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Residencia Universitaria Santa Paula
Ranked #107 of 154 Speciality Lodging in Malaga
Reviewed 26 August 2013

I can recommend this kind of accomodation for young people and those who plan to stay no longer than 10 days.

+ ) Rooms are clean, WIFI-connectivity is excellent all over the place, very friendly staff, perfect location, fair costs

- ) noise in the night, light/thin walls, english barely spoken by staff

In my case I had no problems with my, even only basic, spanish skills.
But with english only, you'll probably have to draw what you mean. I recognized 1 staff able to communicate a bit in english.

All in all I had a pleasant stay, you really get used to the party folks and street cleaning procedure during night.
You get what you pay for ;)

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Carolina W
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

Rooms are pretty basic, but fine if you just want a bed for the night, although depending on who is in the hotel, it could be a little noisy. Nice 10/15 minute walk to the beach. The hotel is right in the centre of the old town, the location is excellent with everything you need on your doorstep. Handy tip, go to the supermarket and get yourself some things to add to your breakfast as what is provided is also very basic (tea or coffee, bread rolls and tomato) but for a couple euros you can buy cheese and meats to make yourself sandwiches or melts using their grill.

overall a good choice if you are an easy going group or couple such as ourselves.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Joe A
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Reviewed 2 October 2012

Here's our review, based on our 9B criteria:

* Bed - a single bed with a comfy mattress.
* Bedroom - small in size, as you would expect from a student room, but it's fine for a place to just 'bunk down'. It had a desk and shelves, plus lamp. It's worth bearing in mind that the Residence overlooks a busy pedestrian street, and that the interior is not really sound-proofed, so there may be quite a bit of noise. However, I had a great sleep.
* Bathroom - although it was communal, it was more like a bathroom in your own house, with a toilet and shower in one room, rather than a locker room with lots of cubicles and showers.
* Breakfast - hot drink, roll and preserve included.
* Bar - n/a
* Bods - very friendly
* Budget - great value for the very centre of town.
* Back (i.e. would we return?) - Yes, if I was going with friends and was spending little time in the Residence, but I would not go back if I was going for a romantic break! Overall I was really pleased with choice for this trip, and I should also mention that there was a comfy lounge with TV and one free internet computer.
* Beyond the hotel...
The Residence is not well marked on the street, so note the address carefully and look out for it.
It's also worth doing an internet search for the 'best tapas bars of Malaga' to find recommended places.
You can see into the bullring from the viewpoint at the castle.
The ferry to Melilla departs from the port about 20 mins walk from the Residence.
The food market (Atarazanas) is worth a visit to stock up on provisions.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank NickAndPaula
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

Located right in the center of historic Malaga, this place is perfect as long as you don't forget you are in a student room. So do not expect a 4-star and you'll appreciate it.
+: Location, cheap, clean, surprisingly quiet, Internet, friendly staff, lots of cheap cafes and bar around.
-: No AC.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank 88Marie
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Reviewed 22 July 2012

I was there in 2007, nice and clean place. Very central :) and down to the hostel there is very nice restaurant.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank EvijaS
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Reviewed 4 July 2012

If its a City Centre budget room you require then its good for that ,it can be noisy ,hot ,and more for the young student types on a low budget .It has its pros and cons ,
Pro's .At the heart of the city off Calle Larios , and 100's of cafe/bars and restaurants , and cheap .
Cons . A bit noisy from the streets to the side and behind , no air con shared toilets and showers .

Room Tip: side and rear rooms are noisy
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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3  Thank ab2pcs
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We booked 5 days at this place, cause i was going down to malaga for en exam and took my girlfriend wiht me. Both from denmark. We wanted at cheap central place and found this. Price is ok if you can live like a spartan. No aircon, no toilet on the rooms, and paper thin walls. We got a room with toilets on both sides and could hear everytime people went on the toilet. First night we godt 4 hours of sleep, cause everytime people went from room to room the doors were slammed and you woke up with a heart beat. Next day we cheked out and first they refused to pay the money back. After a lot of disagreements vi finaly got 3 days of pay. We only slept there one night. The breakfast aint breakfeast, its black coffe, white bread and ketchup Horrible. I will not recomand this place. We found a hotel not even 400 meters from santa paule, 100 meters from the metro and we only payed 8 euroes more a day for that stay. Thoug witouth breakfeast but a nice decent hotel room, airconditioned and with own batrhoom. So if you dont care if you use 8 euroes more or less, this aint worth it.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Marco A
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Address: Calle Especeria 5, 29005 Malaga, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga > Centro
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Ranked #107 of 154 Speciality Lodging in Malaga
Price Range: £36 - £45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Residencia Universitaria Santa Paula 2*
Number of rooms: 65
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