Staying in Málaga
Málaga offers a unique mix of ancient history, turn-of-the-century charm, and modern business. To truly enjoy the city's appeal, we recommend staying in one of the best boutique hotels in Málaga. These properties offer you a more personalized stay in the city, a perfectly central location, and fit a range of budgets. Enjoy amenities like rooftop terraces with pools and city views, delicious onsite eateries, and cozy quarters, all within walking distance of main sites like the Parque de Málaga and Alcazaba, plus the castle and beaches.
Only YOU Hotel Málaga
Enjoy Only YOU Hotel Málaga'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. 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. The rooftop features sun loungers, a bar, and a plunge pool.
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. Enjoy the hotel's two outdoor pools, an indoor Moorish spa with a thermal water circuit, a sundeck and lounge area with sea views (for those over 16 years), a private kids' pool and summertime activity center, and 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 decor, including pops of Art Deco design and 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.
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, plus surrounded by delicious eateries and bars. You can also easily walk through the historic center to sites like the Cathedral, Mercado Central, and Málaga Park.
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 facades 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.
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.
Anahita Boutique Hotel
With Anahita Boutique Hotel, you can stay in a building that assembles part of the city's old 15th-century wall and moat. You'll find historical elements like preserved frescoes and exposed brick, which you can admire in the common areas and some rooms. The hotel's main highlight is the restaurant, serving guests a continental breakfast (though only from 7:30 to 8:30 am) and is open to the public for lunch and dinner. Chef Sergio Garrido uses traditional recipes and techniques that play with the city's culinary roots and international flavors.
With just 16 rooms, Anahita Boutique Hotel provides a calm and relaxed environment with bright, modern, and clean rooms. Some have historical details, with wood-beamed ceilings, tiled flooring, and preserved frescoes. You can also book rooms with soaking tubs or duplex units with a bedroom upstairs. Bathrooms are just as clean and bright, with gold fixtures and details.
The hotel's location makes it easy to explore the city on foot. You'll be less than a block from cafe-lined Plaza de la Merced and right around the corner from where Picasso was born. If you have a car, the Alcazaba's public parking is just down the street, as is the Alcazaba itself, plus the Teatro Romano and the path to reach Castillo de Gibralfaro. You can also easily walk to the waterfront and city beaches.
El Museo Living & Experience Club
For a unique stay, look no further than El Museo, known as "The Museum" and described as a "living and experience club." This accommodation features original or vintage mid-century furnishings and contemporary art displays in its apartments. Each of the 30 apartments (studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom) is an individual art exhibit. All have kitchens with SMEG appliances, dining areas, and living rooms, though the duplex penthouse has a private terrace, and the two-bedroom option can sleep up to six people.
Enjoy sipping drinks in the Le Corbusier Club, a trendy library lounge with art displays, or relax on the rooftop terrace with a sundeck, umbrellas, lounge furniture, and a large jacuzzi. You can grab drinks from the Prouvé honesty bar while enjoying views of the Cathedral, Alcazaba, and Gibralfaro Castle.
El Museo is on the quiet Calle Madre de Dios, just a few steps from the buzzy, café-lined Plaza de la Merced, and around the corner from the childhood home of Picasso. You'll be within walking distance of many restaurants, grocery stores, and sites like the Cathedral, Alcazaba, Teatro Romano, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and Málaga Park.