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Hotel California
Ranked #15 of 89 Hotels in Malaga
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 10, 2011

Recently stayed for a 3 day long weekend. Was a pleasant and comfortable stay.

Location: Easy 10mins walk to the Malaga Park and historic city centre. One street back from the beach as well (quick 5 mins walk). The location was suitable and felt safe but was not really in the middle of anything. This was compensated by easy access by public bus – the number 11 stops right out front, with frequent services (every 10-15mins) and takes you to General Torrijos Square (the centre). Can also catch the “A” line to/from airport to the Square. Highly recommend this for €2 cost.

Paseo de Sancha is a busy road, so whilst you have great access to public transport at your doorstep, road noise was audible until the early hours of the morning.

Room: Nicely appointed room with fridge (no minibar), TV, desk, chair, safe. I also had a lovely patio with table and chairs with views out to the ocean.

The TV had numerous channels however none were in English.

Sleep Quality: Very comfortable bed with one good pillow. (My double bed was supplied with one pillow, wide enough for the whole bed – not sure how you would go if two people were sharing this pillow!).

I found my room rather noisy for sleeping though – noise from the road and noise from other guests in the adjoining room was very audible. The room doors can’t be closed quietly (meaning you end up slamming the door a little) so this intruded on a good nights sleep.

Given my room had a lovely patio, I did find it lighter than what I am used to.

Bathroom: Functional bathroom with toilet, bidet and shower over bath. Good water pressure and plenty of hot water. Adequate supply of towels. When the towels were replaced on the 2nd day, just 1 towel and hand towel were left for the sole occupier. I guess it felt a bit stingy! One of the clean towels on day 1 could have been a little better.

Food: B/fast is served to your table in the dining room. Consisted of juice, cereal, fruits, croissant/bread and spreads, cold meat and cheese, tea/coffee. I would definitely say an ample b/fast if this is to your liking and reasonably priced at €9

Service: staff were friendly and accommodating. They spoke a little English however I was understood most of the time.

Value for money: Good value for money at €66 per night including b/fast.

Other: Limited information is made available to you about the hotel upon check in – you just need to ask though as all staff are accommodating. Eg, I only became aware of the rooftop solarium after my visit!! The room was comfortable enough and general cleanliness was good – just not excellent. Wi-fi comes at a cost or you can use the internet in one of the lovely public rooms. The Hotel is lovely, colourful, charming and welcoming. My experience was good and was as advertised.

Room Tip: Room with balcony is great however is a little noisy.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 6, 2011

The California is close to the Malagueta (the beach AND the plaza de toros). The hotel is spacious and airy, it has a very generous atmosphere. Our room was nice and tidy, maybe a bit narrow for a suite but otherwise very nice. The bathroom was big and clean, although a wee bit smelly.
Good breakfast!
The staff were very kind and helpful and I'm sure we would have sortet the toilet problem out, but we only stayed one night and didn't take the time to mention it to the receptionist. All in all a pleasant experience.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

We had seen this place before and liked the area.It is convenient by foot for the centre of town. Local buses( with some changes) take you all over town including the airport and train/bus station.There are plenty of eating options nearby and the beach is only three minutes away.It is however, a lousy place to park a car,so beware of high charges in local public car parks.
The team are really helpful and the rooms are very clean/comfortable with some quirky decor twists. Breakfast is ample.The sun deck on the roof is a great place to relax.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

I booked Hotel California just two days before travel as a budget getaway from the Great British Weather. I could not have been more delighted! Exactly what I was looking for. Spotlessly clean throughout, well equipped bathrooms with good hairdryers. Effective, quiet fridge and air con. Lovely decor, comfy beds.
Service is second to none. Nothing is too much trouble and staff were very helpful with my attempts to speak Spanish!
The room I initially had, tho perfectly adequate, had no balcony/view. I enquired about an upgrade and this was arranged the very next day, as soon as the room became available.
Beach just a few minutes walk and easy walk to town. Bus stop right outside hotel and good taxi service. Supermarket, pharmacy, tobacconist, newsagent, deli, bars and restaurants right on the doorstep. Perfecto! I will be back....!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Thank jan373
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

Fantastic little hotel on the beach! Charming vintage building with well-maintained lobby and common areas. The rooms clean and comfortable with TV, closet and refrigerator. A few rooms even had small balconies or terraces to enjoy the view toward the ocean. The location is great too – about a block away from the beach and about a 10 minute walk to the city center. I felt this hotel was a great value (around 70 Euro per night – in Oct. 2011), great location and great room. I would stay here again!

Room Tip: I would see if you can get one facing the ocean with a balcony!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 14, 2011

The first thing one notices about the hotel is old world charm & character. Look out for the pet turtle and bird on the 1st floor. The hotel had a family run feel. Our room was clean and tidy with a good sized bathroom. the staff were very friendly and the breakfast was good. The one downfall in our room was the very noisy air conditioning unit (it looked a bit worse for wear). The beach is a 5 minute walk, the city centre is about 20mins walk away. A handy base to check out Malaga.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

First of all I would like to thank all the staff at Hotel California, Malaga for their EXCELLENT hospitality!!! Our stay in this hotel was perfect! We stayed in room 302 (twin room) which is at the front of the hotel on the main road. First impression of the hotel and room was cleanliness... spot on! My partner and I are very tidy people, so whether our room needed to be cleaned or not, the girls cleaned our room and changed the towels every single day, including changing our bed sheets. Air con in our room... what a blessing as the temperature in August is HOT! HOT! HOT!. Beach is 5 mins stroll (depending on how fast you walk, could be 2 mins). There is also a supermarket before you get to the beach. The city of Malaga only 10 mins walk. We LOVED Malaga Feria... absolutely buzzing!!!! Please go to the Feria in August, you will not believe the size of the Fair/entertainment at night which is not in Malaga city, but not far from Malaga airport. I would say, 30 mins bus travel from our hotel, but it is well worth it. Bus fares are so cheap too (1.20 euros each way). Thank you again to all staff at Hotel California, Malaga. x

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank JAH46
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Additional Information about Hotel California

Address: Paseo Sancha 17, 29016 Malaga, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Malaga > Costa del Sol > Malaga
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Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Malaga
Price Range: $64 - $129 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel California 2*
Number of rooms: 26
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Hotel California Malaga, Spain - Costa Del Sol

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