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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Rates in Euros
|Basic room||Standard||Double superior||Double w/ four poster bed|
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|March to October||144||169||212||212|
|Breakfast 18 per person per day Lunch or Dinner 34 per person per day|
|PROMOTIONS IN STANDARD ROOMS * (Subject to availability)|
|2013 Rates in Euros||Golden Days||Young Persons||5 Night Card||2 Night Special|
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|134.40||134.40||108.00||197.60 per night|
|March to October||143.50||143.50||108.00||206.70 per night|
Rates are per day for 2 persons sharing a double room and include tax
*Supplement and restrictions may apply - General terms and conditions
|PROMOTION||OVERVIEW (For more detailed information use the links below)|
|Golden Days||30% discount for guests 55 years or over in a standard room with breakfast|
|Young Persons||Discounted rates for guests from 18 to 35 years old in a standard room with breakfast|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room exc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||20% discount for 2 consecutive nights or more with half board|
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 Philip Colville|
|The Parador at Jaen is an excellent hotel in an amazing setting. I was nervous about finding the hotel after a long drive but the signing from the edge of Jaen was good. The welcome when we arrived was good and we enjoyed eating in on both nights of our stay. Our only regret was not staying a third night - but maybe we can address that by returning soon!|
|Comment posted by David Ledesma|
|The Parador was recommended to us by a friend as being "spectacular" and we were not disappointed. We stayed for two nights in August 2013 and had a great time. Out children loved the pool, set at the base of the tower, and the views were stunning. Our visit into Jaen was good, as we walked around the old town, soaking in the atmosphere. Rooms were good, clean and the service excellent. Thanks for making our stay so pleasant!|
|Comment posted by Gerhard, California|
|We stayed at this Parador 2 nights in June 2013 and used it as a basis for trips to Granada & Cordoba. Front desk: nice/welcoming/helpful Location: Great Room: Good. Exactly what we expected in a historic building. Restaurant ( dinner ): Great food & wine/outstanding service Breakfast: excellent. Nothing to complain about.|
|Comment posted by Michael|
|Driving into the parador itself is a wonderful experience. Located high up on the hill, looking over the valley, it's a wonderful experience. Our reception on arrival was cordial and professional, and we weer able to cehck in with no problem. Our bedroom was gerat, located facing across the parking lot, but it had a balcony (I believe the only one on that side that does). The view from our room was good, especially after the day trippers cleared out of the parking lot. The restaurant was good, with the formulaic parador method, with some delicious local cuisine. The location of the hotel was a plus and a minus. A definite plus if you prefer to be out of town, and want to go on hikes and such. It has a view for a reason... it's well above the town. If you have a car, and aren't planning on drinking too much, then it's easy enough to drive down for dinner, but why would you bother staying at a parador if you want to go into town for dinner? Anyway, we've been to quite a few of the paradors, and I'd definitely recommend this one!|
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Parador Jaen is a luxury hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress in Andalucia Spain.