We were a little disappointed on arrival in the hotel lobby - the decor was dated and reminded us of a few '5*' hotels we have visited in India. However, spirits lifted when we reached our room (unaccompanied) which had a magnificent view of Valetta. The room was contemporary in style - unlike the lobby - smartly decorated, excellent bathroom etc. No complaints here.
We were on half-board, entitled to breakfast and the evening buffet meal in the 4* section of the hotel next door. The food here was pretty variable. The cooked breakfast looked very greasy and we avoided it, sticking to cheese/cold cuts. The evening meal was quite canteeny and we soon started eating out. (Actually finding a decent meal out was tricky too, unless you wanted to pay for top end restaurants.) Every bottle of red wine we had was warmer than room temperature, not so good.
The gym was a disappointment, ancient kit, half of it out of order or missing parts, very poor air con in the main gym area (not helped by the door not shutting).
The pool next to the rear of the Spa Hotel is pleasant and supposedly child-free but only a small area of the garden gets sun and the loungers here are snapped up early, forcing us to go over the road to the larger family pools. Here there are as many loungers as you could possibly get in the space. Definitely not a 4/5* experience.
To end on a good note, the staff were generally very pleasant and helpful, but I am afraid we will not be returning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in central Sliema, adjoining Malta’s trendiest shopping complex (The Point) offering the largest choice of fashion & designer outlets, the Fortina Spa Resort is Malta’s newest 17 storey 5 star hotel. The resort faces south with magnificent views of Valletta’s bastion walls across the water and is home to the World’s 1st Therapeutic Spa bedrooms. It is the ideal hotel to indulge in a numerous variety of Spa treatments, excellent cuisines from around the world and one of the best locations on the island. Restaurants :- Taste Restaurant (Vietnamese & Mediterranean Cuisine)CanThai (Chinese & Thai Cuisine)Momo’s Ristorante Tigne (Italian & Mediterranean Cuisine)Il Giardino PizzeriaSaReGaMa (Authentic Indian Cuisine)Moroboshi (Japanese Cuisine)Bars Limes Bar (indoor)Island Bar (outdoors – weather permitting)Swimming Pools :-Outdoor Garden Pool and separate Splash Pool2 Indoor Swimming PoolsSpa Centres(see descriptions below)Thalasso Spa MediterraneeSpa Sante Belle Epoque Beauty CentreHypogeum Body, Mind & Spirit CentreOther facilities Conference facilities Fully Equipped Fitness Centre 24 hour room serviceAdded Value For All Our Guests :-Cruise of Malta’s Historical Grand HarbourUnlimited access to Fortina Fitness Centre ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fortina Hotel Sliema
- Fortina Hotel Malta
- Fortina Resort
- Hotel Fortina
- Fortina Spa Resort Malta/Sliema