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Hotel Afan de Rivera
Ranked #2 of 6 Ubeda B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
san clemente, ca
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71 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“stay in a 14th century palace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

Beautiful, bello, espectacular, magnifique! Right in the historic area of Ubeda. We stayed two nights in a beautiful room decorated tastefully with antiques. The owner is a wonderful host and the breakfast is plentiful and very good. I loved the figs from the island of Menorca and the lemon breakfast cake.

Room Tip: Our host, Mr. Paya, gave us a choice.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2011

We loved our stay in this wonderful historic hotel. The owner, Jorge, could not do enough to make us feel welcome - the breakfast offers a terrific selection of Spanish treats including home cooked tortilla and several types of ham which Jorge takes great delight in explaining. The location is terrific and we would love to stay again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vernon, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2011

It took a bit of an effort to find the hotel and after dropping off my wife I made a right instead of a left turn on the narrow cobblestone street and got myself stuck on a dead end street. I managed to back up a long way, good adventure.
The hotel is very charming and very much a part of the historical character of the town.
Our room had no windows just a large skylight, not for the claustrophobic. The room was very well appointed with one of the nicest modern bathrooms we saw on our travels.
We walked around the historical core and bought some very unique pieces of the green pottery. They made it home and sit on our table.
Our Spanish is very poor so we weren't able to have much conversation with the owner Jorge, but he was a very charming helpful individual
We enjoyed our one day stay in Ubeda, but one would have to be a real Renaissance afficianado to spend any longer.
I would recommend a stay, if even to get away from the tourist crowds, and enjoy a day in a picturesque renaissance city.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Republic of California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2011

You'll find Hotel Afan de Rivera tucked away on a cobblestone side street in Ubeda. This small hotel.....with 5 unique rooms.....offers style with a renaissance flair. The bed was incredibly comfortable with an extremely large, contemporary bathroom with nice amenities. Our particular room offered a sky light and was very quiet.

The buffet breakfast was most elaborate for a small B&B. Often in Spain we were served tea/coffee, toast and jam for breakfast which we realize is a classic spanish breakfast. However, this is not the case at Hotel Afan de Rivera. Each morning we were offered local cold meats and cheeses of a high quality, always there was a loaf of sweet bread (orange or apple), as well as a fruit tart, toast, jams, sometimes an egg dish, fresh juice and coffee & tea.

The highlight of our stay at this hotel was clearly, Jorge, the host. He is charming, gracious and is always available to answer any question or need that you may have.

Our three night stay included New Years Eve. Almost all the restaurants in town were closed. Jorge set up a very special table for us in the dining area where breakfast is served. The table was nicely arranged with candles, champagne, sweets and the classic 12 grapes (per person) that is the tradition to eat at midnight....bringing in the New Year. We couldn't imagine a better way to bring in the New Year while traveling than staying at this charming hotel.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2010

I arrived in Ubeda on the last day of a long weekend festival and there were no taxis. I started to walk through the town in search of the B&B and quickly realised this was a mistake so I rang Jorge and he very kindly came and rescued me.

Jorge speaks Spanish and French and a few words in English. He is a charming host and goes out of his way to be helpful. His breakfasts included some of the best food I'd eaten in Spain and he was very obliting in supplying the recipe to a couple of the dishes (although I would have loved the recipe for the pimiento jam). The room was the quietest I'd had in Spain. Partly because it had thick stone walls and no windows and partly because it is only a small establishment. I visited the Parrador Hotel nearby for dinner and this was a magnificant building but much more expensive.

Ubeda is a small and very unique town with beautifully preserved buildings. It has a wonderful view over the surrounding countryside. Lovely ceramics - I wished I could have handled the extra weight in my suitcase. There is a special community feel about the town and I got the impression that tourism is tolerated but not particularly encouraged. You need to bring a good guidebook with you and learn some Spanish before you go!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Miami, Fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2010

I added Ubeda and the Hotel Afan de Rivera to our trip as a last minute day filler. WOW! were we surprised with this enchanting find. Afan de Rivera fits right in with the Rennaisance feel of Ubeda - No detail has been spared in decoration, comfort and attention to comfort details. Jorge, the owner, is a lovely man who shares his knowledge of the history and interesting sites of Ubeda in such a way that your experience is super enhanced. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer, but should we be fortunate to return to Ubeda, we will be staying with Jorge once again. Ubeda, by the way is a gem not to be missed!

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Miami
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2008

My wife and I stayed at this property in November. Having looked at the hotel website we selected the Sierra the Cazorla room. We were not disappointed by our slection of this little hotel and the room. The hotel is located in the old center of the beautiful city of Ubeda. However, the hotel has all modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay. The room was good sized, with a nice modern bathroom, well decorated, and with very nice beds. It is obvious to the eye that this place has been decorated in good taste and with attention to detail; you can tell that the owner has done his best to create a wonderful experience for the visitor. Our nightly rate included breakfast and what a treat it was! Among others, we were impressed by the pimento marmalade and the homemade cakes, not to forget the delicious "jamon iberico". The owner, Jorge, is a true gentleman, ready to answer questions and assist the visitor in any way he can.

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  • Stayed November 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Hotel Afan de Rivera
Address: Calle Afan de Rivera 4, 23400 Ubeda, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Jaen > Ubeda
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Ranked #2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Ubeda
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Afan de Rivera 2*
Number of rooms: 5
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