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Parador de Jaén

  • Calle Castillo de Santa Catalina Map It
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Updated 06/07/2014

Fodor's Review

Built amid the mountaintop towers of the Castillo de Santa Catalina, this 13th-century castle is one of the showpieces of the Parador chain and a good reason to visit Jaén. Its grandiose exterior echoes the Santa Catalina fortress next door, as do the massive vaulted halls, tapestries, baronial shields, and suits of armor inside. The comfortable bedrooms, with lofty ceilings, Islamic tilework, and canopy beds, have balconies overlooking fields stretching toward a dramatic

mountain backdrop. Specialties served in the restaurant include spinach Jaén-style (with egg) and ajo blanco (cold garlic soup).

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Calle Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaén, 23001, Spain

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Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 45 rooms
  • No meals

Updated 06/07/2014

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By Ian

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Jun 24, 2005

A Must

Stunning. Great views. Great pool. Great staff. Great restaurant. What's left?

By moxie

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Mar 21, 2004

what a view!

This was a wonderful hotel: large room (3 of us) with a fireplace, huge balcony with a view; marble bath with huge tub and separate shower stall. The restaurant was super, the 'tasting' menu especially good although too much for the women in the group. Breakfast was great and cozy in a special breakfast room. I plan to return!

By Michael

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Oct 21, 2002

Jewel in the Crown of the Paradors

The best parador we visited, our room (room #1) was modest but comfortable and the balcony looked over the mountains and villages below - a true mountain getaway. For just 50 Euros per couple, the restaurant (like all of the Parador restaurants) had the best meal ever - a review in itself - a better deal than even any of the street cafes that we visited in Spain. Lots of money being poured into the castle next door for tourists and restoration.

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