Room Mate Larios Hotel, Malaga
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Wonderful Location, So-So Stafffrom kangaroo5050
This is the place to stay in Malaga, despite its faultsfrom Luna-White
I always check the reviews on this site before making a booking and I have to say that despite the Larios' minor faults which I will detail later, this is THE place to stay in Malaga. Why? Simple...
1) Calle Larios is a pedestrianised street full of high street shops. The hotel overlooks the Larios street and a beautiful square and is in the centre of Malaga's historic centre.
2) The Picasso Museum is literally 5 minutes walk from the hotel and as the cathedral and the marina. The location is great.
3) Celebrity spotting or what? Do you remember seeing the news about Antonio Banderas being asked to front the Easter procession in his native hometown of Malaga? The report showed a happy Melanie Griffiths and daughter Stella del Carmen following the procession from a balcony, well that balcony was in the Larios hotel. It's the trendiest hotel in Malaga.
4) The staff are really friendly and can't do enough for you. I asked for a cot for my one year old and it was waiting for us in the room. I asked for extra towels and they brought them along immediately. The room service order did not have any additional charges for either delivery or service (unlike many hotels in Europe and the US). I was delighted with their attitude.
5) The airport bus leaves you right at the bottom of the Larios street. And it's only €1.
The not so good things about the hotel are:
1) The breakfast. I agree with the other reviewers here. €12,50 per per person is expensive - the cooked breakfast is not great and the toaster takes forever to toast the bread. The fruit wasn't great either so if you must have breakfast in the hotel, stick to the cereal, the cheese and the yoghurt or alternatively, god down to the Cafe Central and have a cafe con leche a freshly squeezed orange juice and a bocadillo de jamon for €6.
2) The bar was closed. The website says that the bar opens in the summer, the reviewer that complains about the bar being closed should have read the website or called the hotel in advance if this was such an important feature in their wish list. The bar on the first floor was perfectly acceptable.
3) The access - there are 4 steps to reach the elevator to the first floor where the reception room is. I was carrying a push chair and I just about managed to get it on the lift. Disabled people or people with mobility problems would have difficulties accessing the hotel.
4) It's very difficult to find a grocery store in the old town, but this is not the Lario's hotel fault. The nearest one I found was a SuperSol oposite the central food market.
Overall, I would recommend this hotel. I didn't give it a 5/5 because our bath was small and it had a little mould on the ceiling. Also, the maid did not re-stocked our bathroom properly on the second day and we ran out of toilet paper!
The other hotels in Malaga are soulless, this one has charm, art deco finishes and it's good value for money (our room was €109 plus taxes). Great choice for a shopping/arty weekend in Malaga.
Great Location Avoid the breakfastfrom A TripAdvisor Member
The food was cold and tasteless and the 'fresh fruit' must have been prepared the night before.
There is a patio are on the roof which was closed and is only open in Summer which was not advertised on the web page.
Overall think for the money there are much better hotels in Malaga and would suggest The Parador or AC Malaga
Good hotel for Malagafrom Seat1A
Room we had was fine for a weekend break, but wouldn't stay in it for longer - we were above the bar and the music went on until about 4am, which wasn't too bad as we were in the bar till late but not if you wanted to sleep all weekend!
Would definitely try and get a Suite if possible. We didn't as they were full, and the room we had was pretty standard. It was clean and everything worked. Some funky design touches which made it better stay than some big chain hotel, with a great view of the square. We did see another room which had no view at all and smelt badly of drains which was very opressive - can't recall the room number, but try and insist on a room with a view (or Suite).
For Malaga, this is a great little hotel. Compared to bigger destinations, it's above average.
Not impressedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
I don't think the public rooms are up to scratch either, and the breakfast was expensive and not very good. The situation was great, but I saw quite a few of the other hotels listed here quite close by. I really did wish I'd given them a go.
A Real Gem!from TwoTancks
Bad News First: The hotel is very difficult to find, but we knew this going in based on the reviews we read before booking our room. However, in all fairness, very few of the hotels in Malaga are easy to find on the first try, thanks to one-way streets and roads that change names every other block. Even though we rented a car, we hired a cab to lead us to the hotel from the downtown Malaga area after driving around the city without luck for thirty minutes, and it was worth every cent of the 5 Euros he charged. Once we got our bearings, the hotel was easy to find the second time around at the tail end of our trip. The directions on the website are OK, but if you're coming from the Malaga airport, the exit is easy to miss. Once you're at the hotel, the staff will be happy to park your car in a garage and will retrieve it for you at your request. This eliminates the ever-present European parking dilemma.
The Good News: Without question, this is THE place to stay in Malaga. The location is in the most beautiful part of the city and is within reasonable walking distance of all of the tourist sites including the Cathedral, the Alcazaba (fort), the Picasso Museum, etc. (We walked everywhere and did not retrieve our car until we checked out of the hotel and were leaving for our next destination.) The rooms were well-appointed for the price we paid (try their website for the best rates) and were impeccably clean. We booked a Junior Suite for both nights (Rooms #303 and #403) and were not disappointed.
The hotel is located right in the middle of the shopping district and is surrounded by a number of cafes and tapas bars. We chose to eat outside of the hotel for all of our meals, but we did peruse the menu and enjoyed dessert the night before we flew back to the U.S. We also had a delightful conversation with the General Manager, Gabriel, who was kind enough to take us up to the rooftop terrace for a view that is absolutely unbelievable. The terrace bar is only open seasonally, so if it's closed, you might get lucky and be invited to pop up for a visit. It was by far the highlight of our evening.
The front desk staff is very helpful and their English was always above-average.
We usually stay at 4 and 5-star properties, and this I would rate at about 3 1/2 stars. It was missing that last bit of luxury such as high thread count sheets and to-die-for service, but having said that, I would not hesitate to stay there again and would highly recommend this wonderful hotel.
Super locationfrom Mystazia
Terrific Hotel, Highly Recommendedfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Very classy - loved itfrom clemcook
When we arrived we were not disappointed the hotel is right on the main shopping street, as you enter the hotel there’s a lovely smell of jobs sticks burning the whole hotel is decorated in black and white with wooden floors. It is immaculate throughout. We had room 212 which is the biggest in the hotel (junior suite) it has 3 sets of French doors which open onto the balcony! The tall French doors have lovely heavy satin type curtains like the ones you get at grand castles. The double bed was enormous and very comfy!
The cleaners came everyday and changed the bed linen and cleaned thoroughly – they even tidy up a bit for you – but beware we think they used our phone on one occasion.
The food is quite expensive in the hotel – breakfast is 12 euros for a buffet.
The hotel has an AMAZING roof terrace which looks out over to the castle and cathedral
this is a very special point of the hotel.
The hotel is close to a train station and the beach so is good for people who cant drive too, there is loads of shopping to do. But the shops are closed from 2pm on sat and don’t open at all on Sunday so be warned of this if you arrive on a weekend like we did! Its normally a very busy lively place to be!
There are some very good restaurants around Strachan ( it has green tables down one of the main side streets) was our favorite their tapas is amazing! And the central café is also good.
Over all a very good highly recommended hotel!
Wonderful hotel!from coriander
Top Local Tips for Malaga
Malaga City Bus Use the blue City Buses - for just €1 per journey of any length you can explore the town and surrounding areas. Just pay the driver. Even use it to/from airport!
Superb food! Gorki on Calle Strachan has a wonderful tapas/raciones menu which includes some amazing local specilaities such as sea urchin, and a patridge and white bean stew. Very lively and interesting surroundings!
Road system nightmare The road system around Malaga is very daunting indeed. If you get stuck going in the wrong direction along the main roads, there is little chance of doing a U-turn, We got to see more of the less touristy parts of Malaga than we banked on. Get a good map and keep your wits about you.
Other names for Room Mate Larios Hotel
- room mate larios málaga
- room mate larios hotel málaga
- Address: Marqués de Larios, 2 - Malaga - 29005 - Spain
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