We have just returned from 10 nights at the Fortina Hotel in August 2007 which is the 4 star hotel (the 5 star hotel in the same complex is called Fortina Spa Resort). Our group consisted of me, my wife and 3 girls (16, 14 and 9 years old). This was our first visit to Malta and we will go back to Malta and Sliema where the hotel is located is a really nice place to stay.
We were on the all inclusive deal in the 4 star hotels which meant all meals and drinks were included in the price (we booked direct with the hotel having read good reports about it on Tripadviser!!) and 2 complimentary cruises and some other minor items in the Spa. We have done “all inclusive” once before and have stayed in lots of Hotels in Ireland, Europe, the US and Africa.
The Fortina hotel at first was nice and it has some good features but over the course of 10 days there were too many little things that left us not so positive about the hotel and we would not recommend it to a family similar to us. There are a few things that you should know before going to the hotel.
The hotel is billed as a 4 star (and 5 star in the Fortina Spa Resort). I do not know how Malta grades its hotels but in Ireland the hotel would only qualify as a good 3 star hotel at most.
The hotel is not so suited to kids simply because the garden pool area is off limits to kids and the hotel complex is not anything as big as the photos make out. Kids can only go to one pool area on the seafront (great view and location) but it gets very busy and can be a bit crowded. We swam in the sea next to the hotel pool and that was great. The seawater in Malta is the best.
Also, while there are 6 or more restaurants in the complex only one (the buffet) is included in the all inclusive deal in the 4 star hotel. Also, it’s quite difficult to get into some of the restaurants (if you are willing to pay which we were for a break) because they get booked up heavily by those in the 5 star where the all inclusive includes all restaurants (5 star hotel doesn’t allow kids!!). It is not really possible to turn up and get a table at the restaurants (except the buffet).
The food in the Buffet is very good with a great selection. It was perfect for the kids.
The staff was not very friendly and in particular the reception staff were unhelpful and did nothing to help us out when we were trying to book the pizzeria without success for 4 or 5 days and one or two other minor things. The hotel cleaning staff were friendlier than anyone else in the hotel. (My first time experience of Malta was that the Maltese are a friendly race and the service and attention we got outside of the hotel in bars and cafes was very different to a lot of the hotel staff and particular reception).
Expect some building noise early in the morning and all day from the apartments under construction next door to the hotel. It did not really bother us but it did those nearer that side of the hotel.
My wife and 16 year old had a very poor manicure and pedicure in the Spa but our 14 year old was very pleased with her manicure.
Overall, the hotel was ok for us. There were no major problems but for us too many little things bothered us which means we would not recommend it.
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- Also Known As:
- Fortina Hotel Sliema
- Hotel Fortina Malta/Sliema