Editor Picks: Luxury & Boutique Hotels in Malaga

by Allie d'Almo  |  Published May 21, 2021

Lovely, lively Malaga is bursting with sights to explore, from Moorish citadels to its sleek new port.  Combine this with an alluring mix of rooftop bars, Michelin-star dining and designer boutiques, and it isn’t hard to see why it’s so popular with well-heeled holidaymakers after the finer things in life. 

(Photo: Gran Hotel Mirimar)

Historically overlooked as the gateway to Costa del Sol, cool and cosmopolitan Malaga is now a destination in its own right. The port city offers irresistible temperatures, a burgeoning art, gastronomy and nightlife scene, and an exciting range of hotels to match. There’s a luxury hotel for every taste, from boutique hideaways to seaside spas to hilltop castles. We’ve selected three of the best luxury and boutique hotels in Malaga, based on design, facilities and value for money. 

Gran Hotel Mirimar

Malaga can claim dozens of world-class five-star luxury resorts, but nothing says soulful seaside glamour like Gran Hotel Miramar. The oldest luxury hotel in the city, it was opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1926. Since then, it’s seen the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway pass under its century-old balustrades. Designer Aneta Mijatovocic has creatively reimagined the space, pairing Neo-Arab and traditional Andalusian influences with stark white walls and 21st-century luxury touches. Bedrooms are equally as luxurious, some with marble balconies overlooking the sea. The hotel is moments from the beach, and there’s an outdoor pool and spa with views of the sea too. Rooms from £170 per night.

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Palacio Solecio 

(Photo: Palacio Solecio)

Palacio Solecio is located right in the thick of the action, on a lively alley in Malaga’s old town – moments from the Museo Picasso. Spread across two 18th-century mansions, the former palace has fast become one of the hottest nights’ sleep in the city. Architect Antonio Obrador has artfully restored many of its original period features, like the double-arched zaguan courtyards, which complement modern touches like bright brass fittings. There are 68 rooms to choose from, each painted a bold ruby red, gold, royal blue or rich green. Most have rolltop bathtubs and pretty balconies with sea views. The interiors are the main draw, but few can fail to fall in love with Balustra, a courtyard restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Jose Carlos Garcia. Rooms from £130 per night 

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Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro

Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro sits high up on the Gibralfaro hill, around six kilometres from the city centre, which means one thing  – sparkling sea views. It’s next-door neighbours with the spectacular Gibralfaro Castle, built in the 14th century to protect the Alcazaba citadel. The boutique is Malaga at its most charming; think centuries-old antiques, original Picasso artwork and palm-fringed courtyards. There are 38 rooms to choose from, each kitted out with luxurious toiletries, bathrobes and slippers. Best of all is the rooftop pool, which features colourful potted plants, sunbeds and views over the surrounding countryside and out to the glittering Meditteranean. From £105 per night 

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