Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Location: A great hostel location is anything around the area of “Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga” and the Alcazaba. This is perfect. Why? At night you can easily walk to the many great restaurants, tapas-bars and bars to have a drink and experience Malaga at night. The nightlife is great if you even want to experience an authentic Spanish night out!
Caminito del Rey: Add the gorgeous Caminito del Rey to your bucket list. It is an adventurous walk-way pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Chorro, near Malaga.There is only limited space for visitors per day. You need to book your tour at least 30 days before – we did not know that and had to skip this 🙁 . Book your tour here – ahead of time.
Semana Santa/ Easter: During Easter, the city is packed. Make sure you book your place asap, and ask the reception for their tips to see the impressive processions. We have been visiting during “Semana Santa” in 2018 – unique experience!
If you’re a keen cook you’ll enjoy the kitchen that has direct access to the terrace. This means undisturbed socialising!
As with every great hostel comes great rooms. And Urban Jungle Hostel is no exception.
Every room, whether it’s shared or private, has a gorgeous jungle theme. All 10 rooms come with natural light, positive vibes and that homely feel.
Choose between 4, 6, 8 and 10-bed dorms and gorgeously cosy private rooms. There are actually two female dorms – one of which is superior. Plenty of space, thoughtful amenities and added privacy is all included.
It’s worth it to mention, all beds in the dorm have their curtain for privacy, power outlets and lights. Hurray, we love that in a cool hostel!
Please note: the maximum stay is 5 nights. That is plenty to time to explore the city!
Urban Jungle Hostel is the best hostel in Malaga for:
Female solo travellers
Male solo travellers
Urban jungle is also the best hostel in Malaga in city center!
If we were you, we would go exactly with these two options.
We especially love to hang out at the roof top terrace, listen to Spanish music and have a drink with new hostel mates. Both Urban Jungle and The Lights have a roof top terrace. This is the absolute coolest during the hot summer nights!
Of course there is always a bunch of party hostels in Spain, and so in this town. And sure, there’s a big difference between party-traveler and solo-traveler. Therefore, we have this separated in this guide.
On the flip-side, there is a great chill-out area kitted out with hammocks and guitars.
Mixed dorms come with 4, 6 and 8-beds and they’ll be ready-made on your arrival.
Make sure you bring enough thirst with you and energy. That can be some long nights ahead! Casa Babylon is a great place to stay in Malaga for young party looking for a fun youth hostel.
The best party hostel Malaga is set in a lovely neighbourhood in the city center, just 20 minutes’ walk from Gibralfaro. The garden is the place to be to join the Paella parties, concerts, beer pong parties etc.
It is not a super crazy party hostel only for young people, but for everyone looking for some party vibes.
Larios Cool Hostel is in a perfect location because it is quiet which is great for backpackers who wants to rest after a long day exploring the city centre.
Located in the Malaga Centro district in Málaga, 100 m from Calle Larios and 200 m from the Malaga Cathedral. Carmen Thyssen Museum is 300 m from Larios Cool Hostel, while Picasso Museum is 400 m away. Malaga Airport is 8 km from the property.
Yet we think it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen, for example.
Also, keep in mind a bad location far away from the city center costs you more in transport. This can be quite annoying, especially in this city.
First time we visited, we stayed a bit outside, and had to take the bus all the time. It was a bit annoying and took away valuable time we could have spend in the center or at the beach.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest hostel in Malaga.
Open Hostelworld with full list of accommodations in Malaga
2. Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
This way you will easily find the cheapest hostels in Málaga. You can then filter by ratings.
Make sure you read carefully the ratings. We recommend reading the “extreme” comments of all the Malaga youth hostel, meaning the very best comments, and the worst comments. These reviews can give you quite a good insight on what to expect.
Yet again, we recommend going with one of the above in the center. This way you will have an amazing time, and a clean and safe place to stay.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
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Airbnb is always an interesting option, right?! It can be cheaper, more comfy even.
However, please note that renting a full apartment in Airbnb in Malaga and Spain can be illegal. Not for your part as a tourist, but since the owner most likely will not have a proper license to rent.
Anyways, you can also rent a private room in Airbnb. This is not illegal, and can be a fantastic way to meet locals.
When looking for rooms on Airbnb, read the reviews to see if the owners of the place actually socialize and mingle or simply rent out.
Good to know: We even heard of a traveler that did not receive the keys by the owners. He had to call the owner all the time to check if someone is at home so he can get in. One night he went out for a few drinks. And since he didn’t want to disturb, he booked another night in an expensive hotel. Make sure this is not what will happen to you.
Yes, it is a safe city, but be aware of the occasional pick-pocketing.
Just pay a bit of attention to your belongings and do not leave things unattended. In the hostels we always recommend using the lockers. In general hostels are very safe, but you know, there can be always the very few people. …Use the lockers, and you can fully relax!
Flights to Malaga, Spain
We enjoy Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Malaga and London.
There are often very affordable flights to the South of Spain from all major cities in Europe. Ryanair is certainly the budget airline to look out for great deals.
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
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Your Smart Packing List
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