Gran Hotel Miramar, Malaga, Spain

Gran Hotel Miramar had its official inauguration on 31st October 2017. 
An elegant building on the Malaga coastline and a great addition to Malaga city.
This building has a curious history. So I went along to discover more about this seafront location.
This emblematic hotel opened in 1926 as the Hotel Principe de Asturias.
Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga Spain by piccavey

VIP Hotel Guests

Over the years many other VIPs followed in their footsteps. Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner and Ernest Hemingway were some of the guests.
After a golden period in the hotel, times changed in Spain. The hotel became a War Hospital during the Spanish Civil war.
This is a blessing as this decision to use the building as a hospital ensured that it still stands today.
More recently the building was a Courthouse, known as Palacio de la Justicia up to 2007.
 

Gran Hotel Miramar

Hoteles Santos

Acquired by the Spanish company Hotels Santos this reopened as a hotel in 2016.

Although the entire refurbishment project was not completed until this Autumn. 
The glamourous opening party on 31st October hosted 1400 guests.

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I was thrilled to be on the guest list and attend this important presentation.
Pictured below with colleagues @elmundook and José Pablo García Báez
 piccavey at Hotel Miramar

Rooms at Gran Hotel Miramar

The hotel is part of the Leading Hotels of The World collection. 
As you would expect from a 5* Gran Luxe hotel the rooms are comfortable, spacious and exquisitely designed.
The details such as the hairdryer inside a hidden drawer ensure that the elegance of the space does not affect the practicalities.

Winter Sunshine in Malaga

With an ideal location on the Malaga seafront its a great all year round destination.
I visited in November 2017 and although evenings were cooler during the day sunshine was warm.
Breakfast outdoors in the sunshine was a welcome tonic for late autumn.
As the outdoor pool is heated to maintain a constant temperature,
as long as you have a fluffy towel or robe ready you can swim all year round.

Suites & Deluxe Rooms

Room categories at the hotel are Premier, Deluxe and Suites.
The interior designs vary between Mediterranean, Andalusi and Classic styles.

Hotel Interiors 

I found that the Mediterranean and Andalusian styled interiors more contemporary.
Whereas the classic rooms fit well with the architectural style of the hotel.
Suite Gran Hotel Miramar by piccavey

Botanic Garden Spa

Facilities and Services at the hotel include: 
  • Botanic Garden spa offering treatments by ®Sisley (unique in Andalucia)
  • Two Outdoor pools (heated in winter)
  • Gym
  • Covered Parking with Valet service
  • Concierge
  • Free Wifi
I did enjoy a few hours in the Spa during my stay.

Dining with Seaviews

The dining options at the hotel offer the Príncipe de Asturias restaurant by chef Diego Nicás.
Casual dining at the ground floor café offers sea views and less formal eats.
Breakfast is served Poolside or inside the Meditteranean restaurant (seen above)
The selection is carefully displayed.
My highlights was the egg station to get your own personalised omelette and the fresh honeycomb on display.
Gran Hotel Miramar by piccavey (

Rooftop drinks

The roof terrace/chillout has stunning sea views and is fabulous to watch the sunset from up high.
(Rooftop is for Adults only)
Looking out over Malagueta beach and towards the port of Malaga, its a great vantage point to enjoy while you stay.
 Miramar Malaga Nov 2017
 

Seaside stroll

Walking from the hotel towards Malaga city centre.
I took the route along the Malagueta beach, past the Royal Nautical Club, onto Muelle Uno.
To wander along this seafront stretch and see the sunset over the city of Malaga was a perfect end the day.

Sunset walk Malaga Muelle Uno by piccavey

Gracias!
Many thanks to all the team at Gran Hotel Miramar and Hoteles Santos for their kind invitation to the opening party.
I am already planning to revisit in 2018 for a family break.
Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga Spain