Firstly, there are two hotels at the site bearing the Fortina name, the Fortina Hotel (4 star) and the Fortina Spa Resort (5 star), we heard locals such as taxi drivers refering to them as the Fortina, and the Fortina five star respectively. The hotels are conjoined and each is accessible internally from the other which allows for sharing of resources.
The Fortina Spa Hotel comprises a tower block built on to the east end of the Fortina Hotel and also a wing running off NW which makes up the rear wall of the joint internal pool/garden area.
There is an absolutely fantastic panoramic view of Valletta to the south across the Sliema Creek, we are not exaggerating here, it is truly stunning. This view was the main reason we picked the Fortina Spa.
Unfortunately a large multi storey residential complex has recently been built in front of the hotel which considerably restricts the view of many of the seaview rooms.
All of the seaview rooms on floors above 6 should have reasonable views, below this, only rooms 1-3 have the fantastic Valletta view, rooms 4 onwards have more and more of the tower blocks opposite. We saw rooms 236 (floor2 room 6), 636 and 632, the first two had direct views of the residential blocks only, very annoying when you have paid extra for a seaview.
There is a second problem for those staying on floor 2 (there are no floor 1 rooms), a walkway has been built from the closeby Tigne Point Mall across the front of the hotel, this walkway is the same height as the balconys of the floor 2 rooms. The balcony and the room interiors are easily visible to busy pedestrian traffic a short distance away.
The Fortina Spa Resort seaview rooms we stayed in were large and well furnished with a bed of at least superking size. Towels were changed daily and robes and slippers were provided. The aircon is directly controlable with three settings and the TV is a CRT with the usual hotel satellite fare. The windows are double glazed and are effective at keeping the noise from the road below out.The safe was small and used a programmable PIN for access.
There are several pools, one in the garden area which gets little sun and two in a lido area across the road from the hotel, this can be reached via a private tunnel from the hotel. My wife is a serious exercise swimmer and she found the indoor pool in the basement spa complex to be the most suitable for this activity.
My wife also tried several of the spa treatments provided in the huge basement spa area of the Spa Resort hotel and was very pleased with them although she considered them a little pricey.
We had excellent service during our stay with room defects being repaired very quickly. The main problem we had was being offered two rooms with no view when we had paid extra for a seaview room, we had to stay in one of these for two days as the hotel was full. Once we had the stunning view everything was fine except for being billed for minibar items we did not use.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel as there are a huge number of cafes and restuarants just outside. The comprehensive buffet breakfasts were served in the Taste restuarant in the garden pool area. Taste in food is very personal, but we really enjoyed the offerings there, if you are a fan of the full English, you won't be disappointed.
The hotel has no guest parking, but the Tigne Mall carpark is just next door and is 24hr with reasonable rates.
- 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