Málaga airport does not have an airport hotel on site that you conveniently can walk to. However, there are a number of hotels near the airport, Holiday Inn Express Málaga being the nearest, within a few minutes by taxi. (Although the minimu fare minimun fare of 15.21 € or 19.01 € Band 2 for night and weekend.
The best spotters congregate naturally at both ends of the runway. The north end is number 13 and the south is number 31 (The numbers used to be 14 and 32 respectively, but were changed in keeping with changes in the magnetic poles). Check out the map to find out where they meet, because you can be sure to learn a lot from the experts if you stop by these areas to join in the spotting.
There are different parking options at Malaga Airport. The privately operated car parks near the airport are the most economic. The Express Malaga Airport Parking is the most convenient but also the most expensive. AENA the airport operators also have a number of different car parks.
The RENFE Train Station at Málaga Airport is ready and waiting to take passengers to and from the airport with trains leaving every 20 minutes for Málaga City or Fuengirola in the out of town direction. The Fuengirola train, stops at Torremolinos and Benalmádena as well.
Just to provide a rough idea regarding taxi prices from Malaga Airport to different locations, a taxi to center of Marbella will cost you around 70 or 90€ depending day or night tariff band. Travel to center of Estepona, on the other hand, would cost 105 or 125€, while a closer destination like Fuengirola costs around 35 or 42€.