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Overview
The Fortina is situated on the waterfront in a quieter part of Sliema, with Sliema’s shops and facilities just 400 m away. Guests are able to do as much or as little as they choose, with ideal facilities for relaxing or active types. The Fortina overlooks the island’s majestic capital Valletta and has some great views over the front, out to the sea and over to Marsamxett harbour. The atmosphere is a very relaxed feel and the overall ambience is mellow and sophisticated. The resort has established itself throughout Europe as one of the best short break spa treatment centres, and offers treatments of all kinds to suit all budgets. Decor is elegant and designed to relax the senses.

How far is the nearest beach?
This hotel is located on the seafront

Distance from Airport
The hotel is located 42km from the airport

Rooms
All the rooms are spacious and furnished to a high standard. Standard rooms offer twin or double beds, air conditioning (seasonal), safety deposit box, TV, direct dial telephone (subject to charge) and balcony. Superior rooms offer twin or two queen size beds with the same facilities as the standard rooms plus TV with Euro satellite, movies on demand (pay TV) tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar, hair dryer, trouser press and balcony or french windows. In addition to these facilities the deluxe rooms have an extra seating area and fax machine (on request and subject to charge).

Food & Drink
The property has some of the most exquisite cuisine to be found in Europe. There are five fantastic restaurants to experience with varied international cuisines, from Far Eastern to Mediterranean & a choice of bars all in one hotel.

All Inclusive Food & Drinks
The AI programme consists of breakfast (07:30-10:00), lunch (12:30-14:30) and dinner (18:30-21:30), all buffet style, served in the La Vallette restaurant. During meals house wine, soft drinks and water are offered. Also at the disposal of the AI guests are the four theme menu restaurants; Sa Re Ga Ma (Indian), Can Thai (Chinese & Thai), Tigne Brasserie (French & Mediterranean) and Il Giardino (Italian). Snacks such as sandwiches are available in-between meals at the bars. Locally produced & some imported alcoholic & non-alcoholic drinks like wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee, spirits, cocktails, beer, sparkling wine, etc are served from 10:00-24:00 at the Lido outdoor bar. There is also 24hr room service.

Sports & Entertainment
Two salt water swimming pools are situated right on the waters edge facing south, with spectacular views of Valletta, which is surrounded with magnificent Bastion Walls dating back to the 16th Century. One of these two salt-water pools may be used by non-swimmers. Complimentary sun bed and pool towel service is available to every Hotel Resident. Fortina fitness centre is an ideal place for health minded individuals looking to get fit and also recreationally. On extra charge, guests can use the facilities of 3 Spa Centres: The Spa Mediterranee offers concentrated sea water and algae treatments operated by powerful Thalasso Therapy, supervised by highly qualified physiotherapists. Anti-Stress treatments, weight loss programs, Dermalife detoxification treatments, Oxyspa and oxygen inhalation, “Dead Sea” bathing & tanning, “Dead Sea” body treatments and Food Intolerance testing are available. The Santé Spa is a one ticket pay all (unless included in package) Spa offering a combination of treatment rooms for anti-stress, detoxing and relaxing the body. Sante Spa offers a Finnish Sauna, Mediterranean Sauna, Reflexology Basin, Ice Fountain, Kneipp walk, Relaxation area with Tepidarium and heated recliners, Experience Showers, Meditation room, Laconium, Salt inhalation, Pedijets and a Cisterna Steam & Flower room. The Belle Époque Beauty Centre offers a variety of beauty treatments including a Cleopatra Bath, the Belle Époque Wellbeing system, serial mud chamber, Eclipse intense pulsated light (2nd generation laser treatments), Oxyjet facials, Futur Tec facials, Le Stone therapy, Thai massages, Indian head massages, four-handed massages and a large variety of other massages and beauty treatments. The Hotel Fortina is the only spa hotel worldwide to be awarded a 6 wave status by BISA – British International Spa Association.

All Inclusive Sports & Entertainment
Sport facilities at the hotel include fitness centre, fully equipped gymnasium and cardiovascular equipment, four swimming pools, two of which are indoor and two outdoor, pool towel service near the pool areas, Thalasso therapy treatments (maximum of two pool treatments per day), aerobics, step aerobics, slide aqua aerobics, full day boat trip to Comino (1st May until 31 October, including beer, wine, soft drinks and lunch) and harbour cruise.

Chargeable Extras
Champagne, aged spirits, imported wines, in-house movies, room service (charge for the service), Internet & WiFi services, the Thalasso Spa centre, the Sante Spa centre, the Belle Epoque beauty centre, the Hypogem - Body Mind & Spirit centre and the Scuba diving school (May-Oct) are available at a charge.

All Inclusive General Info
Pls note that all meals are buffet style; A la Carte dinning is only available at a charge. Guests of Fortina hotel may only use the facilities & outlets of the same property, not the sister hotel.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 1089 reviews
 

Poor quality hotel - struggle to see how 4 star

26 July 2015

The hotel rooms were of shockingly poor quality - cheap furniture, small, mould in the poorly patched up bathroom, air conditioning didn't work and no water provided in the rooms. Also vending...

The hotel rooms were of shockingly poor quality - cheap furniture, small, mould in the poorly patched up bathroom, air conditioning didn't work and no water provided in the rooms. Also vending machines to buy drinks was not working which in the immense heat, frustrating to say the least. On a positive note, the views, pool and restaurant were very good.

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Disappointing

23 July 2015

We recently holidayed at Hotel Fortina. We arrived at 3 am and had pre booked and paid extra for sea view superior room. Upon arrival we were put on the 8th floor in a garden room which was right...

We recently holidayed at Hotel Fortina. We arrived at 3 am and had pre booked and paid extra for sea view superior room. Upon arrival we were put on the 8th floor in a garden room which was right at the end of the hotel and overlooked a building site. We immediately complained to reception and was told nothing could be done until next morning. We didn't unpack and my husband went to reception at 8.00 am and was told the housekeeping staff did not come in until 9.30.a.m. and to return then. This we did and were told there was not a room available but to come back in an hour. Having returned yet again at about 10.30 am we were advised a room would be available but it had yet to be cleaned and this would take a further hour. After several returns to reception we decided to go to this room to see for ourselves whether it had been cleaned and the cleaning lady confirmed it was now ready- this was1.30 pm so we returned to reception to be given the keys but was told the room had to be inspected by the housekeeper. We decided to wait outside the room for the housekeeper who eventually came and said "Oh just go in" She was very rude and we went into the room - this being 2 pm. It was not our fault and the reception staff were most unco-operative and surly. We had booked a sea view room and this is what we expected when we arrived. When we mentioned this to the reception they said that Cosmos who we had booked through must have known there were no sea view rooms left. This was a ridiculous statement. Cosmos had been very helpful and informative prior to our departure so I think this was merely and excuse. Whilst we were waiting for this room we had breakfast in the Valletta buffet only to be hasselled by a high pressured sales person who gave us the impression he was employed by the hotel and offered to take us a tour of the hotel when we had unpacked. We told him we were waiting for our room and he said to meet him in reception at 2 pm. We only were allocated the room we had actually booked at 2 pm and received several phone calls to the room whilst we were unpacking asking whether we were ready to meet him. We told him to carry on without us but he insisted on waiting and eventually we got down to reception about 3pm. He took us next door to Fortuna Spa and introduced us to a lady who asked us several questions and said it would take approximately 1 hour for us to have a tour of the hotel. Obviously this was timeshare - we suffered the presentation given by a lady who was new to the job and then her boss came in to try and persuade us to close the deal. By this time it was 5.30 pm and we had just about had enough. A full day of our holiday wasted! Beware - these timeshare people are permanently in reception and outside the dining room. The hotel itself was not too bad - food average - we were on half board and were given the opportunity to dine at several of the restaurants within our hotel and the hotel next door but you had to book 24 to 48 hours in advance. Reception staff generally were unhelpful. We were the holidaymakers and perhaps they need to be told that without us they would have no jobs so a little consideration and courtesy would have been nice. Every time we went to reception we were told to come back in an hour and this happened every time. We tried to keep our room on the last day as we had a late flight and put in a request for this the night before - this would have cost 35 euros which we were quite prepared to pay. We were told to return in the morning which we did and were given the usual excuse the housekeeping staff were not in until 9.30 am. Once again after returning several times to reception and broken promises to call us in our room to advise us whether we could keep our room we finally went down to reception at 10.45 am to be told sorry this was not possible. All in all we were extremely disappointed with the attitude of the staff. On one occasion I was in the toilet on the ground floor at the side of reception and one of the staff started banging on the door to hurry up. A disappointing holiday at Hotel Fortuna - we will not be returhning.

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Refurbishment would make this hotel fantastic

21 July 2015

Nice hotel but could have a few improvements to make it a lot better. Beds were very hard , thick dust under wardrobes in room and back of toilet dirty . Otherwise food and pools very good...

Nice hotel but could have a few improvements to make it a lot better. Beds were very hard , thick dust under wardrobes in room and back of toilet dirty . Otherwise food and pools very good , reception helpful and friendly and fabulous views of Valletta . Near to buses and boat rides plus almost next door to lovely shopping centre. If refurbished this could be a really fabulous hotel .

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Good Hotel Complex, Great Location but not 4*

21 July 2015

Having booked a 4* half board package holiday was disappointed and upset to find that the accommodation was clearly not 4* (in our opinion at best 3*) and when queried with the hotel manager was...

Having booked a 4* half board package holiday was disappointed and upset to find that the accommodation was clearly not 4* (in our opinion at best 3*) and when queried with the hotel manager was described by him as 'budget' (budget meaning that you're in the older part of the hotel overlooking the small garden with noisy air conditioning units to the side of the small balcony) - apparently a clear agreement between the hotel and Mercury Holidays with whom we had booked but not known to us the customer. The hotel manager went onto verify the accommodations 4* rating was based on the size of the room where as we expected it to also reflect quality & content. Otherwise the rest of the hotel complex was pretty much as expected. Lovely choice of Lido or garden pools to relax around, Spa on site as are a choice of 5 restaurants - the ones we tried seemed of reasonable quality. The hotel is in a great location for shops and transport to explore the rest of the island. We found Malta a great place for a relaxing holiday.

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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Aerobics
  • Air Conditioning
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Beauty Salon
  • Buffet Restaurant
  • By the Beach
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Entertainment
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Jacuzzi
  • Kids Pool
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Laundry Service
  • Library
  • Lifts
  • Lounge
  • Mini Golf
  • Minibar
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shops
  • Spa
  • Sunbathing Terrace
  • Sunbeds
  • Swimming Pool
  • Table Tennis
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Turkish Bath
  • TV Lounge
  • Water Sports
  • Whirlpool
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