Fodor's Expert Review Parador de Jaén

Calle Castillo de Santa Catalina, Jaén, Andalusia, 23001, Spain

Built amid the mountaintop towers of the Castillo de Santa Catalina, this 13th-century castle reopens in March 2020 and is one of the showpieces of the parador chain and reason enough 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 tile work, 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 ajoblanco.

PROS

  • architectural grandeur
  • panoramic views
  • historic and atmospheric building

CONS

  • outside Jaén
  • long walk down to sights (and steep climb up again)
  • could be too grandiose for some

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
HistoricalViews
Quiet
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 953-230000

HOTEL DETAILS

45 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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