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Hotel Fortina
Ranked #15 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Exeter, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We only had a weekend break at the Fortina hotel malta, but have to say, yes! this place was excellent. They have one of the best pools (with such great views) that we have come across in any hotel we have visited, breakfast food was a buffet style but very good with plenty of choice, the bedrooms were nice and large, very clean and the staff very smiley people. we just cant fault the fortina hotel at all as its REAL value for money. The only slight problem that we encountered was the amount of (old) people that were complaining about such trivial things, at times it makes you wonder if some people just go on vacation for a good old moan. Anyway the fortina will be getting a return visit from us next time we visit malta. And a tip for anyone with plans to visit this lovely little island is, give this hotel a try its excellent value for money.. thanks smiley people for a nice couple of days

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank kennedyboy
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear kennedyboy,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Hotel Fortina team
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Reading, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2014

Booked last minute an got a great room overlooking the gardens and pool. Nice and clean. Stayed on a room only basis but plenty of bars/cafes/restaurants within walking distance. Excellent view of Valetta from the Lido pool. Buses and ferry to Valetta very handy and cheap. Ask for a day ticket. Check if your stay encounters a saints festival as the fireworks start in about 10am in the morning and again at 6ishpm. Very loud be prepared but in the evening had a fantastic firework dispay. Would definately book again.
Note that if you book the standard room it is very small and bathroom is tiny. Air con a little noisy and the room needs updating but this is in the process. Guy at breakfast offering harbour cruise is a ploy for timeshare.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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4 Thank Lesia R
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear Lesia R,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Your comments have been well-noted and passed onto all those concerned for the appropriate action to be taken.

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Hotel Fortina team
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Paignton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014

Truly amazing view from the front facing rooms spoilt only by the road and the associated noise felt the need to leave door open because air con was rather old and noisy our particular room was a little dowdy the rooms need updating but for a week we thought we could handle it.
Staff are very good ,but was very disappointed with Aldo at the breakfast entrance trying to entice you into viewing the 5 star hotel which was an obvious con to get you into timeshare ,we didn't go to meeting ! .breakfasts menu not great no where near what you would expect for 4 star,needs more fresh fruit and proper juices , evening buffet meals much better .garden pool and island bar very nice,lido across the road for serious sun worship peers all part of the hotel.couldn't see what the 5 star hotel was getting over the 4 star other than probably better rooms and a more extensive menu in the dine around restaurants which are good Thai being the best by far ,didn't like the fact that as 4 star guests you had a much less extensive menu and fixed than the 5 star if you dined around. All in all very happy with the position of hotel with that stunning view from the front, would stay again but I will do my homework on the room size and fittings

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank peter f
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 31 July 2014
Dear peter f,

Thank you for your review. Your comments have been well-noted and passed onto all those concerned for the appropriate action to be taken.

Kind regards,
Hotel Fortina team
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Glasgow
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2014

First time visiting Malta and had the best time. Hotel was brilliant amazing location, staff were very good and helped with anything that was needed. Room was lovely and clean with a balcony view of Valetta which was out of this world. Bus and taxi boats were very handy and came in very useful throughout the holiday and also very cheap. Hotel was lovely and clean. No complaints at all except for some of the reasturants at the hotel the food wasn't great. Decided to eat out for the rest of the holiday and found some lovely local reasturants at reasonable prices. All in all a fantastic holiday and experience would definitely recommend and will be booking up to go back in the near future.

  • Stayed June 2014
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4 Thank Nicnacnicola12345
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear Nicnacnicola12345,

Thank you for your posting. 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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Zurrieq, Malta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

we stayed in this hotel on a half board basis. both breakfast and dinner were buffet style. and my, there were many abundant dishes of all kinds you can imagine. my favorite was the antipasto. desert also was a big thing. rooms were not exactly large but comfortable. we had a great view of Valletta from our balcony. lovely outdoor pool, although it was march we still sun bathed in the Mediterranean sunshine. the point shopping complex is 1 minute walk away. room was cleaned everyday. bus stop just opposite. great hotel!!!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank 8April2013uu
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear 8April2013uu,

Thank you for your posting. 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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Seaton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2014 via mobile

We spent a week in Malta at the end of June 2014 on a SAGA half-board package, staying at the Fortina Hotel, on the Tigne waterfront in Sliema. Preferring quiet, we chose to have a garden room rather than one at the front of the hotel. Garden rooms are slightly larger, but of course you miss out on the spectacular view of Valletta from the front of the hotel. You pays your money…

The room was comfortable though very dark and inadequately lit: one table lamp on the dressing table, two small spotlights over the beds and the light in the lobby. That was it. With one wall painted dark grey and dark curtains reading was impossible. We did ask for a standard lamp (as provided in the suites) but did not get one. The bathroom was a little cramped but otherwise up to standard.

We ate most evenings at La Vallette restaurant buffet; we only bothered with the dine-around option once. La Valette is under the road, and looks out over the swimming pool and Marsamxett harbour to Valletta beyond. On the whole, the food is pretty good – except for the vegetables, which are horrible – and there's plenty of it. There are some local specialities; I especially enjoyed the rabbit. Breakfasts are good, though the juices taste reconstituted, and more fresh fruit would've been nice.

There are a couple of nice places for a drink. The Pool Bar overlooks the harbour and has a spectacular view of Valetta as the light fades and the floodlights come on, while the Island Bar in the middle of the garden has quiet guitar music on some evenings. Bar prices are reasonable, though bottled water is expensive — buy it from the supermarket in The Point shopping mall just around the corner.

Overall we enjoyed our stay, and would go there again, though next time I'll stick to the salad – and take my own Tilly lamp.

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank meerkatlion
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear meerkatlion,

Thank you for your posting. Please be assured that your comments have been well-noted and passed onto all those concerned for the appropriate action to be taken.

Kind regards,
Hotel Fortina team
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

The hotel itself is quite nice - lovely outdoor pool, large rooms, great breakfast and very clean - but a few things let it down. It could do with a re-furb, some things are very tired looking - for example worn carpets and tatty bedspreads. The fitness centre was closed while we were there, but no one told us that before we arrived so we carried our gym kit all that way for no reason! The staff in the lido bar weren't at all friendly (verging on rude), and the prices at the lido bar are very high for some quite mediocre (and very small glasses) wines etc, so we didn't return after our one brief visit. I visit Sliema quite regularly, but I'm not sure I'd stay at the Fortina again considering the prices they charge.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank twinkly
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Hotel Fortina, responded to this review, 7 July 2014
Dear twinkly,

Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback on this website. We are constantly trying to better our service to our guests and therefore, appreciate the feedback received. We are disappointed to hear that your stay with us was not to your expectations. Please be assured that your comments have been well-noted and passed onto Management for the appropriate action to be taken accordingly. We would like to advise you that although our Fitness Centre is closed for refurbishment, we have an alternative gym which is adjacent to the hotel whereby our guests may workout and enjoy gym facilities.

Kind regards,
Hotel Fortina team
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Property: Hotel Fortina
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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Fortina 4*
Number of rooms: 200
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