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“Malaga is not a typical place to say on this coast but this hotel great place to stay if you want a city/beach experience”

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Hotel MS Maestranza
Ranked #17 of 89 Hotels in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 27, 2013

There are some givens in life. One of them is not to judge a hotel when you arrive late at night. I was not that impressed even though my wife and I had reviewed TA comments. Well I am always happy to be proven wrong when the experience is positive and this the case with this hotel and it's wonderful location. We stayed in room 506 and we have a partial view of the Med and docks but much more impressively we directly face Gibralfaro Castle and it is amazing.
Most of the rooms seem to have balconies and even though it is a relatively busy road the palm trees obscure part of the road and it is lovely to sit out in. This part of Malaga is near the Old Town and is a predominantly residential area. Great bakery next door and a supermarket opposite.

Rooms very clean but slightly dated not that is an issue for us. We did not come away to watch a flat screen TV!

Service very good and has been noted by other reviewers nice touch to get a welcome glass of Cava from the bar.

You are 3 minutes away from the beach and whilst it is not as well maintained as many of the beaches along this coast line it was fine for us.

Malaga is an interesting city to explore as well. If you want something different and a transport system that can take you to Seville and Cordoba in 3-4 hours visit Malaga.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Hotel is easy to find and is very close to the terminus for the bus from the Airport. Hotel is very comfortable and is just what you would expect for a four star hotel. I would suggest when you book a room either get one facing the bullring or one thats on one of the higher floors on the other side. The road outside is pretty busy on the non bullring side so if you are a light sleeper dont go for a lower floor room. We thought it was a better location for seeing Malaga than staying in the centre of town. The centre is only ten mins walk away through the gardens which are extremely pleasant. You are close to the beach which has some nice bars on the sand to have a seat, snack and coffee or drink. You are close to the port which has really nice areas to sit in with loads of bars and restaurants. Round about the Hotel there are plenty decent local places to eat and drink. Good location for going up the Gilbafaro and if you do I would recommend a stop at the Parador for a coffee or a drink. Good location for buses as a lot of them seem to have their terminus just outside the Hotel. Didnt have breakfast but there is an excellent baker/cafe just underneath the Hotel that I can highly recommend. Staff in the Hotel were very friendly and helpful. Its got a roof top terrace if you want to lie in the sun. Balconies are on the small side, ok for one not so sure about two and the sun is on the street side not the bullring side. We stayed there 11 nights and were perfectly happy, mini bar reasonably priced also and the room we were in was spacious and was up on the 10th floor.

Room Tip: Bullring side or higher floor on the sunny side
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

We are a family of with two boys (ages 4 and 6) so this review is aimed for families. Our holiday in Malaga (Apr 13 to Apr 18, 2013) was excellent. As others have said, express line A costs 3 euros a person (the 4 year old was charged as well) and is easy to get outside the airport. When you get off the bus at the last stop look behind you (a little to the right) and up – you will see at the top of a building the letters “MS”- that’s the hotel. The entrance is to the right of the café and a bit hard to find.

The MS Maestranza hotel was clean and breakfasts had healthy foods (lots of fruit – pineapple, grapes, kiwi, orange, grapefruit – all cut up in advance) , sweet things (cocco puffs, doughnuts, chocolate croissants) ,hot stuff (eggs, bacon) and a machine which made espressos and coffee. Following trip advisor’s advice, we got a room at the top (10th floor) with a view of the bull ring so the traffic noise did not affect us. I imagine if you were lower down, it would. The internet works really well. We had two rooms – one for the kids and one for us.
We were there for 5 days which was the right amount of time with kids. We only walked so the hotel is perfectly situated. Our routine was breakfast, sightseeing in the morning, lunch in our hotel rooms (there is a supermarket just around the corner near the bull ring – 3 min walk from the hotel), nap, beach in the afternoon and out to dinner at night. The water was a little too cold for swimming for my taste. (I swam 10 minutes but never really warmed up). However, the beach was nice for sun tanning (lots of people tanning but few in the water) and the kids enjoyed digging holes in the sand. The beach is not fine sand and to enter the water you walk on small pebbles. Neither of those were a problem – as I said the kids loved to play in the sand and the pebbles didn’t stop me from going in the water for a swim.

As for restaurants, we tried the Indian place across the street from the hotel and a steak house around the corner facing the bull ring. I wouldn’t recommend either. Then we went to trip advisor for recommendations and went to Restaurant Vino Mia and Tapeo de Cervantes. Both were excellent. First we went to Tapeo de Cervantes but they were full and made a reservation for the following night. We didn’t need a reservation at Mia and ate outside. The food at both places was excellent. Mia was particularly good for kids as the waitress brought paper and pencil crayons for the kids to draw. Tapeo was a bit crowded for kids but the food was delicious. In general, restaurants open between 8PM and 9 PM so our kids had to get used to later eating times and bed times.

As for things to do for the kids, Malaga was great. The first day we walked up the Castillo Gibralfaro – the 6 year old loves to hike so it was no problem for him. A little much for the 4 year old but he made it. (It’s keeps going up! – you keep thinking the next corner will be the top but it’s not!) Our 6 year old found a gravel path going out from the lookout point and made Daddy hike it the next day and Mamma the day after! (The path circles the “mountain”). After that we saw the interactive music museum which was good for the kids. The next day we toured Alcazaba and the kids loved all the different places you could walk. The next day we went to the Picasso museum and the last day the Aquarium which was a real find. Lots of things the kids can touch and do such as pumping up an old diving suit by hand. I’ve never been to a museum where they let you touch so much stuff – sea urchins and all kinds of sea creatures. They put on a movie in English for us. We had a guide who didn’t know much English but was clearly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. It’s not high on the trip advisor rankings but I would highly recommend it. On the last day we went for a boat ride which wasn’t anything special but the captain got the kids to “drive” the boat which was a nice touch. Overall prices for museums and attractions didn’t seem expensive – ranging between 3 and 6 Euros per person. The boat trip was 10 Euros for adults and 5 Euros for kids (free for the four year old) which was too much for what you get.

Lastly, what also was great for the kids was the walkway of paths (between the streets Paseo del Parquet and Paseo de Los Curas). They would run in and out of them and end up at a small playground.

My only disappointment was the garbage on the beach and in the Sea. It’s not nice swimming beside plastic bags and brownish bubbles from fuel. I suppose with all the tourists and cruise ships, this is now the norm.

Room Tip: Rooms up high overlooking the bull ring are quieter.
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

We booked a suite here for our second stop of our Europe tour in Malaga, Spain! We absolutely LOVED our hotel! The room was modern, spacious and comfortable. We had a comfortable king bed, luxurious bathroom with a separate jetted tub and a balcony overlooking the bull ring. The hotel was a short 5-minute walk from the beach and only a 15-minute stroll from downtown Malaga filled with shops and restaurants!

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We just came back after 4 days in Malaga.in The Hotelwe found very friendly reception stuff,exelent breakfast,room not so big but clean with well equiped mini bar.Fantasic location ,2 min to the beach and port ,8-10 min walk to old town!Higly recomend !

Room Tip: take a room as high as possible-fantastic view!ours was on 5 floor and the view was ok
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed here for 9 nights . The hotel is well situated , about 200 metres from the beach and a 15 minute walk ( through a very nice park ) to the centre of town . The staff were very friendly , room was good value , though we didn't have breakfast as it was expensive. The hotel had free internet which was very handy . There is also a nice cafe next door . There is a bus direct to/from the airport 100 metres from the hotel . On the whole a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

Fantastic rooms, Excellent service, Great location.
The hotel is located near the beach, near the marina, alongside the Bull fighting stadium. above a great little cafe bar. next to the taxi rank.
The rooms (ours was room 1201 on the top floor) are very clean spacious with all the facilities you would expect including separate shower and bath and toiletries are provided. The view from the room would be overlooking the Bull fighting stadium or the marina depending on the side of the hotel the room is. Ours over looked the Bull fighting stadium. There are 2 lifts which were very quiet and meant you were never waiting long for one. On the roof is a basic gym, spa pool, steam room & sauna all of which over look the marina or castle. The facilities were clean and well maintained.
The service from the staff was friendly and professional. Quick efficient helpful service. I would recommend this hotel as very good value for money.

Room Tip: ask for an upper floor room for better views and less road noise.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Avenida Canovas del Castillo 1, 29016 Malaga, Spain
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Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga > La Malagueta
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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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Malaga
#10 Family Hotel in Malaga
#12 Romantic Hotel in Malaga
#15 Luxury Hotel in Malaga
Price Range: $93 - $226 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel MS Maestranza 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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