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Hotels in the Costa Tropical
Hotels in the Costa Tropical

Best Hotels - Costa Tropical
Top 2020 Guide

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Welcome to our guide on the Best Hotels in the Costa Tropical... Our coast is literally packed with amazing places to stay, from the high-end, four-star hotels and resorts... to the more inexpensive hostels and campgrounds.

You will also find self-catering apartments and suites, gorgeous Spanish villas and much more....

Also: Check out the complete list of hotels in these Costa Tropical towns...


The BEST Hotels in the Costa Tropical by Town...

Below you will find a selection of what we consider the BEST hotels and resorts in each of the Costa Tropical towns. If these locations are completely booked, you will also find additional links to great hotel recommendations in each town.

Keep reading to find out which are the BEST family hotels, best luxury hotels, best boutique hotels, cheapest hotels and pet friendly hotels at the bottom of the page...

Remember: Book Early! These hotels fill up fast and you don't want to miss out!!



Best Costa Tropical Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Booking.com – The best website for booking hotels in the Costa Tropical. It's fast, easy and most importantly all the Spanish hotels work with them!

    We've chosen to partner with Booking.com because they have:

    • Low rates with no booking fees
    • 24/7 customer support and
    • Free cancellation on most properties

  • Where to Stay in the Costa Tropical area:

    La Herradura: The best neighborhoods for visitors are the Punta de la Mona area, Marina del Este or in town along the La Herradura beach – all are within walking distance to beaches, restaurants and other sights.

    Almuñécar: The best areas to stay in Almuñécar are the coastal areas around Playa San Cristobal and Playa Puerta del Mar. These two areas are packed with great hotels and the best bars and restaurants while also being close the old town.

    Salobreña: Salobreña is in the process of building a new upscale hotel near its two longest beaches (Playa Guardia and Playa Molino) but as of right now the best hotels in Salobreña are further back from the coast with views of the coastline and the Salobreña castle. Shuttles are available to the beach.

    Motril: For a beach holiday in Motril the BEST area is the Playa Granada coastal area. The Playa Granada Resort and Spa in Motril is an all-inclusive resort located right on the Playa Granada beach.

    Nerja: The best areas to stay in Nerja are either right in town with access to all the shopping areas and best restaurants or along one of its many beaches, Playa Burriana being the most popular.

    Frigiliana: The best place to stay in Frigiliana is right in the middle of town with easy access to the restaurants and bars at night.


  • The Costa Tropical is PACKED with tourists from mid-June to September, Book hotels early for the best deals.
  • Remember: Prices change drastically depending on the season...

    High-Season: July 1st - August 31st, December 24th - January 6th (Christmas) and Easter week

    Mid-Season: April 1st - June 30th, September 1st - October 31st

    Low-Season: November 1st - March 31st


  • The Most Popular Tours near the Costa Tropical: The two (2) bucket-list activities that most people want to do on a trip to Spain are the Camino del Rey and the Alhambra in Granada.

    Both are easily done on a day trip from the Costa Tropical... Book early as these get booked MONTHS in advance...

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BEST HOTELS - ALMUNECAR

Our TOP three hotel choices for Almuñécar are the Hotel Helios, Hotel Suites Albayzin del Mar and the Playacalida Luxury Spa & Hotel.

The Hotel Helios

The Hotel Helios is one of our top choices because of its location, right on the frontline of Playa San Cristobal. AND, it's also just a few minutes-walk into the old town where you can see all the sights and enjoy the lively restaurants and bars.

The hotel enjoys great ratings as guests seem to love the outdoor pool and bar and its incredible views. You can also reserve a relaxing massage in the hotel spa or enjoy a cocktail with friends on the rooftop terrace bar, it's especially nice in the evenings.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Large Swimming Pool with Views (Heated in the Winter)
  • Spa and Wellness Center
  • Rooftop Terrace / Bar
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Restaurant
  • Beach-Front!

Hotel Helios - Hotel Helios is located on the front line of San Cristóbal Beach in Almuñécar on the Costa Tropical. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and bar with beautiful sea views. Free Wi-Fi is provided. BEST LOCATION!
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The Hotel Suites Albayzin del Mar

The Hotel Suites Albayzin is also a great choice in Almuñécar. The best thing about this hotel is the outdoor gardens and Arab-Andalusian style architecture. There are large swimming pools in a beautiful setting... with waterfalls, bridges and grottoes that connect with the pools.

The hotel is also perfect for those wanting to stay a week or more as the suites are spacious with two or three bedrooms and even a kitchenette for those nights you prefer to stay in.

This is a great choice for kids as well...

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Large Swimming Pool Complex with Waterfalls and Bridges
  • Spa and Wellness Center
  • Restaurant / Piano Bar / Billiards Tables
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Pets Allowed
  • 5-minute Walk to the Beach!
  • Game Room and Children´s Club
  • Gym

Hotel Suites Albayzin del Mar - This hotel's gardens have an Arab-Andalusian architecture, featuring waterfalls, bridges and grottoes that connect with the swimming pools. Also features a restaurant, bar, free Wi-Fi and a SPA!
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Playacalida Luxury Spa & Hotel

Set at the top of a cliff, surrounded by Mediterranean style gardens and overlooking the sea, is the amazing Playacalida Luxury Spa & Hotel.

Playacalida is another all-inclusive hotel resort that has everything you need... all in one place. You never even have to leave the resort... if you don't want to... BUT there is so much to explore in the area... you should!

There are three beaches within walking distance of the hotel, just down a flowered path to the sea; Playa Calabajio, Playa Cabria and Playa Curumbico. The town of Almuñécar is just 3.5 kilometers away and the hotel has a shuttle available to carry guests back and forth.

Super choice for the kids...

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Large Infinity Swimming Pool with Incredible Views
  • 4 Additional Swimming Pools and Lazy River
  • Spa and Wellness Center, Fitness Center, Sauna, Massage, Hammam
  • Restaurant / Bar
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Pets Allowed
  • 5-minute Walk to the Beach!
  • Children´s Club, Playground, Table Tennis, Bicycle Rental

Playacalida Luxury Spa & Hotel - Located on top of a cliff overlooking Almuñécar and the Cabria and Calabajio Beaches. This is one of the larger hotels in the area and features an infinity pool, lazy river, restaurant, bar, spa, free Wi-Fi and much more.
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BEST HOTELS - LA HERRADURA

Our TOP two choices for hotels in La Herradura are the Best Alcazar and the Sol Fenicios.

The Best Alcazar

We have chosen the Best Alcazar because of its extraordinary number of activities and children's entertainment. It's another all-inclusive resort; especially great for families with small children.

The hotel itself is not really "high-end" but more mid-level and family oriented. It's located in the Punta de la Mona area of La Herradura which is about a 15-minute walk to the beach, but the hotel has a shuttle that runs back and forth through-out the day.

Because the hotel is located on top of the Punta de la Mona point, you have the option of going to two beaches (Playa La Herradura or Playa Berengueles). Playa Berengueles is located beside the Marina del Este, La Herradura's beautiful marina to the east.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Two Large Pools
  • Bowling Alley
  • Tennis Courts
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Spa / Turkish Baths
  • Shuttle Service to Beaches
  • Restaurant
  • Small Shop

The Best Alcazar - La Herradura - A 4-Star hotel right in the heart of the Punta de la Mona. It's equipped with numerous pools (indoor and outdoor), tennis courts, a bowling alley, restaurants, bars and a spa. Great for families with small children. SEASONAL

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The Sol Los Fenicios

The Sol Los Fenicios is also a seasonal hotel, open only during the summer months. It sits right on the La Herradura beach on its eastern end and is a short walk to most of the restaurants and bars.

The hotel has a nice terrace in front and rooftop pool with beautiful views of the bay. This is also a good option for families with children who like to spend a lot of time on the beach.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Rooftop Pool
  • On the Beach (Playa La Herradura)
  • Close to Restaurants and Bars
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs

Los Sol Fenicios - La Herradura - Another 4-star hotel in La Herradura. It sits just across from the beach and has a nice rooftop pool with beautiful views of the bay. Breakfast is included and can be enjoyed on the beach-side terrace. SEASONAL
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If the two hotels above are not available keep reading for a more extensive list...

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BEST HOTELS - SALOBRENA

Our TOP two choices for Salobreña are the Hotel Miba and the Hotel Salobreña Suites.

La Miba

The views from the La Miba terrace really can't be beat! You have views of the village of Salobreña, its majestic castle on top and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in the background.

The hotel itself is new and modern with high-end, stylish decor in all the rooms. There is also a restaurant and bar that are very well-liked.

The only drawback to this hotel is that it's located right off the old N-340 highway, although this doesn't seem to bother most people... it's quiet with few cars. You will also need a car to get into town (Salobreña) and to the beaches below. You CAN walk, but it can be a bit hilly.

This hotel is a favorite for couples!

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Rooftop Pool
  • Sea and Castle Views
  • Bar and Terrace
  • Free Parking
  • Sun loungers or Beach Chairs
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free Wi-Fi

La Miba - Salobreña - The modern Hotel Miba features an outdoor pool overlooking the sea, a furnished terrace / sun deck and beautiful sea and castle views. It is equipped with a bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and each room comes with a private terrace.

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The Hotel Salobreña Suites

The Hotel Salobreña Suites is located just 3 km outside of Salobreña. It's an all-inclusive resort with a restaurant / bar, swimming pool with outdoor bar, wellness center, tennis courts and evening entertainment.

The hotel is a bit rustic in some ways but has been going through renovations and is modernizing many of its rooms.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Swimming Pool with Sea Views
  • Bar and Pool Bar
  • Free Parking
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Pets Allowed
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Evening Entertainment, Table Tennis, Billiards and Children's Playground
  • Tennis, Massage and Laundry Available for an Additional Charge

The Hotel Salobreña Suites - Located on top of a cliff, Hotel Salobreña Suites has views of the sea and the village of Salobreña. Equipped with pool, terrace, buffet style restaurant, free Wi-Fi and parking.

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BEST HOTEL - MOTRIL

Playa Granada Club Resort & Spa

Motril - Playa Granada Resort Hotel and Spa - Andalucía - Spain

The Playa Granada Resort and Spa is THE BEST place to stay in Motril. It's great for adults and has a TON of things for the kids to do too!

Located right on the Los Moriscos Golf course, it has SIX tennis courts, outdoor pools, a kid's club room and evening entertainment.

You will also find luxury amenities like the WellFit Spa, indoor pools, sauna, Hamman, hot tub, fitness center, large indoor theater and a NIGHTCLUB!!!

The Playa Granada Hotel also has a very good restaurant called La Bodega that serves Mediterranean cuisine, and a wide variety of Spanish wines. Enjoy!!

Check Availability Playa Granada Club Resort Hotel and Spa - Motril

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Swimming Pool
  • Private Beach
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Sun loungers or Beach Chairs
  • Spa and Wellness Center
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport Shuttle (additional cost) (Great amenity!)

Playa Granada Club Resort - Motril - This 4-star resort is located in Motril and is one of THE BEST in the area. Free amenities include 6 tennis courts, outdoor pools and evening entertainment. It is located on the Mediterranean Sea with private beach access. This is the perfect place to stay with kids!
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BEST HOTEL - CALAHONDA

Calahonda is just a small fishing village on the eastern end of the Costa Tropical, but it's very popular with scuba divers so we have included it here.

The town itself doesn't have many high-end hotels but the OYO Hotel El Ancla is always a safe bet. The hotel is on the more basic side, but it's clean and well-managed.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Walking Distance to Beach

OYO Hotel El Ancla - El Ancla is a very BASIC hotel located 150 m from the beach in Calahonda. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV and a private balcony. The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Andalusian food.
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BEST HOTELS - NERJA

Our TOP two choices for NERJA are the Nerja Parador and the Hotel Balcon de Europa.

Nerja Parador

We always try to stay in a Spanish Parador when traveling in Spain. They are always the BEST located (usually found in castles or old convents) and of the highest quality. The Nerja Parador is no exception.

The one thing that differentiates the Nerja Parador with others is that it's fairly modern.

The Nerja Parador is located just above the popular Burriana Beach, clinging to the cliff with exceptional views of the Costa del Sol to the west and Costa Tropical to the east. It has an open-air plan with most of the rooms opening into the garden; with its giant pool and beautiful old olive trees providing shade for the guests.

At the far back of the property there is an elevator that will take you directly down to Burriana beach. From the front, you are just a few minutes' walk into town, where you will find all the best restaurants, shopping and nightlife.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Large Outdoor Swimming Pool with Views
  • Beach Access via Elevator
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Family Room & Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Huge Gardens for Sunbathing
  • Amazing Location

Nerja Parador - One of our top picks in Nerja! Parador de Nerja offers direct lift access to Burriana Beach and wonderful views of the Costa Tropical. It offers an outdoor pool, tennis courts, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioned rooms, and a balcony or terrace with stunning views.
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The Hotel Balcon de Europa

The Hotel Balcon de Europa is another great choice. This hotel literally sits right at the end of the famous "Balcony of Europe" that Nerja is known for.

Not only are you sitting right on top of this historic site, but the hotel is also beachfront and offers rooms with balconies and stunning views of the coast.

Another great feature of the Hotel Balcon de Europa is that it's right in the center of town. You are in THE perfect spot to enjoy all the best shopping, restaurants, evening entertainment and more... Absolutely the BEST Location!

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Swimming Pool with Views (Heated in Winter)
  • Private Beach
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Sun loungers or beach chairs
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Amazing Location

Hotel Balcon de Europa - Built into the famous Balcón de Europa, this hotel sits right on Caletilla Beach. It offers an outdoor pool, Free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and balconies with stunning sea views. Located in the center of Nerja, it's also close to all the shops, bars and restaurants.
BEST LOCATION! Check Prices & Availability...


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BEST HOTEL - FRIGILIANA

If you've never heard of Frigiliana... you're missing out... It sits just behind Nerja, tucked into the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama national park AND it's a beauty!

Frigiliana has been chosen by the "Association of The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain" as one of THE most beautiful villages in the Malaga province.

And, the BEST place to stay in Frigiliana is...

The Hotel Villa Frigiliana

The Hotel Villa Frigiliana couldn't be in a better location. It sits just at the bottom of town with beautiful views of the village above and the surrounding countryside.

Frigiliana is just a small village; from the hotel you can get practically anywhere in town in 5-minutes or so.

  • Hotel Highlights:
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Balconies with Mountain Views
  • Parking (additional cost)
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Airport Shuttle (Great Amenity!)

Hotel Villa Frigiliana - Hotel Villa Frigiliana is set just below the picturesque village of Frigiliana. This hotel features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, restaurant, free Wi-Fi and rooms with balconies and mountain views. BEST LOCATION!
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BEST Hotels in the Costa Tropical for Families

The Costa Tropical is a very family-oriented place with beaches galore and tons of fun things for the kids to do. You will find plenty of great hotels that cater especially to the kids and have tons of entertainment to keep them busy.

Some hotels even have babysitters on-site that allow the adults to have some free time too!

The list below includes all the best hotels for families and why...

  • Playa Granada Club Resort & Spa - Motril - Golf course, SIX tennis courts, outdoor pools, kid's club room, evening entertainment, indoor pools, sauna, Hamman, hot tub, bicycle rental (additional charge), children's playground, large indoor theater, a NIGHTCLUB (for the older kids!), babysitting/child services (additional charge) and family rooms with extra space.

  • Hotel Suites Albayzin del Mar - Almuñécar - Swimming pool complex with waterfalls and bridges, beach nearby, kids' club, tours set-up by hotel for an additional charge (snorkeling, horseback riding, diving, hiking and fishing), table tennis, billiards, children's playground, games room and family rooms for extra space.

  • Playacalida Luxury Spa & Hotel - Almuñécar - 3 Beaches, kids' club, entertainment staff, bicycle rental (additional charge), table tennis, children's playground, swimming pool with shallow end, plunge pool, infinity pool and LAZY RIVER. Family rooms available for extra space.

  • Almuñécar Playa Spa Hotel - Almuñécar - Beach-front, mini golf, bicycle rental (additional charge), table tennis, children's playground, babysitting/child services (additional charge) and family rooms.

  • The Best Alcazar - La Herradura - Bingo, live music/performance, themed dinner nights, beach shuttle, tennis equipment, Aquatropic water park off-site (additional charge), evening entertainment, kids' club, entertainment staff, BOWLING ALLEY (additional charge), darts (additional charge), karaoke, table tennis, billiards (additional charge), children's playground, games room, tennis court (additional charge), swimming pools, baby pool, heated indoor pool and family rooms.

  • The Hotel Salobreña Suites - Salobreña - Beach, evening entertainment, entertainment staff, table tennis, billiards, children's playground, tennis court (additional charge), kid's meals (additional charge), swimming pool and plunge pool. Family rooms are available.

  • The Nerja Parador - Nerja - Beach-front, tennis equipment, tours set-up by hotel (snorkeling, horseback riding, diving, hiking, and canoeing) for an additional charge, bicycle rental (additional charge), children's playground, tennis court (additional charge), kid's meals, swimming pool, large grassy garden area, kids' outdoor play equipment, indoor play area, board games/puzzles and family rooms available.

  • Hotel Victoria Playa - Almuñécar - Bingo, live music/performance, WATER SLIDES, evening entertainment, entertainment staff, bicycle rental (additional charge), table tennis, billiards (additional charge), children's playground, games room, swimming pool, children television networks, kids' outdoor play equipment, indoor play area, board games/puzzles and family rooms.


BEST Luxury Hotels in the Costa Tropical

Because the Costa Tropical is quainter and more rustic than its neighbor, the Costa del Sol, you won't find as many luxury resorts... although there are plenty of 4-star hotels.

But, without a doubt, the most luxurious hotel in the Costa Tropical is...
The Playa Granada Resort and Spa


BEST Boutique Hotels in the Costa Tropical

Even though the larger chains seem to be popular during the summer months, many people prefer a smaller more unique setting... The following hotels were chosen because they all offer something special to their guests...


BEST CHEAP Hotels in the Costa Tropical

Traveling on a budget? We have you covered... Here you will find a list of the best hostels and pensions in the Costa Tropical...


BEST Hotels in the Costa Tropical for Travelers with Pets

If you're thinking of bringing your four-legged friends with you on your next vacation, consider these pet-friendly hotels...

Please make sure to double-check this with the hotel before you go and ask if there are any other additional requirements for staying with your furry little friends.


How to Get to the Costa Tropical

From Granada: Drive south on the A-44 for 55 minutes to reach Motril, then drive west on the A-7 to reach the towns of Salobreña, Almuñécar, La Herradura and Nerja / Frigiliana (in that order).

From Málaga: Head east on the A-7 for 55-minutes to reach Nerja / Frigiliana, then continue along the A-7 to reach each of the Costa Tropical towns, La Herradura, Almuñécar, Salobreña, Motril and Calahonda (in that order).

Nerja to Calahonda is a total of 35-minutes driving time.

If you need a car rental, we recommend RentalCars.Com - Spain as a GREAT low cost option.

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