The offer of lodging accommodations in the city of Malaga has doubled since 2000. The large Spanish and foreign hotel chains, in particular, have been putting their money on the capital of the Costa del Sol. The figures speak for themselves: in 2000 a total of 4,141 tourist beds were authorised, while the present figure is 7,890. Of the latter number 7,073 are in hotels and most of this offer—4,000—is of the four-star class.
The proliferation of hotel inaugurations and expansions in recent years has made Malaga’s hotel infrastructure one of the most diverse and modern of any city in Spain. To be precise, in 2000 Malaga had 24 hotels and the city now boasts half a hundred. Thirty-five of these establishments are rated at three or four stars, with the latter category being more numerous.
Nor will there be a halt in the opening of new hotels this year, the year that Malaga will get its first five-star hotel. Late this March, coinciding with the celebration of Holy Week, the Vincci chain will open its Vincci Selección Posada del Patio on the centrally located street of Pasillo de Santa Isabel. This follows an investment of more than 22 million euro and will provide a significant enhancement of quality.
2009 was a prodigious year as far as new hotel openings in the capital of the Costa del Sol are concerned. The four-star Vincci Málaga opened its doors on Paseo Marítimo de Poniente. Also opening were the three-star Hotel Campanile and the Malaga Airport Holiday Inn, also with three stars, and the IGH Campos Elíseos of the same category. Although they were officially inaugurated in 2009 it should also be noted that the Husa Guadalmedina and the Petit Palace Plaza opened their doors late last year.
At present travelers in the city can choose between hotels of brands of the class of Barceló, NH, AC, Husa and Vincci, with grand facilities heavily concentrated in the central urban and the congress and convention districts. These include some that impose their own innovative characters, such as Room Mate and Petit Palace.
The most important future project is the one to convert the ancient and fabled Hotel Miramar into a grand luxury five-star hotel, which will definitely open its doors in 2012.