Sleek white spaces and roof terraces: The best boutique hotels in Malaga

Isabella Noble
The port city of Malaga is fortunate to have a host of individually inspired boutique hotels like Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano

From Picasso to the Pompidou to the portside street-art-savvy Soho area, Málaga’s blossoming arts scene has firmly established itself as a highlight among Andalucía’s cultural riches. Meanwhile, terrific age-old tapas haunts and weathered seafood shacks mingle with glossy Michelin stars and avant-garde espresso specialists on the city’s always-lively food-and-drink scene. Fittingly, a flurry of originally designed boutique-inspired properties now offers a stylish, personal introduction to Andalucía’s sunniest city – whether your vibe is a minimal-chic, won’t-break-the-bank poshtel, a jazzed-up Art Deco jewel or an intimate bolthole overlooking Roman ruins. Here's our pick of the best boutique hotels in Málaga.

Room Mate Valeria, Malaga, Spain

Room Mate Valeria

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

The striking design of this hotel has a marine feel, with bold blue tones as well as all the green, reminding you that you are right by the sea, right in the south of Europe; designers Victoria and Syliva Melián have mainlined on a large-scale pattern of tropical foliage that covers walls and armchairs (a nod to the lush Paseo del Parque gardens nearby). The big draw at the Valeria is the stylish roof terrace, with views across the city and Mediterranean. There are day beds in turquoise and white stripes to relax on and a small plunge pool to cool off in. Read expert review From £119 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Molina Lario, Andalucia

Hotel Molina Lario

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

Despite its workaday façade, Hotel Molina Lario has sleek white, black and silver interiors with a pinch of city style and a business-like edge. It smoothly caters to jet-setting couples, and remains glossy and contemporary. Three interconnected buildings frame the central patio, which hosts artsy events: one an ugly modern block, the others revamped 19th-century creations with ornate balconies and yet more eye-catching rooms. The rooftop bar-and-pool terrace is a fabulously scenic spot for lounging, and you'll be able glimpse the majestic neighbouring cathedral form here, as well as from plenty of the Molina Lario’s rooms. Read expert review From £138 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano, Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

Hotel Boutique Teatro Romano

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

The Teatro Romano’s crisp, creative, Scandi-inspired look is distinctly contemporary, and breathes fresh air into Málaga’s hotel scene, with a private, roomy feel and clever use of mirrors and natural light. The 13 rooms and eight kitchen-equipped apartments (in an adjoining building) are washed in cool whites and dove greys, and are invitingly warm, comfortable and elegant; most rooms overlook the Alcazaba and Roman theatre, some from little balconies. This is an incredibly convenient and atmospheric place to stay, with Málaga’s historic centre and most major sights right on your doorstep. Read expert review From £108 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Dulces Dreams, Malaga

Dulces Dreams

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

Dulces Dreams, spread over four floors of an old revamped townhouse, is one of Malaga’s original boutique hostels, packed full of imaginative character and loosely themed around cakes (‘dulce’ means ‘sweet’). Tasteful tiling, bamboo touches and splashes of bright pastels liven up the fresh all-white look. Rooms, though similarly styled, all have an individual feel and colour scheme, with arty touches such as colour-themed bedhead slogans, bamboo towel racks and floral-shaped lamps; all rooms overlook the church and street, most from little balconies. The hotel's lively downstairs café specialises in tasty homemade cakes, artisan coffee and health-focused bites. Read expert review From £62 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Room Mate Larios

Malaga, Andalucia, Spain

8Telegraph expert rating

The Room Mate Larios is an institution in Malaga, popular with visitors and locals alike, the latter of which you'll find in the buzzing bar and roof terrace. Bold, contemporary design works well here with the original Art Deco décor. The 41 rooms and Junior suites are more spacious than you might expect in such a central location. A lot of rooms have balconies, providing an ideal vantage point for watching the goings-on down in the square. The location is nigh on perfect; most museums and sights are a few minutes’ walk away, and there are loads of tapas bars nearby. Read expert review From £100 per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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