AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott
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Historical Traveler Reviews AC Hotel Malaga Palacio by Marriott Málaga
Myself and my wife stayed at this Hotel for 2 nights in Dec 2004 after seeing reviews about it. The location in Malaga could not have been better, central to everything with a Taxi rank right outside.
The free coffee in the lounge was a nice touch and that area was a little oasis of tranquility away from the bustle of the city. We never found this coffee area to be overly busy though at a different time of year it might be.
The bedroom was very comfortable, clean and a good size with a very modern decor, the bathroom was also a good size with a great shower. There was a balcony with a great view, one small drawback was no table or chairs on the balcony. Although it was very busy outside we were not disturbed by any City noises.
The room rate did not include breakfast, there was a great variety of cereal, fruit hot and cold food on offer for breakfast. I would say the Hotel was reasonably priced for a central location in a City.
If you are going to have a drink at the bar I would suggest you go out to one of the Local bars as the hotel is a bit pricey.
We would stay at this hotel again.
2 Star, Maybe
What a nasty room - small, worn, not terribly clean, and no AC after October. Web page claims robes in room and self parking - no robes and no self parking. Parking was 18 Euros per day. Wouldn't go back even if employer paid for room.
We stayed 1 night Nov 2004. For a city break, the hotel is in a great location in the center of Malaga and quite easy to find. Your car is taken away by staff (18 Euro per day) and probably best forgotten because Malaga is congested. I did not like the hotel; it is large, impersonal, efficient and expensive. The style is last years modern and cold. On business; with someone else paying; then maybe.
Only 4 star?
This hotel was a little touch of luxury. The staff were extremely helpful and unassuming. The room was very modern and chic as was the entire deco of the hotel. The roof top pool with it's stunning views of the city meant that we did'nt even travel to the beach on our short 5 day trip to the city. The 24 hour taxi service just outside the hotel made transfere to the airport easy. I definately recommend this hotel to anyone.
We stayed here with our 8 year old son in a triple room (ie a very large double). Everything about this place was great, and of the 7 hotels we stayed in on our Spanish trip, it was a cut above the rest.
Large room, good rates, spotlessly clean, helpful staff, great breakfast, free mini-bar, free cofffee bar, super comfy pillows/bed, roof top pool, great location.....the list could go on.
Instead, I'd recommend you check it out yourself.
100% satisfaction guaranteed!
We're going again
Excellent centrally located hotel with spotless air conditioned rooms. Staff very helpful and friendly. Pool on the roof is a bonus. Free minibar in the bedroom and also free minbar and coffee/cakes in the lounge between 12-5pm. Another feature is that the hotel has numerous fridges in public areas where you help yourself to bottled water. Restaurant has superb view of the port.
Superb Hotel - good location
I have never been to southern Spain before. So with a little hesitation I booked this hotel purely because of the advice from this website and some pictures you can see on Expedias web site.We stayed in Marbella the first night (read my review of the Gran Hotel Guadalpin) after going to Coin.The second night we stayed here after a day of inland site seeing in Rhonda and Garganta del Chora.The Hotel was easy to find - which in Malaga is a big benefit. Just head towards the centre and as you go down the main tree lined strip you will see it in among some fine old buildings and opposite the dock.The car will be valet parked for you in the hotels secure car park so dont mind just dumping it outside even though it is on double yellow lines.Service was prompt and friendly and the hotel has an air of trying to be stylish, with wooden floors and soft leather seating. Just past the lobby is a coffee bar where you can free coffee and pastries should you wish to do so.The room itself was of a good size and our room over looked the cathedral. The room again has wooden floors (laminate) and a nice bathroom with a free mini bar supplying beers and juices nice touch !It is a 15 minute walk up the hill to the castle and a 2 minute walk to the Picasso museum (with over 200 minor works) The modernised town is a minute away and loads of tapas bars are available.If you want a good hotel in Malaga and dont fancy being out of the way in the Parador then you really cant go wrong.Mr Anderson
The meaning of location
Wonderful location; unobtrusive and very gentle staff. Everything the hotel's stuff did for us during two weeks stay, from the fresh flowers in our room to the selection of magazines on the night table; from the lovely brunch (gratis!) where we got to meet few our new friends will long be remembered by us. M.& I. De Paolis
Modern, stylish, nice rooms, good location, excellent value.
The AC Málaga Palacio was quite simply an Excellent hotel. Located in the heart of Málaga, across from the city's attractive port, and next to the Cathedral (also known as "La Manquita), the hotel is also perfectly located for walking to downtown sights like the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the Gibralfaro Castle. The local nightlife, and there is much, is all easily accessible by foot. The area around the hotel also features many places to dine. The shopping is ample, and a large El Corte Inglés (Spanish high-end department store) is only a few blocks from the AC Málaga Palacio. For excursions away from the hotel, or if ones tired of walking, a nice convenience is the constant line of taxis waiting in front of the hotel to pick up guests. An inexpensive garage is located only one block from the hotels entrance if a rental car is kept street parking is limited around the hotel. For trips out of town by car, the hotel is located on a main avenue that feeds to the highways (autopistas). The airport, train, and bus stations are best reached by taxi. The room -- ours was a standard with king bed -- was large by European standards, comparable to a moderate sized US room. The stylish accommodation was modern minimalist with wood floors, satellite TV, two backlit closets with brushed glass doors, free mini-bar, and the bathroom was well sized with strong water pressure. Large windows and a sliding glass door looked out to the sea and the ports lighthouse was visible -- a nice sized balcony with chairs allowed us the opportunity to be outside as much as we wanted to, and with the incredible views it was a nice place to relax after a days worth of activities. The service was friendly, bilingual, and always willing to accommodate. Every morning the sleek dinning room offered a large Spanish breakfast with many varieties of sliced Spanish meats (ham, etc.), eggs cooked to order, fruit, Spanish cheeses, breads, pastries, coffee and juice. For warm days -- and there are many in Málaga -- the hotel offers a rooftop pool, lifeguard, and sun deck. From this high-up location the whole city can be viewed in panoramic form. The privacy, sparkling pool, the deck and view made for relaxing afternoons.This hotel was a pleasing combination of contemporary design, solid service, nice rooms, rooftop pool, and good Spanish foods. All this and it was an excellent value. The room prices may have risen in the last eighteen months, but I'd expect the AC Málaga Palacio to still be a good value. We paid $75 per night for a room that would have cost at least $350 in San Francisco, California -- just another reason to patronize this hotel and enjoy the southern city of Málaga. I plan to stay there again on my return to Andalucia. This was a world-class hotel in an exciting Spanish city. ˇOle!
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