The Parador de Jaen has reopened its doors following a four million euro investment to renovate all of its facilities and rooms as well as improve its accessibility.

Paradores, a chain of luxury Spanish hotels located in converted historic buildings, began work on the Parador de Jaen in November 2018 and finished in January of this year. The Parador is located in the Santa Catalina Castle which stands high above the Andalucían city of Jaen atop the Santa Catalina Hills. Taking centre stage on approach to Jaen, the Parador acts as the perfect base to explore the Renaissance charm of the Andalucían city. Given the buildings historical significance, accessibility has previously been an issue so a new elevator has been installed as part of the renovation and new accessible public toilets have been built for guests with reduced mobility.

The Parador’s interior is nothing short of remarkable featuring a spectacular cross vault 20 metres high in the main function room, a grandiose dining room and each guest room with its own incredible panoramic views of the city and surrounding area. The renovation has seen each of these 45 rooms fitted with new furniture and all the bathrooms completely refurbished to provide maximum comfort. The rooms’ facilities have been modernised and their kitchens equipped with state-of-the-art appliances. In addition, the Paradores team has recovered and restored furniture, lighting and decorative elements throughout the property, updating their finishes and appearance to fit the new interior design.

The newly reopened Jaen establishment will also be home to several pieces from the Paradores artistic collection: a Spanish-Flemish carving, dated from the last third of the 15th century, and another representing Santa Catalina de Alejandría, co-patron of the city. In addition, an embroidery from the 16th century, woven with silk and gold, will hang on the walls of the Parador together with a 17th century Flemish tapestry, representing a scene from the history of King David, and another tapestry made by the Royal Tapestry Factory representing Brutus' expedition to Aquitaine.

One of the standout rooms from the renovation is the ‘Charles De Gaulle room’ which is where the former French president stayed during a memorable trip to Spain in 1970. The newly refurbished room is decorated with memories of the illustrious visitor and his time spent on the Iberian Peninsula.

Guests at the Parador are just a stone’s throw from the Barrio Antiguo (Old Quarter), the city’s cathedral, the Arab baths, the Provincial Fine Arts Museum and the San Lorenzo Arch all located within Jaen. The surrounding areas of outstanding natural beauty is what many come to this part of Andalucía to enjoy. The Sierra de Cazorla Mountains and the Sierra de Segura region have ecological reserves perfect for lovers of the outdoors while the Guadalquivir River, fringed with Olive groves, provides the perfect fix for foodies staying at the Parador.


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