A glorious base for a couple of days of gentle exploration of Baeza and neighouring Ubeda - this refitted historic building is right in the town centre, a short stroll from the main square ringed by restaurants, and we were lucky enough to be assigned a huge room with equally huge bed and expansive bathroom - corner whirlpool bath, powerful shower, top facilities. Not sure if I'd have been as delighted if we'd been given a ground floor room, each of which is reached up a short flight of steps from the breakfast courtyard.
Only niggles were rattling flags/poles on the balcony directly outside as the wind picked up, but I managed to muffle them by cunning use of cannibalised shoeshine sponge, and a widescreen TV perched somewhat precariously on a narrow table which wouldn't need much of a nudge to bring about a disaster.
Breakfast had to be sampled because of the stunning setting - to be fair, it wasn't a spectacular feast but there was a good range of foods on offer though the waitress service on hot drinks was a bit of a brake on our normal rate of ingesting caffeine first thing.
I've seen a couple of sniffy comments about standoffish staff - not so, the welcome wasn't over the top, which is the way we like it, but we had no issues.
Most visitors probably stick to the town centre but a gentle stroll on the designated walk around the edge of town with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside (Paseo las Murallas) should not be missed.
If you're travelling by car, avoid the expensive parking options right in the town centre because there is plenty of free on-street parking only a short stoll away, we found a spot on Calle el Carmen and it didn't cost us a penny.
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