In recent years Málaga has undergone extensive renovations, changing from a gateway to the Costa del Sol to being a popular holiday destination in its own right. The Culture Trip selects the best boutique hotels in the city.
Boutique Hotel, Hostel
Dulces Dreams is situated in the attractive, fashionable area of La Merced | Nick Kenrick/flickr
Seeking to bring a combination of modern comfort and affordability to Málaga, the enthusiastic team behind Dulces Dreams has created a true gem of a hotel, offering beautifully decorated rooms in the heart of the old city at reasonable prices. The well-humored staff is one of the hotel’s most noteworthy qualities, always happy to assist with any queries. All rooms have been uniquely designed using recycled materials and following a sweet or cake theme. These include the Brownie, the carrot cake and the Tiramisu room. If the sweet decor doesn’t sate your cravings, the hotel is home to a charming café offering sweet pastries and treats, gourmet baguettes and quality coffee.
Located in the city’s trendiest quarter, the Soho Hotel Málaga is surrounded by urban art and graffiti and is situated within perfect reach of Málaga’s main sights and activities. The hotel is housed in a 20th-century building which is under protection for its historic value. The Soho Boutique Hotel offers its guest a 24 hour reception desk and a tourist information point, providing tips and tricks on must-sees and hidden secrets. The blend of stylish modernity and classic Andalusian styles is perfectly reflected in Soho, making for an authentic experience. With the city center within a short walking distance, you couldn’t find a more ideal location.
Across from Málaga’s beautiful Cathedral lies Hotel Molina Lario, one of the city’s most noteworthy boutique hotels offering all desirable comforts. The hotel is situated in two 19th-century buildings that have undergone extensive renovations while retaining the original facade. Visitors can make use of the functions rooms or make their way to the hotel’s El Café de Bolsa Restaurant & Bar to enjoy a glass of premium wine in its scenic outdoor terrace. All 103 rooms feature modern design and comforts with unobtrusive colors and beautiful views over the surrounding area of the city or the port. The hotel also features a rooftop pool where you can while away the hours in the sun with a cool cocktail while taking in the Mediterranean vibes.
Situated on the corner of Málaga’s bustling shopping street, Calle Larios, Hotel Room Mate Larios provides perfect access to museums, restaurants and popular sights. The four-star hotel opened in 1994 and continues to uphold its excellent reputation. With its charming art deco architecture, the hotel is one of the city’s most noteworthy buildings and the designs of the rooms are equally impressive. An elegant cocktail bar and an adjoining terrace provide the perfect entertainment spot for the evening hours and in the morning guests can enjoy extensive breakfast buffet. Most of the spacious rooms have views over the street and the surrounding area and with the level of comfort they offer you will have a hard time leaving.
This five-star hotel offers one of the most luxurious stays in the city and is ideal for those looking to relax as well as exploring the city’s sights. Apart from a dazzling rooftop pool, the hotel features a gourmet restaurant, private suites and several function rooms for business meetings. With its prime location within the confines of the historic centre, the main attractions are only minutes away. In line with the avant-garde style of the Vincci hotels, rooms have been set up in contemporary styles while loosing none of their homely comfort. You can spend the day by the pool soaking up the sun or take a walk around the city before resting your head at Vincci Selección Posada del Patio.
Few places offer as homely and welcoming an atmosphere as Casa Babylon Backpackers Hostel, which describes itself as the happiest hostel in the world. Located 20 minutes from Gibralfaro, the hostel is a short walk away from the center. The cool staff will gladly provide guests with information about the city. The hostel features an outdoor terrace, a chill-out area, a bar and plenty of hammocks to while away the day and hang out with other bagpackers. Casa Babylon Bagpackers provides several dorms as well as a few private rooms, all set up comfortably ensuring a pleasant visit. There’s hardly a better way to get to know fellow travelers than enjoying a few cocktails with relaxing background music in this quirky hostel.
This four-star hotel lies right in the centre of Málaga, and in spite of its central location it manages to provide a tranquil retreat from the heat and noise of the city’s crowded streets. Hotel Petit Palace Plaza Málaga has adapted its facilities to offer more comfort to groups of travelers, families and couples. Aside from providing an area for pets and rooms for 5 people, children will be given special attention and presents here. The charming hotel has equipped its rooms with all desirable features, from hydro-massage showers to TV’s and Ipod docking stations. The spacious well-lit rooms are predominantly decorated in white tones only interrupted by the wooden features and some warm orange details. This family-friendly hotel with its attentive staff makes for an enjoyable visit and leaves no wishes unfulfilled.
Comfortable accommodation in a central location can be hard to find when on a budget, but the Oasis Bagpackers Hostel Málaga offers both things and more. The lively hostel has dorms with four to ten beds featuring comfortable mattresses, personal lockers and en-suite bathrooms. The free breakfast and the lounge areas are other noteworthy features, making it easy to socialize and meet fellow travelers. On the charming rooftop terrace they serve reasonably priced drinks in a relaxed atmosphere with views over the Cathedral. Should you feel lost, do not hesitate to speak to the friendly staff which are more than happy to help. Oasis Backpackers Hostel Málaga is one of the best budget accommodtion options in the city.
The views over Málaga, its mountainous regions and the vast surface of the Mediterranean sea, are one of the prime reasons to visit Mount Gibralfaro and the castle located on top of it. Why not surround yourself by this scenery all day round by booking your stay at Parador de Málaga Gibraltar. Nestled on top of the mountain and opposite the Alcazaba, the hotel features elegant rooms, beautiful common areas and a rooftop pool. Its own restaurant serves up Andalusian specialities alongside sumptuous regional food and international wines. The rooms have been designed in harmony with traditional Spanish styles. When the night comes you can marvel at the panoramic views and lights of the nearby harbor.