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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  • 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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twin room with garden view

Twin room with garden view sleeps 3.

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.

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Great location, spa room had it all

Very good location, on the waterfront and walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Had a spa room so jacuzzi, sun bed, bubble bath all part of the deal. Good breakfast and friendly staff. Main foyer could do with a revamp but all in all a relaxing stay.More

pbmacster, Lelystad, The Netherlands

Ideal location

I've been to Malta 7 times, and last year we tried this hotel and enjoyed it enough to want to return again this year. On both occasions we booked a sea view room and received what we had requested. We booked 7 months in advance at a fairly good rate, then watched the rate climb over time, so best to book early. The location is prime in Sliema, on the sea front, facing the harbour, adjacent to the Tigne Point shopping mall, short walk to the ferry, and close to popular restaurants and shops. We parked our rental car in the shopping mall garage for 4 euro per day. We had no issues at check in or check out, and the front staff were always pleasant and helpful. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We much enjoyed having a balcony facing the sea for relaxing in the evening, but it is essentially not usable during the day because it's just too hot in the direct sun. If you enjoy sitting on the balcony during the day, then consider the garden view rooms. We went to the outdoor pool every afternoon to cool down, and always managed to find chairs and shade without difficulty. Overall, we enjoyed our stay again and will definitely return next year, if the price is right.More

Anonymous_Canadian, Toronto, Canada

God's Waiting Room

So, we booked the room a couple of months in advance, not via a cheap deal site or via a package deal company we booked it directly with them. We told them at the time that we were getting married so we wanted a lovely room. They didn't exactly roll out the red carpet when we checked in. Instead, they were less than impressed with us trying to check in early. Sorry but we were getting married at their official check in time. So, we tried to check in after or wedding ceremony. Their reception staff didn't seem bothered. Have you been there? The reception does not reflect the dated feel of the hotel. In fact, if there was a room in reception, it might have been better. We had a spa room, which cost us 300 euro for a night. A spa room with roof top pool and a Jacuzzi behind the bed and all that jazz and they just did not seem bothered. When they supposedly checked us in, we were ushered to a room where our luggage had been stowed. Wouldn't it have been a treat for the Bride and Groom to go straight to their room where the luggage was waiting for them? But they didn't care, they had our pre-paid 300 euros. So we then went to our evening reception. It was our wedding day, the happiest day of our life. Guess what? When we returned to our room, the television information service suggested that we should contact them because we weren't checked in. Weren't checked in? We checked in some 5 hours before. Aren't their reception staff bothered? Their night porter seemed to be the only person bothered with a good service, so thankfully he checked us in at 1am. 1am on November 1st (we were supposed to be checked in from October 31st for one night). We could have been the clientèle we saw at breakfast, instead, we're a young couple; so imagine our surprise when at breakfast we sat with people in their 70s and 80s at an average buffet breakfast (we paid 300 euros for the room for one night!) It was like God’s Waiting Room in there, we couldn't wait to get out. And the food? It’s not 5-star. Fresh fruit? Some pineapple and a banana, also melon is available is you get there before the octogenarians who can only suck their fruit these days….. On the way to breakfast we got stuck in the lift (the other lift was out of order). We told their reception staff, they were apologetic but they weren't bothered. I actually asked them if they were bothered and they said that they were, but they weren't very sincere. So for 300 euros we really only had a private Jacuzzi on our wedding night, why? Well because most of the spa accoutrements in the room didn't work, and if they did, there were no instructions either in the welcome manual or on the machines/instruments themselves. So very, very poor for a 5 star hotel. Broken lifts? Average room? Standard breakfast? Not even a bottle of Prosecco (I know they can't afford champagne) or even, dare I suggest it: "congratulations"? Just dreadful. The thing is, I actually work in an industry where I need to recommend hotels. Isn't that ironic? They are supposed to be a 5 star establishment and I'll comfortably recommend them as a 3 star and an expensive 3 star at that! What a negative start to our marriage - probably just as well we have a positive relationship because their hotel depressed the life out of us.More

fallofelegeisha, Sliema, Malta

HOPELESS

Extreamly disappointed at Fortina hotel and 'Spa' '5' strar in sliema, booked through a deal which spesifically says it includes the use of indoor pool..when i called to book i asked for which facilities im entitled to, and the reservations rep said All, i went there to use mostly the indoor pool and it was under maintanance untill next monday, so i went to the receptionist and ask for my money back as i by that time they havnt given me the room key yet, the guy at the repception made me wait until her checks and he said that all of an sudden the in door pool can be used, so i went and AGAIN the spa staff told me No as it is still high in clorine, so she convinced me to make use of therapy pool, at two went to grt my room cards and was told to wait for another 30 mins for the room to b ready, they offered us champain but we took coffee instead, when we finally went up in the room the luggage guy took another 45mins to bring it to me, i called 3times and the luggage 3times was on the way, the, note that the spa guy tried to trick me by saying that instead of the pool we could use sauna, jacuzzi etc when infact they were part of the deal, which i could only use between 3-6 DO NOT GO TO THIS HOTEL ITS HELL...Btw we left and went to another hotel which gave us a heavinly treatment More

Steph S, Il- Gzira, null, Malta

Simply great

Difficult to imagine better than this 5 Star gem. Little wonder this is a well kept secret. Utterly perfect spa bedroom with every amenity possible, jacuzzi spa (behind the bed) plus over sized bathroom complete with whirlpool bath, steam and sauna room, therapy bed system and lots of living space. Food is breath taking and beautifully presented. Magnificent breakfast spread. Simply great hotel. Definitely returningMore

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