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Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro
Ranked #17 of 89 Hotels in Malaga
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“A very nice stay”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

We stayed one night at the parador is located on a hill overlooking Malaga and the harbour.
The room was big, Clean, comfortable with a balcony you could sit on and
watch the sun going down. Very good breakfast. You could hear traffic from the road below.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

It all depends what you want from your hard earned holiday. I want a fabulous view, a standard of accommodation at least as good as I have at home or better and a choice of great places to eat locally.
This parador (I have stayed at others in the past and they never disappoint) does it all for me.
Highlights for me are: breakfast on the balcony; watching the sun go down on the terrace sipping local wine surrounded by large family groups enjoying the start of the weekend; (very) early morning coffee and pastries supplied by night staff while waiting for our 5am taxi.
It is a bit formal (dinner in the restaurant doesn't appeal to me with all the choice there is in the town) but staff are accommodating.
Recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2013

As soon as you arrive at this hotel, you cannot help but be blown away by the view, which is totally amazing. Our bedroom was a standard room and perfectly adequate, well appointed with a balcony and uninterrupted views over the city and harbour down below. The restaurant served a lovely meal, with plenty of choice from a buffet for starters and desserts, and menu selection for the main course, cooked to order. Again, the view from the restaurant terrace, both at breakfast time and at night, draws your gaze back again and again. The staff were most obliging and couldn't fault them. There is a small but nice swimming pool area on the top deck, and the bar terrace is delightful.
Admittedly it is a bit of a hike up from the city below, especially in hot weather, and a taxi is necessary for this. You are cut off a little from the city below, but only by a very short taxi ride. The jet set location definitely compensates for this. We would definitely stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2013

Great location, though taxis are necessary to get to the centre (to the Cathedral costs 6 Euro, the train station around 8). There is a local bus service but not a frequent one.
Good menus with 3 courses for 33Euro, or a la carte.Rooms are large and spotlessly clean. Staff are friendly helpful and efficient.
The location is superb in terms of views over the city.All round a great experience.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whissendine, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2013

Our first stay at a Parador. We expected 4 Star but didn't get it. The location overlooking Malaga is stunning but its a long way from the town centre. You can walk down to the town in 15 mins but the path, although well maintained is treacherous slate, highly polished by many feet. Anything more glamorous than trainers will have you on your backside. There is a bus stop close by with a 30min frequency. Taxi rides are 7-8 euros one way. The parador itself just about justifies 4 star as the building is clean and well maintained, the rooms are nice, modern and up to contemporary standards. The offer of dinner outside on the terrace was atractive but the menu was not, although the view is the best in Malaga.
So why is this just not a good hotel. The staff.
I have never met such an insouciant, arrogant or indifferent bunch. Everything seems too much trouble. We waited over an hour for lunch only to be told the waiter had gone off duty without placing our order. Likewise reception seemed to feel we were spoiling their day when we asked a question.
What this place needs is a good manager. Maybe the excellent waiter who runs breakfast would be a good choice, the only genuine hard working staff member there. Nothing was too much trouble for him.
I would advise a trip up to the mirador next to the parador on the tourist bus and maybe get a coffee, but next time in Malaga we'll stay in a hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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County Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2013

A lovely hotel, sitauated as most say well away from the madding crowd in an incredible location. From the pool we had a bird's-eye view into the bull ring, and could clearly hear the olé, olé and accompanying brass band from our room. The view is of the old town, Med and coastline stretching away; but also of the Port, an active container port and bulk (cement) distribution industrial hub. It's thus not all flowers and tress, but towers and cranes. It does make for an active scene, but maybe not to everyone's postcard dreams.

On the only downside, it is a bit of a hike up, and the 35bus which connects is very infrequent and stops in the early evening. One to remmeber, particularly upon arriving in Malaga without a car (as we did). Flag a taxi - don't climb the hill in the heat! Once you're down in the town, the tendancy will be to stay there - there's no popping back for a quick lie down!

Overall though, a lovely place. The staff are great and the atmosphere very relaxed and not too formal.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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glasgow
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Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Our last night after 3 weeks in Spain was spent here as we had visited for a drink on a previous visit and admired the views.
Our room was huge and in an attractive way, od fashioned. There was a little terrace looking out through the trees to Malaga and the harbour.
We had dinner outside on the Summer Terrace, and as it was a weekend they had a live duo singing some tasteful background songs.
All in all a great way to spend our last night in Spain.
Stay he if you want a bit of old fashioned charm and a view to envy.
Not cheap but worth splashing out on.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro
Address: Avenida Canovas del Castillo s/n, 29016 Malaga, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#15 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
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Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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