Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro
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... she ran off again but because she hadn't started the braiding she just stayed with her family. We were watching her do re-enactments of what the woman was doing to her hair, it was so good. The poor kid. I thought she might give up since it looked like it was hurting her heaps but nope, once it was all clear they all came back, the 3yr old boy carrying the stool and the girl got back on with getting her hair done. Pretty entertaining ;)
Home to have another hot sleep..
... are just as much of a farce as the days. We'd normally start pres at our apartment around 10pm, then head out after midnight. Cos we were told they party hard in Malaga. The locals just don't know how to feria. Most of them pike by 2am. Those who stay out just stand around the clubs, not buying drinks. When you do try and talk to people, none of them can speak English. Even if ...
... two large coaches actually on the roundabout and wouldn’t let them proceed until two Princess coaches departed and he held us up for a while until the third appeared. Our driver Antonio did what I would have done, went around the roundabout the wrong way (no one was coming in that direction) and off we went.
The city centre of Malaga
We drove through the city area of Malaga with various sites pointed out to us including a ...
... a real awareness of landslides during or after heavy rain. Thankfully we arrive safe and sound and park Sharron next to the railway station which pleases John no end. When it stops raining, we take a stroll up the mountain through beautiful pine forests and muddy streams. We pass by a waterfall the colour of coffee from all the rain washing down the mud from the hillsides. Some new age hippies have set up a shack serving meals and offering overnight accommodation. We chat ...
... evening. On getting up we see the weather is rainy and the hills are covered with cloud. Not the kind of day to set out on a hike over a mountain with no one knowing where you are. Sadly we decide to go back to the coast in search of better weather.Estapona doesn't disappoint, nor does the very expensive and immaculate campsite a little further down the road at Manilva. Again it's a good excuse to get some washing done and have a chat with other campers on ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro Málaga
We stayed in this parador for 4 nights in November 2005 on half board. The room was nice with a good view of Malaga. The only problem was that the heating was constantly on making the room very hot.
We arrived at this hotel around lunchtime and planned to just leave our bags and head into the city, but the view from our balcony was so stunning that we just stayed there all afternoon with an excellent room service lunch, and a bottle of chilled fino, marvelling at what we could see. As you would expect from a Parador, things are of a uniformly high standard here - the location is the cherry on the cake.
My husband and I spent 3 nights here at the beginning of April. Our initial opinion was good. We had an end corner room which was very spacious and well appointed - as was the rest of the parador. However, in both the bathroom and the bedroom the lighting was very poor. We ate in the dining room on our first night. Our opinion was that the food was very ordinary - we have eaten much better in other paradors. However, our greatest criticism was the loud piped music that was played in both the dining room and the bar. It was much more than bacground music and extremely intrusive! However, at least we were spared this noise on the first two mornings at breakfast (which was very good) - but on the third day - there it was! I have to say that we never had dinner there again nor indeed went into the bar. We found it extraordinary that we should be forced to listen to loud music which we had not chosen in a parador of all places. We were also surprised at such insensitivity on the part of the management - one person's music is someone else's noise. This intrusive noise totally spoiled our meal. Furthermore, they only played one tape over and over again - although, that is neither here nor there. I will certainly be more cautious in future and ask if there is piped music in the dining room and bar of any hotel that I am planning to stay. In an attempt not to sound too critical, I would say that all the staff were very helpful.
Peaceful City Retreat
- Having read previous reviews I had high expectations of Parador Gibralfaro
- I'm glad to say my expectations were more than met.
If you are looking for a city break hotel with the feeling of being in the city then this hotel is not for you. The hotel's location at the top of a hill overlooking Malaga town provides a brilliant view but also makes you feel very detached from the town itself. You are so close yet so far therefore a taxi ride is required (especially in evenings).
I would love to come back to Parador Gibralfaro in the future as a perfect start to a self-drive holiday to Andalucia. I would also look to staying in sister 'Parador' hotels during my journey.
This was my second visit to the city of Malaga and my first stay overnight here. I don't think we could have picked a better place to stay. The service was excellent, even with large parties of Spaniards descending on the bar for afternoon coffees! The food was as good a standard as many Michelin starred restaurants (and, hence was good value for money) using local produce and complimented by a good list of Spanish wines (again not cheap but reasonably priced for the types and vintages on offer). I can thoroughly recommend the seven course taster menu I had at 50 Euros, which was stunning.
Wonderful start to our Andalusian holiday
Stayed at this wonderful Parador in September 2004. The hotel is set high up on a wooded hill overlooking the town of Malaga with fabulous views. Our room (No 111) was very quiet and comfortable with lovely views from the private balcony of the town and the bay/port. The room was light and airy and had a TV, trouser press, mini-bar and a lovely well equipped, marble bathroom. The hotel had a roof-top pool with towels provided. The staff were friendly and helpful. The hotel had a lovely restaurant with some tables, al fresco, on a terrace, again with spectacular views of the town and port. The menu for dinner was good and the service excellent. The breakfast room was light and airy with a great selection of food to cater for all tastes. Plenty of private parking.
A special hotel with beautiful views
The views from this hotel are simply stunning, stretching over Malaga and beyond. The only drawback was that as we were travelling with a child, we were allocated a larger corner room, but unfortunately the view was not as good as some of the other rooms. However, definitely hope to stay there again - the breakfast is particularly notable, - something for everyone and good value too. Book well in advance!
A top hotel
The only issue we had with this hotel is that it is so busy that rooms & furniture are beginning to look a little shabby. Also, some mold in bathroom. BUT, rooms are elegant, the staff is just terrific, the views outstanding, and the restaurant superb (but expensive). For a lower cost meal, eat tapas outside on the terrace. Same kitchen, prices about half of the restaurant. Breakfast is top notch. Seniors have great b&b discount.
Absolutely the Best Hotel in Malaga
OK, so I haven't been to all of the hotels in Malaga, but this one will be hard to beat. One of the government-sponsored Paradores, Gibralfaro sits atop a hill overlooking the city. The views are spectacular; even if you decide not to stay here, I recommend driving up and having dinner or drinks on the large patio that overlooks the city. If you're staying at the hotel, access to other city attractions below is by taxi or via a path that wanders down the hillside to the entrance of the Fortress built next to Gibralfaro. The room, service, and food were all excellent - this was one of our favorite places in Andalucia. Book well in advance - even in low season, they fill up quickly.