignored as were the couple who came in after us until checkin #1 was finally on his way. The phone rang nonstop throughout. I wondered about the person on the other end and the frustration level. Five star hotels don't usually treat their guests so abysmally. The rest of our stay was pretty average with the exception of breakfasts (which we paid extra for but which were well worth it). Breakfast was delicious and we discovered that Malta has outstanding bread. Exceptional. They will also make fresh omelettes to order and crepes which were delectable. The evening meals were expensive and average. We were al a carte and, e.g. a small (tiny!) bowl of corn soup in the Thai restaurant was 8 Euros. Not worth it! The meal plan was very pricey and definitely only for a captive audience. The hotel room had certain deficiencies which were just plain annoying. Our custom is to leave a bathroom light on in an unfamiliar location so we can have a slight bit of light; This was totally impossible with a glass door facing the bed from the lav so we fumbled around in the dark. Unpleasant. Also the situating of the one available plug to charge our electronics was not near the bed. Poor planning indeed! Personally I can't stand throw pillow on the bed and this bed was loaded with them plus a decorative blanket as well. These are not cleaned reliably and I don't want them on my clean bed. Annoying. They are sparing with soap. One tiny bar allotment. Laundry bags: 1 when you arrive and you have to request more. We were there for five nights. Why can't management think like hosts? The hotel was basically clean but the finishing touches were sloppy. Paint on woodwork etc. Far from perfection. The elevator was arthritic. More aches and groans than a 90 year old! The location was fine. All in all plenty of warts but not intolerable enough to demote to three stars.More

rojersey, West Orange, New Jersey

Update for Owners

Quite a change with Freddy and team having left to be replaced by PJ and others. However, a long requested 'owners' newsletter appears to be in the pipeline. Oh, for some basic UK TV channels. Il Giardino has just been franchised. So, need to wait and see how it turns out. Disappointingly, the snackier items such as bruschetta and garlic bread are no longer on the menu meaning there is nowhere now for a light lunch. In all restaurants there are now many items that attract a surcharge even when going 'all inclusive'. And, excepting Taste, all restaurants now require bookings for lunch. We missed the old laisez faire of turning up according to what took our fancy and at whatever time we got back from any excursions etc. With this freedom lost, we're now thinking half-board for future visits. The hotel arranged taxi service gets worse (was that possible?). Darren is regularly late and then drives like a ******* maniac, one handed whilst texting or reading his pick up notes, swapping in and out of lanes every few yards. This time he failed to pick us up at the airport as prearranged and prepaid. One of our suitcases was a few minutes late onto the carousel and by the time we had collected it, he'd left. After a half hour wait to find out what was happening, we had to make our own way to the hotel; fortunately very easy with the excellent taxi service available at the airport. Darren's attitude was that it was our fault being late and he wouldn't refund the money. It took quite an angry PJ to sort this out. (Refreshingly for us) he didn't speak once when returning us at the end of the holiday. He just drove worse than ever. Time for the hotel to get in a new taxi company / driver and put Darren on a proverbial bike. He is doing the Spa and its customers no favours. Had this been in England, I would have complained to the licencing authority. For those who visit Ali's shop. We bought 2 of his very colourful Turkish lamps last Christmas. He shipped them to us and all arrived in perfect condition. We were able to tell him that the same lamps had been on a specialist stand at the Ideal Home Show which we visited at the end of March.More

Roy D, Woking, United Kingdom

NOT 5 star, NOT a "Resort"

We were seriously misled when booking this hotel. It is neither 5 star nor a "Resort". Not by a long chalk. "5 star" implies a level of luxury. "Resort" implies a self contained complex with all the amenities and facilities that holidaymakers could need. This has no car park, no shop, no useable outdoor pools while we were there, one small communal area, one bar open where service was abysmal, the occasional evening entertainment was a solitary pianist, and definitely no luxury. (unless you count a huge jaccuzi or an exercise bike in your room as luxury, I certainly don't) It was marketed as adult only yet there were several families with children staying there. All this was obvious the moment we arrived. The main revolving door opens directly on to a busy main road. (well it would if it was not broken). I had to unload my hire car 50 metres away, and leave my wife to complete check-in while I tried to find a parking place. The hotel staff attitude seemed to be "your car is your problem". On road parking was impossible. Behind the hotel was a shopping mall (quite good but not Meadowhall) with a deep Stygian subterranean car park. €25 for 7 days multiple entries. I had to find all this out for myself. This information was available in the literature in the room which of course was after the event. The room was small and dark. The balcony was in perpetual shadow. The "Tropical Gardens" and outdoor pool we overlooked were at the bottom of a deep narrow ravine between two accomodation blocks, also in perpetual shadow while we were there. We asked for another room and were shown one also overlooking the ravine for an extra €40 per night but this had a huge jaccuzi actually in the bedroom. Who would want sleep in that atmosphere? In fact these silly extras (some rooms had exercise machines in them) seemed to be the basis for the claimed 5 star rating. There were 6 restaurants, of which we tried 4, before we found one that was acceptable, only just, "The Taste". Even there we had to ask for the shards of broken glass under our table to be swept up. Also at The taste I was served a rolled roast rabbit still in its plastic wrapping. We enjoyed the fish and the sirloin steak. The buffet breakfast was taken in The Taste and was very good, with a chef on hand to provide fresh omellettes and fried eggs. Of the others I suppose expecting a Thai restaurant, The Cann Thai, in a Maltese hotel to provide an authentic Chinese meal is a bit optimistic. However as Malta is not too far removed from Italy I had expected better from the Italian restaurant Gardino's. Around both outdoor pools there was construction work in progress with lots if grinding, drilling and dust. The sunbeds and tables were always dusty. After 4 days the pool and sundeck by the harbour were both closed. The pool in the Tropical Garden ravine was too dark and dingy for any swimmers or sunbathers. There was a heated indoor pool in the Spa. Our return flight was after midnight so I asked for a room extension for 12 hours until 11 pm. The Receptionist demanded a full daily payment of 130 Euros even though the occupancy rate was obviously less than 25%. (The lady I sat next to on the return flight had made the same request in her hotel and been charged 16 Euros.) That Receptionist, as with most of the other staff, left me in no doubt that he was doing me a favour. Generally the staff were polite and cheerful but so laid back and did not seem to care about the customer. There was a Public Holiday while we were there called Freedom Day. We thought it might have been to remember the end of WW2. No, it was to celebrate the departure of the British when they gave Malta independence. This is a good hotel to use as a base to explore the rest of Malta. It is not a place in which you can laze around and be pampered. Also beware it is joined to the Fortina Hotel (as opposed to the Fortina Spa Hotel) where standards and prices are different but facilities, such as they are, are shared. I wonder if one was spawned by the other by the addition of a few jaccuzis and exercise machines.More

Stefan W, Newark, United Kingdom

Not quite 4 star

We have a large garden room which is attractive with two huge beds , sofa and coffee table, and every facility. Also a little balcony with table and chairs and the said garden view. This would be perfect if it weren't for the builders at work in the garden area, which rather spoils sitting in the garden as well. You wonder why the work isn't done in the winter. Then there are the saggy pillows, which I wouldn't put in the dog's bed, never mind a 4 star hotel. Such a cheap thing to replace , too! So pretty good, but management are definitely not keeping their eye on the ball.More

HydraWatford, Watford

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