Travel Blogs from Sliema
Today was an impressive journey back in time. The Hypogeum delivered an astonishing step back into prehistoric Malta. Damp, dark and dreary the underground burial sites amazed everyone. With a prerecorded tour and strict guidelines our divided groups journeyed downward into another time. The burial sites still stand today through thousands of years and even some volcanoes. A true testament to the design and construction of the ...
... cannot spell, I'm sorry, but it's pronounced marssashloque. Try not to think about that too hard. It was a very fishy lunch but I tried mussels for the first time. Chewy, very chewy. Not my cup of tea but I tried it. We went back to the hotel after that. Lexi and I decided to check out Sliema shopping and walk around and explore. It took the rest of the afternoon, that's for sure. Getting lost was defiantly an ...
... during daytime air raids and, later on, spend every night in after curfew once the blackouts were imposed. These shelters were built all over Malta as a result of Italian and German bombing in WW2. Due to its location, Malta was seen as an essential territory to control, and so Hitler spent a lot of time, effort and ammunition trying to take this control. With the help of the Allies, the Maltese made sure this didn't happen and - for it's bravery and ...
... I didn't see a ghost but there were lots of people in horse chariots which you had to watch out for. The architecture was really something and it reminded me a little of Toledo in Spain, but with more sandstone. We then took a bus to Bugibba in the north coast where I saw more of the Maltese countryside. Now we are watching Spain play Portugal in the Euro cup. Tomorrow we go to Gozo! PS. Get your hands on Kinnie if you can, it is an amazing drink, orange flavoured with bitter ...
During the April break before our last placement, Alex and I decided it was about time we did some actual travelling again. Rather than try to tackle a traditional Euro-trip, we decided Malta was a much more manageable size for the kind of vacation we wanted to take. New enough that it would be an adventure and small enough that we could take our time and relax.
We spent the first day in Sliema getting our bearings and figuring out the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Fortina Sliema
We stayed at the Fortina Spa Hotel for 2 weeks in March 06, the food was excellent however the hotel failed in other areas.
We were disapponted with the room, although nice and clean and with the most outstanding view of Valetta it was very jaded for 4*. In fact the whole hotel was in need of a good overhaul. The new part which they say is 5* was pushed at every opportunity and we were offered free Harbour trips in return for a 'look at' the new rooms. The food in the hotel was very good, except for the Chinese, and for All Inclusive, excellent value, but the Spa was very expensive and the swimming pools were a bit sub standard. All along the harbour walk we were 'jumped on' by people (all british) trying to give us free trips which, considering we were only there for 1 week, was very agrivating. Malta itself is a charming place with the most beautiful architecture and M'dina is stunning. The best way to travel is on the local bus, very cheap and plentiful, much better than going on an organised trip (expensive). Everyone speaks English and the local people are very friendly. I would go back again but not to the Fortina or to Sliema.
This must be the worst hotel I have ever stayed in. It is no way 4 star. I don't think anyone got the room they booked we booked a seaview room but were upgraded to a garden deluxe which to be fair was very big two king size beds and a settee, the front rooms overlooking Valetta are tiny and I mean tiny. Our mini bar and toilettries were replaced on a haphazard basis i.e. somedays yes somedays no. Our dressing table had coffee cup marks on it for the entire stay. The staff were unbelievably rude even swearing in front of you when you asked for something different. We ate in the healthy restaurant and asked for a boiled egg instead of poached and were told that wasn't healthy what is more healthy about poached than boiled? There was absolutely no 4 star service here. During our stay a honeymoon couple had their room broken into the maid had let the thief in. When they complained they were told not to let it happen again and all sympathy was given to the maid they were made to feel as if it was their fault. The spa facilities are just not worth it 15 minutes of stretching in a pool with a very bored teacher. There is also a very hard sell of the spa rooms which are actually time shares. They lull you into inspecting the rooms because they value your opinion but have the finance forms ready the minute you enter. No way would I return to this hotel and I have stayed in a lot of 4* plus hotels this does not even merit a 2*.
If you are staying at the Fortina I strongly advise booking into a Tower Room or Spa Room. We arrived at the Fortina having booked a Superior Seaview Room which I can only describe as very sub standard for a 4 star room. More 2 star. We entered the room which smelled of drains. The bathroom was tiny and my husband had to step up to get into it and promptly hit his head on the lintel. The room was small, dark and the furniture old and tired. The bed was extremely uncomfortable. The only good thing about this room was the view which was brilliant. We upgraded the next day to a Tower room and we felt like we were in a different hotel. The only the complaint a very large building project next door which was noisey and dusty. However, the room was beautiful and the maid service excellent. The food is very good, of special note the Brasseriere and the healthy eating restaurants in particular. The tropical garden area was lovely and the sun deck out front had stunning views of the harbour and Valletta. Staff are very polite and pleasant. The spa was excellent and well worth a visit. Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Fortina but would warn visitors about the time share promotion within the hotel. Our Mercury rep directed us over to a young lady who gave us our free grand harbour cruise tickets but then proceeded to tell us about another free trip we could take if we attended a 60 mins presentation. We declined but we saw many guests being taken around the complex and it was definiately longer than 60 mins. So be warned!
We stayed at the hotel Fortina in July of this year and everyone we met there had a grievance with the hotel. Sitting by the lido pool you were enveloped in dust from the building site making you feel dirty and it affected my chest, i developed a nasty cough throughout our stay.
Just returned 29/07/05 after a 2wk stay. If you are staying in the 5* part of the hotel in one of the spa rooms or the rooms with roof top pools you should have no compaints this part of the hotel is A class. Do be aware that some of the rooms actually face the BUILDING SITE adjacent to the hotel and can be noisey and dusty.
Four of us booked the fortina for a week of sun and relaxation. Facilities were good, rooms were clean, the view was great and the food was excellent. Having read tripadvisor reviews we were wary about the building works going on around us but they didn't disturb us whilst we were there.
My husband and I spent a week in this hotel in October 2004 on an all inclusive basis. On the plus side I must say the quality food was totally outstanding, you have a choice of 7 restraunts, the best I have ever encountered. On the minus side the rooms in the Hotel which are stated as SUPERIOR ROOMS (not in the Tower block) are a total disgrace for a 4* Hotel. We were allocated room 610 which was the smallest room I have ever been in the doors were hanning off, ciggarette burns in the curtains, stains on the carprts. We arrived about 10.30PM and before even unpacking complained about the room. We were told nothing could be done until the next morning. Once again we complained along with numerous other people. All in all it took us 5 days to get moved. Only to a larger equally grotty room. Selima is a grotty resort. There are building works going on which start at between 6.OOAM - 700AM Sunday to Sunday, fortunatley we are early risers. The other down side was that it was full of Saga Holiday people I have no problem with older people no disrespect ment but there were odd occasions where disputes occured re( this is my table or I was here first) This was our 2nd visit to Malta the 1st was much the same. My impression is that the standard of accommodation here is not the same as elswhere we have stayd in Europe and we have travelled quite extensivley. Please beware.
Disliked Hotel & Sliema & Malata
Fortina Hotel pretends to be a 4 star Spa hotel, but at times moves between 4 and 2 star.Room had excellent view of harbour but had pre war furniture, hot water only at certain times i.e.Only after 8 and after 5.We were all inclusive.Food was quite good, drinks were branded and you could have what you wanted.The Hotel overall really has a Fawlty Towers style, (I was abused by a waiter for trying to find a table in the large dining room). Sliema is a bit of a dump , as is Malta, the island looked as though it han't been painted since the last war.This was a pity as it has character and charm, but needs a good clean and tidy up. The cars and drivers are crazy, I am not a frightened driver and have driven all over Europe and the USA but this island is mad. Regards Ken Pollard
Package holiday hell, dressed up with ribbons. The Maltese idea of four star is not Monsieur Michelin's. Rooms are pokey and dark, dank and dingey. The towels were so raggedy and worn I would not have used them on my dog. The beds had no mattress covers and in the whole week I was there the bedroom floor was not hoovered once. The "spa" is a complete joke, the thallosotherapy tretament involes being shoved into a small pool with twelve other people and being barked at to do simple stretches by a non-smiling russian "doctor". Once was enough for me.