Forget hotels in that beautiful city.
We’ve handpicked the very best and coolest hostels in Malaga for you. This also includes hostels for solo travellers and that all important party hostel.
No kidding; these Malaga hostels will knock your socks off, and are great hostels for adults too.
Malaga is a mix of modern high rise buildings and remnants of Moorish rule. There are wonderful view points over the city, and the infamous Costa del Sol coastline to enjoy.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- love unique hostels
- don’t mind spending 1€-2€ more for a better experience
What we cover in this article:
- Quick intro to Malaga Hostels – things you need to know
- 3 best hostels in detail
- Top hostels in Malaga for solo travellers
- Party hostels in Malaga
- Cheapest hostels
- Discounts + promo codes
- Handy map with all hostels (and sights)
- Flights to Malaga
Important: We have actually stayed at these places, and reviewed them in person. We share our honest view and only recommend places we would send our best friends to.
Quick Introduction to Malaga Hostels
Average price for a bed: A bed in a dorm can be as cheap as 12€ up to 20€ per night. A private room in a hostel in Malaga starts from 25€ up to 72€ per night.
This is a rough average to give you an idea. Prices always depend on season and holidays.
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!
Check our map for all hostel locations.
The best hostel in Malaga Central is Urban Jungle Hostel.
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, Malaga 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!
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- How to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Malaga are…
- Urban Jungle Hostel – the 5 Star Hostel
2. The Lights Hostel – one for solo travellers
3. Alcazaba Premium Hostel – top pick for small friends and families
Ready? Set, time for tapas!
1. Urban Jungle Hostel (5 Star Hostel with Rooftop)
The absolute top place to stay is this beauty: Urban Jungle Hostel!
Central, gorgeous design, roof top terrace, social events, sparkling clean, safe, and even instagrammable!
This green boutique hostel has been inspired by Mother Nature. It’s located in central Malaga and is our only 5 star hostel in the city.
Welcome to the Jungle. Welcome to Urban Jungle Hostel.
The rooftop is certainly the place to be. It’s all happening up here including:
- Homemade breakfast, dinner nights + happy hour
- Art exhibitions
- Live concerts
- Cinema nights
If we were you, stay here! Urban Jungle is the absolute best and most stylish design hostel in Malaga you’ll find!
Smart to know: Urban Jungle has the cheapest price on their official website urbanjunglehostel.com.
Say Hi from Hostelgeeks when you stay here =)
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!
2. The Lights Hostel (social vibes + central)
The friendly social space of The Lights Hostel is within an emblematic historical building very close to Malaga Central Market.
Two things that will surely entice you are the rooftop terrace and free walking tours.
Not only that but every single one of the rooms has a balcony with city views. Add this to the sturdy bunks, air-con and spacious lockers and you’re in for a great night’s rest.
We recommend renting one of the bikes to explore the city once you’ve checked in.
Wander around and you’ll find more chill areas including a cosy living room equipped with guitars and books. There are also cute ‘under the stairs’ sofa areas, too.
In the evening grab a drink from the rooftop bar and watch the sunset. Evening meals are also available if you can’t be bothered to cook.
The Lights Hostel is the best hostel in Malaga for:
- Solo travellers
3. Alcazaba Premium Hostel (budget, boutique, bar)
Don’t let the name fool you – Alcazaba Boutique Hostel is still a budget accommodation, with that extra slice of pizazz. It’s the perfect blend of design, comfort and art.
You’ll see what we mean when you head to the rooftop and bar area that overlooks the, you guessed it: Alcazaba Monument.
From here the beach is a few minutes away and bars, shops and restaurants are all very close by.
All the rooms here have a private bathroom and linen included. They all offer great views, too! They’re spacious, bright and very clean. No complaints here whatsoever.
You’ll be welcomed with 24-hour reception and staff eager to fill you in on the surrounding sights and activities.
Alongside the awesome rooftop, there is a lounge area and games room perfect for chilling and getting to know other travellers. This hostel is very popular for Korean travelers.
Not only that but there is a restaurant on site, too. There’s really no need to leave the hostel when you’ve access to cocktails and Spanish food!
Alcazaba Premium Hostel is the best hostel in Malaga for:
- Small groups
Best Hostels in Malaga for Solo Travellers
In every one of our guides we always make sure to provide great hostels for solo travellers. After all, staying in hostels is about meeting people and have a home-base in a way.
We had a close look on where solo-travelers will have the best time. You will love the following two places, we have already mentioned before:
- Urban Jungle Hostel – roof-top terrace, small concerts, great vibes
2. The Lights Hostel – socialising made easy for backpackers
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!
Another option for solo-travellers in the Bohemian area of Soho is Feel Hostels Soho Malaga.
This is a great all-rounder for solo travellers as there is the option to mingle, or keep yourself to yourself.
Join in paella nights, weekend parties (with cocktails) or relax with a book on the terrace or in the TV room. There’s a 2€ breakfast and great staff that love to help with your plans.
The only downside might be its location, which is outside the city center, on the other hand near the beach. We also included Feel Hostels the map below.
Best Party Hostels in Malaga?
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.
If you’re looking to party on an outdoor terrace with attached bar, then you’ll love staying at Casa Babylon Malaga Backpackers.
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.
More Hostels worth to mention
There’s around 20 hostels all over Malaga. And not all hostels can be great, right?! This is why we did the legwork for you and actually visited the coolest hostels Malaga.
The list of the top 3 is covered above.
Yet, we felt like there is a few more places worth a mention. This can be handy especially when you are on a budget or if our recommended places are sold out. So here you go.
Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Malaga
Oasis Hostels is one of the old established hostels in Malaga.
A fun place to stay for Backpackers, no doubt. They are known for their social and fun vibes.
You can chill at the roof top terrace in the heart of the city, around the corner of the Alcazaba.
The dorms are quite spacious, but it’s a pity the beds in the dorms come without the privacy curtains. If you are okay with it, and a budget traveler, Oasis can be a cool place.
Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel
A cute, lovely design and boutique hostel in the city center.
Picnic Dreams can be a great hostel too. It is clean, safe and hip. The downside is the hostel is on a loud street, and this can be a bit to loud at night.
Another con is the kitchen, which is basically only a microwave and fridge. Personally, it is frustrating when a hostel advertises a hostel and then all I get is half a kitchen, basically.
Besides that, a great option.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Malaga Stop Hostel AB
Just want a quiet time in a hostel? Then Stop Hostel AB is your place.
The hostel is well designed, super clean and the staff is so lovely. Ask them for their best tapas bars, you will love them – both the staff and tapas.
Few of the rooms are interior with no window. Personally, I really do not like this. I love to see outside and to see if it’s day or night.
This place is a great budget accommodation, but not a social hostel to meet and greet really.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com
Cheapest Hostels in Malaga, Spain
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
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 places 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 youth hostel malaga, 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?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Malaga. So for now you can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
We also do have a 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Airbnb in Malaga
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.
Map of Malaga Hostels + TOP Sights
Next up we have a handy map that pinpoints all of the best hostels Malaga.
We’ve also included the top things to do in Malaga including:
- Picasso Museum Malaga
- Tivoli World
- Mercado Central de Ataranzas
- La Concepcion Historical Botanical Gardens
- Montes de Malaga Natural Park
What about fun activities and day trips? Here are a few ideas:
- Half day excursion to the Caminito del Rey
- Malaga bike tour (Old Town, Marina + beach)
- Guided tour of the Alhambra from Malaga
- 2-hour small group evening walking tour
Explore the city with a classic Hop-on Hop-off bus tour of Malaga.
FAQs Where to stay in Malaga
In this area we will answer frequently asked questions about where to stay in Malaga, things to do, and more.
What is the best area to stay in malaga spain?
Central, in the historical old town. It is safe, and a lot of Tapas bars and restaurants. The sights are dotted around too.
What is the best hostel in malaga for solo traveller?
Without a doubt, it is Urban Jungle Hostel.
Where should I stay in Malaga?
Unless you want hard-core party, the Urban Jungle Hostel is the best place! Go with it, you’ll love it.
Is Malaga a party destination?
Yes, Malaga can be a party destination. You can enjoy an epic nightlife in Malaga, we experienced it first-hand. Yet, it does not have to be party only. It is also a cultural and beach destination.
What is the best Party Hostel in Malaga?
Join the Party Hostel Casa Babylon Backpackers.
Has Malaga got a beach?
Yes, plenty! La Caleta and Malagueta the two beaches in town. If you come with the time, we recommend taking a bus as well to the beaches Burriana in Nerja and La Rada in Estepona.
Marbella is also not far away with its beaches Nikki and Puerto Banús.
Is Malaga an island?
Nope, Malaga is not an island.
Can you drink the water in Malaga?
Yes, you can drink the tap water. Here’s a guide to drinking tap water in Malaga and Spain.
Is Malaga safe?
Yes, it is a safe city, but be aware of the occasional pickpocketing.
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 Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Malaga and London.
There are often very affordable flights to Malaga 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.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Epic Hostels in Spain
Alrighty, that’s Malaga sorted! By now you know where to stay in Malaga on a budget and have an epic time.
You know what though? We have written even more Spanish guides for you.
We at Hostelgeeks are here to help you to stay in safe and epic hostels around the world. Check out the finest hostels in the world, the 5 Star Hostels.
We’ve got a fantastic selection of 5 star hostels in Spain for you:
- Hostel Ole in Alicante
- The Lemon Rock Granada
- Valencia Lounge Hostel
- Barcelona Central Garden
- The Nomad Hostel in Sevilla
- Bed and Be Hostel in Cordoba
If you’re thinking of exploring more of Spain, check out:
Over to you
All in all, the best hostels in Malaga look pretty awesome, right?! We hope you found your answer to where to stay in Malaga on a budget AND in style.
Are you left with any questions, doubts?
Then please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Malaga hostels should be as informative and useful as possible.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries