Santiago de Compostela: Hotel San Martin Pinario


A deluxe room in Hotel San Martin Pinario [Credit: Marguerita Tan]

A New York friend recently embarked on the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago with her family which reminded me fondly of my own camino in 2013 which comprised the last 100km of the French Way (starting from Sarria in Galicia, Northern Spain). What really triggered a happy memory was the fact that one of the hotels they stayed in was the lovely Hotel San Martin Pinario, which I also had the pleasure to stay in albeit just for one night.

Located right in the heart of Santiago de Compostela, the magnificent looking hotel is conveniently sited directly across the famous Cathedral of Santiago, which is why it is also extremely popular with camino pilgrims.  A former monastery, the interiors of the building was given a thorough modern contemporary makeover whilst most of the traditional brick and wood structures were restored. Take the dining hall for instance -with its old-time high ceiling and wooden panelings intact, it looks almost like the Great Hall in Hogwarts seen in the Harry Potter movies.

The rooms’ styling is minimalistic yet filled with modern-day amenities bar a TV. As you see in the picture above, it has the look of a well maintained monk’s room of old. My room was small but functional for just one night. The hotel is highly popular because of its history and especially its proximity to the Cathedral, so advanced booking is highly recommended if you’d like to stay more nights here.


Cathedral de Santiago – Hotel San Martin Pinario is just a stone’s throw away on the right [Credit: Marguerita Tan]

Hopefully, I can embark on the Way of St James again sometime in future. In the meantime, I have tons of lovely memories of my 2013 camino.

If you are interested in information of what the 100km trip from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela comprises, just click here or on the Camino de Santiago header under the masthead of this blog. Hopefully, there will be some facts and tips that would prove useful if you plan to embark on the Camino de Santiago anytime soon. Buen Camino! 🙂

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