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
|Standard||Double superior||Double w/ four poster bed|
|Jan and Feb|
Nov and Dec
|March to October||169||211||211|
|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
General terms and conditions
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|Golden Days||10% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged 55 years or more|
|Young Persons||15% discount on accommodation and 30% discount on breakfast for guests aged between 18 and 30 years old|
|5 Night Card||Discounted rates for 5 nights in a standard room inc. breakfast|
|2 Night Special||15% discount on accommodation and 20% discount on half board for 2 nights stays in the same Parador|
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 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.|
|Comment posted by paul van 't pad bosch|
|My wife Olga and I stayed two nights in order to visit Granada during our stay at the Costa blanca . It was wonderfull to feel the spirit of mediėval Spain in contrast to the andalusian Arabic culture .|
|Comment posted by Thomas Neerbye|
|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.|
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Parador Jaen is a luxury hotel in a thirteenth century Arab fortress in Andalucia Spain.