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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 1117 reviews
 

Nice hotel, shame about the time share reps who pounce on arrival

1 September 2015

Clean and comfortable spacious rooms , have a fridge plus tea and coffee making facilities. Took the dine around half board option, however website needs to make it clearer that there is a surcharge...

Clean and comfortable spacious rooms , have a fridge plus tea and coffee making facilities. Took the dine around half board option, however website needs to make it clearer that there is a surcharge for all restaurants other than the the main one. Food on the whole good Rather average 4* hotel, wonderful view of Valletta waterfront from the restaurant. However the time-share touts spoilt it for us.

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Fortina Hotel, Not bad, but not Brilliant

30 August 2015

We arrived at about 6.30 pm receptionists were very helpful, we were given our room keys, dining cards and towel cards. We chose not to make a prepayment of 200 Euros so that we could charge drinks...

We arrived at about 6.30 pm receptionists were very helpful, we were given our room keys, dining cards and towel cards. We chose not to make a prepayment of 200 Euros so that we could charge drinks etc to the room. The lifts were tiny and really hot, just 3 of us and our luggage (2 suitcases) barely fit into it. The lift from the ground floor to the La Vallette buffet restaurant was temporamental, as it would not always come when called, not so bad when going down, but as i am partially disabled, a real pain when going up as you then had to use the stairs. The hallway on the ground floor was always very hot and humid, air conditioning would have been helpful. The La Valette Buffet Restaurant was OK,considering it had to cater for several nationailities. my only gripe was that they tended to run out of things and were not always that quick to replace them. The "Full English" for breakfast wasn't that great, the sausages never looked trhat appetising and the bacon was always stuck together and difficult to seperate, the beans appeared to be supermarket own value brand, too much sauce and watery, and the fried eggs were nearly always hard fried, and some people like them with runny yolks, the fried bread was just wrong, either fried brown bread, or white bread that appreared to be soaked in oil. The contintal breakfast was ok, and the croisaants were acceptable. The evening meals were again OK considering catering for various nationalities, but the chefs/servers should learn to carve meat across the grain not with it as it turned roasted joints into chewy bits of meat, saying that the meats served in sauces and the Steak Dianes were very good. There was always good choice of salad items, seafood starters, dressings and deserts. Our Room was good,2 Double beds, Parquet floor, air condtioned, mini fridge, good clean bathroom, fantastic view of St. Paul's Cathedral in Valetta, only gripe was that the plumbing for the WC was slow and it often appeared as if the WC was going to overflow, but maybe this is just Maltese plumbing. The pool is salt water, but VERY Salty, I suspect it may be filtered seawater, quite a shock the first time I went in, and the pool area is usually overrun by the locals who can purchase day tickets to use the pool/sunbeds, makes it a little overcrowded, do the management really have to squeeze extra revenue this way, it makes a nice pool area very busy and not that relaxing at all, The maltese whilst very friendly people are not exactly quiet, and their kids don't seem to care about not spalshing other pool users or people sitting around the pool. which is not helpful and quite unnecessary. IOn the whole not a Bad place, but not Brilliant, I would say it was a good 3 start, I would not Say it was a 4 star, would I stay there again, probably, now I Know what to expect.

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Not great

28 August 2015

We stayed in this hotel in April. I was travelling with my elderly mum and sister. We requested rooms next to each other as my mother needs us close by....on arrival we were given a room the size of...

We stayed in this hotel in April. I was travelling with my elderly mum and sister. We requested rooms next to each other as my mother needs us close by....on arrival we were given a room the size of a cupboard on the 2nd floor and one on the 4th. The receptionists were all incredibly unhelpful, in fact they must have so many complaints they just couldn't accommodate all unhappy guests. Eventually after a huge amount of stress we were finally put in rooms on the same floor. The reception area smelt of sewage, the downstairs toilet didn't have a lock. Charges for use of Wifi plus an extra €5 for additional device. Beds uncomfortable, bathrooms old and tired. The two good points, the food was great, and lovely to have a choice of restaurants. Sea view rooms with view of Valetta make this hotel a bearable base

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Good restaurants and resort let down by rooms

28 August 2015

Having visited Malta multiple times, staying in far cheaper, 3 star hotels, I was disappointed to find 2 star standard rooms in a spa and resort otherwise well up to it's 4 star rating. Staff varied...

Having visited Malta multiple times, staying in far cheaper, 3 star hotels, I was disappointed to find 2 star standard rooms in a spa and resort otherwise well up to it's 4 star rating. Staff varied massively from incredibly attentive and helpful, to slow service and limited advice. The Restaurants however, were excellent, although some only being open 3 nights a week was awkward on a short stay. The gym and swimming pools were also very good, but the small, inadequate and irregularly cleaned rooms overshadowed this. I will definitely return to Malta and Sliema, but would seek another hotel, or return to one visited previously.

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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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