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“Malta at it's Best”
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Hotel Fortina
Ranked #15 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Reviewed 7 March 2014

My wife and I recently enjoyed the offer of two week half board and a third week B and B at this efficiently run, pleasant hotel.
Our room was rather small, but with a balcony offering a stunning vista of Valetta across the water. Some of the rooms were larger, with easy chairs. Whether one was lucky enough to be given what I believe the brochure described as, "a superior sea view room" seemed to be a bit of a lottery. Supply clearly exceeded demand and caused some frustration among guests.
Our room overlooked a busy seafront road but the noise was not at all excessive and all could be forgiven for that view!
In common with most other reviewers we found the food very good. The "dine around" option of various restaurants, including Thai/Chinese, Indian, and Italian was fun and the table de hote menu at these separate restaurants was included in the hotel price. However, the main "Valetta" buffet restaurant offered a great choice of well prepared and varied food.
We were offered the chance to pay for evening meals on the third "B and B" week. We took advantage of this and many guests we spoke to had done the same, so that was an endorsement of the excellence of the food.
The WiFi connection was restriced to the reception and lounge areas. This is a pain but unfortunately typical of many hotels. A good wiFi connection in all the rooms should be possible in this day and age.
My wife made use of the Spa facilities and even I was trempted into the warm indoor swimming pool every day.
A free 1.5 hour trip around the picturesque and historic Grand Harbour of Valetta is included.
This was not our first visit to Malta and so we knew all about the friendliness and hospitality of the Maltese. This, of course, included the staff at the Fortina.
There is so much to see and do in the amazing island of Malta and we recommend both the hotel and Malta.

Room Tip: The frontal sea view rooms face due south. The garden view rooms were rather dark but should be fine...
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4  Thank AlanandJill
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2014

Dear Twocrumblies,

Thank you for posting your review on this website. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Hotel Fortina team

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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We were upgraded to sea view room 410, a disgrace,2 single beds in single room . Corner window door to small balcony. Bathroom towel rail over toilet ! We complained, given 514 better not great. Window door to small balcony, half room was dark. Wardrobe for a single person. Food reasonable but bland, staff helpful. Public rooms poor and dark. Lovely views, would go back if given a better room.

Room Tip: Ask for a superior room inspect before occupation
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3  Thank dorothy44
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2014

Dear dorothy44,

Thank you for your review. We are disappointed to learn that your stay with us was not satisfactory. Please be assured that your comments have been well-noted and passed onto Management.

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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We were very pleased with the Fortina 4*, especially the sea view. We were booked on what Mercury call 'Dine Around' which gave options to eat in an Indian, Japanese, sea food, Italian and the buffet; but we were happy enough eating in the buffet all week. The food was a good standard and the menu was changed daily. We were also given a couple of spa options free but we didn't bother. We did, however, take advantage of the harbour tour (1.5 hrs) wich was thrown in.
Be careful though there are sales staff waiting to pounce to flog you membership of a 'Holiday Club'
Free WiFi is only available in the reception area and the restaurants which is very irritating to have to leave your room to read your email!

Room Tip: Forget the free upgrade to Garden View, ask for a sea view. The view over to Valetta is stunning.
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2014

Dear Bill_1410,

Thank you for your posting. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please be advised that WiFi is available in the rooms at a cost.

We hope to welcome you back to the Hotel Fortina in the near future.

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Reviewed 1 March 2014

This was our third visit to the Fortina Hotel, so our expectation was quite high. We were a little bit disappointed. We arrived on Thursday evening and checked in. We had booked a garden view room. We were allocated Room 101, and this is exactly where this room should be put. We got into the room to see a 2 level layout, with the bed being on the upper level, and the toilet and bathroom on the lower level. This was a bit worrying as had we needed the toilet during the night it could have been a bit hazardous in the dark. This was not the worst aspect of the room, as there was a definite smell of damp. We then thought about opening the window, but there was no point as the only thing we could see was dead trees and a concrete yard. This was not a garden view. I then went back to reception to complain about the smell. We were then allocated room 422, which is more of a Deluxe Garden View, so we thought this should be okay. Imagine our surprise when we put the key card into the door and opened it to find an elderly couple already sitting in there. This was also very embarrassing. We told the reception about this, so they allocated us another room 517. This was on the seafront overlooking the main road. it was avery large room with a couple of single beds and a double bed. We left our bags and went down to dinner. On our return we switched on the light just in time to see a large cockroach go behind the television. as we could not access behind to see if we could kill the roach I decided to go back to reception to seek another room. As we had already booked the 5 Star Resort next door for one night of our stay, I mentioned this to reception and the lady did look in the 5 Star resort and found us a room, but said we had to check with them the following day to see if we could stay in that same room. We then went around to the Resort and went up to our new allocated room, which was a fantastic Spa Room. We did check with reception the following day and luckily they allowed us to stay in the same room for the full length of our stay. A review of this hotel is contained in another review.

We did have a lot of problems with allocated rooms here, but I have to commend the reception staff at both the Fortina Hotel and Spa Resort for their professionalism and helpful nature which got us in to a suitable room.

Room Tip: Do not accept Room 101. If possible go for a Deluxe Garden Room as the views are amazing over the ga...
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3  Thank John_M1962
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Dear John_M1962,

Thank you for your posting. We would like to apologise for the inconveniences caused. Please be assured that your comments have been passed onto the Management and immediate action has been taken.

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Reviewed 28 February 2014

We were last at the Fortina 4* six years ago and decided to try it again after a number of holidays on the Algarve. Had a deluxe garden view room as requested which was great - 2 weeks on HB and a third week on B & B. We think the food in the main restaurant has gone up a notch, both at breakfast and in the evening. Yes - it is a bit 'canteen like' but it suited us fine. We tried he 'dine around' options and liked them all bar the Indian for lunch which was absolutely dire so we complained.
We prefer to eat before 1830 hrs so our third week allowed us to sample other resturants in Sliema, Valetta and elsewhere.
Malta was cleaner, buzzier and better than six years ago. The Maltese economy is doing pretty well and that was reflected in the use of bars and resturants by the locals.
Mercury Direct were great - our first time with them (and easyJet).
Would we go back - not sure - the Algarve is far cheaper for food and drink and we probably prefer self catering which is better served in Portugal than Malta in our view.

Room Tip: The garden rooms are quieter and bigger but do not have a sea view
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3  Thank TravellersA58
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Dear Travellers58,

Thank you for your posting. Please note that all your comments have been noted and passed onto all those concerned.

We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Fortina team

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Reviewed 27 February 2014

Plus points: location on the harbour in Silema, with great views of the Valetta skyline.
Next to bus stops, trip boats and the 2 € ferry to Valetta.
Various room, worth updating to get larger and more modern rooms either with a sea or garden facing rooms.
Food good and plentiful. Large Buffet/ breakfast room under the road beside the pools and water views.
Special " Dine Around the World" system of international restaurants that can be booked as part of the HB.
Several pools, indoor and outside, gym and use of the 5 star spa next door.
Wifi free and available only in the reception and Valette buffet dining and bar.
Minus points: some bedrooms need refurbishing and are small.
Indoor pool has rusty equipment, mouldy walls and unclean surfaces.
Varied standards of service in the international restaurants and they have to be booked 2 days in advance at reception.
Lack of comfortable sitting areas. Reception area draughty with front door opening, downstairs bar frequent t. v. football.
Need for more evening entertainment, only various musicians thurs to Sunday.

Very good 90 minute harbour cruises are recommended but try to avoid the line of companies along the waterfront at Silema selling their various trips.
Excellent frequent, extensive and cheap local buses but beware of the trip mini buses itch poor suspension of the poorly tarmaced and pot holed roads.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Susan B
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2014

Dear Susan B,

Thank you for your posting. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please note that your comments have been noted and passed onto all those concerned.

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Reviewed 24 February 2014

We stayed here for ten days in February, the hotel is very clean and we were lucky to get a refurbished room, it was a little small compared to our friends room but it was adequate for our needs. Our maid Dani was lovely and kept our room spotless. We had a room overlooking the road and the harbour with views of Valetta, the road noise did not disturb us and the view more than made up for it.
The food was fine with plenty of variety if a little bland not helped by the fact you could not get salt out of the salt pots, also there was very little fresh fruit available. We dined around at most of the restaurants and found the food good but booking was a lottery we booked through reception and on two occasions we found that the table had not been booked despite us watching them do it on the computer. On the whole we enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would consider going back, the transport links are great as the buses pass the hotel very frequently making it easy to get around and there is a ferry service to Valetta which runs regularly.

Room Tip: Ask for a refurbished room overlooking the harbour.
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2  Thank Anne B
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this reviewResponded 25 February 2014

Dear Anne B,

Thank you for your posting. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and would like to apologise for the mishaps with restaurant bookings. Please be assured that your comments have been well-noted and passed onto all those for the appropriate action to be taken accordingly.

We hope to welcome you back to the Hotel Fortina in the near future.

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Fortina team

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Address: Tigne Seafront, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 3012, Malta
Region: Malta > Island of Malta > Sliema
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
#9 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
Price Range: £500 - £1,027 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fortina 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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