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Santiago de Compostela

Private hostel (24, 17€) Albergue Porta Real on Rúa dos Concheiros on the Camino on the left about 2km before the cathedral. Laundry facilities. Website albergueportareal.es Tel 633 610 114
Private hostel (24, 16€) Albergue La Estrella de Santiago, on Rúa dos Concheiros, on the left. Kitchen with microwaves. Website www.laestrelladesantiago.es Tel 617 882 529 Open 09:00
Religious hostel (173, 14€, Easter to October) Albergue Seminario Menor. Off the Camino to the left. From Praza de San Pedro turn left on to Rúa de Blevís and follow the signs. Kitchen, laundry facilities, shop. You can stay as long as you like but you must vacate the hostel between 0930 and 1330 and return before midnight. Also private rooms. Website www.alberguesdelcamino.com Tel 881 031 768 Open 13:30
Private hostel (20, 15€) O Fogar de Teodomiro on Praza de la Algalia, a few minutes north of the cathedral. From the Camino turn right on to Rúa de Algalia de Arriba and walk for about a minute. Kitchen, laundry facilities. No curfew. Price includes towels and sheets. Noisy and other negative reports. Tel 981 582 920  Book here!
Private Hostel (62, 18€, February to November) The Last Stamp / El Último Sello. Just to the left of the Camino at Praza de Cervantes. Kitchen. Good reports. Website www.thelaststamp.es Tel 981 563 525  Book here!
Private hostel (20, 18€) Albergue Azabache. On the left just before the cathedral. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Tel 981 071 254
Religious Hostel (35, donativo, July and August) Los Franciscanos on Rúa dos Castiñeros which is north of Praza do Obradoiro along Rúa de San Francisco and then veering right and then left. This hostel intends to provide a space of tranquillity and reflection for genuine pilgrims. Opens 1600. Fills up quickly. One night only. If you walk to Fisterra you can stay another night on your return. Doors locked between 2200 and 0800. Evening prayer service. Outside of the summer months this building is used as a hostel for homeless people.
Private Hostel (34, 18€) Albergue Mundoalbergue. On Rúa San Clemente, which is two minutes walk west from Praza do Obradoiro, down the steps to the left of the townhall and continue straight. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Common room with fireplace. Website www.mundoalbergue.es Tel 981 588 625
Private Hostel (48, 18€) Roots & Boots on Rúa do Campo do Cruceiro do Gaio, no 7, from Praza do Obradoiro walk west, down the incline in front of the hotel to Rúa das Hortas which you follow to the end then turn left. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Reported friendly. Tel 699 631 594  Book here!
Private Hostel (20, 15€) Albergue Blanco, also down Rúa das Hortas to the end, then right. Laundry facilities, microwaves. New in 2017. Tel 881 976 850  Book here!
Private Hostel (84, 17€, February to November) Albergue Turístico La Salle, on Rúa de Tras Santa Clara. When you reach the end of Rúa San Pedro turn right on to Rúa das Rodas and then again right on to Rúa de San Roque. It's the second street on the right. Laundry facilities, microwaves. Individual rooms, doubles from 30€. Tel 981 585 667
Private hostel (30, 15€) Albergue Meiga Backpackers on Rúa dos Basquiños, same direction as Albergue La Salle, just a little further. Kitchen. Some negative reports. Website www.meiga-backpackers.es Tel 981 570 846 Open 10:00
Private hostel (6, 16€) Albergue Basquiños 45, further along Rúa dos Basquiños on the left. Laundry facilities. Website www.albergueb45.com Tel 661 894 536 Open 10:00
Private Hostel (24, 15€, May to September) La Estación, on Rúa Xoana Nogueira, near the railway station. Kitchen, laundry facilities. Tel 981 594 624 Book here!

Pilgrims mostly stay around the historic old city, rarely venturing to the new part of town, which in any case is rarely necessary because the old city has all the facilities you're likely to need. Santiago offers a wide variety of accommodation ranging from five star hotels to rooms in private apartments. The quality varies greatly and there have been reports of bedbugs in some of the cheaper options (not those mentioned here). Also, you're not imagining things, some of the small hotels are about the same price as private pilgrim hostels.

The following have been recommended: Hospedaje Mera on Portal da Pena, from about 25€ for singles. Tel 981 583 867 Bar Tita on Rúa Nova has rooms also from about 30€. Tel 981 583 867. Seminario Mayor, in the old monastery opposite the cathedral on Praza da Inmaculada, has 'flexible' pricing starting at about 25€ for single rooms with good buffet breakfast. You can reserve from their website: www.sanmartinpinario.eu Tel 981 583 009 Café A Campana, on Rúa da Moeda Vella, just off Praza da Inmaculada also has cheap rooms, 25€ for singles. Its location is excellent although not everybody will appreciate its 'Fawlty Towers' style of management.

The Pilgrims Office / Oficina de Peregrinos (or to call it by its correct name Centro Internacional de Acollida ao Peregrino) is where you go if you want a Compostela certificate. It is on Rúa das Carretas. From Praza do Obradoiro facing the Parador walk left down the ramp and turn right, it's down the end. It is open April to October 0800 to 2100, otherwise 1000 to 1900. Their website is www.oficinadelperegrino.com Also in the same location is a Left Luggage Office for pilgrims, where you can leave your backpack while you're visiting the cathedral, 2€, open until 2030, and an office to buy bus tickets and a post office. There's a helpful Tourist Information Office on Rúa do Vilar. They can give you a good map of the city, and various other leaflets about sights and events. They also organise guided tours with different themes, mp3 audio guides, and have information about the Camino to Fisterra / Finisterre. If you want Camino souvenirs / gifts which are a little bit classier than what most shops around the centre sell pay a visit to Rosario Rey Praza do San Miguel dos Agros. On Rúa Nova is Pilgrim House, a US run meeting space for pilgrims which provides services such as printing boarding cards and laundry. There is also internet access and printing (although not always paper) at the Municipal Library which is at the beginning of Avenida de Xoan XXIII, very near Albergue Los Franciscanos. (They also have a selection of books) Post Office on Rúa do Franco. Supermarket on Praza do Toural, at the other end of Rúa do Vilar from the cathedral. If you used Ivar's luggage storage service then you can pick your things up from Casa Ivar, see www.casaivar.com for details. There's a taxi rank on Rúa de San Francisco, just off the Praza do Obradoiro, from where taxis will take up to four people to Fisterra for about 80€ (the exact price is down to your negotiating skills).

The cathedral is open from 0700 until 2030, entrance is through the door on Praza de Platerias. To avoid the crowds you may want to plan to visit at an off-peak time, early in the morning or in the evening. Embracing the statue of St James and visiting the crypt is from 0930 to 1330 and 1600 to 1930. A Choir Mass is held daily at 0930 and a Mass for Pilgrims is at 1200 (at peak times be sure to arrive early) and 1930. The botafumeiro is swung on holy days and 'according to a calendar of liturgical services'. Although it can be swung on request, in exchange for a donation. You are not allowed to bring your backpack into the cathedral, see luggage store above next to Pilgrims Office.

Private hostel (10, 12€) Albergue Casa Riamonte in a locality called Castelo. Turn right shortly after Ventosa at a turn-off signposted A Ameixenda Santa Mariña. It's 600m off the Camino. Breakfast 3€. Laundry facilities. Tel 981 890 356

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13 Rúa de Santa Cristina

A Casa de Dora

A Casa do Pexigo

A Casiña

A Fonte das Hortas Residencial

A Quinta Da Auga Hotel Spa Relais & Chateaux

A xesteira

Abastos SCQ by Como en Casa

Acogedor ático renovado, con plaza de garaje

Airiños Aires

Albergue Compostela

Albergue la Estacion

Albergue O Fogar de Teodomiro

Albergue Roots & Boots

Albergue The Last Stamp

Albergue Turistico la Credencial

Albergue Turístico Monterrey

ALFREDO BRAÑAS APARTMENT

Algalia ,casco histotico 200 mts catedral.

Amplio Apartamento Céntrico

Ap Santiago Compostela

APART XXlll

Apartamentgra

Apartamento 3 habitaciones Plaza Roja

Apartamento al final Camino Francés ya en Santiago

Apartamento Barrio San Pedro

Apartamento Blanco Amor

Apartamento Calzada 16

Apartamento Catedral

Apartamento Centro Santiago

Apartamento Ciudad de la Cultura

Apartamento Compostela

Apartamento con terraza

Apartamento de Jesús

Apartamento Entrecercas

Apartamento Home Santo

Apartamento La Colegiata

Apartamento La Paz

Apartamento Láunica

Apartamento Laura

Apartamento luaS

Apartamento Lula

Apartamento Lux 75 Metros Cuadrados

Apartamento Maria Inmaculada

Apartamento Mento

Apartamento Pontepedriña

Apartamento Rapa da Folla

Apartamento Rio Sar

Apartamento San Isidoro

Apartamento Santa Marta

Apartamento Tránsito de Entrerruas

Apartamento Zona Residencial

Apartamentoracafer

Apartamentos Aurelia Antica

Apartamentos Campanas de San Juan

Apartamentos Cancelas by Alda Hotels

Apartamentos Casa de La Inmaculada

Apartamentos Castrón Douro

Apartamentos Domus Stellae

Apartamentos Elena

Apartamentos Orfas

Apartamentos Pombal

Apartamentos Roompedra

Apartamentos Santiago Compostela

Apartamentos Sarela

Apartamentos Triacastela

Apartamentos Turisticos Javier SCQ

Apartment Do Sar

Apartment Hortas

Apto. en Plaza de Cervantes

ArArAt

Atico muy luminoso con amplia terraza y vestidor

Avenida de Rosalía de Castro,29 7mo D

Bed & Breakfast Principe Compostela

Besbello Suite Apartment

Blanco Albergue

Blanco Apartamentos Turísticos

Bolboreta Suites Boutique Apartments

Bonito piso compostelano

Calle dos Truques, 7, 3º

Camping As Cancelas

Campo Das Hortas Apartment

Cancelas 94

Capitol Boutique Hotel

Carris Casa de la Troya

Casa Celsa-Barbantes

Casa da Balconada

Casa de Afora

Casa de Maria

Casa do Cebro

Casa Do Medio

Casa Do Vilar

Casa Douro

Casa Felisa

Casa Iacobus

Casa Lois

Casa María

Casa Paula .Tranquilo apartamento en el centro de la ciudad

Casa Ramirez Apartment

Casa Rural Juancito

Casa tía Lola

Casa Vacacional Francelos, Galicia

Casas Reais Boutique

Casco Vello casa para 3 Familias

Catedral Suites

Catedral Suites 1ª Planta

Catedral Suites 3

Catedral Suites Ático

Catedral Suites by Como en Casa

Cathedral View Apartment

Centered apartment for travel, business and family

Coimbra Apartment

Color Apartments I

Color Apartments II

Costa Nova Apartamentos

Deniké by Atalaia Hoteles

Don Paco

Duerming Casas Reales

Duerming Cruceiro do Galo

Duerming Rua Travesa

Duerming Sete Artes Hotel Boutique

Duplex Pombal

El Faro de Pepa by Como en Casa

Entrepexigos

Escultor Asorey Apartament

ESTILA 2.0

Eurostars Araguaney

Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago

Eurostars San Lazaro

Exe Area Central

Fogar Natural

Fonte Santo Antonio & ComoenCasa

Fraga Ii

Gloria´s House Pilgrim Rooms

Gran Hotel Los Abetos

Guadalupe

Habitacion en casa particular

Habitación en casa particular con desayuno incluido

Hogar Catedral

Hortas

Hortas P.R.

Hospedaje Jose Rey

Hospedaje Victorina

Hospedería San Martín Pinario

Hospederia Tarela

Hostal Airas Nunes

Hostal Alfonso

Hostal Anosa Casa

Hostal As Margaritas

Hostal Campo de Estrelas

Hostal Charo II

Hostal Costa Azul

Hostal Forest

Hostal Giadás

Hostal La Carballinesa

Hostal La Salle

Hostal Mafer

Hostal Mapoula P.R.

Hostal Pico Sacro

Hostal Suso

Hostel SCQ

Hotel A Tafona do Peregrino

Hotel Alda Algalia

Hotel Alda San Carlos

Hotel Altaïr

Hotel Arco de Mazarelos

Hotel Atalaia B&B

Hotel Avenida

Hotel Bonaval

Hotel Capital de Galicia

Hotel Ciudad de Compostela

Hotel Compostela

Hotel Concheiros

Hotel Entrecercas

Hotel Fonte de San Roque

Hotel Gastronómico San Miguel

Hotel Gelmírez

Hotel Herradura

Hotel Hórreo

Hotel Lux Santiago

Hotel Miradoiro de Belvís

Hotel Montenegro Compostela

Hotel Montes

Hotel Oca Puerta del Camino

Hotel Palacio del Carmen, Autograph Collection

Hotel Pazo de Altamira

Hotel Pazos Alba

Hotel Pico Sacro II

Hotel Praza Quintana

Hotel Real

Hotel Rey Fernando

Hotel Rua Villar

Hotel San Jacobo

Hotel San Lázaro

Hotel San Lorenzo

Hotel Santiago Apóstol

Hotel Universal

Hotel Windsor

Igrexa do Camiño Santiago

La Casita De La Catedral

LAST 12K

Laura Home

Little Santiago Apartment

Low Cost Santiago Center

Luminoso Apartamento Con Parking

Lux Apartamentos Rosalia

Lux Apartamentos Santiago

Luxury flat in Santiago

Mama Blanca

México PR

Moure Hotel

Nest Style Santiago

NH Collection Santiago de Compostela

NH Hesperia Santiago Peregrino

Nice apartment Santiago

Nova Compostela Apartments

O mirador de Bonaval Apartment

On the Way - En el Camino

Os Sobriños Do Pai

Oxford Suites Santiago de Compostela

Parador de Santiago - Hostal Reis Catolicos

Pelamios House

Pensión A Casa do Peregrino

Pensión Acibeche

Pensión Artilleiro

Pensión con Encanto San Martiño Pinario

Pensión Da Estrela

Pension Estrada

Pensión Hedrass

PENSIÓN Mar Azul

Pensión O Códice

Pensión O Xardin de Julia

Pensión Pumar

Pensión Residencia Fonseca

Pensión Residencia Universitaria Rey

Pensión Rua Nova

Pension Santa Rita

Pension Via-Stella

Peregrina

Picone by Como en Casa

Piso centro con vistas

Piso de lujo en Avda. Rosalía de Castro (centro)

Piso muy centrico a 5 min del casco histórico

Piso rústico en casa de piedra

Piso Salgueiro

Piso Zona Vieja Plaza de Abastos II

Piso Zona Vieja Plaza de Abastos III

Ponte Sarela

Pousadas de Compostela Hotel Pombal

Pousadas de Compostela Hotel San Clemente

Pousadas de Compostela Hotel Virxe da Cerca

PR 25 de Julio

PR Alameda

PR Badalada

PR Blanco

PR Campanas de San Juan

PR Fornos

PR Hospedería Vía Lucis

PR Libredón

PR Nimo

PR Pazo de Agra

PR Plaza de Galicia

PR Rosa Rosae

PR San Nicolás

PR Santo Grial

PR Tambre

Práctico y acogedor estudio

Red Apartment

Republica Del Salvador Apartmen

Rúa do Lindeiro

Rúa dos Concheiros 18

Rua Nova Apartment

Rúa Otero Pedraio

Samuel

San Francisco Hotel Monumento

Santiago City Center

Santiago city center Apartment

Santiago KM-0

Sar Apartment

SCQ homes

Silver Apartment

Sleeping Santiago 1 Apartment

Sleeping Santiago 2 Apartment

Smart Boutique Hotel Literario San Bieito

St. Peter HOME

Stellae Luscofusco

Sweet Iria Santiago

Torre Center

Tryp Santiago

Ultreia Apartment

Via Aetcal Hotel & Wellness

Vivienda de uso turistico

VM Apartamentos Turísticos

Vut Fonte dos Concheiros

VutSanclemente

Xavestre apartamentos turísticos

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