Spent 4 magnificent nights here. Some reviewers have stated that they don't consider this a 5* property, but I myself won't quibble. For the price I paid, it would be very churlish of me to give anything other than a 5* rating. I would give it SIX stars here on Tripadvisor if the scale went that high.
I booked an ordinary room via a popular travel site, but at check-in, the very pleasant lady at the desk informed me that I would be upgraded to a spa room.
This room looked just like the "professional photo" shown here on Tripadvisor: Enormous bed (largest I've ever slept in); jacuzzi tub in a raised platform behind the bed; sitting area with couch & easy chair; writing desk; large TV.
In the bathroom, there was a full arsenal of spa equipment, including some kind of treatment bed and another full-length whirlpool tub, neither of which I got around to exploring. I did enjoy the full-body shower and the personal sauna.
Best of all was the balcony overlooking the pools & palm trees of the courtyard. From this, a spiral staircase led to a private section of rooftop and my own personal pool. It was a small pool for sure (maybe 4 feet or 50 cm deep, and two strokes to swim from one end to the other) but it was all mine! Surrounded by curtains which one could close for privacy, the pool area also had lounge chairs, an outdoor shower, grill, refrigerator, sink, etc. I felt like a Hollywood star.
Altogether, it was probably the most luxurious room I'll ever stay in, and it cost the equivalent of a small drab cell in a 3* hotel in New York or London. I could not have been more pleased with this place.
If I were to have one small complaint to the management, it would be the balcony door, which locks shut and has no handle on the outer side. I noticed this from the start and was careful not to close the door all the way when outside, but I did finally forget & lock myself out on the balcony on the last day of my stay. The staffer who came to rescue me said this happens a lot.
A few final notes: There are several restaurants on-site, which I didn't try - I preferred the open-air sea-front dining options nearby in Sliema. There is a shopping center quite close to the hotel, and if you follow the ramp down below it, there is a waterfront terrace for sunbathers. There is also a ladder here which you can climb down into the harbor for a little salt-water swim (at your own risk; no lifeguard.)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Fortina Hotel Sliema
- Fortina Hotel Malta
- Fortina Resort
- Hotel Fortina
- Fortina Spa Resort Malta/Sliema