The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Málaga, Spain

At the Gran Hotel Miramar in Málaga, youll feel like youre in a palace
At the Gran Hotel Miramar in Málaga, you'll feel like you're in a palace | Courtesy of Gran Hotel Miramar / Expedia
Joe Bindloss

Forget what you think you know about the Costa del Sol. Málaga is the antidote to the anodyne beach resorts that dot the coast of Spain. It’s a city of rich Moorish, Roman and Medieval history, with a palate-pleasing foodie culture. Abundant museums and clean city beaches mean there’s plenty here to keep families with tiny travellers entertained. These are the best hotels for you and your clan – book your stay now with Culture Trip.

1. Barceló Málaga

Hotel

A rooftop pool at Barceló Malaga Hotel, with wooden decking
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The gorgeous rooftop pool and spiral slide in the lobby show that this swish design hotel understands that all travellers are kids at heart. Within stepping distance of Málaga María Zambrano train station, the hotel has cavernous suites, perfect for family groups, and a tidy, modern New York loft vibe. Grown-ups can make the most of the candy-pink and gold gastro bar and night-time views over downtown from the rooftop.

2. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel

A light bedroom with a four poster bed, a window, cream walls and an armchair at Finca Cortesin
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Far from the city crush, but close enough for easy day trips into town, Finca Cortesin feels more like a millionaire’s private palacio than a hotel. Set in vast, lush grounds, surrounded by a competition golf course, it’s very private, very exclusive and very luxurious. The 67 suites are effortlessly elegant, but what families love is the hotel’s beach club – with its vast pool and beachfront restaurant – and the activity programme, covering everything from horse riding to windsurfing.

3. Palacio Solecio

Boutique Hotel

A stylish bedroom with a cushioned bed, navy blue rug and bedside tables at Palacio Solecio,
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Places to stay don’t come much more palatial than this stucco-fronted palacio in the heart of Málaga’s historic Jewish quarter. The airy arch-ringed and chequerboard-floored atrium could be plucked straight from a Poirot movie. Every room in the 18th-century palace is luxurious but dignified, and the lone tower room has a private terrace with grandstand views over Málaga Cathedral. For families, the key appeal is abundant space, fine food and the location, within easy reach of everything.

4. Hotel Molina Lario

Boutique Hotel

A light bedroom with a cushioned bed, white walls, desk, chairs and table at Hotel Molina Lario
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With the Parque de Málaga right on the doorstep and a stunning rooftop pool with eye-popping views, families can’t put a foot wrong at this comfortable, old city hotel. Four stars translate here to smart, pale-toned rooms with clean lines, summer-chic fabrics and city views. The best have multiple balconies, and there are numerous family rooms with space to run free. Staff can arrange all sorts of activities for kids for days when you need more than the cooling balm of the pool.

5. Hotel Mariposa

Independent Hotel

A modern bedroom at Hotel Mariposa, with a cushioned bed, a black headboard, carpet and yellow sections of the wall
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Chinese guardian statues flank the front door of this fun, family-friendly four-starrer, but, inside, it’s modern European design all the way. Boutique rooms come with imaginative quirks – painted pencil lines around doorways, tailor’s dummies and 1950s-style armchairs – and some truly palatial bathrooms. The allure for families is the abundance of floor space and the location: it’s an easy amble from Parque de Málaga, the port, the cathedral and the museums.

6. El Riad Andaluz

Guesthouse

An outside seating area at El Riad Andaluz, with a wooden table and chairs and colourful tiled floor and plants
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El Riad Andaluz feels like a little piece of Morocco transported to Málaga – and, considering the city’s long Moorish history, that’s not such a leap. Families are lured here by the air of calm seclusion and the fuss-free backstreet location, away from the port bustle. Inside, plants sprawl over a private courtyard overlooked by Moorish arches. Compact, cosy rooms come in vibrant colours, dotted with Moroccan details (the ceramic bowls functioning as sinks are a nice touch).

7. Anahita Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

A bedroom with a patterned tiled floor, a cushioned bed, a bath, armchair and exposed brick wall at Anahita Boutique Hotel
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History tumbles out of the walls at this characterful boutique property, where exposed stonework, carved timbers and 18th-century frescoes are juxtaposed against chic designer bathrooms and free-standing bathtubs right in the bedrooms. Named for a Persian goddess, the hotel is just yards (several metres) from Plaza de la Merced and the Picasso Museum and an easy walk from the open, green grounds of the Alcazaba Palace and Castillo de Gibralfaro.

8. Hotel Palacete de Alamos

Hotel

A light bedroom at Hotel Palacete de Alamos, with a wooden floor, a bed, a cream headboard and lamps
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Soft surfaces abound in this swish boutique hotel, right in the thick of things near Plaza de la Merced. After introducing the kids to Cubism at the Picasso Museum, relax in ice-cool comfort in rooms with star-shaped lanterns, flowing drapes and spa tubs in the swankiest classes. The attitude is firmly modern, but details from the original 19th-century building emerge here and there as a reminder that this is still the Málaga of old.

9. Gran Hotel Miramar

Resort

A light and grand lobby area at Gran Hotel Miramar, with plants, columns, plush seats and tables
Courtesy of Gran Hotel Miramar / Expedia

There are hotels in palaces and hotels that feel like palaces – and Gran Hotel Miramar is definitely in the latter camp. Effortless stylish rooms pay homage to different periods of Málaga’s rich history – some are Moorish, some baroque, some art deco, but all are lavish and refined. For families, though, the draw comes from the vast communal spaces: the covered atrium, the oceanfront terrace and the pool looking over the Med, just across the road from the beach.

Haven’t quite found what you’re looking for? Our local experts have rounded up the best hostels and the best holiday apartments in Málaga so that you can find the perfect place to stay. If relaxation is your top priority, you can always book a stay at one of the best wellness retreats in nearby Marbella. Then, after a busy day exploring the region, there’s no better way to unwind than with a cocktail at one of the best bars in Málaga. Or for a stylish stay, check out our pick of the most chic boutique hotels in Malaga, bookable with Culture Trip.

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