Vincci Selección Posada del Patio 5* (Málaga) has been awarded a Special Mention for the Integration of Cultural Heritage in Málaga, in the fourth edition of the Re Think Awards, held at the Fitur international tourism fair, whose main objective is to promote the sustainable renovation of hotels. The special mention was awarded for our work in recovering, conserving and exhibiting the remains of Málaga’s Arab wall which were found during the works carried out at our hotel during 2007 and 2008.
Located in the historic centre of Málaga, the Vincci Selección Posada del Patio 5* is built on the site of two ancient buildings. One of these was one of the last posadas (old style inns) that existed in Málaga, while the other was a residential building, of which the façade from the start of the 20th century has been preserved. It’s been entirely renovated, preserving the patio that gives it its name and the old hall from the entrance on Calle Camas. Under the two buildings were found remains of Málaga’s Arabic wall, together with remnants of the old Puerta del Río. It’s the best-preserved section of the Arabic wall and the only part that can be visited on both sides, walking along the city’s old ‘ronda’ pathway.
The integration of the wall into our hotel was the most difficult option available, but was chosen in order to reclaim this monument of huge historic significance for the city, as part of our commitment to rehabilitating historic buildings to give them a new lease of life and integrate them once again into the cities where they are found. The archaeologists carried out an exhaustive study, cataloguing the remains of the wall along with the other articles that were found, some of which are on display in the hotel. The result is the integration of the wall into the property, where it can be visited by anyone who wishes to. The visit is one of those recommended by Málaga City Council.
With the aim of making these visits even more worthwhile, our hotel has implemented a system that provides information directly to your mobile phone about each section of the wall. It only requires you to have the Bluetooth activated and the device sends the information about the section of the wall you are passing to your smartphone. You can also hold events and special celebrations at the wall.
Vincci Selección Posada del Patio 5* has already received various certificates such as the Commitment to Tourism Quality, awarded by the Spanish government’s Secretary of State for Tourism, the Certificate of Environmental Quality awarded by Málaga city council, the Travelife Certificate, which evaluates and verifies sustainability achievements, and Ecolider, created by TripAdvisor, which recognises highly sustainable properties with certificates that attest to their environmental policies.