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The best hotels in Malaga

The Costa del Sol’s cultural capital has hotels to suit all tastes, as shown in our list of the best hotels in Malaga

By Time Out editors
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Once little more than the landing point for the beaches of the Costa del Sol, Malaga has become a top destination in its own right, with a terrific mix of galleries and museums, as well as the best of Andalusian cuisine. And with its golden sands to the west and the Alpujarras mountains to the east, you can easily make a week of it, while staying at one of the best hotels in Malaga, of course.

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Malaga's best hotels

Best hotels Malaga: AC Hotel Malaga Palacio

AC Hotel Malaga Palacio

Undemanding modern decor in airy neutral rooms with wooden floors aren’t the main reason to stay here; that honour goes to the fifteenth floor rooftop bar and pool, from which you can take in glorious views of the city and sea, as well as the Alcazaba fortress and Gibralfaro castle, and the sea and port views from the rooms, some of which include balconies. A gym and restaurant with terrace complete the package, and wi-fi is free.

Best hotels Malaga: Room Mate Larios

Room Mate Larios

The staple imaginative approach to hotel design that applies to all Room Mates is nicely in evidence at the centrally located Larios, where the art deco-inspired decor by Lorenzo Castillo mixes bright furnishings (fuchsia-bright Barcelona chairs, for example) with understated elegant rooms, some of which have balconies. All have free wi-fi and minibars, and beyond the rooms the roof terrace makes a great spot for breakfast or an evening cocktail. The more upmarket Room Mate Valeria swaps the cool greys for lush tropical furnishings and a Mediterranean colour palette which references the nearby Paseo del Parque gardens.

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Best hotels Malaga: Petit Palace Plaza Malaga

Petit Palace Plaza Malaga

With its smart, light-filled modern rooms dotted with orange textiles and furnishings, you’d be forgiven for thinking this central Malaga hotel was a superior Easyjet hotel, but for the impressive complimentary kit. Think free bike hire, laptops with free wi-fi (standard across Petit Palace hotels), iPod docks, and the use of Mi-Fis with 30 free MB of data for five mobile devices.

Best hotels Malaga: Gran Hotel Miramar

Gran Hotel Miramar

One of the oldest and swankiest hotels in Malaga, dating back to 1926 and with a guestlist that includes Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles and Jean Cocteau, belies its age with a snazzy remodel befitting its smart Caleta beachfront location. Decor in each of its 200 rooms is nicely delineated by which floor you’re on, with styling spanning everything from Moorish-flavoured to breezy Mediterranean and traditional Andalusian. The best rooms are the seafront ones with balconies, but all have tea- and coffee-makers, minibar and free wi-fi, and bathrooms with rain showers, separate baths, and Hermès toiletries. The rooftop bar is coolly hip, while downstairs amenities include an outdoor pool, spa, gym, and large indoor/outdoor restaurant.

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Best hotels Malaga: Hotel Molina Lario

Hotel Molina Lario

This well-loved hotel seems to win over travellers and reviewers alike with its smart, understated design across a space that includes a rooftop bar/pool, 103 rooms, a patio garden (where breakfast is served) and two terraces with stunning views. It’s all set across three interconnected buildings, and offers a choice of contemporary or classic decor in rooms that include tea- and coffee-making facilities, free wi-fi, minibars, and 40-inch smart TVs, while upgrades in one of the original nineteenth-century spaces add balconies, iPod docks, DVD players, free water and a welcome liquor.

Best hotels Malaga: Vincci Malaga

Vincci Malaga

At two minutes walk from the beach, this 4-star modern hotel is a great spot if you like to mix your culture with some beach time. Its 105 rooms, many with expansive sea views, are styled in contemporary neutral tones and decor, with accent colours livening up otherwise smart white rooms with wooden floors. All come with free wi-fi and minibars, and breakfast (not included) is served on a lovely seafront terrace, which at night doubles as a very pleasant restaurant and bar.

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Best hotels Malaga: Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano

Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano

It’s not often your hotel room affords views of a 1,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, but the aptly named Teatro Romano does just that from many of its contemporary rooms, all of which are coolly styled and punctuated with patterned soft furnishings and imaginative furniture and fittings, and come with free wi-fi and flatscreen TVs. Some have balconies and views, though you’ll have to spring for a deluxe if you want one of the theatre.

Best hotels Malaga: Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

With a stunning location on Mount Gibralfaro and neighbouring the fourteenth-century castle named after it, this is a gorgeous little hotel, from its bougainvillea-covered restaurant balcony to the Moorish-influenced architecture and decor. A large pool and scenic terrace/restaurant offer amazing views over the city, sea and distant mountains, and all 38 classically styled rooms feature free wi-fi, while some have balconies. It’s a lovely 30-minute walk down into town, and it all comes in at around €160.

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Best hotels Malaga: Itaca Malaga

Itaca Malaga

In the heart of the city and opposite the Carmen Thyssen Museum, this intimate hotel is a treat, featuring as it does 25 bright, warmly coloured modern rooms with minibars stocked with free soft drinks and water, plus balconies in many of them. Wi-fi is free, as is parking, and a reading room/TV lounge plus a rooftop pool and sun terrace with views out over the old town’s rooftops complete the appeal. Buffet breakfast is a very reasonable €7.50.

Best hotels Malaga: Hotel del Pintor

Hotel del Pintor

Funky and different, this centrally located hotel next to Plaza de la Merced square and a few minutes walk from Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums has determinedly modern rooms (some with balconies), which is pretty much what you’d expect from something designed by a poet and painter – in this case local hero Pepe Bornoy. Clearly a fan of the Constructivists’ palette, Bornoy has opted for lots of red, black and white to create bold spaces that include free wi-fi, flatscreen TVs, bottled water and – a rarity in Spain – a kettle. The bar is equally eye-catching, and Nespresso coffee is available 24/7 in the lobby.

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