Staying in Málaga
A boutique hotel can make your trip even more memorable, as they tend to offer an intimate, personalized experience. The best mid-range boutique hotels in Málaga are excellent options for those who want a more relaxed stay while maintaining those cushy amenities. Enjoy relaxing on rooftop terraces or courtyard patios, swimming in pools, and eating at delicious onsite eateries. You'll also be right in the city center and within walking distance to site like the Parque de Málaga, Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and Malagueta Beach.
Stay in an 18th-century Andalusian palace next to a 16th-century church in the city's Jewish Quarter. You'll enter Palacio Solecio via a grand staircase and enjoy elements like exposed brick, stone mosaics, tile flooring, wood-beamed ceilings, and an inner courtyard with columns, archways, and vintage lighting. The onsite restaurant features a unique menu by Michelin-star chef José Carlos, who uses "avant-garde techniques." Try the six-course tasting menu with a wine pairing. You can also enjoy breakfast and lunch at the restaurant, plus relax in the hotel's lounges and bar area.
There are eight room categories at Palacio Solecio, including suites and family rooms. The standard rooms feel slightly plain, so we recommend the deluxe category or higher. All are warm and welcoming with bright, modern bathrooms, and some include four-poster beds, Juliette balconies, soaking tubs, and seating areas. The tower room has a private outdoor terrace with perfect views of the Cathedral, and the family rooms are extra spacious with two separate rooms.
This historic hotel technically shares a building with an Islamic-inspired 16th-century church in the city's Jewish Quarter. You'll be just down the street from the Alcazaba, Picasso Museum, and Plaza de la Merced, and have plenty of options for eateries. You can also easily walk through the historic center to sites like the Cathedral, Mercado Central, and Málaga Park.
At ICON Malabar, you'll be in the center of the city's hip SOHO district and not far from the marina and waterfront. Easily walk to sites like the Cathedral and Alcazaba, the waterfront with its modern Paseo del Muelle Uno and treelined Parque de Málaga, and the Alcazaba and city beaches. You'll also be spoiled for bars, cafés, and restaurants around the hotel, and you can rest your feet in the common areas, such as the lobby lounge or inner courtyard.
Though a relatively new boutique hotel, ICON Malabar sits in a historic building dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. The façade features an iconic look with shuttered Juliette balconies, some enclosed with glass. Enjoy a daily breakfast buffet focusing on healthy foods and take your other meals from the onsite restaurant, Café Salsamente. The eatery serves Mediterranean food and honors the city's past as the Roman Empire's first center for Garum production, a flavorful additive that forever influenced the future of cooking.
The hotel offers seven room types with tranquil vibes, neutral tones, and rose-gold accents. Bathrooms are spacious and modern with white marble and gray tiling. Some rooms feature private balconies with street views, and the family rooms sleep four people with bunk beds.
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Room Mate Valeria Hotel
Right at the edge of the hip SOHO district, marina, and start of the Old Town, Room Mate Valeria Hotel has a prime location walkable to every city site. 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. Sleep late with a breakfast buffet that lasts until noon, keep your energy up in the gym, and relax in the lobby lounge.
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 either 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. You'll be in the hip and trendy SOHO neighborhood, known for its bars and international restaurants, yet right at the marina with 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.
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. This style spills out into the hotel's 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. The hotel's rooftop terrace is another highlight with a swimming pool and sundeck, plus incredible sea and Cathedral views. 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.
Hotel Palacete de Alamos
Hotel Palacete de Alamos is a historic hotel with unique charms, such as exposed brick walls in the rooms and common areas, plus tile flooring, a grand staircase, and an inner courtyard. The property's history meshes well with its location right down the street from Plaza de la Merced, Teatro Romano, and the Alcazaba, a perfect spot for exploring the city on foot. You can easily walk to the Cathedral, Mercado Central, Castillo de Gibralfaro, city shopping, and numerous delicious restaurants.
Enjoy a daily breakfast buffet served in the quaint dining room with antique furniture and relax in one of the common areas, such as the inner courtyard lounge. The hotel also has a beautiful spa area with a heated pool, sauna, and water circuit for soaking and showers. You can book massages and other spa treatment services if you'd like more pampering.
You can choose rooms or apartments, so Hotel Palacete de Alamos might be a good option for traveling with family or a small group. Rooms are warm and inviting, with some featuring seating areas or Jacuzzi tubs. Apartments come as studios or with one or two bedrooms, plus living rooms and dining areas. Some have private balconies or patios and/or hot tubs.
Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro
As one of Spain's famed Paradores, you'll stay at a historic site—a hilltop stone structure with arched doorways near Castillo de Gibralfaro. Enjoy historical elements like arched doorways, traditional red-tiled floors, and wood-beamed ceilings. At Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, you'll get incredible views of the city's waterfront, marina, Old Town, and Alcazaba, plus you can easily explore the castle. However, to get to sites within the city center, like the Cathedral, plan on driving or enjoying a 25-minute walk.
The rooms are surprisingly spacious for a historic building, with comfy beds, traditional tiled floors, desks, and seating areas. All offer private balconies with chairs and incredible sea views or vistas overlooking the Alcazaba. There are only two room categories, standard and superior, with the superior option adding a bit more space and four-poster beds. The bathrooms are large but outdated and could use some updates.
Besides the incredible views from the hotel rooms, you can also enjoy these vistas at the outdoor swimming pool or on the restaurant's terrace. The pool is the perfect place to relax, with castle views on one side, sea views on the other, and a sundeck with lounge chairs. The restaurant also has an indoor dining room, where you can enjoy a daily breakfast buffet. Other amenities include onsite parking, a chic bar, and a few cozy lounges.