Pasaje Chinitas, 3
The Chinitas passage is one of the traditional and popular places in the center of Malaga. A narrow corridor where restaurants, old traditional stores and the official shoe shiner of Malaga coexist. Now they have a new tenant: the Chinitas Urban Hostel, that you don’t expect to find in a place like this.
In the entrance, Superman welcomes you giving the finger, Spiderman brushes his teeth and Wonder Woman touches her butt. And after four floors up a narrow staircase, a bright light announces that you’ve arrived to the terrace. If you want even better views, you’ll have to go up one more- a very steep one. A wall full of plants refreshes the atmosphere in this cozy place that just celebrated its first anniversary.
Although the most demanded drink is the pink gin, whose bottles drop like flies, forget about showing off: this space is very down-to-earth and personal. Flamenco concerts once a month or music and video clips of the late twentieth century cheer up the dawn over the old roofs of the historic center of Malaga.
And watch out with the alcohol- later you gotta get down again. Unless you prefer to sleep over in one of its eight rooms and enjoy your breakfast buffet, again, on the terrace. You’ve got till 12pm to start the day from above.
AC Hotel Málaga Palacio
Cortina del Muelle, 1
This time yes- dress yourself up! You are on top of one of the classiest hotels in Malaga and the occasion requires it. Take the lift and a book or patience as well, since there are fifteen floors from the lobby of the AC Malaga Palacio Hotel to the terrace. But it’s worthwhile waiting: these are possibly the best views of Malaga.
And if the occasion dazzles you, don’t worry: in the restaurant on the same floor you can request a selection of sunglasses and choose those that allow you to see life at its best. That’s how the Malaga Palacio is like, part of the Marriot hotel chain that you’ll see perfectly from the port: it’s that giant that stands out in the facade of the city. It’s a classic.
With your sunglasses you can also travel back in time: with a panorama from the Palm Grove you jump forward to the future and looking at the Cathedral or Alcazaba you go back to the past.
From this excellent spot in Malaga’s sky you can almost see it all, even seagulls flying beneath you. It’s open all day, so you can have breakfast, aperitifs, drinks, lunch, dinner … This venue with an additional swimming pool hosts live music and flamenco shows.
It’s as well a traditional stop of the Spanish Film Festival of Malaga: grab a backstage pass and get to know familiar faces with a cocktail in the hand. You can also settle for the fireworks of the “Feria” folk festival, when Malaga is on fire. But be aware of the wind: when it blows, it’s kinda scary- even with sunglasses.
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C/ Somera, 8
A huge 30-meter Venus, Botticceli style, but with graffiti by Remed and Okuda greets you from the side of the building of the Bahia Malaga Hotel. It is one of the latest works of the recent edition of the Malaga Urban Art festival in the Soho district and the way in which this hotel wanted to blend in with the surroundings: at this point in the neighborhood, either you have graffiti on your walls, or you’re a nobody. Next to the head of this stunning contemporary Venus who dances with sailors from Malaga, is the Soho Terrace where the sun has trouble hiding.
In its perimeter are no taller buildings and that permits interesting views of the city, different than usual. It opens from Tuesday to Sunday at 4pm. Great cocktails and many snack options are the essence of a place with live entertainment on the weekends.
There is also the possibility of private events. A pleasant and attractive venue as expected by the main facade of the hotel, a wall which hasn’t reached modern times yet. Perhaps some aerosols resolve it soon.