Top youth hostels in Malaga/Spain

Top 10 youth hostels in Malaga/Spain

Are you heading to Malaga in Spain and looking for the best property to stay in? If so, you are in the right place as we are here to show you the best top 10 youth hostels Malaga in Spain offers! Your holiday doesn’t need to cost a fortune with our list of the top youth hostels – all are very fancy, comfortable, full of helpful staff ready to show you the best of Malaga during the city tours! If you are not sure what to do in this fabulous city, check this blog post about the best things to do in Malaga. And if you don’t have enough Spanish cities yet, check our blog post about the best hostels in Barcelona!

Málaga is a municipality of Spain, the capital of the Province of Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. With a population of appr. 571 thousand,  is the second-most populous city of Andalusia after Seville and the sixth most populous in Spain. It lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, about 100 kilometers (62.14 miles) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.

Málaga’s history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world! The most important business sectors in Málaga are tourism, construction, and technology services. Málaga is home to the region’s largest bank, Unicaja, and it is the fourth-ranking city in economic activity in Spain behind Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia, which ranks first in Andalusia.

he climate is subtropical-Mediterranean with very mild winters and hot summers. Málaga enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of about 300 days of sunshine and only about 40-45 with precipitation annually. Its coastal location with winds blowing from the Mediterranean Sea makes the heat manageable during the summer. Málaga experiences the warmest winters of any European city with a population of over 500,000.

Top youth hostels in Malaga/Spain

The old historic center of Málaga reaches the harbor to the south. In the north it is surrounded by mountains, the Montes de Málaga (part of the Baetic Cordillera) lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina – the historic center is located on its left bank – and the Guadalhorce, which flows west of the city into the Mediterranean, in the Churriana district.

The oldest architectural remains in the city are the walls of the Phoenician city, which are visible in the cellar of the Museo Picasso Málaga. The Roman theatre of Málaga, which dates from the 1st century BC, was rediscovered in 1951.

The Moors left posterity the dominating presence of the Castle of Gibralfaro, which is connected to the Alcazaba, the lower fortress, and royal residence. The Alcazaba stands on a hill within the city. Originally, it defended the city from the incursions of pirates. Later, in the 11th century, it was completely rebuilt by the Hammudid dynasty. Occupying the eastern hillside that rises from the sea and overlooks the city, the Alcazaba was surrounded by palms and pine trees.

The Church of Santiago (Saint James) is an example of Gothic vernacular Mudéjar, the hybrid style that evolved after the Reconquista incorporating elements from both Christian and Islamic traditions. Also from the period is the Iglesia del Sagrario, which was built on the site of the old mosque immediately after the city fell to Christian troops. It boasts a richly ornamented portal in the Isabelline-Gothic style, unique in the city.

Top youth hostels in Malaga/Spain

The Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace were planned with Renaissance architectural ideals but there was a shortfall of building funds and they were finished in Baroque style. The Basílica y Real Santuario de Santa María de la Victoria, built in the late 17th century, has a chapel in which the vertical volume is filled with elaborate Baroque plasterwork.

Ready to visit Malaga? Just to pick the best hostel, right? Read further and find the top youth hostels Malaga in Spain offers. You won’t regret it, we assure you, there is a lot of great properties in this Spanish city. Just be kindly aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!

#1 The Urban Jungle Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    9.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 99 USD Dorms from 28 USD

The Urban Jungle Hostel

The Urban Jungle Hostel is a green hostel with a rooftop terrace located in the historic heart of sunny Malaga! It is the top-rated hostel in Malaga and one of the few located in the city center! You will find this hostel just 2 minutes walk from the Picasso Museum or the Alcazaba!

The Jungle Hostel features free WiFi in every area, multiple and private bedrooms, and fresh and green design. Guests have access to a complete kitchen, and to loads of activities organized by their amazing staff, such as free flamenco shows, pub crawls, free concerts, tapas tours, tapas nights, and family dinners.

Happy hours happen every night (7 pm-8 pm), happy mojito hour, and pub crawl every night! Also, there are family dinners and Tapas tours around the city organized several times a week! And good vibes? There are in this property all the time and for free! 

The Urban Jungle Hostel

What else you can expect from this property? An amazing staff to help you out with any request! Free hairdryers! Free tea and coffee in the shared kitchen, all day long! Free concerts, flamenco shows, and more events every week at the rooftop terrace! Theme dinners almost every night with VEGAN option too! 

Pros and Cons of The Urban Jungle Hostel

Pros

  • Great location near the city center
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Vegan dinners available
  • Activities organized
  • Free city tour
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Pet friendly (valid for private rooms)

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Towels not included

#2 The Lights Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    9.1 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 94 USD Dorms from 21 USD

The lights hostel

Looking for a comfy and fun hostel where you‘ll have good night sleeps in our big beds, great showers, and meet fellow travelers on our sunny rooftop? Don‘t look further! They’ve spent a year renovating a historical building in a superb location right in the center of Malaga. Come check this hostel out by yourself!

It is a friendly place, the owners care about you, so they can give you the best possible experience while you stay in sunny Malaga – the warmest city in mainland Europe! There is a cheap buffet breakfast offered every morning from 7:30 to 11 am: coffee, tea, milk, orange juice, mix fruit juice, white and black bread, butter, variety of jams, honey, Nutella, and different kinds of cereals. 

The lights hostel

There s free Wi-fi in every room, common areas, and even on the roof terrace! You can also expect free bed linen, air conditioning for summer, and blankets for winter. Pub crawls, free walking tours, and Beach Activities.  Want to sleep? Well, there are custom made dormitory beds with real deep sprung mattresses.

Each dormitory bed has a bed light, a curtain, and a power supply, also personal lockable storage (you need your lock). Windows and balconies in all rooms. Ah yes, the roof terrace!? Come check it out… it’s pretty sweet! It is the only property with a roof terrace and balconies with views over the Semana Santa and Feria Festivals!

Pros and Cons of The Lights Hostel

Pros

  • Great location near the city center
  • Great value for the price
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Towels included
  • Free city tour
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar available
  • Meals available
  • Family rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Street parking
  • Bicycle hire
  • Wheelchair accessible

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee (just 1,5 Eur/day)

#3 Malaga Stop Hostel

8.7 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 95 USD Dorms from 16 USD

Malaga Stop Hostel

Málaga Stop Hostel is a modern hostel, with an industrial decoration, located in the center of Málaga,1.7 km from La Malagueta Beach. Provides air-conditioned accommodation and a shared lounge. The hostel is 7 minutes from the famous Picasso Museum, the Málaga Cathedral, the Roman Theatre, La Alcazaba…
 
The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a shared kitchen, and free WiFi throughout the property. All guest rooms feature a shared bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.

Malaga Stop Hostel

You can enjoy the pedestrian streets, the Calle Larios, the Cervantes Theatre, tapas, and the best atmosphere without leaving the area. Public transport a few meters away allows you to visit the entire city and also the surroundings. 

Pros and Cons of Malaga Stop Hostel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Towels are included
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free city tours
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Family rooms
  • Wheelchair friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast not included

#4 Alcazaba Premium Hostel

8.6 on Booking.com    8.7 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 110 USD Dorms from 51 USD

Alcazaba Premium Hostel

Located just 180 meters from the Picasso Museum in the Malaga historic center, Alcazaba Premium Hostel features an onsite restaurant, a bar, and an amazing rooftop terrace. It offers versatile and different rooms with air conditioning and a free Wi-Fi connection in the whole building.

The rooms offer a modern and simple décor and parquetry throughout, and most of them offer outstanding views of the Alcazaba monument. Each room has a private bathroom including a shower, and bed linen is also provided. This boutique hostel also features a rooftop terrace, a lounge area, and a game room. 

Alcazaba Premium Hostel

The reception is open 24 hours and the kind staff is always ready to provide the guests with interesting tourist information about the area and the city. Luggage storage is also available for the guests. Near the hostel, the guests will find a wide range of shops, restaurants, bars, and pubs, within a 2-minute walk of the Alcazaba Premium Hostel.

The Malaga Cathedral is just 400 meters from the building, and La Malagueta beach is also very near, a few minutes’ walk away from the hostel. The Maria Zambrano train station is 3 km from Alcazaba Premium Hostel and Malaga Airport is just 12 km away.

Pros and Cons of Alcazaba Premium Hostel

Pros

  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Great central location
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Restaurant and bar available
  • Meals available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Family rooms
  • Wheelchair friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Higher price
  • Towels not included

#5 The Lights Garden

8.4 on Booking.com    8.9 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 13 USD

The Lights Garden

This charming hostel, set up in a typical Andalusian house, is located in the historic center, 8 minutes’ walk from Malaga Cathedral. It features a rooftop terrace and free Wi-Fi throughout. Activities such as pub crawls, free guided tours are available at the property.

The Lights Garden offers shared rooms with or without a balcony all with a comfortable, modern feel. There is a lounge area with sofas. The communal kitchen at The Lights Garden has free coffee and tea facilities.

The Lights Garden

The house is situated in an idyllic side street, with bars, restaurants, and shops within a few minutes’ walk. La Merced Main Square is just 600 m from the hostel and Malagueta Beach can be reached on foot in 20 minutes. The nearest airport is Malaga Airport, 20 minutes drive away from the property.

Pros and Cons of The Lights Garden

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Fantastic price
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Towels included
  • Activities organized
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Wheelchair friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast not included
  • Front desk limited hours

#6 Malaga Beach and City Backpackers

8.1 on Booking.com    8.8 on Hostelsworld   

 Dorms from 34 USD

Malaga Beach and Center backpackers

Malaga Beach and Center Backpackers hostel offer a rooftop terrace with sea and mountain views, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and a garden in Malaga. Malagueta Beach is 200 m away. Rooms come with bunk beds for 4, 8, or 10 people, and some feature a balcony and an electric kettle. The bathrooms come with a hairdryer and shower. Guests can make use of the fully equipped kitchen and communal TV room.

The property offers a luggage storage room for a surcharge. There is a sun terrace with panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea and surrounding hills.

Malaga Beach and Center backpackers

The bus to the university in Teatinos stops just a 1-minute walk from the property. Pablo Museum is 2 km from Malaga Beach and Center Backpackers and a 30-minute walk will take you to Malaga Cathedral. Malaga Train Station is 2.8 km away.

Pros and Cons of Malaga Beach and City Backpackers

Pros

  • Located closed to the beach
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Quiet residential area
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Shared kitchen available

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Not a party hostel
  • Front desk limited hours
  • Adult only
  • Towels not included

#7 Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Malaga

8.0 on Booking.com    8.4 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 134 USD Dorms from 22 USD

Oasis Backpaers's Hostel Malaga

Oasis Backpackers is ideally located in the center of Malaga, just 300 m from the cathedral. It offers free Wi-Fi and a roof terrace. Rooms at Oasis Backpackers’ Hostel Malaga feature a balcony and air conditioning. Bed sheets are included and towels can be hired from the 24-hour reception.

The Oasis Malaga provides a kitchen where guests can prepare their meals. Malagueta Beach is just 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel. The Malaga Picasso Museum is 200 m away while the Roman Theatre is 400 m away.

Oasis Backpaers's Hostel Malaga

Bicycle hire is available as an alternative way to explore Malaga and its many sites. Free city tours can be arranged.

Pros and Cons of Oasis Backpackers's Hostel Malaga

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Bar and Café available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Activities organized
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Shared kitchen available

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels not included

#8 Casa Al Sur Terraza

8.1 on Booking.com    8.4 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 47 USD Dorms from 23 USD

Casa Al Sur Terazza

Set in a traditional Andalusian house, Casa Al Sur Terraza is a modern hostel located 1 km from the Picasso Museum. It offers a roof terrace where breakfast is served and a well-equipped shared kitchen. Each heated room features a ceiling fan, a chest of drawers, and a work desk. Some of the rooms come with a private bathroom with a shower while others have access to a shared bathroom with a shower.

There is a communal kitchen area with a microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffee machine. The hostel also offers a shared lounge area and free WiFi in public areas, as well as wine tastings for guests. You can find a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and shops within a 5-minute walk of Casa Al Sur Terraza.

Casa Al Sur Terraza Hostel

Malaga Cathedral, the Alcazaba Palace, and the shops of the famous Calle Marques de Larios are within 1 km of the hostel. Casa Al Sur Terraza can provide you with tourist information about Malaga.

Pros and Cons of Casa Al Sur Terraza

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Various dorms and rooms available
  • Great price for private rooms
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Bar and Café available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Outdoor terrace and garden
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Family rooms
  • Street parking
  • Car hire

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels not included
  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only

#9 Chinitas Urban Hostel

7.8 on Booking.com    8.4 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 62 USD Dorms from 32 USD

Chinitas Urban Hostel

Chinitas Urban Hostel is located in the historic city center of Malaga. This property is set 30 meters from the famous Marques de Larios Street. We are located a few meters from the Plaza de la Constitution, in the center of Málaga, and about 100 meters from the Alameda Principal is the connection point for all bus lines in Malaga.

The property offers a 24-hour front desk, baggage storage, and a shared terrace coffee-bar with views of the Cathedral opened from 4:00 pm to midnight every day for everybody (hostel clients or not). You can find several restaurants and bars within a 2-minute walk of Chinitas Urban Hostel

Chinitas Urban Hostel

The hostel offers beds in heated rooms, private lockers, and access to shared bathroom facilities, including a shower.

Pros and Cons of Chinitas Urban Hostel

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Towels included
  • Activities organized
  • Bar available
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee

#10 Feel Hostels Soho Malaga

7.6 on Booking.com    8.3 on Hostelsworld   

 Privates from 44 USD Dorms from 15 USD

Feel Hostels Soho Malaga

Feel Hostels Soho Malaga is centrally located, 10 minutes’ walk from Málaga Train Station and the Picasso Museum. It offers a sun terrace, 24-hour reception, and free WiFi available throughout. A buffet breakfast is offered at the Feel Hostels Soho Málaga. There are a communal kitchen and a TV lounge. The hostel organizes activities including guided tours, book exchanges, and pub crawls.

You can choose from a private room with shared bathroom facilities, or a bed in a female or mixed dormitory. All have wooden floors and some include a balcony. Sheets are provided, and towels can be rented from reception.

Feel Hostels Soho Malaga

Luggage storage and a laundry service are available. Feel Hostels Soho Málaga has a tour desk. It is 20 minutes’ walk from the beach and there are bus stops outside the guest house.

Pros and Cons of Feel Hostels Soho Malaga

Pros

  • Great central location
  • Various rooms and dorms available
  • Female-only dorms available
  • Nicely designed property
  • Great value for price
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Bar and restaurant available
  • Meals available
  • Activities organized
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Shared kitchen available
  • Bicycle hire
  • Wheelchair friendly

Cons

  • Breakfast for a fee
  • Towels not included

 

One thought on “Top 10 youth hostels in Malaga/Spain

  1. Thank you for this amazing post and referred hostels. I love the feel of the Urban Jungle hostel, and the fact that it is a green hostel. Its a pity that they don’t include breakfasts at the majority of these hostels but with the money that you save on the accommodation itself you can surely add a fee for breakfast. If times were different I would have booked my holiday right away, unfortunately with the Lockdown in South Africa we are not allowed to travel for leisure. 

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