We live one hour's drive east of Malaga airport &, almost every time we fly from there, we opt to spend the night before in the Tryp Guadalmar. We check-in around 6.30 pm, having packed & left the house without any last-minute panics! Time for a bath, a drink & then a very good buffet style dinner, with plenty of variety.
Modern, comfortable beds, pillows, etc. A good night's sleep (aircraft noise almost inaudible) & then a 5 minute drive to our parking service, which takes us to the airport in 5 minutes, often for an 09.00 check-in, or earlier.
The hotel is right on the lovely beach, stretching for a kilometre or more towards Torremolinos, with its many bars & restaurants. It has a huge pool & ample seating. Also, on-site parking is free. We wouldn't want to change anything except the inordinately long & slow check-in procedure, which is disgraceful & apparently common to all the Tryp hotels, in several of which we have stayed.
Be prepared for holiday-making families with small kids in the peak months but, by & large, they are not a nuisance.More