Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

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Palacio Solecio; Malaga’s new boutique hotel

Genovese businessman Felix Solecio certainly knew how to play his cards right.

Moving to Malaga, and rubbing shoulders with Spanish aristocrats and Royalty he was appointed the boss of a paper factory in Malaga province. But not just any old business.

It made playing cards and had the monopoly, awarded by King Charles III, to export to the Spanish empire.

To mark his new found place in Southern Spain’s high society he commissioned Palacio Solecio to be his family home. He even had a ‘sun’ crest created to cement his status.

He made Malaga his home, and is buried in the church across the street.

Now the 18th century facade of this fancy urban mansion is the face of Malaga’s newest upscale boutique hotel – Palacio Solecio Malaga.

Finally got to stay and get the inside track. The team are what give this place soul – plenty of Malaga warmth. The Balausta Cocktail bar & restaurant is all about the city and and province with tasty local produce like ajoblanco almond soup; roast goat and plenty of local fish & seafood.

Rooms are finished with very high quality materials – lots of wood. Mix of old world charm and up to date tech.

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