Hotel Castillo de Santa Catalina
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.
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.
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.
"ajo blanco" which is a cold soup with strong garlic flavouring;
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.
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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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|Comment posted by Martijn Marijt|
|The Jaen Parador is an unique building at an equally unique loation. Hospitality, service and rooms are at a high level. The meals (breakfast, lunch, etc) are of good quality. Before arriving please make sure you know the route since not all GPS devices do recognize the Parador address. This Parador can be recommended wihout any reservation.|
|Comment posted by Christine|
|We had a lovely stay in this imposing parador in early June. It was a welcome respite from a hectic driving journey and we were able to relax in this beautiful location high on the mountain. Views were beautiful, the room was spacious. Public areas were large, the dining room was spectacular, and meals were excellent.|
|Comment posted by Chris and Vicky Farthing|
|We have visited many of the Paradores over the last few years, but Jaen is perhaps the most spectacular location so far. The sunset and sunrise views from our room balcony were tremendous. The reception staff were friendly, efficient and very helpful - especially in helping to transport our many and weighty items of luggage from car to room - not an easy task owing to the various levels, lifts, stairs and corridors. Car park security and ease of luggage transport are high on our list of needs and Jaen scored very well on our league table. We are usually resigned to doing our own heavy lifting, after a perfunctory offer of help at most hotels, but the staff here were great. Dinner and breakfast were excellent, both in menu and service, with particular emphasis on local produce and dishes. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer to explore the local area. Thank you Jaen!|
|Comment posted by Howard Jones|
|We stayed one night in September on our way south. Our welcome was efficient rather than effusive but all the other staff were very helpful. The hotel is very impressive, rooms clean and well presented. The public rooms are spectacular. The bar area is a little small for a hotel of this size. Food and service in the dining room was excellent. The views are breathtaking. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and look forward to a return visit.|
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Parador Jaen is a luxury hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress in Andalucia Spain.