Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga | Authentic Mediterranean Luxury
A majestic view awaits you driving through the gate along a palm tree-lined passage leading up to the entrance of the Gran Hotel Miramar in Malaga, Spain. Aptly titled Palacio Miramar, because of its former ownership, you ponder what to expect inside. However, before you get there, two uniform-clad porters welcome you into the world of luxury accommodation.
Stepping inside, the warm greeting at the hotel’s reception makes the typical check-in formalities a breeze of fresh air. A welcome beverage of either cava or fruit juice and the gentle voice of Alvaro, one of the reception personnel, immediately relax you before you even enter your room or suite. After having received a thorough briefing of all amenities the hotel has to offer, you are escorted to your guest-room.
The impressive and tastefully with attention to detail furnished Suite Deluxe we were booked in had everything you want and more. The foyer leads into the living space area from which you then arrive into the stunning large light-filled bedroom extending over a corner with three large windows. From each side of the bed, you can access the spectacular marble bathroom offering a deep tub in addition to the generously sized shower with double doors. The vanity is large enough for two sinks and provides upscale toiletries as well as robes and slippers. A window with views to palm trees rounds up this superbly designed master bathroom. Adjacent is a separate generously sized room with a toilet and bidet and the suite has an additional private half bath. Both, the bedroom and the living space, have built-in large TVs that display a welcome message with the guest’s name upon arrival.
The décor of the elegant rooms is a combination of contemporary with Arabian, Mediterranean and Modernist influences.
Apart from the luxury accommodations and state-of-the-art amenities like the Wellness Centre & Spa, Pool, and Children’s Club, to mention a few, the service is impeccable, which sets the tone for an extremely pleasant stay. Immediately after arrival in the suite, we received a welcome call to assure that everything was to our satisfaction and to inquire which newspapers we would like to have delivered to our suite the next morning.
Concierge Jose Maria Arias was voted “Best Concierge in Spain” in 2017, and once you meet him you will understand why he received this honorable award. He generously took time out of his busy schedule to give us the “grand tour” of this prestigious establishment and later on proactively delivered material about the remarkable and interesting history of the hotel to our suite, which we are pleased to share here.
In 1926, this hotel was known as Hotel Principe de Asturias, which was the masterpiece of the architect Fernando Guerrero Strachan. After five years of construction, it was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII. During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, this facility was used as a field hospital. In 1939, at the end of the war, it reopened with some of its prior functions under the name Hotel Miramar but closed its doors in 1967. From 1987 until 2007, this building was Malaga’s Palace of Justice. The rebirth as a hotel occurred in 2016 when Hoteles Santos bought the property of Palacio Miramar and brought it back to its previous splendor as a grand hotel. Interior designer Aneta Mijatovic did an impressive transformation to its present status.
The hotel offers several fine dining restaurant choices such as The Brasserie Principe de Asturias, the Mediterraneo Restaurant, and the Bistro Principe de Asturias. The elaborate breakfast menu is served indoors and outdoors with views of the Mediterranean Sea, which is just across the street from the hotel.
There are several spacious lounges throughout the hotel. The main inside lounge had soothing live musical entertainment. The Chill Out “Media Luna” outside rooftop-style lounge that has spectacular sea views overlooking the Malaga coast is just the right thing for hot summer nights.
Another important consideration fact is the ultra-convenient location of the hotel in the area of Caleta. Just steps away from the buzzing center where restaurants, excellent shopping opportunities, and museums are located you can get there by either strolling along the beach promenade by exiting through the hotel’s garden or heading straight to the center via the main entrance taking in some architectural impressions and sights on the way.
When everything has to be perfect, this palace of a hotel will not disappoint you.
Photography by Adolfo Gosálvez