Malaga is a lovely city that bucked my predetermined view that it was going to be full of English lager louts up from the nearby Costa de Sol! The shops are many and varied, the bars serve wonderful Spanish wines from oak barrels, and we found some great tapas restaurants. The streets are paved with marble and there was a carnival on when we were there - which was colourful and great fun.
Our hotel - the good things:
1. It is a modern interior within a beautful old Spanish town house, with marvellous ornate balconies and old French windows. There was some lovely pieces of baroque style furniture downstairs.
2. Our room was spotlessly clean and the bathroom with shower was huge, although the room itself was quite small.
3. The hotel is just a few minutes walk from the city centre - excellently placed.
4. The receptionist who greeted us when we arrived was super friendly and helpful. She showed us non-touristy places to eat and drink on a map, and when we had trouble with our door (wouldn't lock then wouldn't open!) she came up straight away hammer in hand to try and fix it. She had excellent English and deserves 10/10 for her attitude and helpfulness.
Our hotel - the downsides.
1. They need to sort out the breakfasts! They serve until 10.30 and as we were on a weekend break we did not want to get up at the crack of dawn. However, it seems this is necessary as the majority of the food was gone by the time we got down at 10ish. There was just a few scraps of bacon, no bread for toast one morning, and just a few tired looking unhealthy doughnuts left. There was also only a dribble of juice left in the machine, and in a twist on the Alanis Morrissette song 'Ironic' they had DOZENS of knives and forks - but never any spoons!! The waitress did bring one out when I pointed to my cereal bowl and mimed a spoon - but then there were never any teaspoons available for the yoghurts - only huge soup ladles to try and dig into a tiny pot!
2. The bar looked great and welcoming - but was not open on any of the nights we were there..despite it being Valentines Weekend and a Carnival.
3. The walls are paper-thin - every b(h)ump and er....shout ..was heard from our neighbours!
4. The maids are a little over-zealous, although this could be seen I guess as a good thing. But on one morning the maid burst in while we were still fast asleep - without any tentative knocks beforehand! I think maybe it was an unsubtle hint to get up so they could get in a make the bed!
Overall the hotel is to be recommended, especially for its proximity to the marvellous city of Malaga. We caught the excellent train to the coast, revisiting the Fuengirola of my teenage years!!
Malaga has a port and a beach, and super shopping facilities. We ate traditional Spanish food, and 99% of the waiters/bar staff were very friendly and super-helpful.
The weather was warm and we sat out at a beach bar one day, with the warming rays of an early February sun on our backs! Can't be bad, as the week before I had been falling flat on my backside on the ice and battling a flooded house!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Modern, air-conditioned rooms at Atarazanas Malaga Boutique Hotel have a balcony, plasma satellite TV and a safe. Private bathrooms include a hairdryer and vanity mirror. Beach towels are available to rent.There is a luggage storage and weighing facility. Staff at the 24-hour reception can provide information about what to see and do in Malaga. The Picasso Museum and Thyssen Museum are both a 15-minute walk from Atarazanas Malaga Hotel. The hotel has a reserved loading bay at the front and private parking is available nearby for a fee. It offers great transport connections, with Malaga Airport just 10 minutes' away by car and Malaga Train Station, 1 km away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Atarazanas Hotel málaga
- Atarazanas Malaga Boutique Hotel Costa Del Sol, Spain