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San Lázaro

Xunta Hostel (80, 10€ for the first night and 7€ thereafter) Residencia de Peregrino San Lázaro, after the motorway bridge and then after the 2nd roundabout, on the right behind the Museo Pedagógico. Deservedly popular hostel. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Max three nights. Tel 981 571 488 Open 09:00
Parochial Hostel (110, 9€, Easter to September) Fin del Camino, left of the Camino at Rúa de Roma, on Rúa Moscova. Microwaves. Tel 981 587 324 Open 11:30
Private Hostel (40, 12€) Albergue Santo Santiago on the Camino on the right. Laundry facilities. Website www.elsantosantiago.com Tel 657 402 403 Open 09:00
Private Hostel (70, 12€, March to November) Albergue Acuario en Santiago, to the left of the Camino down a flight of steps shortly after Albergue Santo Santiago. On the ground floor of a block of flats. Friendly, welcoming hostel with a moderate hippie vibe and helpful staff. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Midnight curfew. Website acuariosantiago.com Tel 981 575 438 Open 09:00
Private Hostel (32, 14€) Albergue Monterrey, on the right on the Camino, on on Rúa das Fontiñas. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Website alberguemonterrey.es Tel 655 484 299
Private hostel (36, 14€, March to November) La Credencial, on the Camino on the right. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Positive reports. Website www.lacredencial.es Tel 981 068 083 Open 11:30

San Lázaro has all facilities. The café of Hotel San Lázaro does food and is open for breakfast. It's on the same street as Santo Santiago and Acuario. If you stay in San Lázaro you will be at least half an hour walk from the cathedral (unless you're a very fast walker).

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