November marks the end of the summer season, although this year there were high hotel occupancy levels right up to the end of October and some hotels which had planned to close in the middle of the month decided to remain open a bit longer.
A total of 57 will close for the winter, and 15 of them will carry out improvement works costing a total of 45 million euros, of which 25 million will be spent by establishments in Malaga city. One of the largest projects is the expansion of the NH Malaga to add a further 115 rooms to the existing 133 in an adjoining annex which should be completed by 2019.
Another major investment project will be at the Meliá Costa del Sol which will remain open while a 1,300-metre terrace is built, with swimming pool and bar, in one of its two buildings. Next winter there will be a similar project in the other building. These works will cost 6.5 million euros.
In the past three years a total of 168 million euros have been spent on improvements to hotels, and this is helping to boost other sectors such as construction. The demands of new travellers and competition are making it necessary for hotels to update their facilities.