The 12 Best Accommodation Options in Malaga and Marbella

Planning a getaway to the sun-soaked Costa del Sol? Discover the perfect blend of coastal charm and vibrant city life with our guide to accommodation in Malaga and Marbella. Whether you’re seeking historic beauty or glamorous beachfront luxury, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find your ideal stay in these stunning Spanish destinations!

The 6 Best Accommodation Options in Malaga

Malaga is one of the largest cities in Andalusia, and most first-time visitors will want to stay near the city center. However, you can also choose to stay near the beach (Playa de la Malagueta), which is only a few minutes walk from town. To give you an idea of what’s available, here are a couple of hotels to consider.

1. ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad (Budget)

Although it’s located on the other side of the river, the ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad is just a short 2-minute walk into the historic city center of Malaga. I stayed here the first time I ever visited Malaga, and I can honestly say that staying outside of the main touristy area does have its benefits. The property is quite large (there are 189 rooms), and there’s a bar and business center on-site.

2. easyHotel Málaga City Centre (Budget)

easyHotel Málaga City Centre is just a few blocks from the Malaga train and bus station, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from downtown. Rooms are clean and modern but can feel a little sterile – it reminds me of a large hostel. But you really can’t be the price, especially considering that free wifi, a 24-hour front desk, and luggage storage.

3. Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano (Mid-Range)

If you want to be in the heart of the old town, then choose the Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano. For the price, it has an excellent location right across the street from the historic Roman amphitheater of Malaga. There are only 14 rooms in the hotel, and they’re a bit smaller in size. However, you can also spring for the Junior Suite if you need more room to sprawl out.

4. Hotel Málaga Premium (Mid-Range)

The three-star Hotel Malaga Premium was the first gastronomic hotel in the city (the restaurant, Yubá Experience, only seats a maximum of 10 people). Because there are only 23 rooms, it feels very intimate. I highly recommend paying extra for one of the view rooms, as you’ll be able to look over the Church of San Juan. There’s also a really cool rooftop terrace with a bar where you can enjoy good cocktails while watching the sunset.

5. Only YOU Hotel Malaga (Luxury)

Only YOU Hotel Malaga is a 5-star hotel located one block from Malaga Park and the sea walk promenade. In addition to the spacious and modernly decorated rooms, guests will enjoy the upscale amenities offered at the hotel, including a rooftop pool and sky bar. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful hotels I’ve seen! And because it’s located across the Almade Principal (the main road separating the city center from the ocean), it also tends to be a bit quieter and less crowded.

6. Hotel Miramar (Luxury)

Arguably one of the most famous hotels in Malaga, the Hotel Miramar dates back nearly 100 years. Everything about the hotel oozes luxury, from the polished rooms to the open glass lobby. The hotel also has two outdoor pools, a gym, a spa, a sun terrace, and five restaurants and bars. Another perk is being just across the street from the beach, although those wanting to go into town will need to walk 15 minutes.

The 6 Best Accommodation Options in Marbella

Marbella is a popular place to stay if you’re interested in beaches, fine dining, and luxury shopping. While I personally prefer Malaga over Marbella (it’s larger, more laid back, and cheaper!), staying here does have its own unique advantages. If you want to be in the Marbella area, then here are a couple of hotels that you can choose from.

7. One Marbella Inn (Budget)

With hotel rooms and larger apartments, One Marbella Inn is just a few steps away from the old town. The location is the biggest selling point, although there’s also a nice rooftop pool if you want to cool off from the sweltering Costa del Sol heat. Rooms are surprisingly modern, and book an apartment with a kitchenette if you want to cook during your stay.

8. Hotel Central (Budget)

It can be quite a challenge to find a budget-friendly hotel in Marbella. But thankfully, you can always stay in Hotel Central if you don’t want to splurge on a luxury resort or boutique hotel. This no-frills hotel is a short walk from the old town and features a rooftop terrace and library. Breakfast is also served for an extra charge, but I would say you’re better off going to one of many restaurants nearby instead.

9. NH Marbella (Mid-Range)

Located on the iconic Golden Mile, NH Marbella is an excellent choice if you want to be in the center of everything. It’s a 15-minute walk to the beach and a 10-minute drive to either old town or Puerto Banus. Although it feels a little like a business hotel, it does have everything you need for a relaxing stay, including spacious rooms, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant.

10. Puerto Azul Marbella (Mid-Range)

Ideal for short or long-term stays, the Puerto Azul Marbella is my top pick for apart-hotels in Marbella. Each room has a large terrace and a kitchen and dining area, so you can cook meals instead of going out. The studios are decent size, although the 1-bedroom apartments if you have extra guests and need more privacy. And best of all, it’s less than a 5-minute walk to the beach and a 10-minute walk to the old town of Marbella.

11. El Fuerte Marbella (Luxury)

If you’re looking for an upscale hotel near the old town, choose El Fuerte Marbella. It has a beautiful location right on Playa de Venus, although you can also hang by one of the three outdoor pools if you prefer to stay close by. I recommend choosing a room with a view, because there’s nothing quite like waking up to the crashing waves of the ocean! Another huge perk is the free breakfast, which is rare considering that most hotels charge anywhere from $15 to $30 for this.

12. Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (Luxury)

As the playground for the rich and famous, it’s no surprise that Marbella has something like the Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort & Spa. It’s really hard to beat the opulence that this beachfront hotel offers (although I’ve personally never stayed here because it’s far out of my budget), but from the reviews, you won’t find a more luxurious hotel in the area. With outdoor pools, six restaurants, a spa, a golf course, tennis courts, and a roster of wellness activities, it’s truly worth staying here if you can afford it.

As two of the most important destinations on the Costa del Sol, both Malaga and Marbella have plenty of accommodations for you to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a cozy apart-hotel to spend the week or an extravagant 5-star resort for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you can easily find something here that fits your style and budget.