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Fortina Spa Resort
Ranked #13 of 28 Hotels in Sliema
Reviewed 8 May 2014

Four years ago this hotel had a prime position on Sliemas seafront however since then a new shopping centre and development have been built and a major road now passes by
The sea view rooms of Valletta now come at a cost as the traffic is heavy from 0630hrs each day
As for the hotel it has also had an over hall and is looking very fresh and modern. we had a suite with 2 bedrooms and sitting room and this was very nice apart from a broken mattress that was replaced quickly
The hotel has many different restaurant's however we where unable to sample any as the hotel runs a 2 day in advance booking system, so for weekend breaks like ours useless !!! as we would have to book before we left the UK, suggest they leave a few tables for bookings on the day
Overall for a short break the hotel is great

Room Tip: The internal rooms facing the tropical garden would ensure a better nights sleep
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Dear strandy63,

Thank you for your posting. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

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Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 6 May 2014

I have stayed at the Fortina 4 times, usually late November to late December. The hotel has many benefits, the greatest of which is La Vallette restaurant.

Buffet food that will make you salivate just by looking. There is a different roast joint every night, with all the accompanying vegetables, pasta and trimmings. Wine can be ordered from the table, is reasonably priced and the service excellent.

At night, the panoramic view of Valletta, illuminated in colour across the bay, will take your breath away. Indeed, time will never fade my memory of that view.

The only criticism is the TV screens in the main bar, if you don't like football, you'll be unable to get away from it.

I love having a coffee after breakfast beside the outside pool, where the view of Valletta is superb.

The dine around scheme works well, but the food in the buffet is so good, it is irresistible.

Room Tip: If you are single, upgrade to a better room, the low cost rooms are small and internal with no view.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank pony M
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2014

Dear pony M,

Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Hotel Fortina and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Your comments have been passed onto our Executive Chef.

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Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 30 April 2014

We stayed in an Ocean View room at the Fortina Spa Resort in Malta for 2 nights in July 2013, and really enjoyed the hotel's facilities.
Our room had a large balcony with an amazing view of the fortified walls around Malta on the Mediterranean. The room itself was really large for a hotel room and the bathroom was also large, all in marble, very beautiful. The room was immaculately clean and the bed was very comfortable. Breakfast was served in one of the restaurants by the pool and a good selection of food included cereals, fruits, breads, pastries, cooked eggs, sausages, bacon etc.
We ate all our other meals out and about so I can't comment on the restaurants other than for breakfast.
I had a pedicure at the Spa whilst at the hotel, and although I didn't try to the Spa itself, the hotel is well known for its Spa and it looked fantastic. If we'd had more time and it wasn't so hot (being there in July, it was stifling hot), I probably would have tried the spa.
The staff were very friendly and I would definitely recommend others to stay here during their visit to Malta.

Room Tip: Ask for an Ocean View room
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Angeltravels88
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Dear Angeltravels88,

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

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Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Let me say right at the start I wanted a disabled accessible guest room with the least 32 inches of clear door openings, bathroom doors with roll-on shower, level or ramp entrance into public areas/facilities accessible for the physically challenged, rooms accessible to wheelchairs (no steps)
After over a week of research and searching avoiding hills and steps,

"I am pleased to confirm the booking", for one room adapted with people with disability and another room adjacent or very close for my carers, double bed for two people, That was on Monday 14 October 2013.

On checking in we were informed it my room 436 was not one bit disabled friendly, no roll-in shower, no grab rails, no low wash basin and carers instead of adjacent or very close, but was four floors away it 836.
How could the get it so wrong after all I only booked it seven (7) months prior.
straight away we went down to reception to check first, they said it the wrong way round, we checked and both were exactly the same, by then it was getting late so decided to discuss the following day. While on the subject of lifts, it seamed like which one is going to breakdown next, most days for some of the time one would be out of action.

On to The Taste Restaurant you pass the bar then go outside down the ramp, go round the pool go up the ramp go inside up the hump to get seated. Breakfast offered something of everybody the usual mix of tea coffee, juice, cereals, omelettes of a full English or anything in between.

So to reception for round two or it felt like it, we were told there was no free rooms till Friday so half a hour later still no better off all they say was sorry. But to compensate in some small way they were offered two evening meals for 2 nights. We eventually got right room that ordered the first time namely 837 next door to 836 is I ordered for my carers.
We were seriously misled when booking this hotel. It is neither 5 star nor a "Resort". Not by a long chalk. "5 star" implies a level of luxury. "Resort" implies a self contained complex with all the amenities and facilities that holidaymakers could need, no shop, one small communal area, one bar open, and it appeared it all the restaurants all franchised out one way or another.

One night we went to Can Thai caters for Chinese and Thai dishes they choose from the Chinese menu on arrival of the meal the waiter explained that the cook only knew how to cook Thai style not Chinese, but before that another ramp to cope with once inside another problem 4 cm's step a man that to manually lift the wheelchair up the step and be seated attracting some undue attention.

I've saved best or should it be worst till last just getting in was a feat my its self, Il Giordano had No ramp in sight and a 8cm's step, Reinforcements arrived two burly men had to physically lift me up the step again attracting more attention. Looking it the menu it didn't resemble any way, shape or form the menu in reception the same day vastly decreased menu no garlic bread with tomatoes and basil, bruschetta and dishes of olives and when a asked about garlic bread the chef said NO he's to busy and that was that, what happened to the customer is always right, the meal ok it could of been so much nicer, in the end a disappointing meal. I have I feeling something better change and fast and woe betide if you forget your confirmation slip.
Before I finish I would like to thank Christian on reception for doing his best to sort the mess out about the wrong rooms in the first place, also to Xavier and Lisa in Taste Restaurant for there kind service.
I could excuse one or two little hiccups ever all it is open all year round, and the another month we when like dining outside and half they troubles wont apply.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Dear Cricketman_10,

Thank you for your posting. We would like to apologise for the inconveniences caused and assure you that your comments have been passed onto the Management for the appropriate action to be taken accordingly.

Kind regards,
Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

My wife and I spent a very enjoyable week in the Fortina Spa.

It was our second visit, the first was in the adjoining Four star.

We booked half board with a choice of restaurants. It is advisable to book your restaurant well in advance, as they can be booked out very quickly.

There is good WiFi on each floor of the Spa accommodation, which covers the bedrooms.

We will definitely stay there again

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Joe M
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Dear Joe M,

Thank you for sharing your comments on this website. We are happy to hear that you both enjoyed your second visit to the Fortina and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,
Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

Stayed here for 4 nights following a conference at another hotel in Malta. We needed somewhere to relax and chill out and this place did not disappoint. Our room was fantastic. Lovely and clean and very well equipped. We had chosen a spa bedroom and made great use of the facilities. The serums and bath products were replenished twice a day if they had been used. Staff were friendly and helpful. Big comfortable beds. Nice large balcony. Only negative was that we had asked for larger bath robes and never received them.We had been promising ourselves to come here since 2001 when a friend recommended it! We will certianly be back. We had a lovely garden view which made it very quiet compared to a sea view room which people have said can be noisy from the traffic unless you have a room on a higher floor. We tried two of the restaurants, The Taste and Can Thai and found the food to be of good quality and we really enjoyed it. Staff were attentive and friendly. The hotel was well placed for shops and reataurants. We were given a free session in the thalassotherapy pool which was interesting and we were also given a free harbour cruise so were able to see some of Malta's history. Looking forward to a return visit.

Room Tip: Choose a garden view if you want peace and quiet or a room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Dear magpiemaggie,

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

Kind regards,
Fortina Spa Resort team

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

This is a fantastic spa hotel with a brilliant choice of restaurants. The spa rooms are great and the one's with their own pool even better. The cocktails are to die for and there is always plenty to eat and drink on the 5 star all inclusive package. The hotel is big as it has a choice of 4 star and 5 star. A map of the hotel would be very helpful to ensure you don't miss any aspect of this great hotel. i have been there with girlie friends about 6 times now!

Room Tip: if you can afford it always go for a spa bedroom. If not the tower rooms are great. Some of the room...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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TheFortina, Guest Relations Manager at Fortina Spa Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2014

Dear Bev L,

Thank you for your posting. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We have a map coming very soon. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
Fortina Spa Resort team

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Additional Information about 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:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sliema
#5 Romantic Hotel in Sliema
#5 Spa Hotel in Sliema
#7 Luxury Hotel in Sliema
Price Range: £27 - £86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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