A few weekends ago, Dan and I left our boys with their Grandparents and took a flight from Bristol Airport to Malaga. A sweet little weekend away, to catch some sun and relax in an unknown City. Malaga, on the Southern tip of Spain, drenched in sunshine and surrounded by mountains and the sea.
Our flight arrived after dark, we were whisked by taxi from the airport to central Malaga, and stepped out in front of our hotel. Barcelo. Sleek, new and colourful.
Checking in, we discovered that our room was on the top floor. A suite with a lounge area, huge comfy bed, lavish bathroom with a jacuzzi bath, walk in shower room and separate toilet. It felt plush, decadent and were of course delighted.
The decor throughout the room was modern with cool touches like the black and white print above the bed and the frosted glass windows through to the bathroom.
Quickly we unpacked our bags, changed and headed out in the warm night. The hotel is in a great location, close to the train station, the beach and shops. Heading into the old city, we ate tapas and drank wine beneath the old castle. More on this in my next post.
The following morning, we woke, pulled back the curtains and saw exactly where we were. The view out to sea on one side and the mountains to the side. Ah Spain, you are truly beautiful. A whole day to explore this wonderful City, the beaches, bars, shops and gardens… I couldn’t wait.
Breakfast was on the first floor. A large open restaurant with everything you could want. Full English breakfast, a continental pasty counter, fresh fruit, cheese, yoghurts and granola.
Dan and I chose to sit just outside of the main restaurant, on quieter row of tables. Enjoying a chance to read the paper and plan the day ahead.
Hotel Barcelo is cool. Pop art decor with a touch of bling. Unusual shaped seating arrangements in lime green and pink. Mosaic tiled bar areas and funky lighting throughout the main foyer and public spaces.
Best of all – is the slide. From the first floor, just outside the restaurant, down to the ground. At first we felt silly to try it, surely slides are for kids? But no, once down it was THE only way to leave the hotel. I so loved seeing people of all ages use it. A real fun twist.
Hotel Barcelo, is a brilliant place to explore Malaga and the southern regions of Spain. With it’s great location, close to excellent transport links and cool vibe I would totally recommend it as a place to stay.
What we loved:
- The slide
- Delicious breakfast
- The cocoon light fittings in the foyer
- The view to the mountains
- Comfy HUGE bed
- It’s in Malaga!
I shall share our tips on Malaga, and where to go soon.
Thank you to Hotel Barcelo for inviting us to review your hotel.
All words and opinions are my own.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.