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Parador de Ubeda
Ranked #1 of 13 Hotels in Ubeda
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

We were en route from Madrid to Granada and this seemed like a good place to break the trip. The actual Parador is in a historic square. You can't drive up to it and have to park on the street or at a parking area a good 200m away. Our Gps kept taking us to the square which is blocked off to traffic. We could tell on the screen we were very close but unless you get within 40 feet by walking into the square you won't see the small sign by the entrance.
Rooms are a little older and smaller than some other Paradors we stayed at. But the price is also lower! We arrived late in evening. Night receptionist was new and had trouble getting us checked in on the computer but otherwise our stay was very enjoyable given we'd just flown 5000 miles and driven 3 hours! Room was comfortable and bathrooms were pleasantly modern given the rest of the building was old even by other parador standards. Restaurant was average for Paradors. Like most Paradors there is always some regional dish on the menu which is great. Nothing is ever bad.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Wrx8
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Management response:Responded 18 May 2014

Dear client,
Thanks for sharing your experience on your stay in our establishment, we will inform to the staff your comments and we wait to see you again very soon in our Parador. Best regards.

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Reviewed 11 May 2014

Superb location in monumental square. Perfectly placed for Easter processions by main church: while on a smaller scale than Sevilla, one can get front-line views easily and without a struggle. Charming old palace, with traditional style furnishings (in good condition). Friendly and helpful staff. Ubeda itself certainly merited the visit: it has some magnificent archtecture, and it´s easy to get to Baeza, Sierra de Cazorla and other historical sites.

One negative: other than the local speciality dishes, some of the Parador restaurant meals were below the desired standard. Decent breakfast and local stews. Attentive service..but food quality overall was so-so. Meson Santiago (a ten min drive) the best alternative we found....and La Imprenta was good too.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Management response:Responded 13 May 2014
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Estimado cliente,
Gracias por compartir su experiencia sobre su estancia en nuestro establecimiento. Haremos llegar a todo el equipo sus comentarios y esperamos verle de nuevo muy pronto en el Parador de Úbeda.
Saludos cordiales.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

A beautiful old palace with high ceiling rooms around a patio. It's great to sleep in a four poster bed. We could profit by a nice view on the church which is worth looking at all the day long in the sunshine and especially during the night with the illmuination of the front part.
Something which appears to be unforgettable.

Room Tip: Don't hesitate to select a room viewing on the church and ... contemplate day and night.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

Unfortunately it rained through virtually the whole time of our two-day stay in Ubeda, but in some ways the mist and damp added to the atmosphere of this ancient hilltop town, full of worn Renaissance-era and medieval buildings.
The Parador lived up to expectations. It probably isn't quite 'luxury' but was close enough for me. The building has plenty of history and there are numerous plaques around the walls that explain some of this. Our room was on second floor, large, quiet, clean and with nice view of back of the Sacra Capilla del Salvador. Despite the immediate proximity, church bells were not an issue.
Staff were helpful and friendly.
We ate in the restaurant one evening. I ordered just one course, somewhat to the surprise and even consternation of the maitre d', though I was glad I did as it allowed room for a rich dessert. My main meal was also quite rich, a delectable seafood stew ('Andrajos de Ubeda'). My partner had the green beans and pork followed by a cubed lamb dish, and still found room for dessert. All got ticks of approval. it wasn't a cheap meal by Spanish standards but it was well short of over-the-top expensive, too.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the cathedral or the plaza, naturally
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The good impression starts the moment you arrive (via a convoluted route) at the Parador which stands on the far side of a small Plaza. It looks like a palace with its simple baroque design and central doorway. Unfortunately you can only park opposite the hotel for 20 minutes after which you either find an on-street space nearby or pay €18 (I think) for private parking off site.
You enter a large covered patio with tables and chairs. A comfortable reading room is off to the left and there is a pleasant bar downstairs to the far right.
Staff were pleasant and friendly as usual. Our ground floor room was wonderful with a lobby leading to the bathroom and bedroom. The bedroom has high carved wood ceiling. We happened to be staying over the Three Kings period during which there was a special menu in the restaurant. Parador restaurants can be mediocre and poor value but this time they excelled themselves. I hope this means their regular menu meets the same standard.
Beware, however, if you are in any way disabled. There are 4 steep steps up to the entrance followed by 11 less steep steps with a handrail. On the ground floor there are also 3 steep steps giving access to the bedroom corridors.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 January 2014 via mobile

We stayed at this parador for two nights. The room was very clean and comfortable. The staff were friendly, helpful and attentive. We ate at the parador restaurant on our first night where we chose the special menu for the festival of the Three Kings. There were five courses as well as little 'extras' and the food was very good indeed especially the soup with salmon quenelles and the fish course.

The only downside to this splendid building was the rather steep stone steps to get in from the street particularly when arriving with luggage. Other than that the building is superb, full of wonderful pictures and with information plaques around to give the visitor historical information. Ubeda old town is on the doorstep and well worth a visit.

All in all a most enjoyable stay in a wonderful parador.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

we were traveling with a tour so we were only able to stay one night... would have enjoyed a longer stay in this charming town...the parador itself was very nice...our room had great high ceilings and a nice big bathtub... the window opened, but only looked out into a small roof area with the building all around... others in our group got a small balcony or windows to the street... it really wasn't a problem since we were not here long...the bed was a little hard, but all in all an enjoyable stay

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Parador de Ubeda

Address: Plaza Vazquez de Molina s/n, 23400 Ubeda, Spain
Region: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Jaen > Ubeda
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Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ubeda
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ubeda
Price Range: £68 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Ubeda 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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