Ups and downs with this hotel. Spacious superior room with lots of storage, air con and fridge. Miniscule balcony (some are bigger). 2 chairs and small table but if you unstacked them you couldn't open the door. The room was quite gloomy as the single glazed door to the balcony didn't let in much light. Some rooms had double doors but unless you know which room to request it's bit of a lottery. The bathroom was tiny and claustrophobic although water was hot and good shower pressure. There were tea/coffee making facilities but supplies were not always replenished. The room was clean and towels were replaced each day even though we did put them on the rails. My biggest complaint was the disgusting state of the toilet brush which obviously wasn't checked.
We were on a half board basis and you could have lunch or dinner. The main restaurant was pleasant and you could choose from other restaurants on site but had to book 48 hours in advance. As we were in the 4 star hotel, the other restaurants were on a table d'hote basis but you could have a la carte at a supplement. We stuck to the buffet restaurant as we were very happy with the food on offer. For dinner there were several meat choices, fish and 2 vegetarian options. As a vegetarian, I was extremely pleased with the options. Starters were fairly limited and a reasonable choice of desserts. Wine was reasonably priced There could be a wait to order wine when the restaurant was busy. Breakfast was very good,
The pools were lovely although we were there for sightseeing and didn't use the pool areas. There were also lovely gardens overlooked by rooms at the rear of the hotel.
You will be offered a free harbour cruise to listen to a sales pitch for the Spa Resort which is part of a holiday club. But if you take a Malta Sightseeing open top bus tour you will get a free harbour cruise anyway. The bus tours are very good as long as the commentary is working on your bus. These are hop on/hop off so a good way to see the island. Local buses are a short walk away but can be very busy to Valletta. We preferred the ferry which is much quicker. If the walk up the hill on the other side is too steep, there are mini buses for 1 euro.
This was our first visit to Malta and it is a fascinating island. We would definitely go again. On touring the island, we visited the various bays with lots of tourist hotels and typical tourist shops. However, we preferred Sliema as a base. You could not beat the views, good transport and plenty of shops, restaurants and bars. There is also a smart new shopping mall at Tigne Point.
I don't think I would return to the Fortina 4* but would perhaps try the Fortina Spa Hotel. We found all the staff helpful and pleasant as were all the people we met in Malta. I'm sure we will return.
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- Also Known As:
- Fortina Hotel Sliema
- Hotel Fortina Malta/Sliema