Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro

Address: Castillo de Gibralfaro s/n, Málaga, Costa del Sol, Andalusia, 29016, Spain and Canary Islands | 4 star hotel
Searching for availability...
*Prices above are provided by partners for one room, double occupancy and do not include all taxes and fees. Please see our partners for full details.
 

How has this hotel rated in the past?

  What's this?
Discover trends in hotel experiences based on real traveler reviews and ratings. Mouse over circles to see what some travelers had to say.

Location

This 4 star hotel, located in the Centro area of Málaga, is near Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro, Playa de La Malagueta, and Picasso Foundation - Native Home Museum (Fundacion Picasso).
Map this hotel

Amenities

       

    Historical Traveler Reviews Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro Málaga

    Repetitive Poor Food

    from

    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.

    The main problem was dinner. The menu only changed once - and even then most items were just a variation of previous items on the menu. The food on the Sunday and Monday night was very poor - but the next two nights were a little better. We had undercooked turkey and tuna served to us during our stay.

    Breakfasts were good. However they do not start serving until 8am and if you have an early start the light breakfast promised did not arrive.

    We have also stayed at the parador in Ronda (same number of stars and price) but found the food of a much higher standard. The Malaga Parador is more 3 stars then the 4 advertised.

    An absolutely superb hotel

    from

    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.

    As others have said, the breakfasts (not often a strong point in Spanish hotels) are excellent and you should also eat dinner here at least once during your stay. It's especially useful to have such great food available on a Sunday evening, a time when most good restaurants in Spain are closed.

    We couldn't have been made more welcome (we had an electrical problem in the room which was sorted out within ten minutes of calling reception) and it's impossible to think of returning to Malaga and not staying here.

    Why should we be subjected to loud piped music?

    from

    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

    from

    - 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.

    A relaxing sophisticated break

    from

    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.

    I was mildly disappointed that the view from my lower floor room was slightly blocked by trees. However, due to the cooler temperatures in the evening at this time of year I didn't spend any time on the balcony preferring to visit the bar and sit looking at the view from the warmth of the longe area. The room itself was well appointed with a seating area and a large marble bathroom.

    Malaga itself is a city of contrasts with the old city full of character, charm, good shops and bars and with the new city full of high rise apartments and concrete! The people are as sophisticated as you would expect from a cosmopolitan, meditteranean city.

    I would recommend visits to the Picasso Museum, the cathedral, Cafe Central (the tapas were very good for lunch but sit inside with the locals for more atmosphere and less buskers!), the shops and, of course, the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro castle.

    If you fancy some light relief from all the culture just hop on the suburban train and visit Torremolinos just down the coast. Tacky as hell but certainly different!

    Any complaints about this trip? Nope!

    Wonderful start to our Andalusian holiday

    from

    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

    from

    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

    from

    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

    from

    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro Málaga

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent
     

    Travel Blogs from Málaga

    Tears, Tantrums and new Beginnings

    A travel blog entry by jayannarnold on Oct 05, 2014

    8 photos

    ... waiting outside when he finished and I was so proud to see him smiling waiting in the line to come out, waving at me. I had tears in my eyes dropping him off and picking him up one day. He has really done well and we are really proud that he said hello and goodbye to the teacher in Spanish! I was proud of my own achievement too, managing to buy his uniform in Spanish from the uniform woman at school. Id prepared my list of what i needed and went for 3 shorts, 3 ...

    Finally in Malaga

    A travel blog entry by schylarmalone on Sep 29, 2014

    2 photos

    ... appreciated the inside of the cathedral more because it was very religious. But I liked the smell of the Frankincense. Toledo was the type of town a divorcee goes to after she gets cheated on by her husband. You know, typical live-in-isolation-to-find-yourself type of town?
    Today we finally arrived in Malaga. Everyone else in our study abroad program was excited to be meeting their home stays today but Amilia and I ...

    Mijas Pueblo (village)

    A travel blog entry by thecrankies on Sep 27, 2014

    11 photos

    ... all-around feel for the villa is with a horse and buggy tour. Much more quaint than Barcelona by Bus, the tour helped us to find the popular calles (streets) filled with shops and restaurants.

    Walking up and down the streets (literally) we found the Plaza de Torro (bullfighting ring) and the grand vistas of the coast below. Most notably, we visited the Casa ...

    I don't think I can be any more relaxed!

    A travel blog entry by jimbeaux on Sep 11, 2014

    ... I don’t think he can go for more than 10 minutes without a cigarette. That’s an addiction…..

    While I’ve been slaving away out here at the pool writing my little heart out, Christopher has been going back and forth doing the laundry. He just returned from removing everything from the dryer. Job done! Thanks sweetie!!! He also reports that the medicine is doing its job. YEAH!!! Now I can rest ...

    Castle Málaga

    A travel blog entry by zduerst on Mar 26, 2014

    8 photos

    ... wasn't fixed. The second museum was a gun and sword museum. I liked all the guns. We saw these parrots today that are in Wisconsin sometimes. These birds are not native but owners let them out of their cages, or they escape. The things that they fly in are called flocks and flocks are how they fly together. They are Quaker ...