Albergues or Hotels on the Camino de Santiago: Pros & Cons

A couple of weeks ago we launched the campaign on our social networks #HotelVSAlbergueGW , as we were curious to discover the preferences of most of the Pilgrims doing the Camino de Santiago.

We wanted all of you to share your stories on each kind of accommodation, to get an idea of the best one. And first of all, we really want to thank you for voting, for sharing your stories, pictures and anecdotes. We are always delighted to hear from you, and to know a bit more about the Camino de Santiago from different perspectives.

We can conclude that your opinions are quite matched, let’s see what do you think:

BEST THINGS ABOUT…

-Albergues on the Camino de Santiago

hotels vs alberguesCommon Areas: of course common areas is what most of you always mention, as this is the place to develop social relationships with many other fellow pilgrims from all over the world. Once the walk is finished for the day, common areas the place to lay down, relax, and chat.

Price: also, for those traveling on budget, albergues are the place to be. Just for a couple of Euros you will be able to sleep on a comfortable mattress!

Flexible: and finally, we need to mention the word flexibility. While most of the hotels need to be booked in advance, on an Albergue you can just drop in, and ask for a bed (although we strongly recommend to book them in advance during high season, to avoid unpleasant moments and stress).

-Hotels on the Camino de Santiago

Breakfast: an abundant breakfast is always a good reason to start the walk full energy, that’s something you will easily find in most of the hotels along the de Camino de Santiago. Forget about buying food in advance, just get up and be ready to eat!

Privacy: it’s always good to have some time for ourselves, to relax, organize our ideas, and enjoy the silence.

Good sleep: there’s nothing better than a clean room with a comfortable mattress to rest after a long walking day, have a great night sleep to reload our batteries, and continue our challenge on the next day.

WORST THING ABOUT…

-Albergues on the Camino de Santiago

Noise: yes, albergues are fun and sociable, loads of things going on… but sometimes it can be quite difficult to get a good night sleep with all the noise around: snores, people going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, pilgrims getting ready for the walk before 5 am… let’s face it, getting used to this can be hard!

-Hotels on the Camino de Santiago

Predictable: we usually know what we are going to find on a hotel: a room with a bathroom, and sometimes breakfast and dinner. And usually that’s it. It’s nice, it’s clean, it’s confortable… but also predictable. 

And now that we know, briefly, all the pros and cons of both options, we would like to rise this question: do we need to choose between hotels or albergues? Why not combining both of them?

There is no reason why you should not enjoy the benefits of both options, and create a combined experience to get the most of it. We had a couple of pilgrims that contacted us this year requesting a sort of “mixed Camino experience”, and the outcome was surprisingly amazing.

Are you interested in staying a couple of nights in Albergues, and a couple of nights in Hotels? That’s no problem at all, we can create that for you!

Just contact by clicking here and a member of the Galiwonders Team will be delighted to send you a tailor made itinerary. 

Do not hesitate to share your experiences with us!

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