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“Great Hotel-Nice Dock, Beach, Old Town and City Views”

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Hotel MS Maestranza
Ranked #14 of 88 Hotels in Malaga
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“Great Hotel-Nice Dock, Beach, Old Town and City Views”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I thought the hotel was excellent with excellent staff and views. They have several types of rooms depending on price level, and the room I had on a high floor was wonderfuly huge and extremely confortable with a very large balcony with views of the dock, their stores, beach, old town and the city. The only thing I missed was balcony furniture. They had none, so you have to bring out the room chairs. The weather was very cool, definetely not beach weather, and the beach was nothing to talk about. The breakfast, which was included in my rate, was excellent with a tremendous choice of fruits and cold /hot dishes and champaine. Great way to start the day. The bull ring is directly behind the hotel, closed for the season unfortunely.The front desk staff, Jose Luis was extremely helpful, as was the room maid, Montse, who was delightful. As for the breakfast room staff, Manolo and Angela were just wonderful also. The area is full with restaurants, stores, etc. Great hotel. Loved it.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

lovely hotel near port and old town friendly helpful staff on third floor facing busy corner but did not have problem with traffic noise enjoyed rooftop jacuzzi good massage would stay again good value

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

When I start to look for a hotel I always start with the location; but working out the right location in a new town isn't always easy. This one worked out brilliantly; right next to the bullring and very close to the old city sights; indeed - ask for a higher room and you may well be lucky and get a really great view of the cathedral and Alcazabar (old fortress) on one side and a peek view on the other side. Tall buildings sadly block a perfect view of the sea, but the harbour front can be seen depending what room you have. The hotel is a modern triangular block, but as such is very comfortable.

The hotel lobby is quite small and the tiny lifts are adequate. The reception staff are warm and welcoming and we found people who spoke good English despite our efforts to try and practise our rudimentary Spanish. We had help with various tourist issues including catching busses into the bus station as we were going on into Granada. The breakfast room/restaurant is quite extensive and we found the breakfast worth adding into the room price – a large choice of hot and cold breakfast items from all nationalities, including lovely dates and fruits, pastries as well as the traditional English eggs and bacon. We had big breakfasts and lasted till tea for anything else.

If you get the lift to the top floor and climb the extra stairs, there is a small gym and a single Jacuzzi tub which is closed on Sundays for cleaning. You can book massages at a 4 star price – too expensive for me so no idea if they are worth it; but just outside the Jacuzzi area is a lovely roof top sunbathing area with recliners. In late October it wasn’t quite so much for the sun but rather for the wonderful view that visiting this area is a must. The vista includes the whole of the ancient areas of the city with the Moorish city walls on the crest of the hill, the harbour with large cruise ships, and a unique view of the bull ring.

The hotel room was lovely; with a door between the hall and bathroom into the room and a small balcony. We had a bath and shower with lots of pretty smellies in a well decorated bathroom. Slippers are complementary and bathrobes can be borrowed. We definitely felt that we were having a little bit of luxury as I don’t often have a four star hotel.

Why four stars? I had no complaints at all, we enjoyed our stay very much - but feel that to get 5 stars really needs to be quite amazing - and this was lovely and comfortable but not amazing. We wanted and had twin beds but one couple complained that they had really hard beds - which I like - and it seemed that doubles were single beds pushed together - not so romantic!

We loved Malaga –having only booked two nights as a stopping off point from the airport on our way to Granada, our main destination. We found the people much friendlier in Malaga than Granada, and we enjoyed the mixture of the seaside/harbour side and the ancient culture of the old Moorish city, Picasso influence – especially the birthplace museum rather than the Picasso museum itself – and we loved the greenery around the city – the walk between the old town centre and the bullring through a wonderful park of palm trees with chattering parakeets was delightful and must be much cooler on hot summer days. Malaga was beautiful as well as interesting. Not sure the beaches would be up to a beach holiday, - very grey unappealing gritty sand that we saw; but for a city break it was perfect. We enjoyed a walk up to the lighthouse area where there are a series of restaurants. We were delighted that by returning to one place we were given free champagne on the house! An example of the friendliness of the place – maybe helped by being end of season.

There are a couple of tourist information centres with some very good leaflets with different themed walking tours. They also allow you a free i-pod tour which you leave a credit card number – but we didn’t bother in the end as we didn’t want to have to return to a specific place to drop it off again. The leaflets were excellent and bi-lingual in /Spanish and English. Lots of the museums are bi-lingual which is very helpful for us monolingual Brits!

We also found travelling by coach to Granada very easy – the bus station was a short bus trip away from the old town centre. All bus journeys are a flat rate of 1.20 euros at time of writing. The airport to town bus was 2 euros and easy enough – no need for a taxi – the bus goes right outside the airport arrivals and is easily marked. There are signs that they can reject anything over a 10 euro note. The airport bus should have gone right to the hotel, but on the day we arrived they didn’t go that far – either as it was a Sunday, or because there was a festival, or just bad luck, but they dropped us near the tourist info centre and we walked through the park to the hotel pulling our luggage – not a big deal as we only had hand luggage, but other busses are frequent and the hotels location by the bullring makes it an easy landmark to find.

On our two days we strolled through the city, went up into the Alcazabar (somewhat of a climb and I agree with a previous writer that it is definitely worth it unless you have been to the Alhambra in which case it would seem a bit of a disappointment) The views are worth it in any case. We also walked around the harbour and to both the Picasso museums, though there was a massive queue for the Picasso museum, and it was poorly run; but the birthplace museum for 2 euros (free for young and oldies!) was fairly interesting, especially with the free audio guide (I am not a Picasso fan - but it gave you an insight into his life whereas the Picasso museum simply had art in no particular order which I found unhelpful). We also enjoyed looking round the massive cathedral, for 5 euros, (cheaper than Westminster Abbey which is £16!). A note of caution was that we had an attempted robbery by some girls who gave a flower and then asked for 2 cents but when you open your purse they deftly ‘help you’ find the coin by trying to sift off some of your notes without you realising it by sleight of hand – which I caught and held tightly so they ran off. I don’t usually fall for those scams but it was a festival day so it had seemed genuine. But this can happen in any place really.

We had a great few days and opted to come back to Malaga early from Granada as we had enjoyed it so much.

Room Tip: I followed other's advice and asked for a high floor overlooking bull ring but was more pleased...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Sandhurst
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Found this hotel in the central area of Malaga which is also very convenient for the airport. The hotel is comfortable with very friendly, courteous and helpful staff at Reception and in the bar/restaurant. The price is relatively cheap and the hotel is very close to the port area and the cathedral with a good range of bars and eating places.

Room Tip: Request a room abov the third floor and overlooking the bull ring.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Haugesund, Norway
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Nice hotel with a small balcony. 5 min walk to the beach, 10 min walk to the old centre with a lot of good restaurants and nice bars. If you get a room overlooking the port, you also got a busy road below. The rooms at the back of the hotel got a wiew to the castle and also the bullring.
The rooms are nice, also the bathroom. (with shampoo etc)
Staff is friendly, good speaking english. There was no problem for us to check out late - for free. A quiet hotel, with massage, fitnessroom, sauna etc at the top floor, also a sun terrace.
Good value for money - will love to stay here again.
Taxi station at the backside

Room Tip: At the front sunny and noisy, at the back, quiet without sun. A nice owerview on the higher floors.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Norwich in England
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

This hotel is really well located - literally 5 mins to port, beach and the old part of the city. Many, many good restaurants in the old part of the city. We loved watching the the liners and ferries/ships around the harbour. We have stayed in many 4 star hotels in Europe and USA and fail to see how this qualified as 4 star. The breakfasts is less than mediocre - although the waiter we have had every morning is friendly. The rest of the staff have not been so. However, because of the good location, and quiet area, we would stay again.

Room Tip: Ask for a high room to sample the views
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

The location of this hotel is great for sightseeing but not so good for sleeping as its on a very busy road and I have never heard so many sirens in all my life!!
Good points: location, staff, being allowed to check out late (for a small fee), clean
Bad points : horrible flimsy small towels, breakfast was limited and repetitive, no tea/coffee making facilities in the room
Overall good but never 4 star

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel MS Maestranza
Address: Avenida Canovas del Castillo 1, 29016 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga > La Malagueta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Malaga
#10 Family Hotel in Malaga
#12 Romantic Hotel in Malaga
#13 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel MS Maestranza 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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