Spain Guide


Málaga Accommodation

You'll find every type of accommodation in Málaga both in the city itself and the wider region of Málaga which consists of beautiful national parks, inland villages and long coastal stretches of the Costa del Sol.

There are luxury hotels with haute cuisine, private beach clubs and sumptuous health and beauty centres but you'll also find cheap and cheerful "pensiones" where you can stay in a clean and comfortable room at a very reasonable price.

Málaga city is home to one of the luxurious "Paradores" the government run hotels which are normally sited in areas of great historic and cultural interest or in beautiful natural parkland. The imposing Parador Málaga Gibralfaro can be seen rising from the pines and eucalyptus trees which cover the Gibralfaro Mount overlooking the city. Sited next to the ruins of the Gibralfaro Castle and facing the ancient Alcazaba Moorish fortress, this four star hotel has unparalleled views of the city and Mediterranean coastline below.

The Paradors have first class facilities and services, including a swimming pool on its top floor. The restaurant specialises in Andalucian regional dishes including the famous local "fritura de pescaditos a la Malagueña" (Malagan fried fish, using the fresh catch of the day.mmm!)

For a more modern, high rise deluxe hotel right in the centre of town, try the four star Tryp Alameda. It's in an ideal location between the port and historic old quarter of Malaga city and has 136 rooms with all mod cons. You get a generous buffet breakfast to set you up for the day and there's an elegant bar in the entrance hall.

The four star AC Málaga Palacio, in the city's Cortina del Muelle, is another first class hotel with three restaurants, a private outdoor pool, conference facilities and 24 hour room service. Some of the rooms have magnificent views of the harbour and ancient cathedral.

The three star Don Curro Hotel is also in an ideal central location, just 50 metres from Calle Marques de Larios (the main shopping and social centre of Malaga city). Again you'll find a good range of modern services and facilities including satellite TV, minibar, room service, laundry service and air conditioning.

You'll find plenty of other three, two and one star hotels along with hostals and pensiones which have no star rating but still provide comfortable accommodation. Many hostals have en suite facilities and excellent home cooked local food some are just round the corner from the luxury high rise hotels but you'll pay a fraction of the price and still be at the heart of the action. Pensiones are normally small, family run guest houses where bathrooms are usually shared and you may not find an on site bar or restaurant.

A popular area for students, young travellers and other budget conscious tourists is the fishermen's neighbourhood of El Palo (to the east of the city). Here you'll find cheap accommodation in a very traditional Spanish environment but you'll still be just a stone's throw from the heart of the city. If you stay here, watch where the local fishermen go to eat and drink and follow them you'll enjoy delicious local food at unbelievably cheap prices.

There's a cheap youth hostel in the town Jacinto Benavente which provides basic but well run accommodation for students. It can accommodate 114 visitors in 12 flats, with a choice of private rooms and shared rooms for up to four people.

There are numerous campsites along the coast and within the various national parks which pepper the hinterland of the Costa del Sol.

You'll also find a huge range of self catering accommodation in the various villas, apartment complexes and "aparthotels" which proliferate along this section of the coast. If you're travelling in a large group, a private villa with its own pool can sometimes work out cheaper than a hotel as you normally pay a set fee for the villa rather than paying per person.