We have chosen a variety of accommodations so that you can experience most of what the hospitality industry in Spain and Italy has to offer.
Accommodation is in small 1 - 3 star hotels, inns, pensions, B and Bs, apartments and family owned rural houses rated as Budget, Standard and Superior. [No dormitories]
Budget: Basic rooms with bathrooms shared by the group. These include rooms in family owned B and Bs, pensions or apartments, some with kitchens, washing machines and other facilities. [Max 3 apartments and 1 pension depending on group size]
Standard: Tourist rooms with ensuite bathrooms in 1* to 3* pensions, hostales, hotels - most do not have dining rooms or restaurants.
Superior: Country inns or hotels with rooms of a high standard and restaurants providing quality menus.
Ours is not a mega-bucks, 5-star luxury tour so we don't ask you to pay for 5-star prices but our walkers are always pleasantly surprised by the comfort and standard of the accommodation we choose. We have sourced the best possible accommodation based on the location, the facilities they provide, comfort and hospitality - and what's more, we have tried them all! We have found that it is better to stay in character-filled pensions in the old quarter of town rather than in more modern, smart establishments on the outskirts.
The price of the walk is based on two people sharing a twin or double room. In some twin rooms the beds might be pushed together but you can invariably separate them. A limited number of single rooms can be booked, however, if there are more than 3 requests for single rooms this might mean being separated from the group for the night in a few small hamlets and villages. This could result in some rooms being Standard and others in Superior
Some places charge per room (not per person) and others charge a slightly lower tariff for single use in a double room, therefor a single supplement will be charged. After a hard day of walking, a good nights' sleep is important so we ask people who know that they snore to reserve a single room so that your Camino is not ruined by sleepless nights!
In Europe most double rooms have ensuite bathrooms but in some establishments, single rooms might share a bathroom. 80% of the places we book have ensuite bathrooms. Some rooms will share a bathroom in a couple of family pensions, Agriturismos and apartments.
Sleeping bags and towels
No sleeping bags are required. Towels are provided in all the places where you stay.
Traditional albergues do not accommodate groups but if you are keen to try a few traditional albergues in Spain (in the villages and towns where we stay) we can make suggestions. However, we will not be able to refund you the cost of your bed in the rooms we have already booked. Most pilgrim albergues charge between €6 and €10 for a bunk bed in a dormitory. There are very few pilgrim places in Italy.
Most of the places have WiFi although some might only be in the public areas (not in the rooms).
A few places include breakfast and some provide breakfast menus at different prices.
Not all places have dining rooms or restaurants but the group leader will recommend places to eat out.
Like many old traditional buildings in Europe, some don't have elevators/lifts. Private pensions or rural houses don't have porters so you will have to carry your luggage up 2 or 3 flights of stairs - more reason to pack light. It is not the Group Leader's job to carry your luggage!