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hotels in Malaga Spain

Hi,

Can anyone advise a decent hotel near Malaga train station as we would like to visit the city for a couple of days before flying home?

Also any other advise on site seeing, places to eat etc would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Adam

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1. Re: hotels in Malaga Spain

The Barcelo Malaga Hotel is a nice hotel connected to the train station. It's convenient for visitors who are taking the train or bus to various nearby cities. There's a shopping centre in the train station with lots of restaurants and cafes. Not very good food really.

If you are planning to visit Malaga, consider instead staying in the old city. We stayed at the Hotel Molina Lario. It's walking distance to the beautiful covered shopping street, the Malaga Cathedral and most of the sights listed in the Top Questions, to the right of this page.

You'll have lots of hotel and restaurant choices in this area. No need to stay by the train station.

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adwsydersweb:

I agree with Gigis_mum that the Molina Lario Hotel has a better location than the Barcelo.

I enjoy having lunch at the Molina Lario Hotel.

Edited: 11:31 pm, November 07, 2012
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Hi, many thanks to both of you who replied to my/our query.

Our concerns ref. hotels was/is being senior citizens we don't want to be rushing to catch our flight home as it's a relatively early morning flight.

I will check both of them and post the outcome.

Regards.

Adam.

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Adam,

The shuttle bus to and from the airport stops 250 metres away from the Hotel Molina Lario. Since your flight is early in the morning, traffic on the road should be relatively light. According to the official airport website, the 1st bus departs FOR the airport at 6:25 (is that early enough for you?) and takes 15 minutes.

Google map of the bus stop and hotel:

http://goo.gl/maps/koYox

Bus info from Malaga airport website:

aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/…

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5. Re: hotels in Malaga Spain

Another idea for budget-conscious travelers is Hotel Venecia. It's right on the main boulevard.

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Hi there,

Málaga airport is really near the city, so it isn't specially useful to stay near the main station.

As noted, you have quick and inexpensive connections via bus and train from the city centre.

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Hi , everyone who has written their comment(s) looks like us old folks needn't be too concerned about getting to the airport when it's time to go home.

We have decided this time, instead of motoring directly to the airport to head home, we would like to spend a couple of days with some time looking around the "old town"with all it's history etc as normally we arrive and depart from the airport and NEVER see the city, shame as we love Spain and do tour when we are over. Last time in Malaga for any length of time was about fifteen years ago.

Iam sure it has changed a lot since then??

Anyhow as i said at the start of this note Many thanks everyone.

Adam

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8. Re: hotels in Malaga Spain

I was born in Málaga, so I have witnessed the huge evolution the city has gone through in the last decades.

The city centre has been a forgotten part of the city for several years. This may surprise many visitors.

The reason for this was vehicle access to the narrow streets there. What was a pedestrian paradise before the 50s transformed into a constant flow of traffic leaving little or no space at all for pedestrians.

Walking trying not to be bumped into by a car made going to the centre really unpleasant, and as result most people just made into it to work at the many offices that are still there and left afterwards, leaving the city centre almost deserted. Also there were very few restaurants

This started to change in the late 80s when the nightlife scene moved from Pedregalejo district (on the eastern edge) to the city centre itself. Many bars opened, and this area keeps on being one of the main nightlife spots in the city nowadays.

Shortly after Málaga's Town Hall started an ambitious project to make most of the city centre pedestrian friendly. The main milestone was the revamping of Calle Larios, the main shopping street. This was done as recently as 2003, and not without problems, since the business owners in the vicinity rejected the idea on the basis that total restrictions to private vehicles would harm their businesses (I hope they have found out how wrong they were by now).

In the last decade a lot more streets have been pedestrianized, and the current situation is that most of the city centre is pedestrian only.

At the same time, a big effort to restore the city's heritage was started with some ambitious refurbishment programs, such as the recovery of the Roman theatre (which underwent an endless recovery project until early 2011, when it was finally open for performances) , as well as important cultural projects such as the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen Museums. A new addition to the city's already great museum collection will be the Museum of Málaga at the Palacio de la Aduana early next year.

All these efforts lead to the declaration of Málaga's city centre, as late as April 2012, as historical patrimony for its unique uninterrupted evolution along 3.000 years and the magnificent combination of elements of the different civilizations which left their influence in the city: phoenicians, punics, romans, muslim, etc.

This process has obviously produced a huge increase in the number of tourists that visit the city. It is now one of the most visited cities by city-breakers as well as cruise passengers.

I have one doubt in this whole process, which is how will Malagueños, who still love their city centre, withstand the increasing pressure from tourism, which at the same time brings much needed money.

Edited: 3:26 am, November 09, 2012
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