Accommodation on the Camino comes in various forms:
Albergues - these come in two forms - municipal or private. They are basically pilgrim's hostels. There are dormitories sleeping anything from a few pilgrims to 60 or 70 pilgrims, depending on that particular albergue. Some of the albergues offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The facilities in the albergues vary from place to place, many have gardens where you can sit and enjoy a cold beverage after your walk, kitchens where you can cook your own meal or restaurants offering a well-priced Pilgrim's Menu and washing machines and wash-lines,
Pensions - a type of guest house offering few amenities, but with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms.
Casa Rural- a country cottage type of accomodation, we haven't stayed in one but from what I can make out it seems to be much like a B&B
Hotels - yup.....hotels!
Paradors - luxury hotels.
I wanted to try out various options, so our accommodation was pretty evenly spread across private albergues, pensions and hotels. If I were to do another Camino (here's hoping!) I would definitely opt for private albergues over pensions and hotels. We loved all of the albergues we stayed in. We stayed in private rooms with private bathrooms, no shared dormitories. I have nothing against shared dorms, but I personally prefer private accommodation - also, Grant and I are both snorers, so in all fairness I think we are better off alone!
Pamplona - Hotel Yoldi
Uterga - Hostal Camino del Perdon <= this was our favourite albergue, it was just perfect!
Puente la Reine - Albergue Jakue
Lorca - Bodega del Camino
Estella - Hospederia Chapitel
Los Arcos - Pension Los Arcos