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Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina
Ranked #6 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Malaga
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Arlington, Virginia
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“A magical oasis of tranquil gardens, beautiful vistas & great character”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina is an amazing property. My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in the Limonar Room, which I had requested based on the photos on their web site. The room was even better than expected: it is a spacious, airy corner room with large windows on two sides, beautifully decorated, with two comfy arm chairs for relaxing.

We arrived at dusk, and after getting settled in our room, went out to take a stroll through the gardens. From the bar in the reception area, we ordered chilled white wine to have in the comfortable seating on the partially covered terrace, take in the views, and let out sighs of relaxation. We slept well, as it was extremely quiet. The wide area of vegetation around the property effectively blocks out traffic noise.

I had some concerns about breakfast based on previous reviews, but was pleasantly surprised. There was fresh fruit (they will get more if they have run out), bread for toast, ham, cheese, preserves, boiled eggs & yoghurt, and they will make other types of eggs if you ask. I do think a hotel with only 8 rooms has a challenge in meeting everyone's needs, but clearly they have been listening to the feedback. The coffee could be better.

My husband and I (in our late 50s) walked into Malaga and back to the hotel, but that trek may not be for everyone (comfortable shoes are required). The second evening, we were too tired to go out for dinner, and decided to stay in and try the hotel menu. We were set up for dinner inside one of the public rooms; the food was on the heavy side, and fairly good. Again, I recognize the challenge of running a restaurant in a hotel with 8 rooms, and not knowing on any given night whether anyone will want to eat in versus going out. Such a menu must be small, and may not appeal to everyone. The hotel also has an arrangement with an Italian restaurant and can have meals delivered, so that is another option.

I highly recommend this hotel. The room prices are very reasonable given the quality of the rooms and the ambiance of the entire property.

Room Tip: Limonar is a wonderful room for a couple.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

This hotel is superb, beatiful location, very friendly people, amazing rooms,
Classical decorated and stil comfortabe
Location just outside of malaga, a few minutes by car
Very recommandable, a must for



  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The castle is beautiful and really special place to spend few nights and explore Malaga. We were given a room in the tower with magnificent view over the Mediterranean and Malaga. I guess during summer they have many weddings and other receptions and no wonder, also the surroundings are just fantasticl!

Room Tip: Ask for a room at high floor with sea view
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 19, 2013

Situated a couple of kilometers from the old Malaga city, this hotel was built as a private house in 1932. It was constructed in a Moorish castle theme and has beautiful gardens overlooking the Mediterranean and the harbor of Malaga.
The hotel only has eight rooms and has no area designated as a bar, but drinks can be ordered and consumed in the gardens or one of the beautiful lounges. Reception is nothing more than a desk at one end of a large entrance hall.
The rooms are very large and decorated in period style. Large bathrooms and walk in showers make up your residence foe the night. The beds are very comfortable.
A great place to stay for something a little out of the ordinary and it is very quiet and peaceful.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

The building itself is very interesting and in a quiet location. The rooms are nice to look at and the service is great, from the reception through to the housekeepers. However, it feels like an establishment which is primarily a wedding/conference/special event venue; there is no full time kitchen - which means you can only eat at set times. The bathrooms are nice and well appointed (little soaps, shaving kit etc), but dark. The outdoor seating area is great and the coffee is good, but again, not fully staffed outside of certain hours. The breakfast service is great and what food there is, is good, but the choices are limited.

for completeness: Shaving kit, hairdryer, toothbrush, slippers are provided (even a chocoloate on the pillow), free wifi & parking.

We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it, however, with the caveat that you be prepared to enjoy the location, views and the architecture of the building, and forego expectations of room service, a lavish breakfast ( or an afternoon snack.)

Room Tip: room one has a great view..
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

A wonderful place just outside the center of Malaga. Great atmosphere, excellent service (Alexis is a star) and good value for money. If you are looking for a peaceful, romantic getaway this is the place to be! Getting to the center is just a short (taxi) ride.

Room Tip: Room 7 is the best with private terrace and great view.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

A stunning end to our travels in Spain. The location and the room itself exceeded all expectations. Amazing views, sense of history, comfort, calm, privacy and service. Any previous criticisms have been attended to - apart from the problem of lugging heavy suitcases up flights of stairs without a porter! The staff were beyond charming. It did not really feel like being in a hotel, more like being a special guest whose every wish was accommodated. I only wish we could have stayed longer, and will definitely be back

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina
Address: Calle Ramos Carrion 38, 29016 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 145 Specialty Lodging in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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