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Malaga is a fairly large city on the southern coast of Spain. It has some historical features worth visiting, but it is more famous for its wine and for being the capital of a very popular stretch of coast.
When you stay at a hostel in Malaga, you'll definitely want to visit the beaches. While the beaches in Malaga itself are good, they are not as famous as the ones situated a dozen miles south. They can be, as in many large cities, polluted on some portions, but they are still crowded during the hot summer months. If you don't have your own means of transportation, the Malaga beaches are a good place to cool off during the hot hours of the day. You can also join an impromptu sports game in the early hours of the evening, which is a very good way to meet some locals and start an endless evening.
You should ask the staff of your Malaga hostel for advice on which the pubs and clubs are the best to visit during your stay, otherwise you might end up in an endless quest, since many derelict clubs are scattered throughout the city.
As in most cities in Spain, there is a large selection of hostels in Malaga. Pick one based on your core interest: close to the beach, or in one of the historical barrios to experience the true atmosphere of a Spanish provincial capital. There are many institutes offering Spanish lessons as well. If you are planning to register with one, do your research in advance, and reserve your hostel in Malaga as early as possible since other students will want to sleep near the training grounds as well.
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X Hostel Malaga - Picasso's Hangout
"X Hostel Malaga - Picasso's Hangout is located on a small side street off of the same plaza as the museum of Picasso's house and is right in the center of the main tourist part of town near most of the attractions as well as restaurants and bars. The Location It is also about a fifteen-minute walk to the beach. The one downside of the location is that it is quite loud at night, because there are a number of bars located on the same...
New Hostel Melting Pot Playa
"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...
Residencia Malaga Backpackers
"A Cheap Accommodation - The stay at the hostel was very cheap and appropriate for my needs. I am satisfied with a shared bathroom and modest equipment. However the kitchenette could be much more organized and tidied up. The toilet facilities were not cleaned for three days of my stay -- a toilet roll had not been changed and sinks were not wiped. The computer was lovely for my trip planning; the sofa set with TV was very pleasant." …...
Casa Al Sur
"Casa al Sur is a quaint, newer, well-located hostel in Málaga. Strong Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel and there is a tablet that is available for guest use. Breakfast is not provided; however, free tea and coffee are available all day. The Location The hostel is located a five-minute walk from the historic old town of Málaga. It is within walking distance to the city's main tourist attractions as well as the waterfront and...
Casa Babylon Backpackers
"… of Málaga; here you can visit Cervantes theater, Picasso's birthplace house, the cathedral and a wide variety of bars, tea shops, restaurants, etc. Our hostel has been renovated for your travel comfort. Our rooms are clean and you can enjoy our common area, chill out zone, terrace and bar where you can try some of our refreshing cocktails or spend time listening to a variety of world music (skareggaecumbiapunkbalcanifusion!)...
Albergue Inturjoven Malaga
"… de alberguista” or backpackers card (children 6 Eur/ Adults 13 Eur). You will be able to use this card in all Hi/ Inturjoven Hostels. In case you still don’t have one, it’s on sale in our Hostels, or you will have to pay an additional change of 2 Eur per person/night. Check in time from 2 pm. Early check in time can be possible, subject to the hostel availability. We have 24h reception desk but we recomment to contact the hostel...
Pink House Backpackers
"Felt like home - Really enjoyed staying at this hostel. The staff were amazing and also very helpful. I ended up staying longer than I intended. It was a very cosy place and easy to meet people. Had some great nights there. I will stay there on my return to Malaga." … "Loved it. - Wonderful location, friendly staff, clean and comfortable facility. Plus a great value!" … "… 00:00 Check out hours: 08:30 - 11:00 We...
"… cold in Winter, some cold in summer. Near the beach about 15 minutes walking, We have double rooms, triple rooms and dorms. 1 dorm is only for men 9 beds. 1 dorm for 8 mix people. 1 dorm for 6 mix people. 1 dorm for 4 mix people. Most of the rooms have balconies or Windows to the Street, Some are interior. We serve the breakfast at the patio, is a help yourself buffet, with fruits, cereals, bread, jam,...
Oasis Backpackers' Hostel Malaga
"Good, party hostel - This hostel is great for you socializing and meeting other travelers. Do not book if you expect a silent night of rest. Great location, just in the center of the city. Good breakfast for 3 euros. Nice dorms with 10 people and great, solid beds. Very social place, would definitely recommend and come back!" … "Very Good - Excellent location right by "Plaza de la Constitucion". 4 PCs in free access. Large dorms, nice...
Feel Hostels Soho Malaga
"Pretty Nice - This was a decent hostel. All of the staff was very friendly and went out of there way to make sure the guests had a good time. The rooms were spacious, cleaned everyday, and the lockers located under the bed were a big plus. It's only about a seven minute walk to a supermarket and a 10 minute walk to the main bus station, which is very convenient. Cons -- I don't know what the deal was, but many of the doors had problems. The...
"… two four people bedrooms and a six people bedroom, all of them contain a private terrace, air condition, a desk and a individual wardrobe. On this floor there is also the kitchen located where breakfast and other meals can be prepared daily. We have dining area and storage for guests as well as common freezer. Laundry facilities are also available. The solarium is located on the rooftop terrace with a great sea and mountain view...
"… the Cervantes Theatre and Teatro Romano (Refurbished since 2010), Plaza de la Merced, cinemas ... Everthing! The beach is 10 minutes walk and the famous bars Malaga with the smell of his acquaintances skewers (which you can not miss !!!). We want your stay in Malaga is endearing and so I waited in the hostel Vidamia: Reception times: Mornings: 9h 14h Evenings: 17h 20h Check-out is at 12h You will be given a set of...
Feel Hostels City Center
"… Cathedral and the beach ( 10 minutes walking). Check in time. 14:30pm Check out time 11:00am Luggage Storage: 2 Eur Towels for rent: 2 Eur Method of payment by credit card (Visa and Master) and Cash Note: In our breakfast buffet you can eat, drink and repeat everything you want ! (coffee, variety of juices, tea, cookies, toast, cereal, butter, jam) for only just 1,50€ per person/night. (you will have to pay it at the...
"… bathroom equipped with modern sauna-effect shower cabinets. Common spaces, dinning room, free wi-fi, TV and PC room and solarium at the roof terrace. We'll keep you bikes in our backyard very pleased. If you have a car, there is a public parking next street, much cheaper and same safe than most in the city. We are English speaking, gay-friendly, open minded staff, and willing to have you around! Please note :...
Casa Al Sur Terraza
"… minutes by foot. We want you to feel at home, therefore all our rooms are decorated in a comfortable but modern look with an eye for detail. You can choose between our private or shared rooms with or without balcony, all equipped with ceiling fans and heaters. The highlight of Casa Al Sur Terraza is our sunny roof terrace that invites you to relax, meet other travellers or have a barbecue. The hostel provides free WiFi, a...
Chinitas Urban Hostel
"… a 24-hour front desk, baggage storage, and a shared terrace with views of the Cathedral. You can find several restaurants and bars within a 2-minute walk of Chinitas Urban Hostel Chinitas Urban Hostel Polices & Conditions: Check in time starts at 12:00 to 23:00 . Check out time is 12:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards. This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival. Cancellation policy:...
Lights Out Hostel
"… us. Links with bike, electric scooter hire companies, walking tours Free use of hairdryer and hair straighteners A nice late checkout of 11:30 Showers with two types of shower head (check out the pics), some cubicles are big enough for a party...er but please don't...we have the terrace and common room for that. Want to sleep? Well we have custom made dormitory beds with real deep sprung mattresses Each dormitory bed will...
Malaga Beach & Center Backpackers
"… offers a rooftop terrace with sea and mountain views, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and a garden in Malaga. Malagueta Beach is 200 metres away. Rooms come with bunk beds for 4, 8 or 10 people and some feature a balcony and an electric kettle. The bathrooms come with a hairdryer and shower. Guests can make use of the fully equipped kitchen and communal TV room.The property offers a free luggage storage room and daily maid service....
Alcazaba Premium Hostel
"… a rooftop terrace, a lounge area and a game room. Reception is open 24 hours and the kind staff is always ready to provide the guests with interesting tourist information about the area and the city. Luggage storage is also available for the guests. Near the hostel, the guests will find a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars and pubs, within a 2-minute walk of the Alcazaba Premium Hostel. The Malaga Cathedral is just 400 meters...
AT Hostel Malaga Center
"… Center's main goal. Should you rather want a little more privacy, we have 6 luxury double rooms of which 3 with private lounge. We have Mixed Commune dorms with 4, 6 or 10 beds, one Female Dorm with 4 beds and 6 double private rooms. Across the first three floors of the hostel are the 12 guest rooms (private and dorm). Free Wifi throughout the building. Well-equipped guest kitchen. On the top floor is a common area, with a spacious...
Bellavista Playa Malaga
"… accommodate guests with disabilities. And for your comfort and safety, a person is present 24/24. And we can welcome you in Spanish, English, French, Bulgarian, Russian, Greek and Moroccan! See you soon. A bar and restaurant are available. Our clients bedrooms include : - Building 4 Family : 4 Bed Family Ensuite . Double Bed + Bunk bed (1 + 1). Private bathroom . The bedding is completely new. - Housing 6: 6 Bed Mixed Ensuite....
Hostel Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced, 22
Downtown Málaga Hostel
"Friendly and helpful staff, perfect location. - Incredible hostel! Very clean, comfortable, friendly, and helpful staff, awesome atmosphere, super location, good security and an amazing breakfast. Couldn't ask for more in a hostel. Highly recommended and would come here again!" … "… and laid-back people all sorts of international guests, from all part of the world. On the top floor is the common area next to huge terrace where...
Albergue Inturjoven de Málaga
"Albergue Juvenil Malaga is a great budget choice, but kind of far from the center of the city. It is a good twenty-minute walk from the center of Malaga at the Alameda Principal, and even further if you are coming from the train station. There are buses available from the Alameda, however. If you walk from the Alameda you head up the Avenida de Andalucía and when you get to a huge intersection that is like a four-leaf clover head to your...
Best Choice Rooms
"… area kitchen which all visitors may use. You are also surrounded by tapas bars, multicultural restaurants, pubs, bars etc. These are all very accessible by train and bus station Every room get a small fridge. At Best Choice Rooms, you'll feel right at home. You are free to use the Internet or to watch a TV or rest in the terrace roof top on those days you don't feel like going out. You'll have free run of the kitchen where you can...
Feel Malaga Hostel
"A stay in affordable accommodation doesn't have to mean a sacrifice in quality. At Feel Málaga Hostel for backpakers is a relaxed and chilled-out hostel which focuses on personal service. We are the only Málaga hostel in the heart of the future bohemian Soho . We are extremely centrally located between the seaport and the Alameda Principal (In the Historic Center). Really closed to 34 busses stops and 5 minutes walking from the train...
Residencia Universitaria Jacinto Benavente
"This hostel was a disaster!! It's expensive and FAR away! It is better to pay 10 euros more for a good hostel!!" … "DON'T stay here!!! It was far away from everything, expensive, prison-like, and DIRTY; the staff were rude, as well. It was the worst hostel I visited during a three month trip. If you like boring, depressing places with the opportunity of meeting next to no one, you might like this place. Garbage!!" … "Couldn't...
Babia Hostel Centro
"… barbeque,shower and lounge chairs,the towels are free, we have computers with wifi for our guests,there is also restaurant service and a cocktail bar.and we inviting to all our guests to a wellcome drink, our price are very popular, we have the tipic spanish CAA AND TAPA only for 150 we also offer activities for our guests such as flamenco shows,sport excursions,museum visits,cooking classes.etc come and try our paella and our...
"Like a Guest House! - It's very nice coming to malaga and staying this hostel. it is easy to find. you can walk from the train station but is a trek. but if you catch the bus and then walk it's about fifteen minutes. easy to find if you have a map with you. The Hostel place is more like a small two-story house. The owner is a wonderful kind man who is very relax and speaks all type of languages. i am sick at the moment and hours ago he...
Pension Santa Paula
"… stops (Paseo del Parque and La Alameda Principal) are only a 5 minute walk. In Santa Paula College Hostel you will find a youthful atmosphere that is international and cosmopolitan, and you will be attended by a professional staff of 14 who will help you and advise you whenever you need. Additionally, the hostel has a front desk and 24 hour security, even though it is located in one of the safest areas of the city. Among the...
"Central location, basic furniture, no lift, very cheap - The place is very central. It's at the third floor of a building with no elevator, so heavy luggage have to be manually carried on. The furniture is basic, in line with the very cheap price (no lockers). The staff is helpful and collaborative." … "… where the famous artist Pablo Picasso was born. The apartments are totally equipped with bathrooms and kitchen. The...
Apartamentos el Cenachero
"1 bedroom + hall with capacity for 2 / 3 persons and 3 studios for 1 / 2 people. There is a small sun terrace, equipped with chairs, tables, umbrellas and hammocks where you can sunbathe and relax. The apartments have a fully-equipped kitchenette with 2 electric ring, cutlery, crockery and oven, cold / heat air conditioning and TV. All have private bathroom with shower, toilet, bidet and centralized hot water. Cleaning Services Cleanings...
Apartamento Hernan Ruiz Centro
"… two single beds in one room and one double in the other. Exterior views in every room. Television, internet, air conditioning. Shared terrace. Please note : Cancellation Policy : 4 days. Payment accepted on arrival : cash only. You can contact the property owner to make a bank transfer in advance. Check-in time : 14:00 - 20:00. Please contact the property to arrange a later check-in: after 20:00, 5 EUR extra...
Feel Apartments La Merced
"Feel Apartments La Merced represents a new concept of accommodation in the city of Málaga. Unique modern apartments housed in a restored eighteenth century building, fully equipped with all the comfort features of a luxury apartment. Equipped with air conditioning, television, wifi internet connection, and right in the center of the city in an ideal location in a quiet side street between Calle Granada and Plaza de la Merced." …...
Calle Postigos 8
"Private Apartment Beautiful 30 m2 roof terrace flat in the Victoria neighborhood. Gibralfaro Castle Wonderful Views The apartment has a newly refurbished bathrooms, a kitchen and a comfortable twins beds and the sofa bed in the big living room with a lovely terrace with wonderful castle views" … "To came from the airport you would can take a taxi ( +-25 euros ) Take a bus from airport to MALAGA City center STOP Plaza de...
"… in the Apartments, aside from the double bed there is also a single bed too. The kitchen has an electric hob, fridge & freezer, perfect to prepare a few meals at your “local home whilst in Malaga”: you will also find many convenient appliances such as toaster, coffee maker, washing machine, etc. The bathrooms (all private) have shower & hair dryer Please Note: Check in Time: 15pm Check out Time: 12pm Credit Cards...
"… with refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker, bathroom with hairdryer. Gold is conveniently located near many bars, restaurants and supermarkets. Towels and bed linen provided. They are 550 metres from Cervantes Theater and 1.5 km from Paseo Marítimo Avenue and the beach. Málaga Airport is 12 km away. Please note : Cancellation policy: 72h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be...
"… that the guests wash their own dishes after eating/drinking and that they don't leave their private things in common areas. Washing machine use: (the host) is the only one allowed to use the washing machine. You may ask her to do the laundry for as little as 5 Euro per wash. No smoking allowed inside the house. You may smoke in the balconies. Please note: Cancellation policy: 24h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation...
Studios Hinestrosa 17
"… the beach, sightseeing, visiting museums or shopping! The kitchen,small but practical is integrated to the environment & fully equipped with everything needed to prepare meals at home! Fridge, ceramic hob, microwave, toaster, washing machine, coffee maker, dishes and utensils, etc. and complemented by a dining table & chairs for 4 people people (3 in the attic). The spacious bathroom features shower, hair dryer &...
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Málaga Travel Tips & Suggestions
Malaga is a very interesting city. The city centre is nice -- the cathedral, Gibralfaro castle, and the Alcazaba. But I liked a lot the typical Pedregalejo neighbourhood, with its small and colourful houses and all its bars on the beach.
I really liked the open air railway station! What I did not like was that I could not find a place to sleep in October.
I didn't like Malaga so much -- it doesn't make much of its situation on the ocean. So many buildings, almost the entire city centre, are neglected and in terrible need of repair. The nightlife is brilliant, though, as is the relaxed atmosphere at tapa time. Make sure to visit Ronda at least for one day -- it is stunning.
I lived in Malaga for six months and I would tell everyone that it is the best city in Spain! I would suggest to get there by bus or train. If you want to party and have a good time try visiting Plaza De La Merced. It is right in the center of town, but don't go until around 11:30 or midnight, most clubs don't open until then.
Beware of the ladies at the entrance to the Cathedral! They'll hand you a rosemary sprig and then grab your hand, start telling you that you're beautiful and smart and will have lots of luck and children, and then demand 5 Euros! They are very bossy and pushy - keep your hands in your pockets or even behind your back!
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