Thanks to its incredible location, in the centre of Málaga, sheltered by the Alcazaba on one side and Gibralfaro on the other, opposite to Albéniz Theatre (an artistic relic in itself) and surrounded by the most emblematic museums of the city, our hostel boutique is, undeniably, enclosed by art.
Moreover, as if that were not enough, you can also find art everywhere in our charming hostel; pieces of great artistic value cover its walls, its structure, its elevator… Even its foundations are art vestiges!
Given the proximity of the Roman Theatre, just a few meters away from our hostel, before reforming works were initiated, an archaeological evaluation was carried out, as required by the current law. This evaluation revealed a thrilling fact: Under the foundations of the building, an Arabic wall and its barbican were found, together with its opus signium remains, Roman hydraulic features. The surroundings of our central hostel boutique were, since Phoenician times, the urban core of the city of Málaga, and subject to continuous occupation, since Roman times to present day. So, it is not an exaggeration if we state that our hostel stands over centuries of history of the city.
Needless to say, these remains were duly analysed and are being properly examined and looked after by the prestigious archaeologist Inés María Guerrero, and therefore the restoration works did not affect them at all.
Apart from all the abovementioned, the building, in itself, is a historical asset.
The building that holds our hostel in Málaga was raised in 1920 by the developer and founder of the Agrupación de Cofradías, Antonio Baena Gómez, murdered in the Spanish Civil War when the Nationalists took Málaga. The initials of his name, immortalized by a fantastic tile mosaic that decorates the hostel top (and can be seen when coming out from the Alcazaba Tunnel towards the city centre), are a distinguishing element which we have kept on after restoration because of their character and age. This tile mural decoration, of clear Sevillian style, shows an ingenious design that interweaves characters by means of a chain of diamonds and a thin frieze that powerfully reminds the decoration of the benches in the Fábrica de Tabacos of Málaga, also built during the Happy Twenties.
And now let’s have a look inside.
Antonio Gea, the famous Málaga painter, is the one to credit for some of the works exhibited in our charming hostel, including the splendid elevator mural (that can be contemplated as it moves), that is, from ground floor to third floor, 1.62 m wide and 16.40 m high, and its divided in several sections or scenes, one per floor. It is a two-year-work piece of art, showing different images and characters, among which some painter´s friends and relatives are found, as well as familiar faces, popular scenes and all sorts of people… even animal life is depicted. Quoting the exact words of the artist: “In order to fully appreciate the work, you need to go up floor by floor, making a stop at each. Otherwise, if we are going up to the fifth floor without stopping, it is best to stare at the background colour, not attempting to identify the characters, as that can make us feel dizzy.”
Another great work of art from Antonio Gea decorates the hostel, at the main entrance hall. It´s titled ¡Compre flores son de olor! ¡Compre sueños son baratos! and, exhibited next to the elevator door, summarizes the two years of creation of the mural. As the painter himself describes it: “It´s an invitation to Málaga, to the hostel. A work conceived to stand and stare at it.”
As you see, visiting our hostel in Málaga it´s enough to feel surrounded by art and culture.