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Fortina Spa Resort
Ranked #7 of 29 Hotels in Sliema
Island of Malta, Malta
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“Ignore the Poor Reviews- Look at all the Good Reviews”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013

Firstly, some people review the Fortina 4 star under this hotel so take note of that.
This is my 4th visit here this year. Look at my other reviews, they are fair therefore you must accept that this hotel must be worth returning to.
I have heard some guests be extremely rude to staff. The staff are not your slaves for the duration of your holiday. Treat them with respect !
By being respectful we have made some very good friends here in Malta.
All staff have been fantastic here as usual: Carol, Henda, Kevin and Neil in Il Giardino. Bhaskar, Rita, Sandra, Clifford, Gregory, Gabor (very smiley happy guy) in Taste. Keith, Jonathan and the other chefs in Taste. Teresa and Fiona in Chan Thai. Owen, Keith, Gino, Steve and Richard in Limes and Island Bar. The super ladies who cleaned our room (446), a particular thanks to Doris who placed our little ducks cutely on our towels every day at the hot tub. Our room was always immaculate throughout, thanks Doris ! Elisabeth on reception and last but not least the very dutiful Duty Mamager Paul. He interacts with guests throughout his shifts always with a smile on his face.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff here. Those who give poor reviews do not say that they asked for their areas of complaint to be rectified. Why not ? If you thought your food was poor, complain ! If you thought your room needed better cleaning, tell someone ! We have eaten in all the restaurants this time except the Japanese (we just don't like Japanese food). We can't fault any of the meals. The fillet steak in Taste is the best I have found anywhere in the world.
Enjoy it !
Read my other reviews for more information on this hotel.

Room Tip: The sea views are super but we prefer the spa room with pool. If you want a sea view, the high floor...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

Me and my wife made a booking at the 4 star Fortina hotel. To say the least, it was a nightmare, the Fortina 4 star was the worst hotel we ever stayed in ( read my review) . After 1 night we decided enough is enough and we asked to be moved to a “better” room, as we still had 7 more nights to sleep in Malta. .. We were then offered a upgrade to the 5 star Fortina Spa. It cost us a few Euros, but perhaps the best money spend on our 3 week holiday in Europe.
To go from the 4 star Fortina to the 5 star Spa, differ like day and night.

The Fortina Spa is a very, very nice hotel. Big clean rooms , friendly staff, W-fi that “works” even in your room, Excellent breakfast, good restaurants, perfect location. ,,an aircon that works and you could hardly hear working. We can just recommend the Spa. There are really not mush to complain about...perhaps the many “locals” that pay 14 Euros to use their swimming pools, and sometimes it really get packed, but we looked past it.

We will again stay at the Fortina Spa.

Room Tip: We had a room with a sea view, on the 10 th floor. You can't get better...but I believe all the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2013

My wife and I just spent a wonderful week as guests at the Fortina. The joy of being on the waterfront overlooking Valleta and the comfort of a well appointed, spacious room all led to a great week. We dined in the buffet restaurant most times and had good meals - simple but nicely presented with a good choice. Friendly staff, clean and comfortable surroundings and in easy location for buses, boats and shops. Only downside? The free boat trip and other gift is linked to a "timeshare" type presentation!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back are quieter but lack the harbour view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Balzan, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2013

We returned to Fortina this year after a very positive experience last year, this time for three nights.

Booking
Contrary to what we do usually, we booked directly with the hotel. Mariella at reservations was very helpful and efficient and booking was extremely smooth.

Room
We were given a room on the second floor, which was much bigger and more comfortable than last year’s (on the 9th floor). Even the view was better (both were seaview but this time it was directly facing the sea and not partly on the Tignè Point apartments). No need to point out the cleanliness of the room.

Breakfast
My only “negative” point last year was on the selection of food for breakfast. We were pleased to note that the hotel does really look at the reviews and were happy to note that the was an improvement in the selection of food and drinks.

Staff
Extremely friendly and efficient. Doris and the other Maltese lady in charge of the breakfast on the 8th August deserve a special mention.

Facilities
We used both pools this year and really enjoyed them. Our only suggestion would be to have stricter monitoring of children jumping in the pool thus ignoring all the “no diving signs”.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2013 via mobile

Having stayed at this hotel last year I just can not believe how much this hotel has gone down in, the reception area is dirty with a musty smell that is present throughout the whole hotel, grubby carpets throughout, dirty pool area, cramped the whole place is generally filthy - last visit to this hotel 3 star at best

  • Stayed August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

My wife and I are frequent visitors to the Fortina Spa because it is simply a fantastic place to relax and get away from it all.
The staff are very friendly and always welcoming as are the owners.
The food from the various restaurants is always top notch, the pools are always clean and the rooms are sumptuous. Bundle this with the great island of Malta to explore and you have the perfect break.
I cannot wait till we get back there in November!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

We decided to spend our last week’s holiday in Malta. This was our first time and having had mixed reviews of the island we were not sure what to expect. Well we were pleasantly surprised. The island has history and culture in abundance. August may not be the best time to visit if soaring temperatures are not for you. The Fortina Spa hotel had lots to offer in terms of restaurants and the Spa however we struggled to embrace the hotel facilities. The pool area was always very busy and we could never find any spare sun beds. After a disappointing meal in the Thai restaurant we never dined at the hotel again. Whilst the hotel was clean and tidy it was dated and required some modernisation. We didn't get to know the staff as we were always out site seeing. That said they were not the most engaging of staff. Our room was cleaned and made every day so no complaints there. The best thing about the hotel was the view of Valletta across the harbour. If you stay there make sure you have a harbour view. The hotel is right next door to the Tigne shopping centre and some very good restaurants. We didn't bother with car hire, there is a ferry to Valletta every half an hour and the bus service was adequate. Haggle hard for taxi fares.

Room Tip: Harbour view
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fortina Spa Resort

Property: Fortina Spa Resort
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 Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
#2 Spa Hotel in Sliema
#4 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sliema
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Fortina Spa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 220
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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Fortina Hotel Sliema
Fortina Hotel Malta
Fortina Resort
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