Hotel Fortina

, Sliema, Malta
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Hotel Fortina

, Sliema
4 star

Rooms: 194

Tigne Seafront - Sliema - Slm 15 - Malta Hotel Website | | 21342976 / 21343380
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Wonderful Trip

from tippytoes
Just returned from a seven day break at the Fortina Spa hotel.Having read all the reviews , i was expecting something special- i wasn't dissapointed! On arrival my friend and i were upgraded to a room in the new tower block.Tastefully decorated comfortable beds with a superb view of Valleta.As we were on an all inclusive package ,we had full use of all the facilities.We loved the Sante Spa and enjoyed the Thallasso pool sessions.Of the seven restaurants available we would recommend the Japanese and Qui Sana .Service excellent and we found the staff very efficient and friendly.If you feel inclined to venture out of the hotel-believe me it's hard with all thats on offer, take the number 65 bus from opposite Marks And Spencer's .This will take you around St Julians Bay ,terminating in the ancient city of Mdina.Well worth a visit.A photographers paradise.On return from your travels you can either chill out in your 5 star room or pamper yourself in the glorious spa.Pure sybaritic bliss! If you really want to push the boat out,upgrade to a spa bedroom.Wow! Wow Wow!We will certainly return to the Fortina.

Great Hotel, but beware of the rooms!!

from Harr1s
The hotel was excellent once the rooms were sorted out. Our "Superior Twin" was far from expectations and despite being offered alternatives, we eventually chose to pay for an upgrade to one of the Spa Bedrooms, and ours came with its own roof top private pool, shower, barbecue and fridge. The Spa bedroom is excellent and cannot be faulted. The room service is also excellent and the 7 restaurants offer a choice of excellent food to cater for any tastes. Just be careful of the rooms as when we were there, 26th Dec 04 to 2nd Jan 05, there were so many complaints about the room allocations, it was unbelievable. However, if you want to be force fed three meals a day and have all the fascilities available to you, this is the place to stay and relax.

wow

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Fortina in 1999. Back then even I still remember the hotel as if I stayed there recently.

The service was top class, room was amazing, minibar...tv....vcr... amazing view of Valetta to die for, just to wake up to the sound of water lapping against the lido front and slight hum of mopeds, reassures you you're in a med city, dont get me wrong there's no loud noise at all.

There were just 4 restaurants back then but the food was wonderful, catering for different tastes and whatever mood you were in there was a menu to suit, the restauraunt on the lido was great if you felt like a laid back atmosphere. I dont have children but that was perfect for people with children as it was buffet and family style.
The garden restaurant had the best staff, seafood, wines and a view of the garden.
The third was on the top floor, I had only been there once because bookings were really necessary in order to get a table.
Then....A CULINARY TREAT!! The Mangal a reservation necessary, next door with access through the lobby. Italian restaurant with wonderful dishes, not recommended for children (as picky as they are with food) med tartlets, wines.....this was my favourite.

We stayed in the sea view suite on one of the upper floors with an all inclusive package. Included was drinks....gym..access to everything.... We got to avail of the thalasso treatments every morning, aqua classes and really reasonable prices on extra treatments. With our room came fluffy robes and slippers so it was a treat to wander down to the spa all wrapped up and the welcoming smell of tea tree, FAB!

For anyone staying in Sliema....I recommend STRONGLY a trip to Il Trattoria, a seafood restaurant on sliema seafront (the walk from fortina to the main shopping area) the vegetable soup or minestrone is to DIE FOR! Make sure you get lots of Parmegana and a glass of house red.

You can never get home sick in Malta, if you like shopping you'll find the familiar chains of BHS, River Island, Monsoon....all the well known names and more in Valetta but I recommend staying in Sliema because its quieter, besides, you can always jump on the ferry (close to the fortina) and be in Valetta in 5 minutes for a few cents.

I just hope 'my Malta' (undiscovered paradise) hasnt been swamped with tourists in the past few years, ever since its been labelled the new Hollywood. (Madonna in swept away, Brad Pitt in Troy and Gladiator)

Best time to go is Easter, quieter (less British teens), summer weather, easter parades, figolli (Maltese easter almond and chocolate pastries) and delicious ring breads.

Good on you!

from PJBScotland
While we were there , this hotel was experiencing some problems which may have a lot to do with decisions not thought out or may not have been envisaged.
Many or at least not a few were correect in their disappointment as to their treatment.
However , we saw no person who would not want to go back!
Yes, THE PROBLEMS were real.
WE ENJOYED!
LIKE MOST, WE WILL BE BACK.
CONCRATULATIONS TO YOU!

To the staff.

There are no better any where.
NOTHING SHORT OF WONDERFUL!!!

May God bless you all and keep you safe.

A Long Long Check-In

from ilovetravel50
I have just returned from the Fortina after a week's visit. I travelled on my own and was initially given an awful room which I had to change. My next room was good but the check in is an absolute shambles. The hotel was very full, lots of pensioners were transferred to hotel as their hotel was not finished yet. Restaurants were excellent, healthy eating, brasserie and chinese. Did not like Italian. Buffet restaurant very good as well. Entertainment not good. Would have preferred to stay in hotel when not so full. All inclusive very reasonable price once I had obtained my sea view room which was lovely. Check-in needs to be changed as far too stressful they should be better organised but once in hotel it is very very good.

Building work and breakdowns

from Wombat-Bunny
Fortina Spa. Hotel has had major rebuilding done recently. New tower block is occupied on floors 2 to 8. Floors 0, 1, 9 thru 17 still shells and work being done 7 days a week. Got woken most mornings about 7.30 by builders. Next door there are 3 big buildings being built. Even more noise.
The hotel lifts are useless. It takes 15 mins for one to arrive if you are lucky. The buffet restuarant is on floor -1. One lift to get down or a 2 storey spiral staircase. The lift kept breaking down. Not good as many guests were elderly or disabled. The garden pool is surrounded on three sides by all the new buildings. So it gets no sun. The pool was not cleaned for the 8 days we were there. We got upgraded to a spa room. Brand new. Badly finished. No socket to plug in the advertised cappucino machine. No milk to make cappucino with. Paint and glue on the carpet. Bed very hard. Spa room grout missing from some of tiles. TV system is useless. Phone didn't work. Entertainment is very basic. Two nights were a quiz. Some nights had entertainers. One night nothing. The hotel is not repeat not ready to handle all the extra guests that the new buildings have added. Staff overworked and snowed under. The only decent part was the Sante Spa on the ground floor. However unless you pay the extortionate prices for the Spa room, it costs £20 per person to use this. The Spa rooms are on special offer at the moment 25 Matese pounds per person per night. OUCH. Definately way overpriced and this is the special upgrade price. Normaly it would be about 45 Maltese pounds. RIDICULOUS. This part of Sliema is a dump. Pavements useless. ramps for wheelchairs terrible when they have bothered. Roads atrocious. Maltese drivers abosutely crazy and very dangerous. Don't hire a car. The buses are cheap and run frequently. BUT they are nearly always full. Standing room only. No good if you are elderly or disabled. If you look in any direction you can see lots of cranes where apartment blocks are being built. Malta is fast losing its old buildings and becoming a huge apartment block. Even Valetta has suffered. MDINA has a lot of road works at present. Forecast for completion sometime in the next 2 years. So very noisy and parts inaccessible. There doesn't seem to be an end to it. I do not recommend anyone who wants see old buildings, or is elderly or disabled to visit the Fortina Spa hotel or Malta. Very Very disappointed.

A good hotel but a bit hit-and-miss at times

from Wrekin68
Overall we had a great holiday in the Fortina hotel, and would stay there again if we went back to Malta.The hotel has a lot to offer - in particular, the Spa Sante is excellent - but there were also some aspects that we felt let down the overall experience.

The first thing to be aware of is that a "Standard" room, (although not cheap!), appears to be nothing special. When we arrived at 1.30am the hotel admitted that they were not expecting us, (although this could well be the fault of the holiday company) and we were given a really grotty internal room on the 6th floor. The decor and furniture could best be described as 'tired' and it was obvious that the renovations evident on the lower floors had not yet reached this room. However, we complained and were moved to a "Superior" room on the following day, (although we had to hassle reception before a manager became involved and resolved the issue). This was a larger room on the 1st floor with a limited view of the garden and the decor was much more what you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Our understanding, however, is that the majority of rooms tend to be on the small side.

Our only complaint would be that the regular chambermaid never made the bed properly and seemed to just do a superficial job of cleaning and tidying the room. To be fair, we did not complain about this to the hotel and if we had I am confident the matter would have been dealt with satisfactorily.

The quality and variety of food in the "La Vallette" restaurant was superb, as is the view across the harbour of Valletta. We were rather slow to try the other restaurants, partly because we were happy with "La Vallette" and partly because we didn't feel the hotel gave us adequate information about them when we first arrived, (this was our first "all inclusive" holiday so maybe we were slightly naive).

Once we made an effort to ask at reception, and to make reservations, we ate in a different one every night. The Japanese and Health restaurants were excellent, both in terms of food (I speak as a vegetarian) and service. We were less impressed with the Chinese and the Italian restaurants where the service was slower and less efficient. That said, we had lunch in the Italian restaurant on our last day and the service and food were of a much higher standard.

The garden pool area was lovely, and kid-free, with plenty of shade. There is also a gazebo where one of our party enjoyed a fantastic "chocolate massage" - thoroughly recommended! Overall, the location of the hotel is superb and we were completely unaffected by the building work going on at nearby Tigne Point. We were also very impressed with the staff who were all friendly and professional.

Again, at times, we felt that initial communication was not what it should be as we had to ask about thalassotherapy sessions (the pool was closed for maintenance but we were given time in the Spa instead) and windsurfing facilities etc, etc, etc. However, once we did ask at reception, we were given the information we needed. It's just that on holiday you don't want to have to keep asking all the time... Maybe a "Welcome Pack" could be given
to all new guests, giving more information about the hotel and the facilities available.

The Fortina is a great base for exploring Malta or just for a relaxing holiday if you want to pamper yourself. My one piece of advice would be to reserve the best room you can afford, (the Spa Bedrooms sound excellent!).

Fortina is a great Hotel

from Pastylady
My Mother and I have stayed at the Fortina twice now, and each time we have had a great Holiday the staff are excellent and the food is great, the only trouble is you will put on weight.I have to say we always upgrade our room as the basic room's are small. We have not had any trouble from the noise on the building work.The manager showed us round the New Tower Block and the rooms look great. If you book the Garden side try and get the top two floors and then you will be able to see the sea.The Spa is excellent but the treatments are a bit more pricey then at home.You are near the bus stops and they run a great service all over the Island so don't book any Tours if you go with a Holiday Company you can do them all yourself's much cheaper.It's a Great Hotel and Island so enjoy yourself's

Thallasso is great

from A TripAdvisor Member
my wife and i have just spent two weeks at this hotel . the resteraunts are excellent all five of them all different themed and all very very good. the thallasso treatment is not to be missed !! the staff are all very friendly and attend to all and any queries that may arise. the pools are clean and tidy. the range of activities are to many to mention go on line and see for yourself.

Wonderful

from pantos
I booked the Fortina Hotel as a surprise Honeymoon for my son and his wife. Obviously I was concerned that it would not live up to expectations. My son and his wife had a fabulous time. The staff looked after them really well and upgraded their room. The whole operation from leaving Birmingham Airport went without a hitch. They haven't stopped talking about it since they came back. They thought the food was fabulous particularly the Japanese restaurant. They thoroughly enjoyed the spa area in fact they didn't have a bad word to say about anything. The only advice they would give is book the best room you can afford as the standard rooms are very small and they felt the hotel was not particularly geared to children as there wasn't a lot for them to do. Oh and finally don't worry about the building work next door it didn't interfere with their enjoyement in the slightest.

Top Local Tips for Sliema

Malta bus and ferry Public transport in Malta is very cheap, everyone speaks English so it is very easy to get around. Travel like the locals and you'll enjoy Malta much more than taking expensive tours.

Harbour cruises and day trips Highly recommend Luzzu Harbour Cruises - it's a live commentary rather than recorded and Herman who does the commentary is great fun, will ply you with cherry wine and provide blankets if it's cold. We did four trips with SMS (booked through Expedia before leaving home) and all of them were very good, very knowledgable tour guides etc.

walking Buy the Malta Sunflower guide. It has more than 30 walks listed - all very easy to follow. Buy a bus pass and get out and see the island - it is beautiful - off the beaten path.

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  • Address: Tigne Seafront - Sliema - Slm 15 - Malta
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