Perched on the edge of Malaga's old town by the river and within easy walking distance of all the sights.
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.
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.
The rooftop pool really is one of the best on the Costa del Sol.
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.
As the hotel only opened in 2010, the rates are still incredibly good value for a five-star hotel.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Historical touches
- No English TV in the rooms as yet
- You can't go down and see the old wall