Plenty of pools and restaurants, a great spa and first-rate views – that’s the Hotel Fortina in a nutshell.
The Hotel Fortina is just steps away from Sliema’s huge shopping centre. Plus, the ferry to Valletta is only a five-minute walk away.
This hotel counts off four pools, seven restaurants and bars, and a first-class spa, before finishing things off with rooms that open on to sea or garden views.
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Unbeatable value holidays
- Fantastic value for money
- Wide range of destinations
- Opt-in extras like in-flights meals or a larger luggage allowance
Food & Drink
Bed and Breakfast
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
Buffet breakfast and dinner, with the choice of 5 restaurants for dinner.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
Facilities ► View all
2 outdoor pools
Open during the summer months, these two saltwater pools come with impressive sea views, plus wraparound sun terraces aligned with sunbeds and parasols.
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*
A set menu of tasty Mediterranean dishes and a selection of wines are available here.
Rooms ► View all
suite with garden view and balcony
These contemporary suites are designed with a neutral décor. There’s room for 4 with a double bedroom and queen-size bed. Outside you’ll find a balcony overlooking the garden. And air-conditioning is available from May to October.
twin room with garden view and balcony
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Another great stay
Just finishing another great trip at the Fortina. I cannot but comment on some of the reviews about this hotel. I hope travellers do not believe all they read!! Also spoke to one of the hotel managers about Taste restaurant. He informed me that most guests today are more adventurous and although the hotel always enjoys good occupancies, the demand for included meals has declined. The hotel management took the necessary steps and have replaced lunches and dinners to 'The Terrace'. A far superior menu is offered with stunning views of the Valletta. And all at no extra charge. The Terrace was not one of the included restaurants before but as Taste is currently closed (and will reopen shortly I am told) guests are given this as an upgrade. One thing that Fortina has is many regular visitors which often act as though they own the place themselves. I wish they would let management do the job they are doing as I love this place and think the world of it.More
Enjoyed our stay in the Fortina. One of the best views from our balcony.
Very happy with the Fortina Spa. We only ate in the buffet restaurant as we found the convenience, food quality and selection all very good. Complimentary thelasso spa class was enjoyable. Rooms and bed big and very comfortable. All staff we encountered were pleasant and helpful. Excellent location overlooking one of the best views in Malta. Good start to the day having a stroll or morning run along the bay. We asked for a bay view and it was a treat every morning to open the curtains to overlook Valletta. More
Make yourself a favour and DO NOT BOOK this hotel
Oh dear such a disaster,this hotel needs a massive improvement in all areas.We arrived very late Thursday night,tired and hungry,ready for a short break and they managed to ruin everything.Checked in by a gentleman,the only receptionist at the time couldn't find our booking and rudely asked us if we paid for like we were there to stay for free.After we gave him the booking confirmation he left us waiting for another 25 minutes while he checked in other people,probably we didn't have a smart look.After 25 minutes I mentioned that we are tired and hungry and here we go another rude answer "I am alone and I am trying to help everyone "!! Despite the fact that we were the first on the q.As we were so hungry I wanted to go and eat while he is searching for our booking.The Thai restaurant is very nice and friendly staff,finally after o glass of wine and a nice dinner I was ready to complete our check in.The receptionist apologised for the waiting time and he promised to make it up and he "did".Allocated a very old dirty for accessible people room 637 with a very low sink ,no hot water,facing the other buildings,we booked and paid for a standard double room with sea view.Nice of him offering a bottle of red wine which we left it there,probably that cost of the wine is 2-3 Euro instead of the room and the sea view we missed in our first nigh and included the breakfast which next day was not available anymore therefore we paid â¬31 as we didn't wanted to make a big fuss of it.It was late and we were tired and I couldn't bother anymore.Next day we asked to speak to the manager,he gave us the room on the 10th floor with a lovely view.He nicely told us "someone have to stay in that room too".Shocked about the answer I was happy to get the right room and forget about everything but I couldn't.Later on while we were in the balcony half naked the maid opened the balcony door and asked if we want cleaning and when we are checking out!!!!??Unbelievable!!!!We could've use the sign on the door if we needed the service therefore we decided to use the do not disturb sign for further privacy.The turn down service staff were very friendly and they always made our room nice.Realised that we don't have bathrobes and slippers,called reception and a young lady asked me to give them our booking confirmation,no reason given.I quickly sent via email our booking confirmation but I never received the bathrobes and slippers ð until the turn down service came and we asked for.The spa and treatments it was another challenge,this time for my husband.We booked the Dream treatment for 2,â¬150 per person for 3 hours 3-6pm.3.15 pm they called us in the treatment room and we were released.5.50pm,almost half an hour for free though.I personally had a nice and professional massage but I can't say the same about my husband.The blond young lady that treated him I believe was doing that for the first time in her life.Treated as a package buy one get one free instead we paid for both.The spa room needs a full refurbishment looks very tired and dirty,the steam room was cold. The best place to eat is The Terace across the road,seafood is amazing,fresh and tasty,great friendly staff,lovely wine and smashing puddings. I would Never Recommend you the Mediterranean restaurant recommended by the hotel.The seafood soup tasted of fried onions and tomatoes sauce,the rabbit taste of rosemary only and the lamb shepherd pie with a very strong taste of curry.The old men asked us 5 times what was our room number and I never knew why.We booked the hotel only and we were not part of the packages,easy to remember thought,it was a waisting time and money. Checking out I asked for a late check out,a quick answer came from a very arrogant receptionist with â¬50 charge for a couple of hours.We normally pay for late check out but I didn't feel like spending my money in this hotel.I asked for a porter to bring our luggage in the luggage room for the rest of the day and the same arrogant lady advised us to go and collect them.We didn't go at the end as I mentioned that they are packed ready to be collected. The bar area was empty most of the time and we didn't used it. We met other guests that confirmed the hotel was nice when they opened but now is going down.We will go back to Malta but never in this hotel which was supposed to be a nice treatment for us as a well deserved promotion at work after long working hours. Overall it was the worst experience ever.I would be ashamed to manage a hotel calling 5* under staffed that they do not understand what exactly means 5* service,no concierge,no luggage porter to assist with luggage,very cheap shampoo,bathrobes which they've seen better days ,very hard mattress which left me with back pain,interrupted in my intimate moments,treated like thieves,inappropriate remarks towards my husband and so on. I hope your plans for October it will include a proper training for a better understanding of customer service.More
A Five Star Hotel? Not in my Opinion..............
This is the first 'poor' review I've ever written. I write it for a five start hotel which is failing in so many ways. The staff are not united into a single level of professionalism. Many individual staff members were friendly, helpful and decent, but this was more to do with their own sense of humanity rather than any expected standards given by the hotel. Other staff members were incompetent, dis-interested and rude. Two out of the three receptionists whom we came to recognise were disinterested, insufficiently trained and incompetent. The spa trainer for our daily lesson was just rude as well as being utterly disinterested in our well-being. Breakfast in La Vallette was fairly average for a two or three star hotel but was completely unacceptable for a five star hotel. Completely and totally unacceptable - I am very happy to provide detailed reasons why this is the case should anyone wish to know. I complained and was moved to the Taste restaurant which was much better - but why insist that guests staying at a five star hotel are forced to eat at a sub-standard restaurant in the first place? Staff in both these restaurants were more professional than those in other areas of the hotel. Our room kept giving up its long human hairs for several days after our arrival. Neither of us have long hair! The Spa which, for many, is the reason to choose this hotel is - actually and very literally - falling to pieces. Several ceiling tiles in the pool are missing, parts of the grip holds on the side of pools are broken, pieces of masonry in several areas of the Spa complex have fallen off, the air vent covers above the jacuzzi are missing.........the list goes on. Worst of all, the place is now dangerous. I went into the timeshare reps' office and, closing the door behind me, had a large and heavy piece of wood - infused with many nails - fall on my leg, causing me to have to spend half the day going to Mosta PolyClinic for a tetanus jab. Apparently, they are closing down the four star hotel Fortina Hotel in October to convert the building into flats. This, of course, could explain some of the disjointed problems which both hotels appear to be suffering from, although is no excuse.. This is a hotel in a prime location, with wonderful views over the harbour towards Valletta, which gives the impression of having been great once. However, it is now long past its best, is being held together with glue and a few dedicated professionals, while gently declining into decay and sub-standard generic levels of service and care. Why pay five star prices for a two to three star experience. I won't be returning. If you're reading this, then don't go - do your research and find a true 5 star experience elsewhere for a similar price.More
Adrian W, 186338
Great location challenging stay
Staying at the hotel the past weeks. Location is perfect, rooms magnificent however service challenging..... had several technical issues which never got sorted, staff seems demotivated..... pity it could be such a great place....More
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