Having had reports from 2 sets of friends who have stayed here, I booked this hotel with confidence. I have to say I was very happy with my choice. My biggest gripe was, I underestimated how hot a sea facing room would be, even with the AC on, we kept the curtains closed most of the time we were in the room. If I went back, I would probably go for a garden view. However, the view over the bay to Valletta was......stunning, and would not have missed that for the world.
My interaction with staff was always a good response.
The Fortina run 5 restaurants from the complex. All but the Valletta have to be booked. The food from the main Valletta restaurant was good, with a fair choice. The Tai was the best and set in the rear garden opposite the Indian both in a beautiful setting, lit with mood lighting around the pool and trees. The Italian was across the road and has a snazzy retracting roof for true alfresco eating, and the Maltese, is just along the the road from the front door of the hotel.
For those confused by pictures of the hotel showing the pool on the other side of the road. Don't be. The Valletta restaurant is actually under the road itself, reached from within the hotel, and leads on to the pool without you ever knowing you are under the road. Very clever architecture, and you would never know.
When out at the pool, you have a fantastic view over the bay to Valletta, and I sat there until midnight most evenings.......just looking. You can also go up to the Italian restaurant from here.
If you have a free captain morgan harbour cruise, (well worth doing) the ticket has to be obtained from Aldo, a timeshare rep. Other posts say he is a bit difficult to get the tickets out of, but I just (politely) made it clear I wasn't interested and got the tickets without any problem.
Just up the road is the Tigne point shopping centre, a mini Bluewater if you will. Here also is a large car park where I parked my hire car at night after buying a parking permit for unlimited returns over however many days you decide to purchase. I hired the car from the hotel recommended supplier and got a very nice new Peugeot 207. If you do hire, it's worth getting the parking permit before the car arrives so you can park it straight away, as it arrives parked in the main road where you are subject to parking restrictions. My TomTom sat nav worked very well in Malta and on Gozo.
Would I recommend. Yes
Would I go back. Yes, but a garden view room.
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- Also Known As:
- Fortina Hotel Sliema
- Hotel Fortina Malta/Sliema