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“Great building, staff could do better.”
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Parador de Ubeda
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Ubeda
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Malaga
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“Great building, staff could do better.”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

Stayed 2 nites at end of Sept. Room we had overlooked private walled garden shared with three other rooms. Room itself was OK but getting very close to refurb time and clearly left the cleaning staff with some problems as a result. Eat Parador lunch, which was excellent (quality was more related to their ability to purchase good ingredients rather than cook anything since we had an excellent plate of local hams). Dinner we also stayed in, but we found was extremely average and served by somewhat reluctant staff. Ironically, for us the employee of our stay was a young waiter at lunch who was running around serving both bar, terrace and lobby area guests with huge enthusiasm whilst dinner had many waiters sullenly serving a just few guests.

Second nite we found local restaurant within two minutes of the Hotel (Antique) with young enthusiastic chef who offered inventive food, leaving the Parador offering looking worse still. Breakfast at the Parador is a buffet and, similar to our lunch experience, there is little input from the kitchen since most offerings are prepared from good cold basic local ingredients or purchased packets (fortunately!)

Building itself could be glorious, but Paradores think stuffing it with some elderly tired furniture and potted plants that most private gardeners would be ashamed to own, constitute period decor. Many Hotels are struggling to cope in this economy, but Paradores seem full & over staffed as usual in management areas, which would lead you to believe that a few hundred Euros on some decent plants and decor would not be out of the budget!

If you go to Ubeda, stay here the location is glorious, but expect normal Paradores service and food.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, Australia
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

This was our first Parador and what an amazing experience it was. Set in an old Palace, right in the heart of the town - magnificent streets to explore and plenty of choice for eating/drinking. The staff weren't as helpful as others we visited but were 'ok'! Highly recommend the Parador experience - indulge yourself! We paid Euro 141 - this included breakfast for 2 - they do a special Golden Years price!! Plenty of room in the bedrooms and our bathroom had double sinks. Lovely shower - internet - the works!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This parador has been refurbished beautifully and reflects the old style very well whilst offering modern day comforts. The location is perfect for exploring the old town of Ubeda and the views from the walls a few hundred yards away are spectacular. The tasting menu in the restaurant offers great value for money and the food is beautifully presented and delicious. Don't be tempted to have a few tapas with your pre-dinner drinks elsewhere as there are 5 cold starters and 5 hot ones followed by the entree and desert! The restaurant decor is rather plain but don't let this put you off - the food and service are extremely good.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

Very nice Parador in Ubeda. Excellent location in an old renaissance palace close to the main cathedral. Very charming! Absolutely clean and very well maintained, nice traditional Parador hotel. Typically Spain!!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Bruxelles
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Very traditional parador in an old palace, right in the city center.

Not always easy to locate as it really looks like a palace!

Traditional, old style service, but very pleasant.

Clean and comfortable rooms, in an ancient style, great breakfast (additional). For 80 euros (w/o breakfast) that was a great deal!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We had a lovely time here and it wasn't pricey. Book online and you can get a deal. It's an old Palace and you feel like royalty staying here. We looked around Ubeda and moved on the next day to Baeza and felt that was enough. Beautiful place and if you are into exercise, get up early and run around the mirador as the sun us rising. Lovely and cool despite it being August and a fantastic view that time in the morning.

I would recommend to stay here to anyone. Friendly staff and big rooms.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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adelaide
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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Finding the Parador de Ubeda even with the Garmin was a challenge. Firstly, we were directed to take what appeared to be several one way streets, the wrong way. When eventually we arrived at our destination, I did not recognize the building from Google street view and we were right outside the police offices with no-parking signs everywhere. The hotel is a museum with very unobtrusive signage and a very large plaza in front. Much wider than it appears in street view. You can in fact park for 15 minutes just opposite the entrance, outside some small shops, while you book in. We drove around the block twice before stopping to ask someone who pointed to the large box like building in front of me and adjacent to the impressive s. Maria Reales Alcazares church…. We had been in the right place all along. Later I did get a nice (free) park just at the end of the street. We only stayed one night on our way to Cazorla, and it was worth the trouble. The building is indeed a kind of museum and a fascinating place to stay, right in the astonishing Renaissance area of town. Room was comfortable and well appointed with spacious bathroom and with lightning fast internet as well. We ate elsewhere, at a café on Plaza Andalucia as we explored the town so I can’t comment on the food.. but the breakfast was too expensive for our budget. We had our room for a great price and it was well worth the trouble to stay in an extraordinary hotel in a beautiful part of an historic town.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Parador de Ubeda
Address: Plaza Vazquez de Molina s/n, 23400 Ubeda, Spain
Location: Spain > Andalucia > Province of Jaen > Ubeda
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Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Ubeda
#3 Family Hotel in Ubeda
#6 Romantic Hotel in Ubeda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Parador de Ubeda 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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