The beautiful restored XIV Afan de Rivera is an absolute delight. It’s a small, chic old gentleman’s mansion down a side street and gorgeous. Built, like most of the monuments in this UNESCO town, of sandstone. It’s sturdy, squat, charming and owner-run hotel.
This charmingly, luxurious hotel is located just two minutes walk from Ubeda’s most famous Renaissance monumental plaza within the UNESCO designated old town. A fascinating place to explore, lots to visit, some fabulous restaurants and don’t forget Jaen province still serves free tapas.
It has been delightfully and carefully renovated by the architect Eduardo Pla. Small with only five bedrooms, dinner isn’t served but book your treat of a breakfast which is served in the old wine cellar, part of which is glass-walled so you can see the original cellar and some ancient bottles of wine.
Each room is named after a nearby mountain range, ours was called Sierra Las Villas,part of the nearby natural park Parque Natural Cazorla, Segura y Las Villa. We had a gorgeous, double-bedded room. The bathroom was spacious and well presented, the charming bedroom was a little on the small side but absolutely adequate for our one night stay.
For exploring northern Andalucia or Cazorla, Spain’s largest national park this would make an ideal spot. Although Ubeda and its twinned city of Baeza could keep you busy for several days each.
For more information see the Afan de Rivera website, the best way to book.