Málaga, the capital of its province, and the de facto capital of the Costa del Sol, Andalucia, is one of Spain’s fastest growing cities. It is so much more than a gateway to the beaches, resorts and natural parks of Southern Spain’s most popular coast. It is a vibrant city rich in culture and history, with a superb food and wine scene. Ask insiders and tastemakers about what’s the city to watch in Spain, and Malaga will surely be at the top of their list. Over the last 15 years this port city has emerged as the destination of choice for culture, cuisine, and authenticity.
Gran Hotel Miramar
The Gran Hotel Miramar has brought 5-star glamour back to Malaga capital, birthplace of Picasso. Opened in 1926 by Alfonso XIII, the hotel has been completely restored and new interior design is different for each floor being decorated in a different style, these being either Arabic, Mediterranean or Modernist. Book one of the extraordinary signature suites, the Crown Suite (with a circular bed!); or the Royal Suite with its exceptional and expansive private, sea facing terrace. This hotel is situated in the heart of the city of Malaga, so there are plenty of shops and museums within walking distance.
Palacio Solecio Hotel
Perhaps one of Malaga’s most revered boutique hotels; the Palacio Solecio was once the former residence of distinguished public figures. The 18th Century Andalusian Palace has been carefully renovated and is very much in keeping with its original architectural and artistic style. Centrally located in the unique Calle Granada, in the old Jewish quarter, the Palacio Solecio boasts a selection of elegant and inviting rooms ranging from bright and airy doubles through to The Tower – a secluded and intimate room with access to a private rooftop terrace. Gastronomy at the Palacio Solecio is a sophisticated experience at the Balausta restaurant where Michelin-starred chef José Carlos García’s showcases the finest Andalusian dishes through his passion for local produce, tradition and innovative techniques. Breakfasts, aperitifs, lunches and dinners can all be enjoyed in the restaurant’s exquisite interior arcaded courtyard under the light of the glass-domed roof. Relax with an exceptional cocktail, sip on a glass of champagne in the atmospheric cocktail bar.
Soho Boutique Malaga
Soho is the creative nexus of the Mediterranean city of Malaga, and at the heart of this artsy city-centre neighbourhood is the Icon Malabar, a 4-star boutique hotel with style flair and a playful sense of creativity. Icon Malabar Malaga is a flagship property, 70 stylish rooms in a classic building in the vibrant Soho quarter, just a block away from the new Antonio Banderas Theatre, and minutes to the city’s Contemporary Art Centre.
Only YOU Málaga
Only YOU Hotel Málaga is conveniently located in the city centre in the symbolic La Equitativa building and is the perfect base to explore the capital city of the Costa del Sol. The vibe throughout the hotel is relaxed yet sophisticated combining an art deco style with an urban Mediterranean touch. Room options range from classic through to spacious suites – all of which present refined Mediterranean décor with warm tones, natural light, stunning views and soundproofing – for private outdoor space opt for a Terrace suite. Residents and non-residents have the choice of two restaurants within the hotel; Carmen Restaurant is more informal, with gastro-pub style all-day dining through to late drinks. Lola Restaurant serves the finest Mediterranean dishes, with a local and seasonal menu – located on the seventh floor the views are stunning and the atmosphere stylish. The rooftop bar, Lolita with the infinity pool is the crowning glory in this stylish hotel; sweeping views across the city, a chill-out area, extensive bar and light bites make it the perfect place to unwind and admire the beauty of Malaga.