Thursday, August 16, 2007

HOSTEL REVIEW: Hostal Santo Domingo de Silos, Silos, Spain

DATE OF VISIT: April 14 to 15, 2007

PLUSES: If you're in Santo Domingo de Silos to visit the Benedictine abbey and want to follow the monks' daily schedule of prayer, this hostel is the best option since it's right next to the monastery. You're given the keys to all the doors so it's not difficult to come in and out of your place to go sing the Gregorian chant with the monks. The staff is über-friendly and knows to heart the schedule of the prayers. The place is super well-kept, with a very clean bathroom and a comfy bed to rest your aching bones if you've made a pitstop here during your Camino de Santiago. The sole bus to Burgos passes right in front of the hostel. And, oh, do try the sopa castellana in the hostel's restaurant. It's to die for.

MINUSES: I think there's no elevator (if I remember it right), so if you come with your bags it might be difficult to get upstair. Well, should you have any problem, you could always go change your reservation to the Hotel Santo Domingo de Silos, same owners but more upscale.

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