1 of the categories in the Sleeps section of our Guide is unusual hotels in Malaga. We’ve recently added a new venue to the list – El Jardín del Azahar, a newly refurbished 1920s home in Pedregalejo. Read on to find out why this boutique hotel in Malaga ticks the boxes as a great place to stay.
Tucked away in a quiet residential street to the east of Malaga city centre is El Jardín del Azahar, one of the newest hotels in Malaga. The building dates from the 1920s – the exact construction date is unknown) – and was probably built as a holiday home for a well-to-do family from the north of Spain. Its status as a heritage home ticks the first box on our list for unusual hotels in Malaga.
For the current owner Inmaculada Cuevas, it was love at first sight and after nearly two years of painstaking restoration, El Jardín del Azahar opened to its first guests in late 2016.
Like all but 1 of our 5 best unusual hotels in Malaga, El Jardín del Azahar is located outside Malaga city centre. This boutique hotel is in Pedregalejo and has the advantage of being just a very short walk from the seafront where there are lots of good bars and restaurants. It also has a bus stop on its doorstep with regular buses that take you into the centre of Malaga in about 15 minutes. If you choose to hire a car in Malaga while you’re staying here, there’s plenty of free parking in the nearby residential streets.
The restoration process respected the original features of the house and importantly for the local economy, used specialist artisans from Malaga. From the roof to the floor tiles, the house looks pretty much as it must have done when it was first built. We liked the high ceilings, woodwork and most of all, the hydraulic floor tiles with their colourful design.
In terms of decoration, Inmaculada chose an eclectic look for El Jardín del Azahar. You’ll find a mixture of antiques from Spain, Sweden and Denmark; vintage pieces from markets in Malaga and Seville; collector’s items and art pieces.
However, El Jardín del Azahar is fully-fitted with all mod cons – luxury bathrooms, quality mattresses, air-conditioning and heating, and of course, wifi, all essential in our list of unusual hotels in Malaga.
El Jardín del Azahar offers a choice of accommodation. If you’re travelling solo, there are 2 single rooms – a nice touch we think because few hotels in Malaga cater specifically for people travelling on their own. There are also 3 double rooms including 1 suite with a stunning floating staircase and 2 garden bungalows, both offering suite-like accommodation.
All the rooms at this boutique hotel in Malaga come with fully-fitted bathrooms.
The garden is one of the highlights at El Jardín del Azahar. The hotel is named after the orange blossom that scents the garden from February to June – orange trees line the street. And although the garden itself has no orange trees, there are palms, flowering shrubs and most importantly, lots of space to relax on a lounger and/or read a book while you’re on holiday. The garden is a work in progress, although we were impressed at how much has been done in the short time that the hotel has been open.
El Jardín del Azahar is a private house and doesn’t offer some of the services found at other boutique hotels in Malaga (see the website for details). Inmaculada does, however, provide lots of little extras that we think go a long way to making the difference between an average place to stay and a special one.
Guests at the garden bungalows get tea and coffee making facilities and free fruit. The wifi connection is also free. If you want to go cycling in Malaga during your stay, free bikes are available. Inmaculada can also provide beach towels and an umbrella. And guests are welcome to use the barbecue in the garden.
We think El Jardín del Azahar offers some of the best-value rates for accommodation in Malaga. Double rooms start at €65 a night and prices for the suite, from €70. The hotel also has special offers – see the website for details of these.
Above all, guests at El Jardín del Azahar get a very warm welcome and the chance to stay in a hotel with a decidedly family atmosphere. This together with the lovely interior design and the good-value rates make it 1 of the best unusual hotels in Malaga.