Malaga has an undeserved reputation as a concrete carbuncle on one of Spain’s sunniest coasts. Gusto Guides begs to differ. Sure, the outskirts of the city are ugly, but dig a little deeper and you will find one of Spain’s best destinations for tapas as well as a charming small city that prides itself on its varied heritage.
The 5* Hotel Vincci Posada del Patio is a condensed version of the city. Within the hotel’s walls the visitor finds friendly staff, a good restaurant and bar, and a few of the quirks that make Malaga a city unto itself. Arty touches abound, from pictures courtesy of the Museo Thyssen in the internal courtyard to the lush library space on the ground floor.
The hotel was built on the site of extensive Roman and Arabic remains which have – hallelujah! – been lovingly incorporated into the fabric of the building rather than buried beneath concrete. On entering the hotel, the visitor crosses a glass walkway below which you can see the ancient walls laid bare and carefully illuminated. The hotel’s adjoining Wall Bar also has a glass floor, and guests can sip a little something while listening to live jazz (the house special) while looking down on 2000 years of history. If you head down to the basement, you can explore the ruins for yourself on the wooden walkways that amble through the atmospheric remains of harbour buildings. Or let your kids do that while you watch from the bar with a G+T. Your call.
Up on the roof, there are similarly excellent views. Vincci Posada del Patio boasts a lovely rooftop pool and terrace area with coffee tables and sun loungers as well as a covered area for the hot Andalucian summer. There are views over the roofs of Malaga’s old town, just a stone’s throw from the hotel.
Rooms are comfortable without being over the top, and all furnished in a quiet style – think pale wood floors and bedding with the occasional pop of colour in yellow. The free wifi is fast and (our editor’s fave) there is a kettle and proper tea in each room (although no milk. Every time there is tea but no milk in a hotel room, an English person somewhere weeps). Bathrooms are well-designed, some rooms have hydromassage baths and those staying in a suite will have the luxury of a gigantic tub in the middle of the bedroom.
Parking is also available at the hotel at an extra cost (25 euros per day), and is well worth it – especially if you are arriving on a weekend day or fiesta when the town’s streets tend to be very busy and parking at a premium. When you arrive, staff are on hand to take your keys and park the car in the underground car park until you’ve wined and dined yourself in Malaga’s old town and are ready to hit the road once more.
Address: Pasillo Santa Isabel 7, 29005 Malaga
Tel: +34 951 001 020
Gusto Guides was a guest of Tourism of Andalucia.