Staying in Málaga
One thing we love about luxury hotels in Málaga is that they genuinely elevate your stay in the city with cushy perks like outdoor pools, onsite restaurants, and spas. Málaga is a unique urban hub that, unlike its Andalusian counterparts, doesn't focus entirely on its historic center. Instead, you'll find a mix of old and new, with ancient ruins and hilltop castles near modern shopping streets and tall apartment complexes lining the beach. So choosing posh accommodation will make your stay in this busy city a little more special.
The best luxury hotels with pools in Málaga offer a refreshing reprieve on rooftops or within a little oasis shaded by palm trees. Our top picks offer additional amenities, like fine onsite dining, cozy lounges, rooftop terraces, and incredible views. Plus, they're all within walking distance of sites like like the Parque de Málaga, Teatro Romano, Cathedral, Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and Malagueta Beach.
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.
While in Málaga, you may notice the Larios name on buildings and streets, as the Marquisate of Larios was a noble family established by Queen Elizabeth II. The building that Only YOU occupies is where the family's palace 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.
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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.
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.