We were looking for a hotel in Malaga to use as a base to explore the surrounding areas, and chose the Villa Guadaloupe based on TripAdvisor reviews - we were not disappointed!
The hotel is in an upmarket residential area on the hills overlooking Malaga, in the El Atabal urbanisation. As referred to in previous reviews, the views from the hotel are panoramic, looking across the city to the Mediterranean. The roads to the hotel are very steep, and because of the location a car is advisable. It takes about 15 minutes from the hotel into central Malaga by car, and the cost of a taxi varied between 8.5€ and 12€ each way. The hotel itself is relatively small with 11 rooms, but is very well planned and with very good facilities for its size. There is free parking directly in the courtyard at the front of the hotel
We stayed at the hotel for 7 nights, although many guests stayed for shorter periods either at the start or end of their holidays. Because we were staying for a week, we requested a room with a balcony and views over Malaga, and were pleased with our choice. The room (room 6) was not big but had all of the facilities that we required including TV, free safe, free Wi-Fi, well equipped bathroom and large balcony furnished with a table and chairs and two sun beds. Larger rooms were available on either side of our room for no doubt an additional charge, but we felt that our rate (71€ per night including buffet breakfast for 2) provided good value for money. Previous reviews have mentioned barking dogs and yes, there are dogs in neighbouring houses that do bark but this was not a real problem to us and only happened sporadically.
The hotel has a small but well maintained and attractive pool area, once again with panoramic views. The restaurant is beautiful with amazing views, and the food is really excellent. For hotel guests there is a 3 course meal for 20€ pp, the menu for which changes daily, and in addition there is an excellent A La Carte menu. The breakfast buffet consists of a choice of meat, cheese, fruit, yoghurts and breads and pastries, together with tea, coffee and fruit juices. Cooked eggs are provided on request.
The whole hotel is spotlessly clean, and what really makes it stand out is the hospitality of the staff and management. Guests are made to feel really welcome and valued, and I would particularly mention Alex and Candace, both of whom went out of their way to make sure that our stay was enjoyable.
We would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a good smaller hotel in a quiet area, well located to the road network and with an excellent restaurant and real focus on good customer service.