“Noughties eclecticism with a big splash of designer derring-do at the heart of Málaga's old city centre”
Lola's 50 bedrooms and suites are stacked up on 4 floors, connected by slick, open-plan glass and chrome staircases and corridors matted in woven vinyl. An overall black-and-white decorative palette is pepped up with a different colour on each floor: green on the first, yellow on the second, blue on the third, and on the top level a mix of greens and lilacs.
All rooms have been funkily decked out by Castillo, with a minimum of decorative clutter in which angle, line and colour are lead role players: the plasma screen TVs, clean-cut writing desks, mirror-fronted wardrobes, chrome bedside lamps and woven vinyl floors are all in synch with his Noughties brief. Fast WiFi reaches every room whilst there are iPads in reception should you need them.
Standard Rooms have 30s-style leather armchairs, and these smaller rooms are given a more spacious feel with mirrored walls and wardrobes. Expect to find a stack of fashion and design mags on your bedside table and - a nice old-fashioned touch, we thought - a postcard of the hotel. We found mattresses to be really comfortable, pillows less so. Book a Junior Suite or an Executive Room for extra living space - and you'll be able to slump in a Corbusier-style leather sofa.
All of the bathrooms, bar 3, have bathtubs with overhead showers and non-standard rooms come with twin sinks. There are thick and fluffy towels, magnifying mirrors and small bottles of gel, shampoo and tangerine-scented soap, in keeping with Room Mate's orange branding.
The glass-fronted breakfast room is a great place to kick off your day. Morning sunlight filters in across the jazzy, black and white banquette and diner-style tables, and the feeling of space, along with the soft chill music, induces an easy, relaxed mood.
Breakfast, laid along the black marble bar, follows the standard Room Mate formula of a big buffet and includes cereals, fruit, bottled fruit juices, yoghurts, scrambled eggs and bacon, serrano ham, olive oil and tomatoes - try an Andalucian-style tostada and a big bowl of fruit fresh from Málaga's wonderful indoor market. The serve-yourself espresso machine is a bit of a faff to operate but its coffee is really excellent.
There are heaps of great bars and restaurants within walking distance. During the day, head down to the beach and try the local speciality pescaito frito (fried sardines) at one of the seafront restaurants or wander along to the newly revamped Puerto area where El Muelle 1 Gastropub should be first choice for a fine dining experience. In the evening go on a tapas crawl in the area around the cathedral, starting with sherry and seafood in the Antigua Casa de la Guarda. Alternatively, treat yourselves to 3 courses at Mesón Iberico, or wander a few yards down the street to the CAC museum whose Oleum restaurant is now in the top league of Málaga diners.
As in any hotel in Spain, kids are welcome but Lola doesn't really feel quite right for them with its designerish, chilled-out vibe. However under 12s stay for free in parents' room with a supplement for older children or adults.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids would really enjoy the big play area that is part of the Muelle 1 waterfront complex.