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Parador Malaga Gibralfaro

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

A lovely Parador, not the nicest in Spain but well worth a visit. Rooms are very large and well equipped, bathroom huge. Small balcony with a lovely view There's a rooftop pool which benefits from an amazing view over the port and a lovely cooling breeze - though limited sunbeds, it wasn't crowded end of June Nice food - Spanish style - lots of fish and veal. Starters were unusual and quite expensive. We had chicken croquettes- 10 of them, with an odd sweet sauce over them and tempura artichoke. The tempura batter was spot on but the portion was HUGE - ideal for sharing. For our main course we had cod - faultless but served with a few asparagus spears and no potatoes or much else, and confit of pork which was extremely tender but again with no potatoes or vegetables - though bread was provided. This is a lovely setting and the staff were very sweet, if a bit slow. We found it very expensive though - nearly 100 Euros for dinner for one bottle of wine to share and a small bottle of tonic water, 2 starters and 2 mains, no pudding etc etc. I would recommend but be warned about the price. I honestly think the deals you see on the Parador website or other agents are a good deal as I recall it being about another 30 euros each to include dinner and this would be well worth it.

Calm rooms, providing a lot of space, comfortable marble bathroom. Excellent view on Malaga, directly to the bullfighting arena and to the harbour. Only 15 minutes walk to the city on a shadowy path with wonderful views. Nice food, friendly staff.

We stayed in this parador for 3 nights in a superior double on the 4th floor. After travelling around Andalusia celebrating my 50th we really appreciated the space the room gave us and the private balcony which had amazing views over Malaga. We found our room quiet, the bed comfortable & huge.I think this parador seems smaller than other ones we have stayed at as breakfast was a relaxed affair with no crowds.We also eat in the restaurant on our last eve and reserved a balcony table. We found the food and service excellent.We had the traditional set menu and while its true the 5 courses felt a little pricey ,for a one off meal with the view on our last night I was very happy to pay the premium and there were cheaper options available. We eat out in the old town on our other 2 nights which to get to is a 20 minute nice evening stroll down the path but we always got a taxi back which where easy to find and came in at 10 euros with tip. The roof top pool has plenty of shade if that's what you want and is a perfect place to relax. All paradors are not the same and we found this one to be a great way to end our trip.

Perched on the hillside overlooking Malaga and just below the castle this hotel offers a wonderful panoramic view of the harbour area. It is not easy to get to. You can walk up the path to the castle and then down to the hotel and there is a bus service to the end of the drive. We took a taxi for €4. We only had drinks in the hotel but like all Parador hotels it is very charming and the staff are very attentive and the prices for coffee, drinks and snacks are reasonable.

My sister in law got married here and it was absolutely stunning. The view is just unbelievable, all the staff is very polite and helpful and the the food is divine. You cannot find another place like this one to have the best view of Malaga. I recommend it to everybody.

This hotel has a great view and rooftop pool. Rooms are modest and simple, but clean. The cafe food was below average (I had a very gristly club sandwich) but we had a very nice dinner at the more formal restaurant. Great steak. Staff was friendly and helpful. In terms of location, it has a great view of the sea and bullring below. And it is situated right next to the castle which is worth a visit. That said, since it sits atop a hill you need to take a taxi into town for about 7 euro. Overall a nice stay, but not as historic and ornate as some other Paradores we have stayed in.

Although this hotel is at the top of a very steep hill it has such spectacular views and is so well placed as to make it worthwhile. The reception and restaurant staff were friendly and welcoming on arrival, departure and during our stay (apart from one: but more about that later). We stayed for two nights and had pre booked for the balcony at the restaurant. Fantastic meal. We ordered the 'Traditional Menu' with paired wines. We thought that was a good choice. The hotel has sweeping views across Malaga - from beaches, the port, the bullring and the city. On Sunday, private tour groups view the city from the courtyard outside Reception because of the quality of the views. Our room (a superior room) had a bedroom/lounge, bathroom and a private balcony. It could not be any closer to the castle. It's basically in the back yard - a word of warning: some of the path is VERY slippery - not the hotel's fault! OK. Back to the bar staff. 90% were fantastic. One failed to serve us. We had ordered a drink from another waiter, which was consumed. Over the next 45 minutes we attempted to order another drink. Nearby tables were served drinks and then food. We were ignored. My wife went to the bar. The waitress said: 'I will come to you'. She did not. 20 minutes later, we gave up. We went to the bar to pay and were, again, ignored. Eventually we left...unable to pay for the drinks we had consumed. This was a completely isolated incident which failed to spoil our enjoyment of this wonderful hotel.

We stayed at this hotel on two separate occasions and love it both times. The rooms are spacious, with balconies overlooking Malaga harbour and the coastline for miles into the distance. The bathrooms are a little tired but well equipped and very clean. The restaurant is rather expensive and, because the hotel is somewhat out of town and up on the top of the bastion, it is not easy to take a stroll into town, except by calling for a taxi. However, the stunning views from the top far outweigh any inconvenience this might present.

We chose this hotel for the location and views for a weekend break. Malaga is so convenient with the train running straight from the airport to the town centre. The hotel is a taxi ride from town or a hard walk! The views from the terrace and the rooms are fantastic ( though we had room 19 which has a slightly restricted view at the far end ). There is a roof pool and sun terrace which is a great setting and though small was not too busy ( but it was October). This is quite a formal hotel and the restaurant looked nice but was quite expensive, we didn't use it preferring the buzz of the old town. Whilst there are buses to town they are not that frequent taxi's are the best option - the hotel will order these for you. On our check out day we were offered the option of paying a high extra charge or having a full ( expensive) lunch to stay in the hotel and use the pool which we thought was over the top and a bit greedy. It was a lovely day so we went to the beach and had a fantastic paella instead! Having been here and experienced the views we will stay in the city next time, but if you like great views and romantic settings this could be for you.

Great hotel with sublime views of the city of Malaga. Up the hill but with the bus, taxi or car easy to get down to the city centre. Rooms are perfect with a great view of Malaga. And if you are hot jump into the swimming pool

Castillo de Gibralfaro, s/n Malaga Malaga

Hotel highlights

  • Steps from Gibralfaro Castle
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Located in Centro, Parador Malaga Gibralfaro is adjacent to Gibralfaro Castle with other popular attractions like Picasso's Birthplace within a couple of miles (3 km). This 4-star hotel has 38 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. Malaga Amphitheatre and Malaga Cathedral are also nearby.


You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge or visit the onsite restaurant for a bite to eat. Savor a meal from the privacy of your room with room service, or get a pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café. Start each morning off right with buffet breakfast served for a fee.


Parador Malaga Gibralfaro's 38 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies, minibars, and free newspapers. LCD TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Beds are dressed in pillow menus and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Safes, phones, and desks are also available.

Property features

Guests of Parador Malaga Gibralfaro enjoy an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms. If you decide to drive, there's free parking. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help with tours or tickets, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Additional amenities include express check-out, free newspapers, and a terrace.

Room options

Double Room Single Use, Sea View

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Double or Twin Room (with extra bed)

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Standard Double or Twin Room (with extra bed)

Twin 3 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

73% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 755 reviews