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“A real gem hidden in a small village” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Palacio de Mengibar
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Plaza Constitucion 8, 23620 Mengibar, Spain   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mengibar
Paris, France
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“A real gem hidden in a small village”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2011

This is a magnificent hotel converted from an ancient fortress/castle dating back to Roman times. It has all of the conveniences of a Parador without the same costs. Given its location in a small village the hotel is really the only place in town for having a decent meal; unfortunately, however, the restaurant is only open on weekends. The cafeteria serves only a very limited menu.
Jaen, Baeza and Ubeda are all within easy driving distance. The hotel also organizes very reasonably priced trips to see the cathedrals and other monuments there.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2011

I went to this town for bicycling in Jaen which is nearby and was totally satisfied. Mengibar is not a really a tourist town, and what there is to see is right on the town square where the hotel is located. The property is extremely well managed, and the personnel are all very helpful. I recommend it highly.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Murcia, Spain
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2010

i would probably not stay here again ,altough it was a 4 star hotel it seemed a bit tatty around the edges. the first thing was the door key cards were not working so a member of reception had to open the room door for you, at first this seemed quite nice but after the first day it became a pain . Every time you leave the room you need to go to reception to ask them to let you back in !! Breakfast, quick visit to the terrace on the roof to take photos , evening drinks, visit the spa, evening drinks ect.. i,m sure it was just a glitch in the system but i think it could of been sorted ??
restaurant and bar staff were very good and helpfull, the restaurant menu was a little bit restrictive and the food ok.
the spa is very small , we both had a massage which was the worst i have ever had and was more like a body rub !! apart from the calfs where they really did somthing to make them ache the the next day for both of us!!
The worst part was the smell from the local cardboard factory in the valley i can just imagine what this smelt like in the summer !!!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kaleden, Canada
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2010

Following a 3 day stop at El Anadio (see forthcoming review), we needed a one night pit stop before arriving in Chite (south of Granada) for our one week casa rental. The Palacio had some good reviews and offered a package which included a room in the old part (read "good part") of the hotel, welcome basket (a bottle of water and a box of Lindt chocolates), one hour in the spa, full course (5 courses) dinner and breakfast. Parking was free and excellent. Wifi was the best I have ever had in a hotel. Room was nice but toilet needed to be fiddled with. The spa was not very good. The whirlpool was frigid. The relax room was cold. The steam room was only hot enough if I stood on the top tier and they made us buy sandals (3 euros) and a tight bathing cap (3 euros) if you had hair (I was excused from that expense). While the reception spoke English, the staff in the spa did not. The town is very boring and does have a smell about it. The dinner was absolutely fabulous.....truly gourmet and inventive. The plaza outside the hotel was lit up beautifully....the only nice aspect of the town. Do not pay for the spa if it is not included!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Huercal-Overa, Spain
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

This hotel lived up to all our expectations and all the excellent reviews it has received. We loved the decor, the free secure parking the free high speed wifi , the free spa with turkish bath and sauna and the courteous and friendly service from the staff. We did not eat in the restaurant so can't rate it, breakfast was adequate but not great. We would like to stay here again but would perhaps get breakfast at one of the nearby cafes.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

This hotel is splendid. The town is unremarkable and rather industrial/agricultural, but when you arrive in the small town square and see the 800 year old tower and neighbouring hotel, it is all forgiven.

The hotel is a maze of ancient corridors and modern rooms - exceptional quality and attention to detail for a very low price.

The hotel was incredibly quiet, so much so the restaurant was closed. Where to eat on a Sunday evening? No problem, at 9pm the terrace spang to life with an open air grill serving lovely food (meal for 4 only 40€!). Floodlit in the shadow of the tower. No idea where all the people came from! Just an amazing atmosphere.

If you have kids check out the ice-cream and sweet kiosk in the neighbouring square. Skip breakfast in the hotel and do as the locals do in the local cafes.

Free garage parking. A free hour in the magnificent spa. Very little English spoken - but not a problem at all, all part of the experience.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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valencia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Alright, I read the tripadvisor reviews and checked out the hotel website and booked 3 superior rooms during our 3 week trip through Europe.

This is the only hotel during my trip that I won't recommend!!!

We were very much looking forward to this hotel, our fruit basket and cava, and the SPA!!

Here are a few problems that we encountered-->
1) The SPA was closed and doesn't seem like it will be opening anytime soon
2) The was a room service menu, but NO room service!
3) The fruit basket was 5 pieces of literally rotten and inedible fruit. We didn't eat it even though we were hungry after quite a bit of travel from Valencia and after figuring out we couldn't get room service for some reason
4) Alll 3 rooms had toilets that were running when we got there and smelled of sulfur
5) The entire hotel smelled of smoke
6) The walls in the hotel room were beaten down, chipped, and paint coming off
7) The restaurant food was very subpar
8) Breakfast was supposed to open at 8, but we got there just after 8 along with a pair staying at the hotel and the restaurant was still dark. Food was ready about 25 minutes later...
9) The WIFI did not work

Plus, the city of Mengibar has little/nothing to offer to turists like us traveling through europe. It was a cool palace and the hotel has great potential, but I have a feeling the management is not very strong and it reflects in the staff and the hotel.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Palacio de Mengibar

Address: Plaza Constitucion 8, 23620 Mengibar, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Jaen > Mengibar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Mengibar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Palacio de Mengibar 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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