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León

Private hostel (48, 10€, March to November) Santo Tomás de Canterbury on Avenida La Lastrathe, left off the Camino shortly after entering the city, signposted. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Café / restaurant. Modern facilities. Also private rooms. Website alberguesantotomas.com Tel 987 392 626 Open 10:00 Book here!
Private hostel (40, 10€) Albergue Check In, on the Camino before the city centre, on Avenida Alcalde Miguel Castaño. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Spacious and modern. Website checkinleon.es Tel 686 956 896 Open 10:00 Book here!
Private hostel (146, 10€) Albergue Ademar / San Francisco de Asís on Avenida Alcalde Miguel Castaños, at Plaza Santa Ana follow Avenida Castaño rather than the Camino. It's on the left after 300m. Laundry facilities (free). In a slightly grim student halls of residence. Tel 987 215 060 Open 08:30
Convent hostel (132, 6€ with breakfast) Albergue del Monasterio de las Benedictinas / la Carbajalas, turn right 100m after passing the city wall on to Called Escurial, on Plaza Santa Maria. Laundry facilities. Mass and pilgrim blessing. The original pilgrim hostel in León. Website www.alberguesleon.com Tel 680 649 289 Open 11:00
Private hostel (65, 12€, March to October) Albergue Muralla Leonesa, from Las Benedictinas continue straight then turn right into Calle los Castañones, on Calle Tarifa. Laundry facilities. Website alberguemurallaleonesa.com Tel 987 177 873 Open 12:00 Book here!
Private hostel (20, 20€) Hostel Río Cea, turn left where the Camino turns right on to Calle Ancha, it's on the square on the left before the roundabout, Plaza de Santo Domingo. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Also private rooms. Tel 636 946 294  Book here!
Private hostel (20, 18€) Albergue León, on Calle Ancha on the Camino just after Café Valor, 1st floor. Kitchen. Tel 987 079 907  Book here!
Private hostel (86, 10€, July to August) Albergue Unamuno, on Calle San Pelayo. Student halls of residence. Laundry facilities. Restaurant. No curfew. Recently renovated. Website www.residenciaunamuno.com Tel 987 233 010

León is a major city with all facilities to be found along the path of the Camino. The Camino is waymarked by yellow arrows and metal shells set into the ground. It continues in the same direction until an abrupt right turn on to Calle Ancha which brings you up to the cathedral. From here it zigzags past the city's major sites until it leaves the city centre over the footbridge beside Hostal de San Marcos. Tourist Information opposite the entrance to the cathedral. Supermarkets, Mercadona and Dia on the Camino on the way into town, in the centre Carrefour on Calle Ancha. 24h Pharmacy and internet café on Avenida Ordoño II, left where the Camino turns right on Calle Ancha. Fiestas the patron saints of León are San Juan and San Pedro whose festival takes places at the end of June with street theatre and the usual mayhem, La Palomera 16 July, San Froilán 4 October with a medieval street festival with costumes, music, food, donkeys, camels, owls, everything medieval basically.

Other accommodation options

(NOTE: check the location carefully, some accommodation is not on the Camino)

Abad San AntonioAC Hotel Leon San Antonio, a Marriott Lifestyle HotelAcogedor ático en el centro /City center penthouseAlbergue Muralla LeonesaAlbergue Peregrinos San Francisco de AsisAlbergue Santo Tomás de CanterburyAlda Centro LeónAlojamientos Río CaresApartahotel Siglo XXIApartament MartaApartamento Conde de León CéntricoApartamento Conde LunaApartamento El Cielo de JesiApartamento en el casco histórico con vistas a la murallaApartamento junto a la Plaza Mayor, pleno centro.Apartamento La CenicientaApartamento La Cenicienta CatedralApartamento LilyApartamento Santa CruzApartamento Torre de LeónApartamento ValdiviaApartamento Viva LeónApartamento Viva León 2Apartamentos BarbadielApartamentos InloftApartamentos Law LeonApartamentos Leónapartamentos mata7Apartamentos Plaza MayorApartamentos Puerta MonedaApartamentos Turisticos ARCHApartamentos Turisticos Puerta de LeónAparthotel Exe Campus San MamésApartment Calle Miguel ÁngelApartment Calle SobarribaAtico moderno Plaza MayorAtico plaza San Martín/plaza mayorC.Luna City HouseCalle San RafaelCasa Goyo León en Plaza Santo DomingoCasa Miguel & SallyCasas Rurales Valle do SeoCentro Plaza GuzmanCheck In LeónCorral de VillapérezDehesa La CeniaDisfruta León a pieDuplex CantarerosEl 8 de SerranosEl Mirador del ReyEl rincón de YeyoEntrevias - Lodging and Another Apartments in LeonEurostars LeónFC Infantas de LeónGlobetrotter HostelGOYA HOSPITALES BAJO BGoyahospitales. es___Bajo DHospederia Fernando IHospedería Monástica PaxHospederia Rincon De LeonHostal ** EC LeónHostal AlbanyHostal Albany AnchaHostal Alda Casco AntiguoHostal AlvarezHostal BayónHostal CerecedoHostal Don SueroHostal Guzmán El BuenoHostal LondresHostal MisericordiaHostal OrejasHostal Padre Isla 1Hostal PozoHostal Prada BorgesHostal QuevedoHostal Restaurante BoccalinoHostal San MartinHostal San MiguelHostal Sol NacienteHostel Covent GardenHostel Urban Rio CeaHotel Alda Barrio HumedoHotel Conde LunaHotel La Posada RegiaHotel QuindósHotel Real Colegiata San IsidoroHotel RiosolHotel Sercotel Alfonso VHotel Spa ParisHotel Spa QH Centro LeónHotel Via LeonHousing León - CatedralHousing León - Cruz RojaHousing León - Luxury EtheriaHousing León - MurallaIdeal Grupos Grandes Barrio HúmedoLa Casina del CerecedoLa Casita de LeónLa FalamosaLa Madriguera HostelLa Posada del GrifoLARGE SUITE 90m2 LEÓN CENTROLas VidrierasLe Petit LeónLeon Apartamento CentroLEÓN ARENALeon centro espacio vias renuevaLeon HostelLeon Riverside FlatLEÓN SUITE Urban StudiosLos CazurrosMis NegritosNama AticoNama BarrioNama GaleriaNama Plaza MayorNG Plaza MayorNH Collection León Plaza MayorNorte Suite BoutiqueOak HousePensión Blanca B&BPensión Las Fuentes, 1Pensión SandovalPiso AvenidaPiso en el húmedo, al lado plaza mayorPiso Madrazopiso nuevo modernoPiso Parques CentricoPiso San RafaelPrincipia SuitesPurple Dog SuitesRF Home Plaza MayorSabor rural en plena ciudadSantiago LeónSilken Luis de LeónSuite Cantarranas Iglesia San MartínSuite Rua 11Suites Cantarranas Calle AnchaSuites Catedral de LeonSweet Home Corte Ingles 10-BSWEETHOME CATEDRAL 3Tryp Leon HotelTu Piso La Plaza MayorVivienda de uso turístico La RubianaVivienda de uso turístico Peña Vieja¡PRECIOSO ATICO EN LA PLAZA MAYOR!

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