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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

If you have landed on this article, you are most likely planning on visiting the capital of Galicia and you haven't booked a hotel yet. If you are in this specific situation, you are in the right place! You are about to find out where to stay in Santiago de Compostela, one of the most beautiful places to visit in Galicia. In addition, you can find several hotel recommendations for different budgets.

Santiago de Compostela is a small city with a population of about 97,000. Therefore, regardless of where your hotel is located, you will be just a short walk from the most emblematic places in the city. Even so, I find it necessary to review the two main areas where most of the hotels in Santiago de Compostela are located.

Below you will find a map of on which I have indicated the areas where I recommend staying, places to see in the city and hotel recommendations.

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Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

Santiago and its surroundings is one of the best places to stay in Galicia and to visit this region. Here are the best areas and hotels in Santiago de Compostela. Let’s begin!

1. Historic Center, where to stay in Santiago de Compostela for the best location

Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral

The historic center of the city is the best place to stay in Santiago de Compostela. If you book your hotel here, you will be surrounded by the most charming streets of the city, the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the Monastery of San Martiño Pinario, or the Abastos Market.

In addition, the restaurant options are very good. On my last visit, we went for tapas at a restaurant called A Sucursal de Moha, and we liked it very much. I recommend it!

During your visit to the historic center of the city, I highly recommend taking this free tour of Santiago de Compostela. On the tour, you will be able to get to know the city with a guide.

These are some of the highest-rated hotels in this area of Santiago de Compostela. They are ordered from most affordable to most expensive:

Pension Via-Stella

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Source: Booking

If you are looking for a hotel that is in the historic center that is good and not too expensive, I recommend the Pension Via-Stella. This hotel is located in Mazarelos Square, just 6 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago.

They offer two types of double rooms, some of which are 12 m² and others are 17 m² with a balcony. All rooms have televisions. In addition, there is wifi in the hotel and a bar.

Denike Hostal Grupo Atalia

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Source: Booking

This hotel is located in the historic center, just 6 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It is located in a restored building on a pedestrian street. They have 12 m² or 13 m² double rooms with views of the city or the interior of the building. They are decorated in a contemporary style and fully equipped.

The hotel offers wifi and a breakfast buffet. It is a very good option where to stay in Santiago de Compostela if you have an average budget.

Hotel San Miguel

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Source: Booking

If you are looking for a more charming hotel in the historic center of Santiago, take a look at this option. This hotel is located in the San Miguel dos Agros square, just 6 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago. They offer very spacious single and double rooms with a minimalist decor in which the main component is solid wood.

Single rooms measure 12m². The basic double room is 17m². The superior double room is 24m². All of them have television and wifi. In addition, the hotel also has a restaurant and a garden.

Parador de Santiago – Hostal Reis Catolicos

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Source: Booking

This is one of the most exclusive and charming hotels in Santiago de Compostela. It is located in the Plaza do Obradoiro, next to the Cathedral of Santiago. This hotel was established in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

Inside the hotel, you can enjoy four beautiful cloisters with gardens, rooms with classic decoration, and two restaurants: Dos Reis and Enxebre. Both serve traditional food. They offer double rooms, triple rooms and suites.

2. El Ensanche, a more affordable area close to the city center

Where to stay in Santiago de Compostela
El Ensanche

The Ensanche is a neighborhood south of the historic center of Santiago de Compostela. It concentrates a large part of the commercial activity of the city. It occupies the streets located between Rosalia de Castro Avenue and the railway.

This part of the city is also known as the New Zone, since most of its buildings date from the second half of the 20th century. Apart from numerous stores, there are also many restaurants, entertainment venues and children’s playgrounds.

This part of the city is also a very good option where to stay in Santiago de Compostela, as it is just a few minutes walk from the historic center and there are plenty of restaurants and entertainment options. In addition, hotels are somewhat cheaper than in the historic center.

These are some of the best hotels in El Ensanche. They are listed from most affordable to most expensive:

Hotel Windsor

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Source: Booking

This modest hotel has everything necessary to offer a good stay. It is located in the center of El Ensanche and is only 10 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago. They have single rooms (10m²) and double rooms (14m²). All of them have TV, WiFi, and are soundproofed. The hotel has a bar and a continental breakfast is included.

Hotel Gelmirez

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Source: Booking

If you are looking for a modern and well-located hotel, take a look at this option. It is just a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The hotel has a gym and a buffet breakfast. They offer double and triple rooms, all of them with TV and WiFi. The rooms are very spacious; the doubles are 18m² and the triples are 23m².

El Faro de Pepa by Como en Casa

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Source: Booking

If you prefer to stay in an apartment, this is one of the best-rated apartments in Santiago de Compostela. It is located just 8 minutes walk from the Cathedral of Santiago.

They have a one-bedroom apartment (2 people), a studio with terrace (2 persons) an apartment with terrace (2 people) and a two-bedroom apartment (up to 4 people) all of them with very neat decoration. All apartments have a kitchen, living area, TV, washing machine and WiFi. In addition, the accommodation has a restaurant.

Map of where to stay in Santiago de Compostela

I have created this map to help you choose a place to stay in Santiago, Galicia:

You will see marked in red the areas I recommend; marked in orange, the different hotels I recommend (with their respective links to Booking); and finally, marked in blue, the places to see in Santiago de Compostela.

You can click on each of the boxes in the drop-down menu on the map to see the areas, hotels, or places to visit. This will make it much easier for you to organize your trip and choose where you want to stay in Santiago de Compostela.

Check out my Spain travel guide if you are visiting more areas of the country.

I hope this post about where to stay in Santiago de Compostela has been very useful for you as you plan your trip to the Galician capital. If you have any questions, I encourage you to leave a comment or email me. See you next time, travelers!

Photo Ensanche: Iago Pillado / CC BY-SA

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