The hotel is about 20 minutes by car from Malaga airport.
The hotel is perfectly located next the cathedral. Most rooms get a wonderful view.
The beach is about a 15 minute walk away.
The hotel is literally surrounded by restaurants, cafes, ice cream parlours and shops, and yet it didn’t feel touristy or overly busy.
The reception staff were friendly and helpful. They gave us directions to various places and were happy to assist us with our bags when we arrived and departed.
It’s not the kind of hotel where the staff go out of their way to help you with everything but they are there in the background for when you need them.
I noticed that many people have complained about the breakfast staff. Personally I didn’t have any problem with them. You give your room number to them when you enter the restaurant and that is it. I’m not sure why people have complained about that because it is common practise in most hotels.
The cleaners did a really good job. On the rare occasion that we saw them in the corridor they always said hello.
We booked a superior room. It was fairly spacious with twin beds, writing desk, armchair, double wardrobes (could have done with a few more hangers) and tea/coffee making facilities. We were surprised at how large the bathroom was. And it was very clean and modern.
The beds were hard (as many people have stated) but not uncomfortable. We didn’t feel the need to ask for a mattress topper although we were told that one was a available if requested.
We had double doors that opened out to the main street. It definitely wasn’t a balcony but it was nice to be able to get some air into the room. Some hotels I’ve stayed in don’t allow you to open the windows at all. We were only on the 1st floor so we were quite close to the street and we did hear quite a bit of noise in the night. I’d imagine that if you stayed on a higher floor that this wouldn’t be such a problem.
We had a lovely view of the cathedral though.
We ordered room service one night as we’d had a long day and didn’t fancy going out. I wouldn’t recommend the room service. The menu is very limited and not cheap. We ended up ordering pizza (not exactly Spanish cuisine) which, to be honest, was a bit tasteless.
The rooftop pool/bar was fantastic. It is only small but we never found it to be busy. You get a great view of the harbour and the cathedral. You are overlooked by the neighbouring hotel which is quite a few floors higher than this hotel.
At night the bar is lit up. The drinks are VERY expensive so beware.
We only ate breakfast at the hotel as this was included with our room. There wasn’t a huge selection but what was available was good.
There was a hot selection (eggs, bacon, sausages, cooked tomatoes, mushrooms etc.). Fresh fruit and yoghurt, cereals, breads and pastries.
The hotel has new Nespresso machines for coffee and tea. Fruit juice and milkshakes were also available.
We didn’t realise until the last day that there were also a couple of hot dishes that you could order free of charge – pancakes, omelettes, churros. Shame we didn’t find that our earlier.
Our trip over all was very nice. Malaga itself is a beautiful city with an interesting history.
Visit the harbour (about 10 minutes walk). It’s pretty at sunset, there are a few boutiques and some nice restaurants to enjoy tapas.
BEWARE pick-pockets. Entirely my own fault for not being careful. Pick pockets often work in pairs and will target tourists in the busy areas. I nearly lost my purse right outside the hotel! Luckily I felt the woman reach into my bag and I managed to catch her arm and give her a good yelling.
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- Also Known As:
- Molina Lario málaga
- Molina Lario Hotel málaga
- Hotel Molina Lario Malaga, Costa Del Sol, Spain