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Ponferrada

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

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AC Hotel Ponferrada, a Marriott Lifestyle Hotel

Albergue Guiana

Alojamiento La Rosaleda

Apartamento Casco Antiguo Ponferrada

Apartamento Ponferrada

Apartment Av. Valdes

Bierzo centro

Bierzo Habita

Casa Rural Camino Medulas

El Ancla

Hostal Monteclaro

Hostal Nirvana

Hostal Rabel

Hostal Rio Selmo

Hostal San Miguel

Hotel Alda Centro Ponferrada

Hotel Alda Los Templarios

Hotel Aroi Bierzo Plaza

Hotel Aroi Ponferrada

Hotel Ciudad De Ponferrada

Hotel El Castillo

Hotel Rural Caminomedulas

Jaen Apartment

Pension Valcarce

Piso en Casco Antiguo vistas Torre del Castillo

Piso Entero

Plaza de la Encina

Ponferrada Castillo

Ponferrada Plaza

Residencia la Rosa Azul

Temple Ponferrada

Un descanso merecido

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