Malaga is far more than just an airport. It's a diverse city that encapsulates the soul of Andalucia and which definitely requires your full attention. Whether you opt to overnight here before discovering the rest of the region, or choose to stay awhile and get to know the city a little better, then you'll be looking for a place to stay.
What do you look for in a city centre hotel? Let's look at the options. Browse this pick of the best hotels in Malaga - and you should be able to find something that suits, whatever your budget or style.
Luxury Hotels in Malaga
Let's begin at the top. Should money not be an issue, and you're searching for a little luxury on your Spanish road trip, then choose the Ferrari category of places to stay.
Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio
Vincci DO hotels. And they do them well. If luxury and a little pampering is top of your hotel holiday bill, then check in to the Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio in Malaga. This superb hotel contains 106 rooms, of which 4 are suites, 2 Junior Suite Deluxe, 11 Junior Suites, 22 Double Superior, 59 Standard double and 8 singles. Located right in the heart of Malaga's Old Town, you can soak up the historical centre from the rooftop pool. A Saturday night weekend away in May will set you back from €327 to €665 - you choose whether you want a basic room or the best suite with half board.
Pasillo Santa Isabel, 7, 29005 Malaga; tel: +34 951 001 020; firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheap Hotels in Malaga
If your wallet isn't up to the last suggestion, and you're after something a little more on the cheap and cheerful side, then how about a tried and tested staple, a budget hotel?
Ibis Budget Malaga Centro
You know exactly what you're getting when it comes to an Ibis hotel, which is why so many of us continue to book them time and time again. The Ibis Budget Malaga Centro is a no-frills, 125 room hotel that's modern, clean, light and airy. It's light on your pocket, too: a midweek room for 2 in spring comes in at just €37 in total. Situated 6 kms from the airport and just a few minutes' walk from many of the city centre sights - the Ibis makes an ideal budget stopover, before or after a flight.
Calvo No 4, Hostal 1, 29007, Malaga; tel: +34 95/1213854; Ibis.com.
Boutique Hotels in Malaga
Hotel Molino Larios
Owned by the Warwick Group of international hotels, Molino Larios is a great choice as a classy, boutique, city centre Malaga hotel. Three buildings in one, comprising of 19th-century and modern build, resulting in an eclectic hotel, right in the midst of the cultural heart of the city. The 103 rooms are light and airy, with a home-from-home feel, where little touches and extras make the difference. Treat yourself to a Junior Suite which has a separate lounge, 2 TVs, iPod dock, DVD player, as well as free spirits and a free bottle of water. And the price? Starting from a very reasonable €183 per night.
Molina Lario 20-22, 29015 Malaga, Spain; tel: +34 952 06 20 02
Great Value for Money Hotels in Malaga
Malaga Room Mate Lola
Room Mate hotels seem to be popping up everywhere, and the Malaga city centre Room Mate Lola is perfect for an overnight stay or a short break. It's stylish, modern, and light - in keeping with the Room Mate design and ethos right the way across the board.
A 2 night weekend break in May will cost just €178.50, for a standard room. Or choose to splash out €280.50 for a suite and enjoy 505 sq ft and 2 rooms.
C/ Casas de Campos, 17 29001 - Malaga; tel: +34 900 818 320
Hotels in Malaga Old Town
With culture and history seeping from every pore, Malaga Old Town makes a great base when choosing a hotel. Forget a queue or a late-night taxi - almost everywhere will be within easy walking distance, so sample the wealth of local bars and the bustling Malaga nightlife with confidence, knowing your soft bed is close by.
Itaca Hotel Malaga
Itaca Malaga offers an Old Town stay, with modern and up to the minute style and hospitality. Enjoy a splash in the rooftop pool, free soft-drink mini-bar, plasma TV, or sneak an escape to the reading room. Just a minute's stroll from Calle Larios - or from some amazing art at the Picasso Museum - Itaca is as centrally located as you could possibly wish for. The 25 well-appointed rooms include air conditioning, heating, telephone, satellite LCD TV, desk, ADSL/WIFI, minibar payment, and safe. And the cost? Enjoy a late April weekend night for two at the Itaca for just €135 or slightly over €150, to include a good breakfast, and set you up on your way to explore more of Andalucia.
Fajardo 1-3 (Esquina Compañía), 29008 Malaga; tel (0034) 952 606 110
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