We stayed for a week at the 5 star Fortina Spa Resort. It might state it is 5 star but it felt more like 3-4. It looks like an apartment block from the outside and the reception area is far from grand. The public facilities are OK but nothing special. There were 2 lifts but one rarely worked and kept breaking down, I was in it once when this happened. A member of staff was prising the door open with her fingers! The other lift was slow and considering there were 17 floors and several elderly people, this caused quite a lot of problems. The pool area is nice but the sun never shone on the pool at any time of the day because of the high rise part of the hotel keeping it in shade. So we did not want to swim there as it would have been too chilly. We were allowed access to the pool in the 4 star hotel (again only warranted a 3 star rating) but it was down the street so we could hardly walk there in a sarong or bath robe! However on the last day (after asking at the 4 star) we discovered there was a way through via the gardens. The staff in the 5 star did not tell us about this when we asked them. The pool at the 4 star had nice views and was in the sun, just not very convenient. It was also rather tatty with grubby mattresses on the loungers. In the afternoons it was brilliant sunshine and hot on the harbour front but on our balcony and by the pool it seemed miserable and overcast. The gym in the 4 star was reasonable but the weight lifting equipment was outdated and very old/rusty and wobbled quite a bit.
The room we had was very nice and huge. It had a spa behind the bed with a very nice balcony overlooking the pool. The bathroom was enormous with good facilities and 2 wash basins. The shower was very powerful but using the sprays in the walls caused a leak on the bathroom floor. Housekeeping service was variable from very good to poor. One day our bin was not emptied, others we did not receive flannels due to a problem in the laundry. Toiletries were topped up on an ad hoc basis but it said in the room information that they would only be replaced if the empty ones were left out to prove we had used them. I have never ever seen that policy before, especially in a supposed 5 star hotel!
I would not go back or recommend it.
The hotel restaurants were all very good for evening meals. We ate at CanThai, Table 1, Il Giardino and Taste and had 25% off the food bills. The food was excellent but service was again variable and often slow. The restaurant at the 4 star was very nice too but no discount there, despite the hotels being linked. Breakfast was served in Taste and was very poor. The selection of fruit was very limited, the toast machine was antiquated and the whole room looked like a canteen. The cooked breakfast was a bit greasy and the cook to order omelettes were variable.
- 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