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Valletta: Fortina Hotel Spa and Resort

Phone: 356.2346.0000
www.hotelfortina.com

Reviewed by: MariaV from Sicily, review #783

When: October 2004

An affordable four-star hotel and resort well worth it. Wonderful service. Located on the Grand Harbor. Easy access to rest of the islands.

If you want to be spoiled and pampered, this is the place. Interestingly, I found the prices quite affordable, considering. The resort has four or five styles of rooms, including what is billed as the only (or first) all-inclusive “spa bedrooms” which, if you want to splurge, should be chosen for the sheer luxury. Complete descriptions of the spa bedroom are on the website and worth reviewing.

My reservation was made for three nights in the superior seaview single room, on a half-board basis which included breakfast buffet and my choice of lunch or dinner in the buffet dining room. Coffee and water were included, however other drinks were not. Full use of a choice of three outdoor swimming pools (one freshwater, two seawater), one indoor, two jacuzzis, a daily thalassotherapy session in the heavily concentrated seawater indoor pool in the on-site spa facility. The price for these three days on this basis was €100 a night.

The food in the buffet dining room was heads above the quality of Preluna (see my review), with many more choices including a salad bar, usually five different meats, vegetables, at least two pastas, various Maltese breads (light and wonderful), always two different soups, and a nice dessert buffet. The hotel offered an “upgrade” to semi-full-board for an additional €17 per day to include lunch (therefore all three meals) and unlimited beverages (same choices as Preluna). Their breakfast was more diverse, and you could also request eggs made how you wanted, omelettes, french toast, etc. All foods offered were different each day. The hotel also has Italian, Thai, Indian, and “health food” restaurants which you can pay for separately, or for a higher cost upgrade to the all-inclusive. I found no reason to do this, as the buffet restaurant offered excellent food.

The outdoor seawater pool overlooks the sea, harbour and old Valetta, and has a bar; the other outdoor pool is situated in the garden, is a fun shape and has a bar in the middle of it. There is another small pool in the garden, along with a cold jacuzzi (which has some sort of health benefit). The gym has the heated pool and jacuzzi. Many times the bars have snacks, which are included in the all-inclusive (and full board) price. A full Grand Harbor boat cruise was included in the price as well. The cruise was a little “cheesy” but worth it for the views and historical guiding.

The service in this hotel is impeccable, as would be expected. Upon discovering a slight problem with my initial room, I was immediately transferred to another room – fortunately for me and without indicating any problem on their part and no extra cost, the only room they had available was a huge suite with a really large bathroom that included a large jacuzzi tub. I told them I thought the problem would be easily solved and that the room they transferred me too was far too generous, but they insisted I take it.

I found the atmosphere at this hotel resort to be relaxing and pampering. I give it a very high recommendation.

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