Vincci Posada del Patio

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Address: Pasillo Santa Isabel 7, Malaga, 29005, Spain

Star rating:
5 star hotel

4.7

Delightful - and first - five-star hotel in Malaga.

The real question is why has it taken so long for an elegant, five-star hotel to open in Malaga. Now finally, the upmarket sector is being properly catered for in the city. This charming luxury hotel, a converted historic mansion, is in a superb position, has a wonderful rooftop pool and some of the most sumptuously contemporary rooms in Andalucia. I particularly like the way the Vincci chain (one of Spain's best) has conserved the best of its past, including the old water troughs and the ancient city wall from the Moorish era 1,300 years ago, which can be seen - along with a series of ancient olive oil vats - below the lobby through reinforced glass. There's even a section of the old Roman wall.

Location
4.8
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
4.7
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.8
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.8
90%

Location

Perched on the edge of Malaga's old town by the river and within easy walking distance of all the sights.

Bedrooms

The 106 spacious bedrooms (with 17 suites) are, in my opinion, some of the finest in Andalucia, and clearly designed with romance in mind. The best are on the higher floors, from where you have a good view of the medieval roof tops and church spires. The ones at the front have views across the river. All rooms have balconies and design flourishes, such as sunken troughs full of pebbles, and are painted in dark purples and mauves. There are big flat-screen TVs, comfortable sofas and hydromassage baths.

Public areas

You walk in to a clean, spacious lobby with a big central atrium with a classic aljibe water trough in a central glass covered courtyard. The sort of place you would expect to find in Barcelona or Madrid, it is incredibly stylish and modern, while keeping its Spanish charms. I particularly love the rooftop pool and bar area, which is incredibly minimalistic, and offers some of the best views of Malaga and into the nearby hills.

Eating and drinking

There is a great tapas bar off the main lobby, which offers a good range of light, original, luxurious treats. At the rear is a more formal restaurant.

Leisure facilities

The rooftop pool really is one of the best on the Costa del Sol.

Service

Efficient, sleek and without fuss.

Who stays there

Not open long, but already they have seen their fair share of top bullfighters, pop stars and... me.

Price advice

As the hotel only opened in 2010, the rates are still incredibly good value for a five-star hotel.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Romance
  • Shopping
  • Trendiness
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish
  • Historical touches
  • No English TV in the rooms as yet
  • You can't go down and see the old wall
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