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Parador Jaen

Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina

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Luxury four star hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress

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As you drive up the road to the Parador, the views over the city of Jaen and the beautiful countryside of Andalusia are breathtaking. The ultimate panorama is reached at the Parador.
Parador de Jaen - restaurant
The balconies of teh bedrooms offer a 180 degrees view of the surrounding plain, the Gualdaquivir river, the Sierra Morena hills and at a distace the mountains of Sierra Nevada.

This panoramic view is one of the main reasons for the high position of the castle. it is easy to see an approaching enemy and also difficult to make an attack.

During the Roman occupation, around the time of Christ, Jaen was known as Aurigis because of the silver mines in the area. When it was later conquered by the Moors its name was changed to Geen which is the Arabic for 'crossroads of caravans', an important trading route.

Although the Arabs built the original fortress (Abrehui's), the current construction is of Christian origin, raised after the conquest of the city by Ferdinand III of Castile, called the Saint, in 1246. The castle held out against repeated attacks by the Moors over the next two centuries.
view over Jaen Parador

In 1968, the castle was restored and extended to form the Parador. The buiding's majestic appearance continues inside with impressive twenty metre high crossed arches in the main sitting room with large metal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the Arabic style dining room and comfortable bedrooms with wonderful views.

The Parador's restaurant offers the opportunity to taste some of the local specialities as well as international dishes. Some of the local dishes include:

"ajo blanco" which is a cold soup with strong garlic flavouring;
"Ensalada de perdiz" being partridge with salad;
"morcilla en caldera", black pudding cooked in the pot; bedroom in Parador de Jaen
"pipirrana" being the regional mixed vegetable salad;

Outside there is a lovely seasonal swimming pool and an area where guests can have a walk on the grassed parade of the castle while looking at the surrounding fortifications.

Acommodation consists of 8 single rooms, 6 double rooms and 31 twin rooms. Bedrooms are equipped with minibar, telephone and television with canal plus.

The Parador has air conditioning, heating, lift, restaurant and bar.

Conference facilities are also available at the Parador.

Pets are not allowed in the luxury hotels in the Spanish Paradores group.

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No prepayment - No booking fees - Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty
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Rates in Euros
Standard Double superior Double w/ four poster bed
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March to October169211211
Breakfast 18 per person per day                 Lunch or Dinner 34 per person per day

Rates are per day, per room, for 1 or 2 persons and include tax
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Parador Jaen
Castillo de Santa Catalina, s/n
23001 Jaen, Jaen
Latitude: 37 46' 5.556" N (37.76795842598155)
Longitude: 3 48' 7.0914" W (-3.802342414855957)
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Guests' Comments
Comment posted by Thomas Neerbye
2014-10-16 13:14:24
This is the third time I bring friends and family for a one-night stay at different Parador, the latest one in Parador de Jaen. Spectacular view from our luxurious twin bed room. Fantastic dinner in the evening in a wonderful setting of ancient-time surroundings. A pleasant staff both at reception and during our stay made this a highly recommendable visit. The nearby city of Guadix is also worth visiting, to check out the cave-houses.
Comment posted by Mike Logan
2014-10-15 19:46:21
We had a wonderful stay in room Romantica in August; the parador and castle have a sublime feeling of time, space and peace. The room was in the tower section that can be seen from the well maintained poolside gardens, but which had views to two further sides over the rugged country. It 2was great to just enjoy the space without feeling like there was a need to travel on-although we did go to Cordoba the following day. I liked the seasonal restaurant food; although I could not do it justice. It is a very special place.
Comment posted by Christopher Farrell
2014-10-15 18:03:44
My wife and I visited parador jaen the 3rd weekend of sept.2014,and spent two delightful nights with outstanding views from our room. Couldn't be better!!!! Our breakfasts and evening dinners were first class....staff helpful and accommodating.. Having cocktails in the great hall before dinner was a intro to a casual and gourmet experience. Having lived in Spain many years ago for six years I can attest that service and lifestyle have not been lost at parador jaen!!!!!
Comment posted by Declan Finucane
2014-10-15 16:58:58
What a Shame! We spent two nights in September in this is a beautiful hotel. It is both historic and set in beautiful surroundings with fantastic views. The bedroom was airy, comfortable and well-equipped. The public rooms were wonderful - some of the awe-inspiring. But why does nobody smile? With the notable exception of the lad at the pool and the barman in the evening, everyone else was bordering on surly. Staff at Reception when we arrived were too involved in their own conversation to even acknowledge us standing in front of them. When we were eventually seen to it was a case of 'here's your key and your room is down that way'. We had both evening meals there - the second night to establish if the previous evening's food and service had been as bad as we thought: it was! The food was well beneath our expectation and served with neither smile nor comment. The desert menu was actually thrown onto the table without comment on the second night. Why oh why waste such a glorious heritage site on staff who have no time for their guests. The Group must hold various training courses for their staff - which is evident from the service in all of the other Paradors we have visited. Somehow Parador de Jaen must have slipped through the net.
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Parador Jaen is a luxury hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress in Andalucia Spain.

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