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“Romantic yes,but for 1 night”

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Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina
Ranked #7 of 151 Specialty Lodging in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 21, 2012

Beautiful setting, on a hill and during the day it is a nice walk to the city.
returning after diner however is quite an exercise, as it is a steep climb.Take the bus and get off at the right stop, ask the driver.
The room we had was very large, had a balcony overlooking the sea and the garden;nice to rest and read.
Service at the front desk is OK, but if you have a heavy suitcase be prepared to climb some stairs.
Breakfast is OK
Price is OK
ISOLATION is very poor, especially if you have high heels above you or people taking a shower at 1AM or drying their hair for 15'
Do not book when weddings or parties are being held.

Room Tip: Nice hotel for a short stay and take the upper rooms
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

This is a fantastic hotel; started life centuries ago as a fortress on the hill keeping guard on the town of Malaga. Now extended and sympathetically modernised it provides truly individual accommodation. Set about 2 miles outside Malaga Centro, it is walkable (uphill coming back) but suggest a taxi for about 5 euros; arrives at reception in 2 minutes. Staff are excellent and very helpful. We travelled for a week-end break in February hence the place was quiet but imagine in the summer this place would be buzzing. Probably best suited for adults. We left our kids at home and in our view was a good plan. The rooms are large and individually designed. Ours offered fantastic views over the Med and Malaga in one direction, and over the hills from the other. Room standard was good and authentically impressive. Ours had a huge terrace shared with one other room and offered amazing views. The grounds are splendid and kept to a very high standard. This is not your average hotel chain boring shoe box, it is a truly individual experience and costs no more than many of the shoe box variety. Only down side was dining and bar facilities. The bar was rather sparse and breakfast limited but cest la vie, this place is a must visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view
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  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

An old castle, have had Bellavista room, with private terace and almost 360° view over Malaga.

Staff is very nice, breakfast is classy but fresh, interior and garden is extraordinary.

A minor setback might be that it is a bit isolated and bit far from the city center, you can walk in the morning but you will need to take a taxi in the evening as your feet will probably kill you after a day walk in beautiful Malaga. But hey, that's a castle, of course is on the hilltop :)

Room Tip: Choose Bellavista, you will thank for the tip :)
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

This was the last hotel we stayed in on our Spainish vacation and when I
saw it I was speechless. My husband booked this hotel as a surprise to
me and boy was I surprised! A true Spanish castle, tons of local
flavor. Our room #5, was not ready so we were offered refreshments on the
terrace. The room was awesome! So romantic! Overlooking the terrace
with incredible sea view. I did not want to leave. It was
really quiet and calm, not too many visitors, or perhaps we just did
not see anybody. At the end of 18 day vacation I just wanted to relax
and it was the perfect place to do it.

We got few restaurants recommendations and chose one, which had really
very good food.

Now cons:
There is no kitchen in the hotel. Breakfast is very limited and cold.
Instant decaf from a plastic bag gave me shivers. And very fatty jamon
(Spanish ham) did not impress. Staff also failed to bring more food as
it ran out, so we had to go, find somebody and ask to bring some more
which was quite difficult as they speak no English. I wish that
quality of food would be higher and better variety.

There are allot of weddings being planned at the hotel, and it's the
most beautiful place for it....but having brides/grooms all day long in
the courtyard was a bit disturbing as it's a very small place. There
are also allot of filming going on there...all Saturday morning there
were tons of people with cameras and projectors running around the
hotel, at times pretty loud as they were filming.

Our terrace was gorgeous, but it was very sunny all day long and hotel did not
think to provide any umbrellas at the tables. So we could not use it
except for the evening.

There are all little things, but they make the overall picture.

Never the less, I loved this hotel and definitely looking forward to
coming back. I truly hope they read the reviews and take care of
few drawbacks.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 7, 2011

Enjoyed spacious suite, spectacular views of Malaga and the landscaped garden. A few tacky details like artificial flowers, but otherwise a very good hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

nice view and spacious rooms, good breakfast with and excellent toaster that you can fit rolls, pastries etc in to enjoy hot.

the hotel is a cheap taxi ride ($5) easy bus ride ($1.20) or easy walk (only a short uphill near the hotel on return- otherwise enjoy a level stroll along the sea front promenade.

although the reception staff offered no info to this effect, or on much else.

my main critiscism is that in trying to look old they have resorted to fake- fake flowers, fake books! (cardboard boxes) fake furniture! (eg drawers that have a facade only no drawers)- this is TACKY

Room Tip: rooms good, don't rely on reception for info
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2011

We stayed here one night with our 7 month old baby and it was a very pleasurable visit. It is a beautiful and exclusive hotel with a fantastic view. The room was spacious and had a wonderfully large bathroom with two sinks, a bath tub and a nice shower.The staff is friendly and the hotel provided all the facilities we wanted. Our baby got a nice cot to sleep in and his parents got wifi free of charge. The only downside is the hotel's somewhat remote location from downtown Malaga. It's a short bus ride though, and this location is indeed closer to the beach...

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Calle Ramos Carrion 38, 29016 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 151 Specialty Lodging in Malaga
Price Range: $116 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1932, this listed building preserves much of its historic charm. It has over 3,500m² of public areas, gardens and terraces. Rooms at the Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina feature a plasma TV, marble or tiled bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and unique décor. The hotel offers spectacular views over Málaga Bay. The rooms at the Castillo come with individual climate control, a safe and a minibar. Many offer sea views. Free parking is offered on site. The Santa Catalina is situated in the exclusive El Limonar area of Málaga, 250 metres from La Caleta Beach. The Picasso Museum and the city centre are less than 2 km away. The fortress provides a perfect venue for wedding receptions, corporate events and private functions. Castillo de Santa Catalina truly is a fantastic choice for a fairytale wedding! Our dedicated wedding team is on hand to take care of each and every detail to ensure you can relax and enjoy the day of your dreams. For more information, please feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have. ... more   less 
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