With Málaga as one of the biggest cities in Spain's Andalusia region, and since it's known for high temperatures year-round, it's nice to have a refreshing pool to help you cool off in the afternoons. The best hotels with pools in Málaga offer this reprieve, plus central locations and plenty of other amenities.

Staying in Málaga

Views of Málaga from one of the castle viewpoints. 

Málaga is a busy urban hub mingling old and new, hosting ancient ruins not far from skyrise buildings lining the waterfront and port. After a day exploring this lively city, it's a nice perk to cool off at the pool. You'll find some of the best hotels with pools in Málaga right in the historic center, so you get the best of both worlds: easy exploration and a refreshing afternoon dip. All of our top picks are within walking distance of sites like like the Parque de Málaga, Teatro Romano, Cathedral, Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and Malagueta Beach

Hotel Gran Hotel Miramar

Swim in the pool or at the beach (Photo courtesy of Hotel Gran Hotel Miramar)

Gran Hotel Miramar—a luxurious property commissioned by King Alfonso XIII—feels like a resort with so many common areas and amenities. As one of its main perks, the hotel features two outdoor pools, plus a private kids' pool. The main pool is huge, shimmering, and surrounded by tall palm trees and sun loungers. Just across the street is the city's main beach, Playa la Malagueta, so you can also enjoy sea views while sunbathing. 

In addition to the pools, you can also enjoy an indoor Moorish spa with a thermal water circuit and a sundeck and lounge area with sea views (for those over 16 years). Kids (and parents) will also love a summertime activity center and convenient valet parking. When hungry, you have four restaurants to choose from, some with luxurious dining rooms or terraces, plus coffee and bar service in the beautiful inner courtyard lounge.

You'll have your choice of seven room types, starting with the hotel's premier rooms. All are incredibly spacious with bright, airy, and refined designs, including pops of Art Deco decor. Bathrooms are large, modern, and come with colorful tiling. Some have seating areas or even separate living rooms, and you can always request a unit with sea views. Book the top-floor Crown Suite in the building's fortified towers (complete with a private sundeck and hot tub) to feel like royalty.

Though you won't be in the city's historic core, the trade-off is the hotel's nearly waterfront location across the street from Malagueta Beach. Still, you'll be at the foot of Castillo de Gibralfaro, two blocks from the bullring, and within walking distance of other city sites, like the Parque de Málaga and Alcazaba, both less than 10 minutes away.

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Only YOU Hotel Málaga

Relax at the rooftop pool day and night (Photo courtesy of Only YOU Hotel Málaga)

Enjoy Only YOU Hotel Málaga's incredible rooftop terrace, where you'll find its pool. Long and narrow, it's the perfect place to cool off in the afternoons. The pool has jets you can turn on and off, plus underwater seating, so you can fully relax while enjoying the city views. From the pool, you can see the marina, port, skyline, and Castillo de Gibralfaro. You'll also find tables, sun loungers, and a bar with stools to order snacks and drinks.

The hotel's prime location at the start of the city's main shopping street, across from the port, and next to Paseo del Muelle Uno and Málaga Park is another perk. You can walk anywhere in the Old Town here, including Calle Marqués de Larios, a popular pedestrian shopping street lined with beautiful buildings, the Alcazaba, the Cathedral, and the Mercado Central de Atarazanas.

The building that Only YOU occupies is where the palace of the Marquisate of Larios, a noble family established by Queen Elizabeth II, once stood. The hotel channels its elegant past by offering nine room types, from a classic category to suites with terraces and outdoor lounges. All have a fresh, airy boutique vibe with light wooden features, pops of whites and blacks, king beds, and a selection of pillows. Bathrooms feel luxurious with rainfall showers, robes, and automatic lighting, and some feature soaking tubs. 

You'll be spoiled for food choices at the hotel, as there are three eateries, plus a breakfast buffet and room service. The ground floor restaurant is a traditional Spanish-style seafood tavern, and the other two are on the top floors with sea and city views.

Posada del Patio Hotel

Relax on the rooftop terrace with a pool and views (Photo courtesy of Posada del Patio Hotel)

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Hotel offers a beautiful rooftop terrace with an outdoor plunge pool perfect for the afternoon siesta. The pool is less about relaxing and more about swimming and cooling off. When ready to dry off, you can claim one of the sun loungers or enjoy the city skyline. The pool is a great place to spend some time at night, as high temperatures tend to linger during the summer nights, and the water glows turquoise as the city lights come on. 

When not in the pool, spend some time admiring the hotel's architectural charm and tranquility with natural tones, lots of plant life, and Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. With this combination, the common areas feel like a dreamy oasis and include an Andalusian patio, library lounge, and trendy bar. You can dine at one of the two eateries, the Tavern Restaurant and the Entremuros Restaurant. For breakfast, enjoy individual portions of various local goodies displayed like art.

The rooms fit the hotel's oasis vibe with a bright, airy, modern atmosphere and large, clean bathrooms. You'll find colorful wallpaper behind the beds and seating areas in all units, though you can upgrade to a suite for a little more space or opt for a room with a balcony. Though perfectly comfortable and aesthetic, the hotel could boost the elegance of the rooms.

The hotel sits on the edge of Málaga's historic Old Town, so you have the city's history at your feet the moment you leave the property. You can reach sites like the Mercado Central, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, the Catedral de Málaga, and the Alcazaba all within 10 minutes of walking. The only downside to the location is that the hotel's entrance faces a pretty busy street, though the rooms remain quiet.

Molina Lario Hotel

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Enjoy views of the cathedral from the rooftop pool (Photo courtesy of Molina Lario Hotel)

Named after the city's most famous family, Molina Lario Hotel combines two historic buildings with original façades with a new build, offering a mix of modern and glitzy Art Deco. You can pair this elegance with the perk of an outdoor swimming pool on the hotel's rooftop terrace. Because you'll be in such a stellar location, the views from the pool are truly amazing, with vistas of the sea and Cathedral. The pool is relatively large, so good for relaxing, swimming, or just cooling off. Snag a poolside chair or one of the cushy couches and enjoy a drink from the bar.

The hotel's glamorous style also spills into its gourmet restaurant Matiz, which has beautiful courtyard dining and a tasting menu with wine pairings for dinner. Of course, you can also enjoy breakfast here in the morning. Besides the rooftop terrace with its pool, you'll also find another terrace on the sixth floor and a small lobby lounge.

Rooms are bright, modern, and comfortable with a refined look and elevated touches like a pillow menu and bathrobes. The standard option is a little small, so choose a superior room or higher for a bit more space. Some feature sea views and desks, while suites add seating areas. Family rooms are the largest option, with the ability to add one or two additional beds. 

Enjoy a near-perfect location at the end of the historic street Calle Molina Lario and the start of Málaga Park across the street from the waterfront promenade Paseo del Muelle Uno. This location straddles old and new, so you get a little bit of everything, including gourmet restaurants, international shopping, local hangouts, and artisan shops tucked down corners. You'll be within walking distance of all the sites, including the Cathedral, Picasso Museum, Alcazaba, and Castillo de Gibralfaro. 

Room Mate Valeria Hotel
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Lounge on the rooftop with a pool and bar (Photo courtesy of Room Mate Valeria Hotel)

One of the main perks of Room Mate Valeria Hotel is its incredible rooftop terrace and pool. You can also enjoy the fantastic rooftop terrace with a heated pool, sundeck, and bar with incredible sea views and vistas of Castillo de Gibralfaro. The pool is a little small, so it's best for just relaxing, cooling off, or taking a quick dip. You'll find spacious, striped sun loungers lining the pool, plus a large bar with stools, shaded seating, and tasty drinks. 

Right at the edge of the hip SOHO district, marina, and start of the Old Town, Room Mate Valeria Hotel also has a prime location walkable to every city site. The SOHO neighborhood is known for its bars and international restaurants, plus you'll be next to the modern Paseo del Muelle Uno and leafy Málaga Park at your doorstep. Other sites within walking distance include the Cathedral, Alcazaba, Playa la Malagueta, and Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Choose from basic rooms, standard rooms, and suites, plus an option for families with connected units. Generally, the rooms are a bit small, so choose a suite if you'd like more space. You can also book units with sea views and Juliette balconies. Keep in mind that all the rooms feature bright blue or green decor, including wallpaper and carpeting, which might not appeal to everyone.

You'll enter the hotel's historical building through restored façades from the 18th and 19th centuries. But once you get inside, you'll enjoy a theme that channels the area's natural environment with a green and blue color scheme and jungle wallpaper. Sleep late with a breakfast buffet that lasts until noon, keep your energy up in the gym, and relax in the lobby lounge.