It was a previous review that alerted us to this small hotel which said its breakfast was the highlight of the author's holiday. They were not wrong! This fantastic little hotel only has about five rooms and is on a very narrow street where it was not possible to open both car doors! There was free street parking nearby.
The owners and staff of the hotel were extremely friendly and helpful making a number of recommendations for restaurants and tapas bars. The hotel rooms had been refurbished and were extremely well appointed with all the nice little extras that you often get in a four star hotel. The hotel is very old (5/6th century?) but is full of character with the breakfast room being in a wine cellar.
The hotel doesn't, have a bar and only serves breakfast and what a delight that was. The owner, who only spoke Spanish and French, carefully explained all the local delicacies of cheeses and meats and oils as well as providing freshly made churros and fresh orange juice. Very different from normal hotel fayre but a true culinary delight.
The hotel is well located to explore Ubeda which is also extremely interesting with more than its fair share of wonderful buildings and plazas. Most restaurants / bars offer generous free tapas and one could almost dine out on a bar crawl.
Overall Ubeda and Hotel Afan de Rivera should be a must on anyone's itinerary. Don't be put off by the two stars, that can only be due to facilities and certainly not the five star service!
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