What are the Camino de Santiago accommodation options?

casa-acivro-camino-de-santiago-accommodation-caminowaysThere are many different types and styles of accommodation along the Camino de Santiago, ranging from hostels to guest houses and luxurious paradores.

To help you plan your Camino trip, we look at the different Camino de Santiago accommodation options so you can decide which ones are the best for you.

Albergues – hostels

There is a good network of albergues (hostels) along the Camino de Santiago, particularly along the most popular route such as the French Way or Camino Frances. The classic Camino albergues are public, run by ‘hospitaleros’ (Camino volunteers) and they can’t be booked in advance. Beds in dorms are allocated on a first come firs served basis. You will need to have your passport stamped, as part of the ‘check in’ process and walkers always take priority over other pilgrims (ie. on horse back or bike pilgrims).

In some towns, particularly along the most popular Camino routes such as the French Way and the Portuguese Way, you will also find privately-run hostels with a similar set up: beds in dorms at low prices.

Guest houses – pensioneseuropa-hotel-caminoways

Guest houses can be called ‘pensiones’, ‘hostales’ or ‘casa’ and they are small family-run businesses. They might not have a star rating but they are a good accommodation option where you will have your own room, bathroom and they’ll generally provide dinner.


Bigger Camino towns and cities will have a good range of hotels of all styles and sizes, from 3 star to 4 and 5 star rated properties.


parador-santiago-camino-de-santiago-caminowaysA parador is a luxury hotel belonging to the state-run company Paradores in Spain. They are usually historic buildings such as castles and monasteries; as well as buildings set in nature reserves and areas of outstanding beauty. Check out the many paradores located on the Camino de Santiago in our article: What is a Parador?

The most famous Camino de Santiago parador is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos in Santiago de Compostela; which has been in operation for 500 years. In Portugal, you will find similar properties and they are called Pousadas de Portugal.

Casas Rurales

Casas Rurales our country cottages are a relatively recent development in the hospitality industry in Galicia and North West Spain; and one that has brought new life to many rural communities. They are boutique country properties refurbished keeping in mind the traditional architecture of the region.

caminoways.com-country-cottage-rectoral-goianThey are generally farm houses, manor houses and restored homesteads located in rural settings; they generally offer home-cooking using local or even home-grown produce. We work with many casas rurales along the different Camino de Santiago routes and we arrange for our clients to be picked up from the trail.

Bear in mind…

Bigger towns and cities will have a better choice and range of accommodation options; while accommodation in smaller villages and hamlets can be limited. The Camino is a long-distance trail so the mix of accommodation styles will also be part of your journey.

The French Way – Camino Francés is the most popular route and therefore the one with a wider range of accommodation options, however it also gets busier, particularly in Summer months certain towns might get completely booked up. Our advice: if you are planning your trip on the French Way, book well in advance.

At CaminoWays.com we don’t provide hostel accommodation and we work with the best accommodation options for each route and section. Our standard packages generally include accommodation in hotels, guest houses and casas rurales; we also have a ‘country cottages’ option in Galicia and a Superior Collection where you will get booked in the top properties along the way, including 4 and 5-star hotels where available.

We visit our partner properties every year to ensure we always offer the best option available for our Camino tours.

Please note, you don’t have to pack towels or bedding for your Camino trip with us as all accommodation booked will have bedding, towels, pillows, soap, etc… If you have any questions about your specific hotel arrangements, let our Customer Care know.

For more information about our Camino hotels and Camino de Santiago accommodation options and to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists



  1. by Lisa

    Hi Frank, thank you for the information. Our packages include Albergues and hotels along the route. Kindest regards, Lisa

  2. by Frank

    Hi guys. If you are looking for albergues / hostels along the camino mycamino.info can help.
    Hope this helps!

  3. by Maria

    Hi Renee, are you looking to take your bike? Most of the hotels we work with would be able to receive bikes ahead of the trip. Just let our Customer Care team know when you are doing your booking so they can liaise with the hotels and remind them ahead of your starting date. Let us know if you need anything else!

  4. by Renee

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if there’s a list of hotels that will hold/receive bikes in Estella and Leon?


  5. by Lisa

    Hi Mark, thank you for your comment. Please note that we don’t work with albergues. We only work with private hotels. If you would like more information or if you want one of our travel team to send you an itinerary with full details please e-mail info@caminoways.com Kind regards, Lisa.

  6. by Mark Payne

    Can you please send me a current list with RATINGS for the albergues on the Camino Frances?

    Thanks so much.


  7. by Maria

    Hi Adele, thank you so much for your note. Our dates for guided tours in 2016 haven’t been released yet but as soon as we have them, we’ll let you know. The Customer Care team will be in contact regarding your itinerary soon. Kind regards.

  8. by adele anahory

    Please note I would like to book my travel the end
    of sept.2016..It will be for two…I want a guided tour…I want to have superior hotels..I would like a price with all included…I understand I will make my own flight arrangements into De Santeagio…I understand you will provide a transport before 4 pm…..please update my itinaray….I have 2 weeks…for my vacation..I would like to stay an extra night at The end..I would like to walk the last 115kl…or more if need be.

  9. by Lisa

    Hi Adele, yes we usually take an initial down payment and the full payment is due two months before your departure. One of our Travel Specialists will be sending you all of details you need. Best wishes, Lisa.

  10. by Lisa

    Hi Adele,
    I will send your request for a quotation to one of our Travel Specialists who will contact you directly. We organise accommodation, luggage transfer and meals. Unfortunately we don’t book flights. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Best wishes, Lisa.