New Hostel Melting Pot Playa



Hostelz.com's Review

The Melting Pot Hostel Malaga is just across the road from the water -- it's a bay of sorts, but there is sand, albeit no surf, and it is visible from the hostel. Road noise is also audible, but, hey, breakfast is included -- it consists of all-you-can-eat toast/butter/jam/coffee/tea, and milk. There is plenty of opportunity to meet other guests and, well, it's a kicked-back kind of place.

The Location

The hostel is outside of Malaga's city center and a serious walk to town. There is no nearby supermarket, however, it is as near to beachfront property without actually being beachfront as you might get. Sand can be streaming through your toes in a matter of seconds and if you were to dare, swimming can be done in the bay a few seconds later. If you are lucky enough, free street parking is available.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms are mixed-sex, double bunks with secure lockers, but there is only one ensuite bathroom/shower for ten guests to a room. There is a common toilet downstairs, but just one, which does not seem to be a problem. The shower is a bit shabby and pressure is weak with hot water. Windows in rooms open up to a sea breeze and beds are comfortable, though hairs of former guests found in clean linen is not pleasant. Rooms are not wheelchair accessible.

Common Spaces

The kitchen is spacious, a bit of wasted space, though it is well equipped with four stovetop burners and a good selection of dish and cookware in excellent condition for preparing meals. Two refrigerators and a microwave for guests are also available. The outdoor common area is large and a great setting for guests to mingle; inside, a full bar is at the ready with Wi-Fi and internet machines nearby, both of which are swift. There is no proper dining area, so the lounge doubles for a breakfast area; tabletops are minimal, making for an awkward rush if the hostel is at capacity.


This is a nice getaway kind of hostel, with a bit of traffic noise from the main corridor to Malaga central. This is a chilled-out hostel that could use a bit of a refreshing or expanding of showers/bathrooms, but overall, it is a good base for exploring the coast and onward.
by Stan
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
December 2011


(Location is approximate. You may need to pan/move to find "New Hostel Melting Pot Playa" at A.v del Joaquin Sorolla, 30.)


A.v del Joaquin Sorolla, 30, Málaga (Malaga), Andalusia, Spain
36.723478, -4.394370
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hostelthemeltingpot@hotmail.com, newhostelmeltingpotplaya@gmail.com
+34 952 600 571
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

After 3 days there we did not see the time to leave from that hostel! Dirty as I've never seen. The owner and the staff unhelpful and rude. After the holydays the BIG SURPRISE! They have stolen from my credit card the money for 1 night more! The payment was made 3 hours after I leaved the hostel! Now I understand why when I paid cash they did not wanted to give me a receipt! It's better for you not to go in that place!!
Very poor
It was too far from the city center, rooms of 10 beds had only 1 toilet, 1 shower, and 1 sink, all in the same room, so you couldn't use the shower when someone was in the toilet and vice versa. Also the breakfast was really sh*tty, white sandwiches with only jelly to put on and biscuits. The floor was always dirty, the sink smelled horrible, and after reading about 'bedbugs' I could explain all the bumps I found on my legs, arms, hands. The 'deluxe breakfast' has a tiny sausage (not a BIG one as they say in the flyer), only 1 egg (not eggs), a dirty tortilla, and two halves of one white sandwich.
Seriously, you cannot ask for more in a backpacking experience, or for that matter, any travel experience. The staff at the hostal is bi- if not tri-lingual, and every night is a party. The place is clean, it offers tons of services (laundry, food, a fully stocked bar). I suggest getting the six-bed dorm with the private bath, as the bathroom is nicer than some upscale hotels. Additionally, you are outside of central Malaga, which is a five-minute bus ride away. But you are practically on the beach, which is a five-minute walk down the street. If you go, plan to meet people from all over the world, party hard (if you want, the place is quiet after midnight), and have the time of your life.
Poor booking service
The hostel lost our booking after two emails to confirm as well as a phone call. When we arrived, after waiting for ten minutes for the girl to acknowledge our presence, they told us we booked for the wrong month and wasn't very helpful. We found a pension close by with air con for about the same price, so it worked out well in the end.
The Melting Pot Backpackers Hostel's great location makes it an ideal place to stay in Malaga. It is located in a quiet residential area, just out of the city center. Not only Alcazaba can be explored on foot from the hostel, but also the beach is located just down the street from the hostel. In order to claim your restful stay at this hostel, you must be ready to climb seventy-one stairs from the street entrance to get up to the hostel. From its terrace, you get a view of the ocean as well as a view of the city, but you must be ready and willing to climb its narrow stairways to get your quiet and relaxing rest in Malaga. We must say it could be daunting if you have to carry heavy suitcases. Each room has six beds, but it doesn't seem too crowded. Beds are comfortable and sturdy. Each room has personal lockers (you must pay a key deposit fee). The front dorm room has a bathroom (bathtub) with toilet. The front room seems bigger than the other two. There's another bathroom with toilet in the front. There are two shower stalls in the back side of the hostel and the two bathrooms are roomy and clean. The only drawback of these two spacious bathrooms is that the toilets are also located in the same room, and only one person can use the bathroom at a time. Thus it limits the number of people who can use the facilities. There are no other separate toilets in the hostel. The staff is outstandingly friendly and willing to help everyone. From noon to 2 p.m., the hostel is closed for cleaning. The kitchen is a bit small but has everything for people to use. Simple breakfast (coffee/tea and bread) is served in the morning for free. The hostel has fairly big common area -- a terrace which is open from 8 a.m. to midnight as well as a lounge area with comfortable chairs and couches. There's also a bar with snack shop. They also offer meals and drinks at very reasonable prices. There are two bus stops for Paseo de Sancha. Take the second one (Monte Sancha), which will get you closer to the hostel. There's also a city bus from the airport to Alameda Principal which is easier to transfer to Bus 11. Although the description of the directions to the hostel says not to climb the hill, you'll need to climb the hill a bit from the bus stop to reach its entrance gate. Just be ready to climb many stairs with your luggage to enjoy your stay in a relaxing place in Malaga.
Bonnie Kim
  Simply the best hostel I've stayed at!
  2 wonderful nights in this friendly and quiet hostel. so social, I felt like being part of a big happy family. thank you for having me as a guest! the staff is great and I definitely come back.

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