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“A bit of a let down” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro

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Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro
Ranked #16 of 90 Hotels in Malaga
Duffer33
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5 reviews
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“A bit of a let down”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

If it's a view you are after this is a great place but that's it. After 4 days in Granada at the Hospes Palacio de los Patos luxury hotel, this was like arriving at a B&B. There is a bar but no one to serve you. The staff are indifferent to guests. The rooms are basic, The mini bar non-existent, 1 beer and no wine. When we tried to order a drink after 11pm we were referred to our Mini Bar! Yes the empty one. This was our first Parador and I would not be running back to them.

Room Tip: You need a room on floor 2 or above to enjoy the view which is spectacular but that's about it!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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mid wales
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2014

Fabulous view of Malaga harbour, city and the bull ring.
We had a comfortable room with balcony, with breakfast buffet included. Unlike another review, we had a first class dinner in the restaurant, the waiter was very helpful and recommended a local wine.
This is not your average hotel...it is something a little special, and would suit someone booking a Malaga short break.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Orinda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

We spent two wonderful nights at the Parador de Malaga Giralfaro. We had a view of the Malaga Harbor far below. When we met our Spanish friends we walked down a wonderful stair case to the city below.
The room was very comfortable with a breakfast buffet included in the hotel charge and a very delicious breakfast it was.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the harbor are very pleasant.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gower, Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2014

Stayed here for one night in December before flying home after visiting Gibraltar for a friends wedding.
Although we have flown into Malaga numerous times, we have never visited the city itself. This time we decided to stay one night so that we can see Malaga itself.
We chose the Parador and we were not disappointed with our choice of accommodation. The hotel is lovely with a nice bedroom and bathroom. Best part is the view, it is magnificent.
We walked down a very steep path to the old town and was pleasantly surprised to find Malaga so nice. Lots of bars and restaurants, lively tapas bars, very upmarket shops. All in all a nice place to walk around. We caught a taxi back to the hotel, the steep walk down meant a very steep walk back uphill!
After arriving back to the hotel, we decided to stay and have food at the hotel's restaurant. A big mistake, we should have had a taxi back to the old town. Food choice was limited, not nicely cooked and overall a big disappointment. We are not fussy eaters, but it's very rare for us to leave food behind which we did.
I would stay at this Parador again, but eat down town.
Malaga is nice in December if you want to see some Christmas lights. Plenty in the town.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

This is the 3rd Parador we have stayed in this year and as usual it lived up to our expectations. Great views over the city of Malaga, but only to be expected as it's perched at one of the highest points (not for the faint hearted if you are not up for a walk!). Staff, rooms, food all excellent.
Worth renting a car if you are staying longer than a few nights as the bus service is not that frequent.
Great value for money, would recommend without hesitation.

Room Tip: All rooms have a balcony overlooking the harbour
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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212 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013 via mobile

Nice Parador adjacent to Gibralfaro complex. Spacious, clean rooms, all with balcony and great views overlooking Malaga city and harbor. Friendly staff. During the day, you can walk to the centre in 20 minutes or so but we did not regret having rented a car from the airport just for the weekend. Restaurant a bit formal but the cafeteria is fine for afternoon tea, etc.

Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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36 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Room Tip: Choose a room with a view and balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro 4*
Number of rooms: 38
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