The largest city on the Costa del Sol, and more laidback than Madrid or Barcelona, Malaga is famous for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
This artistic spirit can be seen everywhere from the urban street art and beautiful Moorish architecture right down to the city’s selection of stylish hotels.
Whether you fancy a beautiful beach hotel or a boutique design hostel, our favourite Malaga hotels will make sure your holiday is Instagram-worthy from the moment you step off the plane.
Overlooking Parque del Oeste and across the street from San Andres Beach, this exclusive design hotel offers unparalleled views of Malaga’s sparkling blue sea and white sand.
Book yourself into a room that overlooks the promenade and beautiful Mediterranean waters, with a luxurious marble bathroom, sleek monochrome colour palette and pillow menu.
Enjoy a gourmet meal in the hotel’s Ocean Lounge Restaurant with its very own outdoor terrace along the Paseo Marítimo, or a chilled glass of wine in the Ocean Bar right in front of the beach.
Room Mate Valeria
One of the city’s most stylish hotels, the boutique Room Mate Valeria in downtown Malaga is a beautiful mix of 18th century façades and sleek urban design.
Reflecting the hip vibe of Malaga’s Soho neighbourhood, the rooms are distinctive and full of character, with bold, brightly coloured decor and chic bathrooms with rain showers.
Enjoy a refreshing drink at the terrace bar after a dip in the rooftop plunge pool, or grab some shade on the canopy loungers while listening to chill music and taking in the atmosphere and the views.
Want to see Malaga’s famous street art up close and personal? Then base yourself in the cool SOHO neighbourhood and call Apartamentos Nono home for a few days.
The chic serviced apartments sleep up to four people, so they’re perfect for a girly weekend away in the city. For something more romantic, we love the stylish studio with its own French balcony.
Apartamentos Nono also boasts its very own rooftop terrace, so you can lay back on a sun lounger after over-indulging in the tasty buffet breakfast and take in the stunning views of Malaga.
Alcazaba Premium Hostel
This beautiful ‘budget boutique’ hostel is set in a refined 1920s building just 20 minutes from La Malagueta beach.
Grab two or even ten of your friends and stay in in the bright, modern dorms that look out over the pretty cafe-lined street, or if it’s just you and your other half you can book one of the charming double rooms.
The hotel’s chill-out rooftop terrace looks out over the Roman Theatre as well as the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castles, so it’s easily one of the best places in the city to unwind with a tasty cocktail and a spectacular view.
Petit Palace Plaza Malaga
The Petit Palace Plaza Malaga Hotel is an ideal base for people looking to explore the beauty and history of Malaga.
This chic design hotel is set in an impressive 20th-century palace, close to Malaga Cathedral in the old city centre. Hop on one of the hotel’s free bikes and cycle to the beach nearby.
When you’re all beached out, unwind in your room with all the hi-tech mod cons you could need, from free Wi-Fi and iPod docks to iPads and baths with hydromassage jets.
The Barcelo Malaga hotel is famous for its avant-garde design, including a giant steel slide in the reception that links the first floor with the sophisticated B-Lounge.
The ultra-modern rooms boast great features like your own pillow menu and a hydromassage shower, but we particularly love the Junior Suite Deluxe Room with its very own hot tub – a great touch for a romantic city break.
As well as the sleek hotel restaurant and lounge, there’s also a contemporary cocktail bar on the terrace where you can enjoy a drink and some light snacks while you take in the views.