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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Based On 1294 reviews
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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
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Buffet breakfast and dinner, with the choice of 5 restaurants for dinner.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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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.
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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.
superior twin room with sea view and balcony
These superior twin rooms are simple yet stylish in design. You’ll have room for 3 with 1 extra bed in the bedroom. There’s a balcony outside overlooking the sea. Plus air-conditioning is available from May to October.
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Good value spa hotel but cut backs show
I have previously reviewed the Fortina 5* resort, and my last review was 2 years ago. We chose this hotel again, in the wake of the collapse of All Leisure Holidays, and we needed something safe at short notice, and here was the obvious choice. Again, I booked a package via Mercury Holidays, who are one of three major suppliers from the UK to this hotel complex. I cannot fault Mercury on their efficiency. Sadly I chose to fly Easyjet this time from Gatwick, and as someone who normally does not fly budget airlines, it was a bit of a mistake: not because of the flight etc, but because of the way they convince you to stand in queues for a long time for no good reason, and the hand-luggage policies which favour the fit and strong. I noted before that there had been a decline in the offerings from the Fortina, and again, there was clearly some cut backs. On this time, we were not offered a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, and the desk receptionists showed their usual lack of knowledge of anything happening more than a metre away from them. Once again we opted for the all inclusive, knowing that a couple of the restaurants appeared to resent these guests and gave a clear preference to paying guests. It was also clear that all-inclusive meant somewhat-all-inclusive, and several instances occurred where previously included items were now only available at a supplement. Looking back at my last review, remarkably little has changed in my opinion. This is not a 5* hotel by any stretch of the imagination, but probably warrants a good 4*. Whilst a number of cosmetic tweaks have been done to the hotel, it looks a little old-fashioned, and does not live up to the appearance standards of the big chain hotels e.g. Corinthia palace. The lifts are in better condition, and we did not have trouble with the door keys failing. At the time of writing, Malta has the presidency of the EU. To add to the complexity, the Phoenicia hotel in Valetta is closed for refurbishment, and quite a bit of EU business has headed the way of this hotel. This meant that there was a constant police presence around the hotel, and whilst it did not bother us, access to public areas was taken over by EU things. Because of the presidency, tourists cannot get into the presidential palace to have a look around. The room we had, which was a second floor garden-view room was excellent. Looking back at my last review, the room we had, 238, next to the one we had last time was better. However, it must be stated that not a lot of light comes into the room, and the lighting is poor for reading. If you want a view over Valetta, I would go for a high floor, as the lower floor views are blocked by a pier that goes to the local shopping center. Our room was huge by Mediterranean standards, with a big bed, big bathroom and well serviced by staff including a night-time turn down, and occasional local newspapers. There is also good wifi in the hotel, which was possibly free. For the first week, we had a very fast service, which slowed down after a week. There is good free wifi in various part of the hotel, which is good enough to stream video with. Apart from reception staff, hotel staff was helpful and polite, and on the one occasion we needed a small repair in our room, it happened almost instantaneously. The staff in the Indian and Chinese restaurants, which appear to be franchises, are clearly resentful of hotel residents who are not paying cash for their meal. House wine continues to be a bit grim, and I mostly stuck to been and soft drinks. If you are on all inclusive, you have to book a dinner restaurant 48hrs before, and we discovered that places for hotel residents were limited. As a consequence, we were phoning the reservation lines at 7 in the morning to get a restaurant of our choice. Even so, we were confounded by the fact that the hotel staff gave us out of date opening details, and during the week we discovered closure days which were not revealed to guest beforehand. The rules of the game changed in front of our eyes, discovering that whilst we were originally told that one did not need to book lunch, the Chinese restaurant introduced a new Sunday buffet lunch (aimed at local residents rather than the hotel guests) which needed booking, so we were dismissed from there with little in the way of apology. There has been some change in the restaurants since our last visit. The Japanese restaurant has closed, the Chinese is under new evolving management, and the Italian pizza/pasta, Il Giardino that used to be in the garden is now inside the 4* part of the hotel and only serves pizza, which has now become the national food of Malta. Actually Il Giardino is much improved compared to our previous stays, and is no longer the home of oily antipasti, but serves a weird mix of pizza and so called burgers. They were actually far better than I remembered, and they will offer a takeaway/room service option, which means that you can eat later if you really want. This was one of the few improvements. The terrace restaurant, which is over the road from the hotel is a sort of upper market Italian, but is not available as part of the all inclusive package, but the La Vallette buffet in the 4* is available. The stars in the crown for all inclusive guests are the Taste restaurant, which remains my favourite and Table 1 which is a Mediterranean restaurant, and serves the pasta that you cannot get in Il Giardino! The only criticism of Taste, which is aimed at the 5* residents, is that the menu is short, and after one week, you would find yourself repeating meals. The remaining disappointment is the Indian Sa Re Ga Ma, which treats the all inclusive and half board guests as unwanted guests: not only is the service to them poor, but the choice of menu is desperately restricted, as are the times you can use it. If you want to pay a la carte prices, there is a significant menu available there, but the prices are incredible, and even allowing for the Â£/Euro exchange rate, you would not expect to pay the prices in London for what they are offering. The biggest disappointments were the changes to the Can Thai, the Chinese restaurant. The hotel manager told me later that there have been several changes of management (still on-going) in this restaurant. They tended to overbook tables compared to the staff available, and on the first occasion we used it, we had to wait over 1 hour between courses. They have now decided to bring in supplementary charges for hotel residents, and over half of the dishes on the menu attracted a 3euro supplement. Hardly all inclusive as the package we bought was described. I decided that we would add one supplement dish to our choices just so we could given them the work of producing a bill for 3 euros. As the service was so grim, and they tried to charge me for drinks which were part of my package, no gratuity was forthcoming from me. On the second occasion we were refused service because they had brought in an un-announced lunch reservation policy, and the third time just about was ok. Why do we keep going back there? The food is very good. Although we did not get a free session at the health spa this time, they have upgraded the swimming pool since my last visit, and there are now grab rails at the side, a dedicated lane for more serious swimmers, and longer hours. We also got a free harbour cruise, which is well worth taking. In previous years, there have been attempts to sell timeshare holidays in the hotel at the time the tickets are handed out, but apparently the timeshare has gone pear shaped, and we heard of guests handing back their timeshares because of excessive service charges. There is now a âholiday clubâ, but I could not see the advantage over booking what you want where you want, and getting the protection of ATOL etc. Entertainment in the hotel continues at a minimalist level with a couple of appearances each week by local mandolin playing Benny, and a couple of nights of someone tinkling the ivories in the bar. So once again, here is this yearâs list of good and bad. (in relation to previous years) Good location, big rooms, near to public transport (bus stop 200M from front door) Good and plentiful food and drink with the best option for guests in Table 1 and Taste Restaurants. New improved pizza restaurant. Good cleaning and upkeep of rooms, with hot water. Cheaper than Valletta. Good indoor swimming pool but It is definitely not 5* by international standards. Significant restrictions to what is included in the AI ticket,and some restaurants had significant exclusions. Lack of entertainment, which was largely restricted to someone on the piano. Included wine is poor, and even when it came from a bottle it was not an improvement The tower block is 17 stories high, and if the lifts break, it slows things down. Poor reception staff with limited English who don't seem to be able to answer many questions, and don't give guests sufficient information. Limited television, but adequate. Malta has changed and the buses are no longer as good as I remember. There are fewer of them, and the prices have tripled compared to two years ago. Whilst having a new bus fleet may be good for some of the locals, it misses the point that this was a big tourist attraction, and the new Chinese green and white buses have zero character. (About 25% of the islandâs economy is tourist based) The bus station in Valetta has now changed into one of the most bizarre arrangments with buses needing to reverse after picking up passengers, and a turning circle that is too small for most of the vehicles. However, I would not want to drive in Malta, and certainly would not want to park in the towns. A number of attractions are closed at the moment. The presidential rooms in the centre of Valetta are not open because of EU presidency, the Hypogeum is closed for conservation work for some time, and the Naval museum in Vittoriosa is undergoing major works, with some of it closed. Malta is like one big civil engineering project at the moment, with lots of new blocks of buildings going u;p and the gates to Valetta being rebuilt. Nothing is for ever. Why do we keep going back to Malta? It is like an old friend. It feels safe, they more or less speak English, you are unlikely to get food poisoning, and the natives are friendly. I have only experiences staying in Malta in the Winter, and I understand that it might get a bit hot and crowded in the season.More
We had a different room this visit, still on the 7th floor, bigger room with balcany. also we had free films on the TV which was good as we dont go down to the Bars to drink. The food in the Valleta Rest. was good again with a good choise of dishes. The evening meal also was good with 4 causes to choose from.More
Brian E, 190775
Nice 5 * spa hotel with comfortable bars offering varied entertainment. great choice of restaurants to choose from every night provided you book in the morning for some of them.Very spacious rooms with nice views of either the sea or gardens whichever you prefer.Easy access to excellent public transport which takles you anywhere for only 2 euros.More
The restaurant is incredible, serving the most delicious meals with waiter service; there are other nationalities to dine in. I drink wine and, instead of the usual rubbishy local wine, here were international wines which were delightful. Rooms were variable, some more modern than others and mine was older,, but there was everything I needed; the keycard would not always work, which was a bit of a nuisance, but the reception staff helped,. Instead of a ghastly bracelet, one was photographed and carried a card the size of a credit card. I was with Saga and loved the excursions as well. Near shops and transport, but buses were rather packed. A fantastic holiday.More
Judith M, 503922
Can't fault this excellent hotel
We chose to spend our Christmas at the Fortina Spa 23/12/16 to 28/12/16. It's not our first visit to this hotel having been here many times in the past. We also celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary there during 2015 so we were well aware of the standards & what to expect. We chose the All Inclusive option after all it was Christmas. Except for breakfast all of our meals were al-la-carte. The standard & quality in all of the themed restaurants couldn't be faulted. Our room was quiet & well appointed, spacious with one of the most comfortable beds we've ever experienced in any hotel. Slippers & bath robes are provided as are coffee/tea making, flat screen television & stocked fridge. Entertainment was very low key but we had come to have a relaxing time so weren't too concerned about that. We know the weather can be cold &/or wet in Malta in December but we were lucky because it was mild & sunny during our few days there. The hotel offer you a complimentary visit to their spa & a harbour cruise for guests. We took advantage of both of these experiences & enjoyed them. We like the Fortina & although we do use other hotels on Malta & Gozo we're always happy to return to the Fortina!More
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