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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We stayed for 1 week 20th August for our Silver Anniversary - greeted by friendly reception staff who immediately wished us a Happy Anniversary a nice touch. Upgraded to a Superior Sea View room (612?)with balcony overlooking Valetta - stunning floor to ceiling windows with amazing view day & night. Room was clean, average size, modern furniture with 2 large single beds zipped together. Small but adequate newly refurbished bathroom. Air Con, Fridge, tea coffee, safety deposit, hairdryer and TV in room. Whilst I agree with few of the negative points of the recent review I totally agree with all the positive feedback of the others. Food was good quality and varied each day. My husband is picky eater but managed to find something he liked each day. Usual choices of a buffet style restaurant. We ate in the Thai restaurant one evening - no problem booking - lovely meal - 5 courses most with a choice of 4 items - my husband only wanted a main course and he chose off the special menu and we did not pay any extra. Few tips - the HARBOURSIDE pool has amazing views (lots of Sliema hotels only have rooftop pools) the beds around the edge have a lovely sea breeze to cool you. The beds nearer the building get very hot. This pool gets busy at weekends maybe plan your days out around this. Never a problem getting sunbeds although people did go early to put towels down. The poolside toilet/showers are not up to standard so use the indoor ones near the gym entrance. Added bonus was that we had a towel card so didn't use our own poolside. The garden pool was lovely in the morning not much sun after lunch. Non residents can also use this pool but only a certain area of the garden. The staff were always friendly and had very good local knowledge. We met Aldo once and he never bothered us again - neither did any of the other time share staff we may have been lucky. Housekeeping staff pleasant and efficient. I agree it is not 4* as you would expect in the UK but I would stay there again just for the view & good location. Visit to Valetta is a must either on the bus or on the ferry. Hop on Hop off bus is a good way of seeing the island - stops close to hotel. A walk around the point towards St Julian's is very pleasant, take your bathers as you can take a dip along the rocky foreshore - no beaches here but lots of places to swim. Turn left out of the hotel and there is a pleasant walk up to Tigne Point - few nice restaurants hidden along there again stunning views. Sliema is quaint with its mix of British shops & Maltese cafes. Look for the Cocktail Van along the prom from the hotel. We walked off main drag up some side streets close to hotel & found Changes Bar run by lovely local couple also Hole in the Wall Pub - oldest wine bar in Sliema run by Ian a great host. Tony's bar near M & S also worth a visit for some Maltese café culture. The café in M & S has a stunning view across Sliema Creek to Valetta take your camera if you go. The hotel is in a great location and convenient for all transport links, next to Tigne Point shopping complex. The free harbour cruise is a must do, you can choose the day. We would definitely stay here again, but if you want 5* luxury, entertainment and beaches then you need to look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms with a balcony have sun in the afternoon and amazing views towards Valetta. Garden view rooms are larger but quieter. The hotel is on a busy road but if you like people watching the sea view rooms at the front are for you - maybe ask for a high floor to avoid traffic noise. Most places close at 12 so traffic noise not major problem.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank blondmop
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

We have visited this hotel in the past when we felt it earned a four star rating but not now.

The bar is not open at night and you have to use the five star bar which is more expensive and there is no atmosphere.

The pool is more like a local lido full of local familles with children who appear to be able to access the pool free.

The food is adequate but not four star.

It feels as though they are neglecting the four star for the five star spa hotel which is also time share.

I would not go back to this hotel again even though i have been before and really found it good it has gone downhill the view over the sea is great and the staff who are in the restaraunt are lovely as are the girls who look after the rooms but the staff in the Lido bar are ignorant.It was supposed to open at 9:30 but we were unable to get a coffee before 10:30 and althogh it was open until 8:00 you were lucky to get a drink after 7:00pm

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank kathfaulkner
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

Four of us have just returned from the 4* Hotel Fortina in Sliema. We opted for a paid upgrade to a suite with two bedrooms and adjoining lounge, overlooking Valetta. The view was breathtaking however the rooms were so tiny with one of the bedrooms having no TV only one bedside cabinet which you hit with the door when you walked in, no bedside light. The bathrooms were so small with nowhere to put any toiletries; the lounge area had an extremely worn leather sofa which was shedding bits all over the floor. We requested alterative rooms and these were arranged without any fuss and we ended up with huge rooms overlooking the garden area.
The eating arrangements seem to be very complicated six restaurants to choose but apart from the buffet these had to be booked and not all were open every day, I don’t go on holiday to have to plan my eating requirements like a military manoeuvre, even when the restaurants are booked you are only allowed to select from a minimal set menu, making you feel like some sort of second class citizen. The buffet restaurant is extremely basic, could be described as school meals definitely not 4*. We had a very bad experience in the Table 1 restaurant and would advise anyone if they want to be treated rudely and get served cold food book there.

Coletta the Manager did her best to made amends for this appalling treatment and we feel she us an uphill struggle to get this hotel back to a 4 * .

Be warned on the first day you will be accosted by someone wanting to sell you a time share in the 5* hotel next door, they will give you free tickets for a harbour cruise then hard sell to go and have a presentation which they are then paid a referral fee. This takes over 2 hours and you then get a 2 hours free spa treatment, sauna, steam room indoor pool. The young man that tried to persuade us was obviously very disappointed that we weren’t prepared to commit to over £10,000 to buy a week holiday.
On the weekend’s non resident were allowed to use the pool area overlooking the bay. We felt this was very unfair as the residents then struggled to find sun beds and also the pool was paced with people jumping in. SAGA have recently gained a contract there and I am sure they would want their guests to be scared to go into the pool and worrying about someone jumping in on top of them. The non residents just come in consume there own food and drinks and the people who pay to stay there have to suffer.
The bar could benefit from having someone take orders for drink the bridge to the Island Bar is very hard to negotiate with a handful of drinks.

The hotel would benefits from a lot of changes and I couldn’t possibly list them all on this review.

Room Tip: Although the bay views are wonderful, accept that you could end up in a shoe box, garden rooms are much bigger and quieter
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Sue C
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

This is a lovely 4* hotel but it just misses the mark somehow. It's the little things you expect in this sort of hotel. We were gretted with the words "You should have been here last night" even though our paperwork clearly showed our arrival date. We were going to go on the previous day but this had been altered several months ago. Little things like no hotel info book in the room and no tissues did not help. However it was a lovely room overlooking the gardens which were very pretty. We have been to Malta many times & the maltese people are lovely & friendly but not all the staff in this hotel. The buffet breakfast was OK but the food in the restaurants we tried was really good. The view from the Terrace restaurant was amazing & the meal equalled it. Taste restaurant was absolutely wonderful, not one complaint there. All in all a good hotel but just short of the mark.

Room Tip: If you want a spectacular view ask for the sea view it's across the bay from Valetta. If you want a lovely sized room choose a garden view room.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013

We booked this last minute, 1 week before, on the internet direct with Monarch/Cosmos and saved £600 on high street travel agents prices for a family of four. So glad we did as we had a fantastic time, with no problems at all. The hotel reception were expecting us check in was quick and easy, the reception staff were pleasant and helpful throughout our stay and at check out. The rooms were both air conditioned, sea view rooms on the second floor. They were well presented and clean, the telephone in the bathroom caused a few laughs every time it was accidentally knocked off and fell in the toilet - needless to say we didn't use that one! The pools and pool areas were great, the salt water sea front pool was the more lively, having a fantastic view of Valletta (as did our bedrooms) and the sun most of the day, the fresh water garden pool was more relaxed, quiet and shaded so take your pick. We never had a problem getting a sunbed even mid-morning so no need to rush out with your towels at 6am! Despite other reviews we found the hotel restaurants excellent and booking the day before completely effortless, in fact the only problem was deciding which restaurant to eat in the following day, we loved the Japanese and Chinese restaurants, the Indian was great and something to suit everyone in the buffet. Breakfast was the usual hotel buffet type but of a high standard and with plenty of choice. There was work being carried out to renovate some rooms and a lift was out of order as a result, but we weren't bothered by any noise or inconvenienced in any way. The resort itself was friendly and relaxed, with lots of shops, bars, restaurants etc. and we had great weather with blue skies and temperatures in the mid to high 30s all week. Don't be put off by comments about Aldo trying to flog you a time share (you get that everywhere) he's a nice guy and not too pushy, just take the free harbour cruise tickets (it's a good trip worth €16 each) and say no thanks to the time share talk and he'll leave you alone other than to say hello. There was a really nice mix of all ages and nationalities of hotel guests while we were there, young couples, families and more mature visitors. No organised kids activities but our kids are teenagers so not a problem. There's a cheap regular small ferry across to Valletta, which is well worth a visit while you are in Malta. We did a speedboat trip to Comino and the Blue Lagoon, beautiful clear water but crowded beach so get there early.
Many hotels in Malta claim to be four star but really aren't up to scratch, I'm glad to say that the Fortina isn't one of them and would recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Book a sea view with air con
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Cherwell3
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