Camino de Santiago accommodation

The style of Camino de Santiago accommodation depends greatly on the type of trip you opt for. The majority of our vacations are tailor made, so you will be able to chat with experts about your various options along the way. There is quite an infrastructure built up around the Camino nowadays, but some of the places book up in advance, especially in peak season, which is why it is always an advantage to book through a local expert. From hostels to hotels to self catering apartments, you can sleep in all sorts of places on the Camino. One thing is for sure though; after all that walking, you will definitely sleep.
The Camino hostels

The Camino hostels

The famous Camino hostels, known locally as albergues and more internationally as refuges, are prolific on the Camino Francés route. They are often packed in summer months and for this reason, most Camino vacation tour operators organise hotel accommodation for you. But it is worth knowing about the albergues as they are iconic institutions really, a little bit like the mountain refuges for hikers en route to or around Mont Blanc. They are cheap, dormitory style accommodation which traditionally couldn’t be booked, in an ‘always room at the inn’ sort of a way. They vary in style, size and management, some run by religious institutions, others by the local authority and there are many more private ones popping up along the way now too.
Some of our tour operators do work with private albergues, as they offer higher standard, modern facilities, private rooms and are in great locations, such as one overlooking the Miño River in Portomarín on the Camino Francés. Or a traditional Galician stone and wooden building in Molinaseca, which is a private hostel with 15 rooms and a lot of charm. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Roman bridge over the Meruelo River, popular for river swimming.
Chambre d’Hotes

Chambre d’Hotes

Traditional family run bed and breakfasts are very popular options along the Camino de Santiago and many of them have been hosting pilgrims and walkers for generations. They vary in style from mountain chalets with simple rooms but unforgettable Pyrenean views, to a lovingly restored ancient stone casa in the heart of Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a medieval town with its own cathedral. Usually quite rustic in style, you will be hosted with a family-style welcome with plenty of understanding about your long distance walking needs.
Hotel havens

Hotel havens

There are plenty of standard, rural two and three star hotels along the way, with en suite rooms. If you are traveling on a small group tour you will be allocated a double or twin room, the latter to be shared with someone of the same gender if you are traveling solo. Expect a supplement of around £200-250 per week if you would like a hotel room to yourself. Breakfasts usually include plenty of pastries, coffee, hams and local cheese. The oranges are delicious in this part of the world, by the way, so if you don’t fancy one for breakfast, pop one in your daypack.
There are some stunning historic buildings that have been converted into three or four star hotels along the Camino, from restored parish houses to converted water mills and stylish farmhouses, all packed with period features. Our tour operators have long working partnerships with these hotels, ensuring that they are of a good standard and also, ideally, boasting responsible tourism practices.
Some of our favourite hotels along the way include a medieval building converted into a boutique hotel on the banks of the River Najerilla, in the heart of the Rioja wine region, or in a former monastery in Carrion de los Condes, with stunning gardens, stone architecture, beamed ceilings and all round ethereal aesthete. You can stay in a hotel in the Gothic heart of Astorga with a room that looks out over Antonio Gaud’s Episcopal Palace.
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Pilgrims’ pointers on accommodation

Rasmus Pedersen from our Camino de Santiago tour operator, Spain is More:
“Always call the tour operator to discuss the hotels on offer. It’s difficult for a person who doesn’t know the area to know where to book. There are many places with nice websites, for example, that we would never use. We have some criteria, and they are often different in every villages or city. We try to find hotels that are well located. So, in bigger cities we use hotels located close to the old part or city center, so people have to walk as little as possible to experience the atmosphere. People are tired after walking for a whole day, so it better they stay close to great dinner places and local atmosphere, than they have to take a taxi or bus to discover.”
The dinners there are the best in Spain and the people there are just lovely
– Wendy Williams in her vacation review of the Leon to Santiago route
“The small hotels were a joy to stay in and will give us confidence of arranging vacations in hotels in out of the way places where the locals do not have a lot of English.” – David Lohan in his vacation review

“Book the apartments. Opposite the park & walking/jogging track & 2 mins from the school. My apartment was… top floor with large terrace. 1 big double bedroom & another bedroom with 2 beds (could be made a double I think) with its own toilet & vanity basin. Share shower. Good open plan kitchen & sitting area & has washing machine.” – Zelina Bafile in her review of our Learn Spanish and Walk the Camino de Santiago vacation

“Stay three days at Bi-Terra Hotel and break that journey into 20km days, not 30km. The dinners there are the best in Spain and the people there are just lovely.” – Wendy Williams in her vacation review of the Leon to Santiago route
The small hotels were a joy to stay in and will give us confidence of arranging vacations in hotels
David Lohan in his vacation review
Written by Catherine Mack
Photo credits: [Page banner: Fresco Tours] [Introduction: Fresco Tours] [The Camino hostels: Arendle] [The Camino hostels (Molinaseca): Gronkca] [Chambre d'Hotes: Iria Flavia Spanish Courses] [Hotel havens: Fresco Tours] [Restored farmhouse: Fresco Tours] [River Najerilla: drcymo ] [Ramus Pedersen quote: Fresco Tours] [Wendy William quote - food: Fresco Tours] [David Lohan review: José Antonio Gil Martínez]