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If you want to stay close to the heart of Malaga’s action, your best bet is the Old Town, which hosts most of the city’s key attractions, such as the Picasso museum, as well as numerous Malaga hotels.
Alternatively, try the SoHo area, another central area with an artsy, more youthful feel – think street art and murals everywhere, plenty of independent cafés, bars and hostels, and narrow winding streets down which to get lost.
Slightly to the west is Malaga city centre, where the shopping streets are located, alongside hotels at more reasonable prices – and it’s only a 10-minute walk from the Old Town.
Lastly, there are the urban beaches, with the most popular being La Malagueta to the east and Huelin to the west.
The beaches at Malaga are pleasant enough, but let’s face it, if you were here solely for the beaches, you’d be heading straight down the coast to Marbella and beyond. So stay here if you’re keen to use the city as a base while doing regular day trips.
Also at the heart of the action is a lively after-dark scene. Find out more on our Malaga nightlife page.
High-end luxury starts with the five-star Malaga hotel, the Vincci Posada del Patio, in the heart of the Old Town. Full of easy charm, it’s not so glitzy that you’ll feel out of place, but its modern luxury will appeal to those in search of the finer things.
Alternatively, perched high up in the hills, is the uniquely located four-star Malaga hotel, the Parador de Malaga (opposite the Alcazaba fortress), which offers amazing views of the city below.
If you’re looking for cheap hotels in Malaga, you could do worse than the Old Town’s Dulces Dreams, which is close to the key attractions. Catering to the boutique hostales crowd, the smart décor feels much more upmarket than your average backpacker hostel.
If your family is planning a holiday to the city, consider a family Malaga hotel located a little further from the urban buzz.
The recently renovated Hotel Tryp Guadalmar, five kilometres from the centre of Malaga, has Guadalmar beach on its doorstep. The resort has bright and airy rooms and great facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools and an on-site restaurant with a mouth-watering buffet. And the centre of Malaga is still only a five-minute bus ride away.
If you’re keen on slightly more low-key accommodation, but don’t want to stay in one of Malaga’s cheap hotels or an all-inclusive Malaga hotel, you could look at renting an apartment.