A palatial resort on the Playa de la Malagueta (main beach in Málaga, closest to city centre) within 10 minute walk to Málaga Old Town. This 162 rooms and 28 suites hotel is all about grandeur and opulence. From the moment you set your eyes on the imposing 6-storey building past the palm trees lined drive, you will be transported to a fairytale palace.
Where is it?
On the Playa de la Malagueta (main beach in Málaga, closest to city centre) within 10 minute walk to Málaga Old Town, 10 minute walk to Muelle Uno, Málaga’s swanky waterfront promenade and 3 minute walk to the Plaza de Toros La Malagueta (bullring).
Although there is a road separating the beach from the hotel, it is easily accessible via multiple side doors and you are welcome to bring your hotel towels across. The beach is lined with chiringuito (grilled seafood beach huts) neatly spaced to allow maximum enjoyment of the sandy beach.
Málaga is situated in the region of Costa del Sol within the autonomous community of Andalusia in Southern Spain . The international airport of Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) (airport-malaga.com) is 15 minute drive away.
What is it like?
Beach palatial opulence. Gran Hotel Miramar is all about grandeur. From the moment you set your eyes on the imposing 6-storey building past the palm trees lined drive, you are transported to a fairytale palace. The focal point is the light-filled spacious atrium, beyond the check-in counter. This majestic space has mesmerising restored Moorish wood arches, grand cocoon-shaped chandelier and palm trees.
The white marble finish, the large staircases, grand ornaments and blue & golden motif patterned tiles throughout the hotel created a luxurious palatial surrounding to pamper its guests.
The hotel opened in April 2017 under Santos Hotels after £55m invested to restored the 1920s building built by Málaga-born architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan.
What are the rooms like?
Indulgent luxury. There are 162 rooms and 28 suites in total. We stayed in Suite Deluxe Sea (room 331) and Suite Deluxe (room 108) during our visit.
The palatial theme extended seamlessly into our suites in the Gran Hotel Miramar. Large windows/doors flood the room with natural light delivering grandeur to the space which is further enhanced by modern Moorish design details, exquisite furniture, ornaments, fresh flowers and fruits.
In addition to a separate living area, the Suite Deluxe Sea room has a marble-floor balcony with seating for two to enjoy the view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The layout and furnishing are well thought through. The wardrobe is right outside the bathroom. The dressing/work table has natural light from the front. Large mirror in bathroom is equipped with vanity lighting and clock. There is a seat in the hallway to put on your shoes and there are also motion sensor for the bathroom lights for the night time visits.
The rooms were equipped with most modern conveniences like free wi-fi, two 49-inch Samsung flat screen TVs, Nespresso machine and luxurious Bvlgari toiletries. TV had global channels like BBC, CNBC, CNN, NHK, Bloomberg, etc. as well as apps to login to your Netflix and Spotify account. If we wanted to be picky, it is missing a Bluetooth sound system for music though, but the spacious walk-in shower for two more than made up for it.
The rooms are sufficiently equipped with convenient electrical points, but they are all local EU sockets. Hence, do remember to bring your international travel chargers.
Are there family-friendly rooms?
Yes. The Deluxe rooms come with a sofa bed suitable for up to 2 children. There are also connecting rooms available between a Premier & Premier room or a Deluxe & Premier room or a Suite Deluxe Sea & Deluxe Sea room.
How are the dining options?
There are multiple restaurants and a bars to ensure your dining requirements are met for every meal of the day in Gran Hotel Miramar.
Buffet breakfast at Mediterráneo
Nothing beats starting the day with a champagne buffet breakfast. The sumptuous spread can be found on Level 0 from 8am to 11am with a choice of seating – indoor at the classy white and blue beach hut-themed area or outdoor with the morning sun under a large cast iron Victorian verandah topped with a crown. Load up on the selection of jamón, ham, smoked fish, cheese, salad, pastries, bread, fruits and there is also an omelette station as well as hot ingredients for an English breakfast.
Lunch or snack at Botanic & Pool Bar
If you are relaxing by the pool, Botanic & Pool Bar is there to cater to your lunch, snack and cocktail needs. Grilled squid, Galician octopus, paella and a good selection of other dishes are available to be enjoyed at your sun bed or at dedicated dining tables.
Afternoon tea at The Royal Lounge
You could also enjoy afternoon tea and cakes at the light-filled atrium in the centre of the hotel. We, unfortunately didn’t have time to sample this while we were there. Do drop us a note if you have tried it, would love to hear about it.
Formal dinner at Príncipe de Asturias
This is the main restaurant of Gran Hotel Miramar and it carries the original name of the hotel when it first opened its doors in 1926. Located on Level 2, it has prime view of the Mediterranean Sea from its outdoor terrace or glamorous high ceiling indoor dining space. It is a place for the special occasions. It serves up popular Spanish dishes like grilled octopus, sea bass and Ibérico pork, and mixes it up with European classics like steak, panna cotta and crème brûlée. 5-course tasting menu is priced at €70 per person, €100 with wine pairing.
What is there to do in the hotel?
Relax and unwind by the swimming pool
There are about 120 deck chairs arranged around the swimming pool. The pool is small relative to the size of the hotel, but sufficient for a dip or play. There is a separate kids pool right next to the main one. The pools are unfortunately not heated.
While you are there, unwind with some cocktails and refreshments from the pool side bar and Botanic restaurant.
Rejuvenate in the hydrotherapy spa followed by a massage and/or facial
Why not indulge in the 140-minute Aromas of Marrakech Ritual for €450 per couple at the hotel’s Botanic Spa by Sisley? It includes body exfoliation, a body wrap, a relaxing massage and finishes with a facial. In addition to that, you will have exclusive use of the couple’s room private sauna and hamman (Turkish bath) after the ritual.
The spa also has 4 individual treatment rooms and a spa guests-only warm hydrotherapy spa area. Make sure you come an hour early or have an hour after to enjoy the various water jets, shower experiences, sauna as well as hamman to truly relax your mind, body and soul.
Booking in advance of your trip is highly recommended.
Jogging along the seafront promenade is a must while in Malaga. Great way to check out more of the city on foot and enjoy the sea breeze.
Top that up with a session at the gym on level 2 of the hotel. It is quite a compact gym with a range of TechnoGym’s Artis line of equipments – two threadmills, two cross-trainers, a recline bike, four weight resistance machines, an Olympic bench as well as free weights. The Artis line of equipment comes with a virtual trainer that provide simple exercise guidance on your training.
There is no space for floor exercises like yoga, etc.
Catch sunset with a cocktail on the rooftop
Book a table at the rooftop bar, Media Luna, for sunset. It offers great view of the Mediterranean Sea. Given the geographical location of Malaga, you won’t have the sun setting into the sea, but you should be getting some spectacular colours in the sky.
Get sand in between your toes in Playa de la Malagueta
Grab a beach towel from the friendly lifeguards and head out to Playa de la Malaguetta for some proper sand, sea and wave experience. The beach stretches for 1.2 km, but you don’t have to venture that far to find the perfect spot.
There are two chiringuitos (seafood beach bar) on the beach, about equi-distance from the hotel side gates. Both offer sun beds for €5 for the whole day and they are happy to bring you drinks or cocktails from the bar. Feel free to switch over to their dining tables on the beach to fill your tummy with some delicious grilled fresh seafood.
For something more simple, just lay out your beach towel on the sand or under the palm tree on one of the many green grass patches. There is a small playground on the beach for the little one and there are also fresh water shower to wash up before heading back to the hotel.
Who are the patrons?
Travellers from all around the globe looking for luxury and pampering. We have seen equal share of young couples as well as families while we were there. The swimming pool, proximity to sandy beach and world class spa attracts holidaymakers looking for relaxation and convenience.
Are they pet friendly?