“A sociable small hotel at the heart of an authentic Andalucian town, close to the sunny coast’s best beaches”
Popular with young couples, friends, groups and families, Palacio Blanco is well located in the heart of Velez-Malaga, a traditional Andalucian town. You'll be warmly greeted and given a mini tour of the hotel, before being shown to one of the 9 rooms. Decked out in tones of cream, gold and silver, or ox-blood red and crimson, they are contemporary and spacious with large beds, comfy seating and capacious shower rooms. Hot from your journey? Don a soft waffle bathrobe and pad to the rooftop pool for a paddle. The views from here are stunning, over the town, castle and mountains beyond. Help yourself to a drink from the honesty bar and settle in for sunset.
- Wandering around the pretty backstreets of Velez-Malaga and sampling local tapas
- Long lazy breakfasts in the breezy courtyard and starlit nights on the roof terrace listening to the rumour of the streets beneath
- New owners Jan and Christa are really friendly, and when we revisited in 2013 they had lots of exciting plans in the pipeline - in-house tapas, weekly BBQs, boat trips etc
- Good value for money, though note that prices don't include tax or breakfast
- Velez-Malaga is largely untouched by the Costa del Sol's tourist masses but is within easy reach of beaches and nightlife, and just half an hour from Malaga airport
- This is more of a couple friendly hotel and not ideal for families
- Noise from the street in rooms at the front; light sleepers should choose rooms 2, 5 and 6, which face the side and rear, and if these are unavailable, bring earplugs
- Not enough shade by the pool but sail shades over the bar area
- Parking is difficult. With buses to the beach and to Malaga, and everything else within easy walking distance, you may prefer not to bring a car
- Rooms get a bit hot in summer; phone ahead to give your arrival time so that air con can be put on in advance
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Breakfast only (restaurants nearby)
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Concierge Service
- Bicycles Available
There are 9 rooms at Hotel Palacio Blanco. #1 and 2 look onto the ground-floor courtyard; a marbled flight of stairs leads to #3-6, which are surrounded by a wide glass-and-chrome walkway scattered with sofas and looking over the plant-filled courtyard below. Another narrow flight of stairs brings you to the roof terrace where 7, 8 and 9 sit beside the pool and honesty bar.
Décor is contemporary and tasteful - creams, silvers and golds or reds, blacks and crimsons. There are tall vases of roses, cushioned wrought-iron chairs, textured bedspreads and glittery cushions. All have comfortable kingsize beds, flatscreen TVs, iPod docks and spacious shower rooms. Note there are no toiletries, so make sure you bring your own.
So which room to choose? If you have young children or don’t like to climb too many stairs, pick rooms 1 and 2, but if you like to be near the action choose 7, 8 and 9 by the rooftop bar (#9 is the Family Room or Suite). If you enjoy looking out on the hustle and bustle of an authentic Andalucian city you’ll love rooms 1, 3, 4, 7 and 8, which have small balconies overlooking the street, but if peace and quiet is more your thing, plump for 2, 5 and 6, which give onto the quieter side and rear of the hotel.
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Honesty bar
- Ipod dock
- Satellite TV
Local jams from a village women’s co-operative, delicious chorizo, manchego cheese and fresh cakes from the nearby pastelería make breakfast out in the courtyard a delight. And with a juicer and a couple of 24-hour honesty fridges that are liberally stocked with drinks, you'll never go thirsty at Palacio Blanco.
As the largest of the region’s towns, Velez-Malaga has a profusion of good restaurants dotted through its cobbled streets. For excellent-value tapas try the bar at Caserio de las Monjas on calle Doctor Laureano Casquero. When we revisited in 2013, we ate in their restaurant out back: an atmospheric, vaulted room with super-friendly staff. Fish croquettes and veggie tortillas made delicious starters, though the swordfish and tuna mains were disappointingly overcooked and covered with sauce; ask for sauce on the side if you want seafood! Or head to La Gamba Dorada, an excellent fresh fish eatery in calle Pintores Clavero. The new French Corner is also good for tapas.
Night owls can take a bus or taxi to the profusion of pubs, clubs and bars in Torre del Mar, just a 10-minute ride away, or hang out in the numerous bars radiating out from the central Plaza San Francisco in Velez-Malaga.
- Restaurants nearby
- Velez-Malaga is a lovely town - big enough to have good restaurants and interesting sights, but small enough to get around easily on foot. It has all the best elements of an authentic Andalusian town: cobbled streets, beautiful old architecture, hole-in-the-wall tapas bars, locals-only fish restaurants, but also plenty of shops, a great market - and best of all, you hardly see any tourists
- Stay cool in the Convento de Las Carmelitas as you admire this charming convent’s collection of 18th-century paintings
- Watch a flamenco show or classical music concert at the Teatro del Carmen
- Hop on a bus to Torre del Mar and laze on the beaches. Most of these have watersports centres
- Grab your clubs and head out for a few rounds at nearby Anoreta Golf or Baviera Golf Club
- If the weather turns, hang out at El Ingenio, the vast 65-store shopping centre on the road to Torre del Mar, with a cinema that shows at least one film a week in English
- Kids will love Aquavelis, the region's largest water park with 20+ rides and slides, in Torre del Mar
- Visit the pretty white village of Frigiliana, then head on to Nerja, with its donkey sanctuary on the outskirts of town
- Catch a bus to Malaga, only 30 minutes away, and visit the fabulous Picasso foundation and museum, wander around the gorgeous 16th-century cathedral, check out Roman - and other - ruins, then tag along on a tapas bar tour
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
- Shopping / markets
Hotel Palacio Blanco welcomes families and has a Family Room plus baby cots and rollaway beds for children that can be added to other rooms.
Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Room 9 is the Family Room on the top floor, with 2 bedrooms (double and single) and a shared bathroom. All other rooms can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed. Parents with younger offspring should ask for a room on the ground floor (1 and 2). Room 8 has a super-kingsize bed and a single bed so is a good choice for older children.