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Salles Hotel Malaga Centro
Ranked #29 of 90 Hotels in Malaga
Coventry, United Kingdom
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“Swanky hotel in perfect central location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2009

Stayed in the Malaga Centro for three nights, partly based on the reviews on here and the price, which was important and very reasonable for what we got

Never been to Malaga before, but would recommend this hotel to anybody as it is very clean, elegant and in a great central location. Staff were friendly and efficient and did not laugh at my Spanish, which is always a bonus!

Booked room only so cannot comment on food or drinks. First room was on the 4th floor, and it was too hot during the first night. After the receptionist explained that the air con was off, only heating on and the heat would rise, she got us another room on the second floor, which was much better. Bathroom was nice and big, with two basins, bath/shower and bidet, plus WC of course, there was a safety deposit box and other freebies, like some miniature toiletries for him and her, which was sweet.

We didn't get charged for the small bottles of the minibar, which surprised us a little as you'd get charged in the UK. Nice bonus. Service was very good - what we asked for we got, but hotel exceeded expectations as we did not expect it to be as elegant. Beds very comfy and a short walk to the old part of town. Just turn left, over the bridge and then right and keep on going. Fabulous city, loved it there.

The previous reviewer recommended the Cafe de la Mota, which we found. I was keen to try Churros con chocolate, but it was packed with locals, so we wandered back to the cafe/bakery on the corner from hotel (turn right). A small friendly place, but no churros! Very frustrating, but I shall try again next time.

Do go to the bodega on Alameda Principal, La Antigua Casa de Guardia. Blink and you miss it but it's a real gem: Established in 1840, they serve Malaga wine (not sherry, let this be stressed ;-) direct from the barrel. Small glasses as well but strong stuff. Also the Malagueta beach is nice, if small. Lovely to sit out by the beach bar for some fried fish. On a clear day, walk up to the Castillo Gibalfaro. Put some non-slippery shoes on and walk all the way up to the top. The views from up there are stunning and well worth the walk. Enjoy Malaga, there are plenty of good tapas bars, people are friendly and have a twinkle in their eye.

All of these are a short distance/nice walk from the hotel, so no need to catch any buses, especially when you are just on a short break and there for the first time. Enjoy!

  • Liked — Its location and the elegant interior
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2008

Stayed at Hotel Malaga Centro for three nights November 2008. The hotel is very nice and worthy of its 4 stars. The rooms are clean comfortable and tastefully decorated. The room we had was a superior double which had a modern black, white and red colour scheme. The bathroom was the biggest I have experienced in any hotel. It had a shower cubicle, bath with another shower overhead and a modern square sink placed on a wooden stand all fully tiled, there was also his and her toiletry packs. The room also has a small fridge with complimentary drinks which consisted of coke orange juice and water which was replenished each day. We had a small balcony which was just big enough to step out to take photos of the views of the mountains at the back of the hotel. The room also had a safe for to keep valuables in. The hotel is very close to the old part of the city, step out of the main doors and turn left ,walk over the bridge and your there, lots of narrow streets, bars, restaurants and shops. I recommend El Pimpi for Tapas, great atmosphere at night. Also if you spot it on the main treelined road there is a sherry bodega not sure what it is called but it is great, sherry is served straight from the barrels , we watched the locals to check out what was the most popular. When you order they write down a tally of what it costs in chalk on the bar and rub it out when you pay. Also for breakfast there is a cafe where all locals go. Turn right from the hotel door , cross the road at the traffic lights, walk down to the next main junction and turn left, walk a short distance and you will see and hear cafe la Moda. They serve bacon and cheese sandwiches and also churros, both very nice and very good coffee, very cheap only cost about 5 euros 50 approx for 2 coffees and 2 bacon sandwiches. Brilliant view from the hotel roof top pool area.

  • Liked — locality, very nice rooms
  • Disliked — cannot think of anything negative to say
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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cambridge, uk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2008

Just back from a week at the Centro. Had 2 rooms. Both were superior rooms (black and white colour scheme). Had contacted hotel prior to stay to ensure non smoking and adjacent. They got us rooms close to each other. One smelt of smoke but I think all rooms are now non smoking. One room was bigger than the other despite same grade and price. Both had showers only but I think some rooms had baths. Free soft drinks mini bar was good. The reception staff were very helpful as needed a late checkout as father was unwell and they also arranged a taxi to airport. Swimming pool is a plunge pool not for swimming but pleasant area. Breakfast fine. Hot choice of scrambled eggs. bacon or sausage(depending on day) and then a vegetable dish. Also plently of breads/croissants etc and then cold meats and cheese as well as cereals. Tea and coffee (which was OK from the proper coffee machine(grinds beans). Also juices and water. Didn't eat evening meals as too many other options in Malaga. Would go back and recommend for price we paid £61per room per night. Location easy walkable to everything.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Smoky room
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled with family
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2008

I have just returned from a 4 night stay which was to attend a wedding.
Checked in late and staff were courteous spoke English very well which saved my poor Spanish. There was a discrepancie with the rate , which on bringing it to the Hotel's attention was cleared up directly. The hotel foyer and lounge looked great and the room was very comfortable. We requested a kingsize bed and this was provided. Bed was very comfortable and the pillow provided suited me better than big pillows other hotels usually provide. The bathroom was enourmous with lovely his and hers amenity kits. Good hairdryer also in the bathroom by the mirror. The room was quiet facing the back of the hotel.
Rooms were cleaned every day even though we we never vacated the room till after mid day. Mini bar was always refreshed with complimentry soft drinks, a nice touch.
I appreciated the pool area although small, was just right for getting a little sun after sightseeing. The roof top pool was the reason I chose this hotel instead of the Ibis next door where most of the guests for the wedding were staying.
The hotel is close to the old town just over the bridge where little allyways bars and shops are tucked away great for meandering around in the evening. Took about half an hour - 20 minutes to walk to the beach. Check out was quick and hotel called a taxi which came within five minutes.

  • Liked — lovely large bathroom
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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London UK
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2008

Also stayed here the weekend of 13th June. the hotel itself was fine, the staff didn't speak brilliant English, but i see that more as my problem than theirs! they weren't overly friendly, but the barman (if you managed to find him) poured the biggest gins in Spain! interesting experience of rooms as I was there with my whole family. I was in a standard room which was fine - mini bar didn't work but big bathroom (double sink) more than made up for that. My parents and brother had upgraded their rooms and ended up with 2 completely different types of room - one was huge but dark with flowery wallpaper and mahogany-style furniture and the other was as small as my room but obviously newly refurbished and had a big widescreen TV on one wall and funky black and white decor. I guess your preference would depend on your taste.

Like other people i was impressed by the roof-top terrace & pool (not as small as i thought it would be) and could have spent a lot of time there. also got recommended the beach which i thought was a bit of a dump with few to no nice restaurants around. to my mind you're better sticking around the cathedral or taking a car up to Nerja (about an hour away)

To address any concerns people have about driving to the hotel, we fared slightly better than the review below. Driving to the hotel was indeed a bit of a nightmare, but basically if you follow signs to Malaga from the airport (even the ones that look unlikely and seem to take you off the motorway) you will actually eventually pick up a yellow sign to the hotel once you start coming into Malaga (i only saw one sign though so keep an eye out). I couldn't find an email address for the hotel so used the google map on their website (the airport is down and left a bit on that map from the hotel if you're scrolling) which did the job okay. Just remember that if you want to turn left at a big roundabout in Malaga you have to come off on a slip road just before it on the right to cross the roundabout that way. Slightly confusing but if you get it wrong you'll just have to turn around later.

We stopped outside the hotel and went in to ask for directions to their car park (took a lesson from the previous reviewer so didn't ask for their permission!). they do have a car park (2 actually, each holds about 8 cars) round the back of the hotel but they have to give you a map to get to it as annoyingly it's back round the one way system. Car park is first come first served but we were pretty much the only ones in there all weekend (maybe this is a businessman's hotel so could be busy during the week). You have to press a buzzer by some blue gates to get let in and out of the car park.

All in all, if i went back i'd consider staying there again but it wasn't hugely memorable.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — too hard to find the barman
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with family
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N. Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2008

We stayed here from the 12 - 15th June and had a wonderful stay. The room was lovely with off white french colonial furniture and an absolutely huge bathroom with very nice complimentary toiliteries packs for him and her. Hotel is spotless throughout with very helpful staff. Breakfast has a very good array of everything, cereals, fresh fruit, hot and cold items and a huge array of bread and pastries, all fresh. There is a small rooftop pool which is lovely for a dip after exploring the city. The old town is lovely and only a five minute walk away. All in all we thought this was fab value for the money £65 per night and I would def stay again.

  • Liked — Room and location
  • Disliked — The coffee at breakfast
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, NC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2008

This hotel was decorated nicely and had a free minibar. It wasn't far from the main sights either. El corte ingles was not far from the hotel (a market for snacks and drinks), but if you ventured much further to the right we were told it wasn't a safe area. However, we were told that to the left of the hotel was safe . On Grananda st. it was safe and there were lots of hotels and restaurants. The staff at the hotel could speak some English and tried to recommend areas to us; however, the beach that was recommended (Pedrogalejo) wasn't the best as it had a lot of trash and rocks on the beach. If you have seen the Carribean, I would recommend hanging by the small pool instead. Also the water at the beach was so cold it took your breath away. We also went to bodega el pimpi for tapas and it wasn't that impressive so I wouldn't recommend it. The only other concern we had was that the A/C was somewhat sporadic. Lastly, breakfast wasn't included.

  • Liked — Pool
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed June 2008
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Property: Salles Hotel Malaga Centro
Address: Calle Marmoles 6, 29007 Malaga, Spain
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Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga > Perchel
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Malaga
#18 Romantic Hotel in Malaga
#18 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Salles Hotel Malaga Centro 4*
Number of rooms: 147
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Free Wi-Fi and a seasonal rooftop pool with impressive city views can be found at Salles Hotel Malaga Centro, set in Malaga's picturesque old town. Rooms at the Malaga Centro are brightly decorated and spacious, hava satellite TV and a balcony. The Malaga Centro's Guernica Restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine. The Picasso Cafe-Bar serves drinks and snacks. Guests can relax and enjoy city views on the Centro's rooftop terrace. There is a poolside bar, open in summer. There is also an on-site gym.The hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Picasso Museum and less than one kilometre from Málaga Cathedral. ... more   less 
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