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Near a beach, with modern rooms, we explain why the Barcelo Malaga hotel on the Costa Del Sol is a good family choice

It has a slide

Not just any old slide in a playground, this one is inside the hotel and takes you from the first floor breakfast room down to the lobby.

Our children were beyond excited by this wacky feature and loved whizzing down after breakfast.

The room

Our family room was split in two divided by a door you could pull shut.

a hotel room with bed at the Barcelo Malaga

The ultra-modern room complete with jacuzzi bath

There was one double bed and a sofa bed with plenty of space around both.

The bathroom was massive with a jacuzzi bath which the children loved using, they spent hours enjoying the noise and bubbles.

There is also a double shower. The decor is ultra-modern with funky wallpaper and moody lighting, there’s even an okay view of the hills beyond Malaga from the huge window.

Breakfast

Cava was available but so too was plenty of fresh fruit, continental and cooked options.

The pastries were fresh, the service good and there was lots of choice. The room where breakfast is served is on the first floor next to the slide – it is fairly bland but spacious.

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Location

It is right next to one of Malaga’s main stations, the Maria Zambrano station.

That makes it straightforward if you are catching the train from the airport.

It is a fair walk into the heart of the city but just 10 minutes to the nearest beach, Playa de San Andres, which has a couple of good chiringuitos or beach restaurants and a playground.

children on a beach at sunset in Malaga

The nearest beach is about a 10 minute walk away

Eating and drinking

There is a nice, small bar with some cool booth-style seating next to the lobby, there are also some seats outside but it is not a view to write home about.

tables and chairs inside a hotel in Malaga

You can eat and drink in the funky lobby bar area

The El Anden restaurant serves local food all day long. There is a terrace bar in high season but that was not open when we visited.

In conclusion

Smart, sleek and well-positioned. The Barcelo Malaga hotel has enough wacky touches to be a hit with children and adults.

*For a full review of our holiday, click here.

(We stayed as guests of the hotel for this review. For more information and rates visit Barcelo Malaga).

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