The Best Hotels in Málaga for Every Traveller

Malagueta Beach is a top choice for enjoying the sunshine in Málaga
Malagueta Beach is a top choice for enjoying the sunshine in Málaga | © Sean Pavone / Alamy Stock Photo
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2 April 2021

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.

Palacio Solecio

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This ambitious hotel spans two centuries-old palacios, both sensitively reconstructed and restored, in the heart of the historic centre. Original features such as carved stone arches, wrought-iron balconies and marble columns have been kept where possible, and the rest has been elegantly updated with oodles of contemporary chic. There’s also an Andalucian-inspired restaurant – an after-dinner digestif in the gorgeous cocktail bar is a must.
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Room Mate Valeria

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A bold, playful design takes centre stage at the Valeria – colourful stripes allude to the seafaring past of Málaga, while a tangle of leaf-print wallpaper echoes the Mediterranean gardens of the city. This hip hotel fits neatly into the fashionable Soho neighbourhood, while being within strolling distance of the best museums in the city and a sandy beach. With a plunge pool, cocktail bar and 360-degree views, the rooftop terrace has become a magnet for those in-the-know.
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AC Hotel Málaga Palacio

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The highlight of this contemporary palace is the superb rooftop space. With a position on the edge of Málaga’s historic centre overlooking the Paseo del Parque, this 15th-floor terrace offers some of the finest wraparound panoramas in town – plus a large triangular pool and poolside bar. The excellent Ático restaurant is up here, too, where Andalucian flavours pair with great vistas. Book upper-level rooms to wake up to similarly spectacular views.
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El Riad Andaluz

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Built in the late-18th century, this traditional Andalucian townhouse has been given a Moroccan makeover and reborn as riad-style lodgings. Moorish geometric tiling, earthy and pastel tones and a plant-filled courtyard all contribute to the North African aesthetic. Accommodation offers simple, Berber-inspired decor, with some rooms opening to small balconies overlooking the street or inner patio. While there’s no breakfast or dining service here, it’s just a few blocks away from the Plaza de la Merced, which is lined with excellent eateries.
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Hotel Room Mate Larios

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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.

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Vincci Selección Posada del Patio

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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.

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  • Casa Babylon Backpackers Hostel

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    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.

    Hotel Petit Palace Plaza Málaga

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    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.

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    Oasis Backpackers Hostel Málaga

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    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.

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    Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

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    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.

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    Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on April 2, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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