Tipsters hitch a ride through the age of steam, spend a night in a former prison cell and awake to the Alps through their window at these places to stay close to a terminus
Fifteen minutes’ walk from Málaga station is the tiny and charming Dulces Dreams Boutique Hostel. It’s ideally located opposite the Church of the Holy Martyrs (most of the rooms have a church view) and a few steps from the Carmen Thyssen Museum, but also excellent value. The decor is clean and modern (lots of white) and the real highlight is the funky downstairs cafe with tables spilling out onto the plaza. The friendly, helpful staff recommended a tapas bar 10 minutes away – best tapas I’ve ever had.
• Doubles from €50 room only, dulcesdreamshostel.com