Hotel Fortina  

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.

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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 garden view

Twin room with garden view sleeps 3.

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not 5 star

this hotel is very tired. Has dreadful reception staff and is in no way 5 star standard. I am told the reception staff are not paid but on a work experience deal so no wonder- clearly no respect for their paying guests. put £200 onto our credit cards in case we left with out paying - mind you we had prepaid the accommodation. charged £20 for internet although it says free and its woeful. Mozzies all night long. We did not eat in any of the restaurants at night. Breakfast was OK but the unfriendliness of the staff makes it very ordinary. watch out for time share sellers. rooms are large. turn down service which I hate and always use the DND sign. cleaners are very slow and the room was often not done by 3pm.More

Martins012, Stromness, United Kingdom

We spent the worst night of our lives in this fake 5 star resort!

On the 29th of November me and my family went to spend a 1 night stay at the Tower Garden View at the Fortina Spa Resort 5 Star hotel. I had purchased 2 tickets from, which It consisted of a 50% off deal. The actual price for a Half Board Basis was 266eur and I only paid 50%. So I paid a deal for my parents as a birthday present and another ticket for myself, my wife and our 3 year old kid. We where excited so this weekend break would be a relaxed one and we knew that we were going to be in good hands since we were actually in a Luxurius Supreme 5 Star Resort! The first thing that came up was that when checked in at 2 pm our room was not ready yet and we had to wait an hour at the reception!, secondly the receptionist that welcomed us was not a well educated and she was not polite at all and asked me to choose a restaurant to dine in that same night because it was included in the price. She showed me a list of restaurants with no menu options at all and pretended an answer immediately in order to book for us! After all this another receptionist showed up and we were transferred to her and I was told that I did not abide with the Deal/Contract regarding that no Kids where allowed in the hotel!. At that moment I began to feel some pressure cause I knew that this was not going to be the weekend we hoped for. She showed me a copy of the deal and there was written Adults Only. But never No Children Allowed!. When I bought the tickets online I thought that the Adults Only was written on the leaflet In case a Minor would have bought a ticket online and that would be against the law! But I was mistaken although it is hugely misleading! So, after about a 20 mins speech this receptionist she told us that she was going to give us a normal room near the pool, and that we could not leave our kid shouting or running cause this was actually a No Kids Friendly Hotel!. I wasn't happy but in order to leave my parents in a relaxed atmosphere I accepted! When the night came and after we dined at Table 1 which the headwaiter served us in the Best Manner he could and also the food was esquisite. The night we passed in our room was a very bad one. The A/C did not function, and when we opened the window for some fresh air we spent the worst night of our lives due to insects bites. The whole Amazon entered our room! My wife ended up sleeping with a damp cloth on her face and skin. We slept at 5Am and woke up at 8am. We had a huge lack of sleep and we were tired, then we woke up and went for Breakfast which also was perfect. At 11am they called us in order to leave the room and I explained the receptionist that we were to check out an hour later but to no avail. We had to get out by force cause the receptionist that was there the night before didn't tell him that went an hour late the day before because the room was not ready on time! Another thing, when I checked in at the hotel the first place I went in was the bathroom and I found the remains of a beard shaved in the sink! Its was disgusting. So we left the rooms and headed to the indoor pool which it was very nice, but after an Hour or so I headed to the Therapy Pool which There was no signs for me not to Enter, so I proceeded and as I touched the water I was unpolitely spoken from a Spa Sante' representative to leave immediately from the water as I was not a Member, and so I did! In the meantime my mother went to the Spa Sante' and left their colthes with me at the indoor pool, and after an hour or so I went to try and find her so to give them there belongings but again I was not permitted to enter the premises. After that I have spoken to some 3 differnet ladies that work at the Spa Sante' there was not communication at all and I refused to continue cause I was getting angry them I told my wife to get in there instead of me and after a while she found them and gave them there clothes! First and foremost I am dissapointed with the lack of common sense this staff has and the lack of communication with costumers thay have! Secondly I was entitled for a Tower Garden View Apartment and I was refused even If I paid the same amount of money I was given a more low level simple room! Which at least they could have gave a room to my parents as they did not have any kids with them. I asked for this but they ignored and refused my proposition and told me that we were going to be givin a better room which to be honest with you it wasn't! I was charged and extra 15 euros for my kid although he slept in our bed! And also was charged twice for the movies in the room which right after I told the receptionist he cancelled one at least! I am dissapointed and unhappy with the whole service we were given and I was perfectly wrong that this was such a good Hotel/Resort!.More

Jonathan S,

One night was not enough

We had one, fabulous night at the Fortina spa, and 2 treatments. If you are wondering which treatment to book, ask for Billy, and the hot bamboo massage, it's simply heavenly. The only gripe about the spa was that we felt it was really cold in there The wifi worked well in our room, the bathroom was massive with a lovely big bath, and a shower Lovely bedroom, with a stunning view, spotlessly clean, the most comfortable bed I very ever slept on We can't wait to go backMore

BohoDiverChick, Island of Malta, Malta

Room with a view - thats about it

The hotel is situated in a superb location at the far end of Sliema frontage, about 200m away from the boat excursion terminals (including ferry to Valletta) and within 50m of the Tigne Point shopping Centre. Off at a slight tangent, this shopping centre also boasts a well stocked supermarket on the lower floor. The hotel complex consists of a 4 star and 5 star hotels, entered by two separate entrances. My group stayed in the 5 star hotel. I say 5 star hotel, but it wasn't really. There are no hotel certifications anywhere on show and believe you me, we looked. What was on show was a timeshare plaque, proudly displayed behind the reception desk. The hotel is on the main road from Sliema to St Julians adjaent to a tunnel that runs under the shopping centre previously mentioned. This road is quite busy and the hotel does not have an exclusive road serving it. Therefore passengers aliting from a car on the off-side (drivers side) need to seriously mind their safety. The road noise also effects the balconies for anybody with a seaview on floors 6 and below. If you are offered a room on a lower floor (without a choice) I would recommend a garden view...mainly a view of a small stylish kidney shaped pool and bar with a couple of palm tree's. The reception area is more like a reception to an office block, the receptionists sit at low level desks. The computer booking system monitor screens are built into the desktop which reduces the Receptionist eye contact with those checking-in, as they tend to talk more to the table. During our visit there was also some form of juice bar (closed), an unrelated travel agent (never observed with any clients) and a small square desk to the side of the aisle near the lift with a computer on it (the hotels public IT offering). We booked two bedrooms with seaviews. They were both really large rooms, probably the largest we have had on Malta. The rooms were clean, modernish. The bathrooms were large and consisted of both a bath and shower cubicle. Both rooms had balconies with brilliant views of Valletta which was stunning day and night. The hotel has a curved shape, so depending on where your room is situated determines the size of your balcony; my room was at the start of the curve, my associates room was half way around the building so their balcony was twice the size. Both balconies were equiped with loungers and pots of plants. We discovered that one of our pots harboured an ants nest and at night the little critters visited our room, picking up crumbs (perhaps that is why the room was so clean !). We informed reception several times, they said that action would be taken, but the critters came back. We took our own action; it appears ants don't like "Eternity" aftershave sprayed on the carpet, it repels them (a similar effect to what it has on my Wife). Going back to the bedrooms, it appears as more clients are attracted to timeshare, more bedrooms are converted to timeshare appartments. In fact the builders were in during our stay doing some major work on the upper floors, but were not a nuisance.One of the snaires used to attract guests to to speak to a timeshare rep was the offer of free harbour cruises. Mind you, you have to hunt for the person giving out tickets, he is normally found in the 4 star section of the complex, perhaps their guests are more gullible. Just get your tickets and walk as they do not advertise the timeshare tour as an obligation. It's even worth going to see an example of a grinning timeshare rep in "the wild" ! Other guests The guests seem to be predominately from the UK and are mainly elderly. They are so predominant that Saga have a permanent rep stationed there and there is even a permanent "Saga room" and woe betide anybody below 60 go anywhere near it ! The normal characature of holiday makers is that German tourists always get their towels on the loungers around the pool before breakfast. Well they would have to get up pretty early to beat this elderly British bunch. They hogged the loungers from Breakfast until sunset, hardly ever moving. We managed to get 4 loungers together in a shady area one afternoon for an hour, but it was hardly relaxing. The snoring was deafening and due to the close proximaty of the two hotels, the noise echoed. The hotel does not except children other than in July and August. In all honesty I cannot see why young families would ever want to stay in the hotel. I would also say that the hotel is not suitable for people who are permanent wheel chair users. The majority of the hotel restaurants are not easily accessible, most are suituated around the swimming pool and the restaurant tables are positioned close by with hardly any reasonable access. There were guests with motorised wheel chairs, but all of those guests were able to walk to their tables. Restaurant We booked half board, mainly on the basis that the "hotel" advertised several restaurants within the complex. Pizza, Mediteranean, Indian, Chinese, Mediteranean, Japanese, Fusion (make that what you will) and a general restaurant "La Vallette" in the 4 star hotel. The resturants were open to all guests in the complex and the general public. The hotel had a weird way of booking the restaurant, firstly you have to book at the hotels reception, where they gave you a booking slip for submission at the restuarant of your choice. Secondly you can only book a restaurant up to two days in advance and only have two bookings in operation at any one time. So for example, on arrival day, you make booking for day 1 and day 2. So you cannot book day 3 until you have had the meal on day 1, you cannot book day 4 until you have had your meal on day 2 etc. Even then, you may not be able to book a meal. Each restaurant has a quota for staying guests; so as a 5 star guest you may find yourself gazumpted by a 4 star guest or timesharer. The hotel doesn't tell you about this at check-in, we only found out when we tried to book the superior Chinese restaurant and were told the quota had been used. This was confirmed by the hotels duty manager, who stated that she would waiver the quota rule for our party. The only thing, she did not keep her promise and we ended up eating in "La Vallette". The restaurants (apart from La Vallette) also had a different menu depending on whether you were a 4 or 5 star hotel guest. The waiting staff always assumed you were a 4 star guest regardless of what was printed on the booking slip. It was only on the second evening that we discovered this. The restaurants : Pizza - good, but poor service Indian - did not try, but was aways busy Chinese - Excellent food and good service. Worth trying Mediteranean Fusion (Taste) - mediocre food, good service Mediteranean (The Table)- mediocre food, initial service terrible (we understood the menu process better than the waitress and after we politely explained it to her she slung the cutlery and plates across the table when we were being served). A more senior waiter saw what was going on and took over, things then improved. A window table at this restaurant will give views of Valletta. Japanese - this was a disaster. The food was as Japanese as that from my local kebab shop. They did have a Japanese guy at the open kitchen chopping up things, but I think that was mainly for show. It appears that Japanese food has not been successful within this complex as this restaurant was empty most nights during our visit (we know why) and according to the hotels own guest literature has changed names (and perhaps management) at least once. La Vallette - This is a self service buffet restaurant. The serving area is based on 3 counters ; starter, main courses and desserts. For those who remember, it was a little like BHS on a weekday lunch time. As soon as the restaurant doors opened guests rushed for the best seats, order their drinks from the plethora of waiters, then dash off to the counters before their opponents (sorry other guests). The food was produced for the "Masses", but it was very good and better than some of the other restaurants previously mentioned. The serving staff of the main course items were also very generous in the portions they served. In all honesty it would not surprise me if most of the food served in the complex was prepared in a main kitchen. The only problem with La Vallette, though it is the largest restaurant in the complex it cannot cope with the number of guests in the hotel in one sitting. Therefore, the restaurant has two sittings.The first sitting is a bit of a rush if you don't get in when the doors literally open. The unique thing about La Vallette is the view from its panoramic window, the scene over the hotels Lido pool is Vallette itself which is quite stunning as the sun sets. Breakfast was served buffet style in the Mediteranean restaurant. I must admit it was very good and set you up for the day. There were pastries a la continental through to the Maltese take on a English Breakfast and everything in between. The also had an open kitchen counter where you could order specials directly with the chef. General opinion : been there, done that, would not go back.More

TerrythePotter, London

It's alright

The location is great, just in front of Valletta. The spa looks nice even though we just used the pool facilities which were fine. The rooms were not as clean as "expected" and there is no WIFI in the rooms so you need to stay in reception to get it. However, if you get a good deal, it is not a bad choice. More

cristina_8899, Barcelona, Spain

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