We decided to stay somewhere new on one of our 4 yearly trips between Malaga and UK. We chanced upon this one as the timing was right and were thrilled to find it is a 4* which only charges 57 Euros at this time of the year. The hotel is fairly new and there is some great design - some not so great [such as the copper roof which blew off and had to be replaced by felt!]. The foyer is lovely and the design all centres around olives as Jaen is the self proclaimed world capital of olive production. The vast murals, the specially made olive leaf chandeliers, the vast wine 'tinajas' at the entrance all echo this theme. The corridors and rooms are all tiled and practical. The rooms and bathrooms are quite large, spacious and extremely well fitted out. The beds were divinely comfortable.
The bar, cafeteria and restaurant share the same space but we saw no-one in the restaurant. The extensive menu in the cafeteria seems to be more than acceptable. We thoroughly enjoyed our 'Executive Menu'. We both had the partridge pate with ham mousse which was beautifully presented and delicious. Our main courses of Swordfish and Chicken were equally well presented and tasty. The service is friendly, competent and swift. The breakfast at 12 Euros for two people is excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed the choice available.
From their brochure it seem that the hotel was built and is run by the city of Jaen and incorporates the catering college. They have a vast separate building for weddings, christenings and conferences, there are swimming pools, spa, tennis court, football pitches and other sports facilities. The gardens have been newly laid out and are coming on well. It will be lush when everything is fully grown.
My ONLY criticism is the daft placing of the vital information sheet on the back of the bedroom door. They have placed it sideways in the holder so, to read it, one has to crane the neck sideways which I could not do. I took a photo of it so I could read it the right way round!
We will be back.
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