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Málaga has undergone extensive renovations in recent years – changing from a gateway to the Costa del Sol, to a popular holiday destination in its own right. Whether you visit to soak up the view from Mount Gibralfaro or admire the artwork in the Picasso Museum Málaga, this Spanish destination is perfect for a sunny getaway. Here are our picks for the best hotels in the city.
On the corner of Málaga’s bustling shopping street, Calle Larios, Hotel Room Mate Larios provides excellent access to museums, restaurants and popular sights. 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 in the evening hours. Most of the spacious rooms have views over the street and the surrounding area.
This five-star hotel offers one of the most luxurious stays in the city. 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 just minutes away. In line with the avant-garde style of the Vincci hotels, rooms have been set up in contemporary styles – while losing none of their homely comfort.
Few places offer as homely and welcoming an atmosphere as Casa Babylon Backpackers Hostel. Located 20 minutes from Gibralfaro, the hostel is a short walk away from the city centre. It features an outdoor terrace, a chill-out area, a bar and plenty of hammocks to while away the day and hang out with other backpackers. 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 is in the centre of Málaga, but still manages to provide a tranquil retreat from the heat and noise of the city’s crowded streets. Rooms are equipped with desirable features, from hydro-massage showers to 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. The attentive staff at this family-friendly hotel aim to go the extra mile.
Comfortable accommodation in a central location can be hard to find on a budget – but the Oasis Backpackers Hostel Málaga delivers both. This lively hostel has dorms with four to ten beds, featuring comfortable mattresses, personal lockers and ensuite bathrooms. The free breakfast and the lounge areas make it easy to socialize and meet fellow travelers. Enjoy reasonably priced drinks in a relaxed atmosphere on the charming rooftop terrace, soaking up views over the cathedral.
One of the prime reasons to visit Mount Gibralfaro and the castle located at the top is to enjoy the views over Málaga. On top of the mountain and opposite the Alcazaba, Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro features elegant rooms, beautiful common areas and a rooftop pool. The on-site restaurant serves up Andalucian specialities alongside sumptuous regional food. The rooms have been designed in harmony with traditional Spanish styles – and when the night comes, you can marvel at the panoramic views and lights of the nearby harbour.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.