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Private hostel (18, 10€, April to November) Albergue Alea, to the right of the right route into town shortly after it passes under a railway, on Calle Teleno, signposted. Laundry facilities. Communal evening meal with vegetarian options. Breakfast. Good reports. Website alberguealea.com Tel 660 416 251 Open 13:00
Religious hostel (186, donativo) Refugio de San Nicolás de Flüe, beside a big car park on the Camino, if you followed the 'official' left route it's on the right, otherwise it's on the left. On Calle de la Loma. Kitchen, laundry facilities. The first of the Camino's mega hostels. Website sannicolasdeflue.com Tel 987 413 381 Open 13:00
Private hostel (90, 12€, March to October) Albergue Guiana, on the Camino between Refugio de San Nicolás de Flüe and the castle, on Avenida del Castillo. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Breakfast. Website www.albergueguiana.com Tel 987 409 327 Book here!

Ponferrada has all facilities. There are several supermarkets near the hostels and lots of restaurants and cafés near Plaza del Ayuntamiento, including Restaurante La Fonda which does a good menú del día, and Pizzeria la Competencia which does good pizzas, it's on Plaza Virgin de la Encina. Restaurante Mencía, on Calle Nicolás de Brujas, has also been recommended. Tourist Information hidden in the main entrance to the castle. Ponferrada is a popular Camino starting-point, especially in summer. Some would say the hustle and bustle of the last 100km really begins here (especially if you're here at the weekend).

Other accommodation options

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

AC Hotel Ponferrada, a Marriott Lifestyle HotelAlbergue GuianaAlojamiento La RosaledaApartamento Casco Antiguo PonferradaApartamento PonferradaApartment Av. ValdesBierzo centroBierzo HabitaCasa Rural Camino MedulasEl AnclaHostal MonteclaroHostal NirvanaHostal RabelHostal Rio SelmoHostal San MiguelHotel Alda Centro PonferradaHotel Alda Los TemplariosHotel Aroi Bierzo PlazaHotel Aroi PonferradaHotel Ciudad De PonferradaHotel El CastilloHotel Rural CaminomedulasJaen ApartmentPension ValcarcePiso en Casco Antiguo vistas Torre del CastilloPiso EnteroPlaza de la EncinaPonferrada CastilloPonferrada PlazaResidencia la Rosa AzulTemple PonferradaUn descanso merecido

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