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No kidding; these Malaga hostels will knock your socks off, and are great hostels for adults too.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
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. We have visited Malaga several times. In fact, this is where Matt kicked off his very first solo backpacking trip. We have added all our recommended Malaga hostels and our favorite places to our handmade map for you.
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!
FYI: Our former #3 hostel Alcazaba Premium Hostel is now a hotel and any offers private rooms.
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.
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!
“You can enjoy a hostel that maintains the traditional line of the Andalusian house but, at the same time, transforms the concept with new elements of design and elegance making it a modern and comfortable stay.”
One thing that makes this is a super snazzy hostel is that all of the rooms come with a private bathroom – woohoo!
Yep, that includes shared dorms.
Whilst we’re on the subject, let’s have a better look at the rooms choices here:
4, 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms
6-bed female dorm
Family rooms (standard & superior)
For sure the dorm rooms stand out here. Each bed has a little screen for privacy, plus reading light and handy hanging pockets to keep your valuables.
The bunks are super sturdy, too so you can forget about creaking and shaking.
What about the social spaces, we hear you ask?
There’s a really cool cafe on the street level that’s open to guests and the public. We suggest buying a filling breakfast here to start your day.
Otherwise, make use of the ‘relaxtion area’ where you’ll find a pool table, sofas and TV. The courtyard is gorgeous decorated with flowers and a lovely space to hang out in.
Location: Situated just a few minutes from Malagueta beach and the top monuments such as Alcazaba, the Cathedral and Picasso Museum.
TOC Hostel Malaga is one of the best hostels in Malaga for:
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.
Update: Casa Babylon permanently closed its doors in 2020. Right now we do not have a party hostel recommendation to take its place.
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 has on offer.
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.
Picnic Dreams Boutique Hostel
Malaga Stop Hostel AB
Larios Cool Hostel
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.
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.
Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Málaga.
Open Hostelz.com with a full list of all hostels in Málaga
add your dates
Order the listings by price
Simple as that.
Hostelz.com is a price comparison site for hostels. They list every single one in the world and tells you exactly which website is cheaper to use.
Another smart Tip: Check what is actually included, and what is excluded. Take a closer look at the location, too. A further location might mean more costs in transport.
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, 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?
The best Party Hostel in Malaga is Oasis Backpackers. It is a fun place to meet more backpackers with a great location!
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 safe?
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 Málaga?
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
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. Find here our big guide to best hostels in Spain – with map for better planning.
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Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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