Set amidst the pine trees next to the Phoenician-built Alcazaba fortress and the 14th-century Gibralfaro Castle, from which it takes it name, the hotel is a five-minute drive into the buzzing heart of Malaga, or you can walk down the ancient steps, which will take about 10 minutes. I’d get a cab back up though.
Want a room with a spectacular view? If so, this is the hotel for you, as even on the lowest levels you’re guaranteed a panoramic vista of Malaga. The dark wood furniture would be outdated in modern hotels but feels right in the historic, semi-rustic setting. The bathrooms are modern, clean and simple.
The walls are a bit scuffed, the thick, deep-red rugs are fraying a little, the hand-painted tiles are gently faded and the chairs are a little creaky. All those things are the reasons I love this parador. It’s simultaneously steeped in history yet somehow as fresh as dawn in a 'shabby chic' way.
Eating and drinking
The restaurant specialises in typical Malaga fayre including gazpacho and pescaíto frito. Personally, I’ve found the set menu isn’t up to much (quality-wise) and prefer to venture into the city for dinner. Breakfast is expensive for the city at 18 euros a head.
Even if it had a flashy gym and spa centre, I’d never leave the pool area. Being so high, and with unrivalled views, it’s sort of a natural infinity pool.
The reception staff are polite and willing to help, and completely unflustered. The same cannot always be said for the restaurant/bar team, who I’ve found to be slow and dismissive on occasion.
Who stays there
Typically ‘middle class’ Spaniards from out of town plus European and American couples wanting a slice of the ‘high’ life, without the fuss.
Breakfast is not included in the price of the room and isn’t the cheapest.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Lots of character
- Views, views, views
- Food and service could be better