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
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|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 Jennifer Reed|
|My husband and I spent three nights at the Parador de Jaen and loved it. It was at the tail end of a month long Spanish vacation and offered a very nice, relaxing, break. The grounds were very nice, the views were amazing and the staff was so very lovely. We were there in November, so the pool was closed and the weather was cold. In fact it even snowed a bit (it didn’t stick). We originally planned to leave the castle and visit the town, but we never ended up doing that. We just hung out on the grounds and took in the great views and service. We ate all of our meals in the restaurant and, while they were pricier than most meals in Spain, we were very impressed with the food and felt that it was a good value for the money. I would definitely recommend it and would go back. I would probably only go for two nights the next time though just because there isn’t really much to see or do. I would also recommend bringing playing cards…we played cards like crazy and had a blast!|
|Comment posted by Elaine Pavey|
|We spent one night here in September and would go back again. The staff were very nice and the room was lovely. We used the pool, although chilly it was great as we were the only ones at the pool all afternoon. The food in the restaurant was OK but very fussy and over the top and the breakfast was not fantastic.. Next time we will just book room only.|
|Comment posted by Ms H.Bringaker|
|We were very well received when arriving the Parador in Jaen. We visited the restaurant for lunch and had a lovely meal. However, we were a bit surprised and disappointed when were presented the same meny in the evening for dinner ! Parador Jaen has a very nice pool area and the view from our guest-room was very nice. The guest-room was spacious and clean ! We liked Parador Jaen a lot and we have already recommended this Parador to friends who wants to visit !|
|Comment posted by Alan Brown|
|A friend and I stayed for 2 nights at the beginning of July. I have stayed here on other occasions and always find the rooms and balconies very comfortable. The view from the rooms is superb and it is a delight to spend a lot of time enjoying the peace, quiet and outlook afforded by the balcony. Nice to have breakfast there, too. The new pool and terrace are lovely. The service in the restaurant is very good but the food was simpler and better on previous visits. Now the menu is over fussy and the food would be better if it was more basic, honest and truer to local Spanish dishes. Deserts and fresh fruit were better in the past but the wine was excellent. Please bring back the super comfortable sofas in the main room next to the dining room. A most enjoyable stay and we look forward to returning soon.|
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Parador Jaen is a luxury hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress in Andalucia Spain.