ICON Malabar, The New Boutique Hotel in Malaga’s Soho

Soho is the creative nexus of the Mediterranean city of Malaga, and at the heart of this artsy city-centre neighbourhood is the Icon Malabar, a 4-star boutique hotel with style flair and a playful sense of creativity

Icon Hotels is a new brand, combining unparalleled locations with flexible accommodation options, accessible prices and the sparkle of luxury and refinement.

Icon Malabar Malaga is a flagship property, 70 rooms in a classic building in the vibrant Soho quarter, just a block away from the new Antonio Banderas Theatre, and minutes to the city’s Contemporary Art Centre.

General Manager Rebecca Evans has a superb team, providing a genuine welcome and friendly attentive service. The hotel finds the right balance between being relaxed as you would expect in the Soho, but also professional reflecting the 4 star category of the property.

Destination Malaga

Ask insiders and tastemakers about what’s the city to watch in Spain, and Malaga will surely be at the top of their list. Over the last 15 years this port city has emerged as the destination of choice for culture, cuisine, and authenticity. Add in probably the best climate in Europe, and the friendliest folk in Iberia and you can begin to appreciate the appeal.

Icon Malabar is the sophisticated choice for the trendy Soho neighbourhood. Here you experience the authenticity of Malaga’s creative culture, the warmth of its people and the convenience of being in the centre of the city. Soho is the city arts quarter, a hub for independent studios, galleries as well as street art.

The newly remodelled Alameda Boulevard, a major focus for Easter celebrations, is a few minutes’ walk away, as is the elegant and fashionable Calle Larios. Restaurants, tapas bars, and the city’s world-class galleries, from the Pompidou to the Picasso Museum, are all there to be explored.

Icon Malabar

Southern Spain is blessed with an extraordinary climate, and an abundance of sunshine. So light floods the public spaces and guest rooms of Icon Malabar. This more than century-old architectural building has classical, evocative features that have been restored and brought into the 21st century with a thoughtful, contemporary remodelling.

The modern interiors reflect the international history of this maritime city, with on-trend interior design that conveys influences from the Americas as well as al Andalus. The feeling is of space and light. Natural materials, blond woods, warm fabrics in gold and green, with pops of colour create a welcoming, open ambiance. Floors are have bold mid-century patterns or subtle textures of wood. Lush, architectural sub-tropical pot plants, and hard wood vintage style ceiling fans add a touch of colonial charm.

Guest Rooms & Suites

Flexibility is the style at Icon Malabar, with a mix of stylish suites, deluxe double rooms with balconies, as well as ingenious quadruple rooms, with sofa bed and bunk beds, ideal for young families or friends that want to stay together for a smart city break.

All rooms have smart TVs, Wi-Fi, high quality king size beds and linens, and sparkling bathrooms with large showers (the suites have bathtubs too). Robes, slippers and Molton Brown amenities are all there too.

Playful elements include tongue-in-cheek artwork, and the thoughtful touches include a welcome gift of local Malaga wine.

I particularly liked that the rooms are very well sound-proofed and have black out curtains or shutters. I slept very well!

Terrace Bar

Icon Malabar has a terrace bar, that also serves a menu of light snacks and salads. In addition, a comprehensive and well-presented breakfast is offered each morning.


Additional benefits include use of the hotel bikes to explore the city.

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