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About Málaga

Far more than just the gateway to the ever-popular Costa del Sol, Málaga is an historic Mediterranean port city brimming with cultural sites, beautiful buildings and superb food. There is a broad range of accommodation on offer, from simple guesthouses to high-end hotels, catering to a whole host of budgets. Whether you’re dreaming of plush rooms with Cathedral views or blissful days at a seaside spa, our pick of the best places to stay in Málaga promises something superb for everyone.

Home to a fascinating fusion of cultural influences, Málaga is bursting with gorgeous architecture and intriguing history to unravel. Explore the ancient remains of a Roman theatre, before visiting the medieval Alcazaba, a beautiful Moorish palace-fortress. Gaze down at the city from the Castillo de Gibralfaro, an 11th-century Islamic hilltop fortress, and admire the impressive Gothic Cathedral in the charming historic centre. Stroll the narrow pedestrianised streets of the old town for lovely boutiques, lively bars and popular cafes spilling out onto the cobbles. Málaga has a burgeoning foodie scene, and there’s lots to savour both in the historic centre and along the renovated seafront.

Recent investment in the city and in the old port has led to extensive restorations and the opening of some excellent museums. Don’t miss the Centro Pompidou Málaga — the first outside France — or the astounding collection of the Museo Picasso, home to 204 works by the great artist, who was born in the city. The Botanical Gardens are a real favourite, whilst the quirky Museo Automovilístico Málaga features a blend of fashion and cars that dazzles and delights.

Enhance your understanding of the city’s past with a guided walking tour, unwind on nearby La Malagueta beach, or venture east of the city for days of soaking up the sunshine on lovely beaches.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Málaga offers funky seaside spots, family-friendly properties and luxurious resorts ideal for a trip to remember.

The Best Places to Stay in Málaga

For a City Break

  • Room Mate Larios is a lovely townhouse with simple, modern rooms and a smart, contemporary feel. It’s a short stroll from the main sites, and boasts a fantastic rooftop terrace and bar. Consistently excellent, ideally located and great value.
  • Molina Lario is a delightful hotel set right opposite the Cathedral, in the very heart of Málaga. Featuring plush, contemporary rooms, an atmospheric bar and stunning views over the city’s rooftops, this is a chic, romantic spot for a city break.
  • Posada del Patio is a smart five-star hotel in the historic centre of the city. Rooms boast minimalist designer furnishings with bright pops of colour, as well as private balconies. There’s a striking rooftop pool with exceptional city views, and ancient ruins directly underneath the hotel! A super central base.

For Families

  • Petit Palace Plaza offers modern, airy rooms in a charming old townhouse right in the centre of Málaga. Flexible family room configurations — some of which include bunk beds — make this a great spot for the whole gang. There’s free bike rental and special gifts for little ones, too. Pets are also welcome!

For sea views

  • Room Mate Valeria is a stylish design hotel with bright blue and green decor, mirroring its striking seaside and verdant garden setting. Think fresh, funky decor, bright cocktail spots and a great location near the harbour. It's just 10 minutes' walk to La Malagueta beach.

For luxury

  • Gran Hotel Miramar is a striking historic hotel overlooking lovely La Malagueta beach. Think beautiful Moorish and Andalusian design, spacious, luxuriously-appointed rooms, a stellar spa and a whole host of delectable restaurants.

Prefer an Apartment or Villa?

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Málaga Airport is an easily accessible hub, with connections to many airports. Regular buses from the airport to the city leave every 30 minutes.
  • Contact our partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car. We highly recommend doing so if you’re planning to explore more of the Costa del Sol!
  • Málaga is a year-round destination, with sunshine aplenty. It’s often sunny and mild enough to perch outdoors at lively cafes in December and January, whilst the city is at its busiest over Easter. Do book your stay well in advance as this is a hugely popular place to visit!

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Best Hotels in Málaga

  • Petit Palace Plaza Málaga 66 rooms from £70

    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Central location next to Larios Street and the Cathedral. Picasso and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums close by.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    A contemporary hotel in central Malaga. A townhouse building on a cobbled street with modern rooms and family rooms with white washed walls, splashes of orange, and views of the cathedral. A chic hotel that attracts couples and families. See More

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  • Room Mate Larios Málaga 45 rooms from £77

    Views  -  Stunning city views from the rooftop terrace
    Downtown  -  Very centrally positioned.
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town. A short walk from the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

    Perfectly positioned townhouse hotel with cool contemporary interiors and no frills attached. Sunlit bedrooms and suites have attractive furnishings and balconettes. Fantastic roof top terrace and trendy bar. Great value and consistently excellent. See More

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  • Room Mate Valeria Málaga 61 rooms from £74

    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from Atarazanas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from Malaga Cathedral.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.

    Just a short walk from the beach, Room Mate Valeria is a stylish modern hotel in Malaga. The seaside setting is mirrored by its aquatic aesthetic with comfortable rooms decorated in bold greens and blues. Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace. See More

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  • Posada del Patio Málaga 106 rooms from £90

    City Style  -  A chic stay in the centre of Malaga, close to all its attractions
    Views  -  Superb views over the city from the rooftop terrace
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the historical centre of Malaga. Cathedral & Picasso Museum are close by. Arab & Roman ruins below the hotel

    A good Five Star hotel close to all the attractions. Contemporary chic rooms and suites in browns, yellows and whites with private balconies. Fantastic roof top terrace with pool, excellent restaurant and good value too. A stylish spot in the centre of Malaga. See More

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  • Molina Lario Málaga 103 rooms from £140

    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from the Atarazanas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from Malaga Cathedral.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    Molina Lario is a delightful hotel in the heart of Malaga. Featuring plush rooms, an atmospheric bar and stunning views out over the rooftops of the city, it's a great option for a weekend of exploring Malaga. See More

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  • Gran Hotel Miramar Málaga 190 rooms from £214

    Beach Life  -  Right by the beach in the smart Caleta area, with a seaside promenade and plenty of beach bars in easy reach
    City Style  -  Grand style meets contemporary luxe at this hotel, with full-on urban seaside grandeur
    Sights nearby  -  The Alcazaba fortress, the Roman theatre just beyond the Alcazaba and the baroque-renaissance Malaga Cathedral are all a must
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce and tapas at the covered Ataranzas Market

    Seeped in history, this grand luxury hotel is set on pretty Malagueta beach. Combining Moorish and Andalusian finishes, with grand archways and leafy courts. Rooms are bright and modern with generous beds. Offering a wide choice of restaurants, a superb spa and a huge pool to unwind besides. See More

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