Casa Ibarrola, Spain

The sleek, white sleeping pods of the Casa Ibarrola hostel in Pamploma, Spain, recommended as a safe place for women to stay by a JourneyWoman reader.

I giggled when I saw the pods, and thought they were so interesting. Streamlined, white and modern. I had heard of pods in Japan but had not experienced one. It had a communal kitchen where you could buy and cook dinner for yourself or share with others, free breakfast, rain forest showers, laundry, and did I mention the cool pods to sleep in that had their lockable cubby, two power outlets, a light, and pulldown blind for privacy?

It also had wifi. Everything was so clean, new, modern, and bright. The experience was the best I encountered on the Camino and a welcome surprise. Check-in was at 11:00 am and check out at 9:00 am the next day. All for 18€ per night.”

My scale for the Camino is vastly different from other trips and stays because of the transient and shared accommodations nature of the pilgrimage walk, but this one stood out head and shoulders above all Camino stays.

Casa Ibarrola, Spain is a safe place for women to stay

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