Why should one stay at albergues on the Camino de Santiago?

Accommodation on the Camino de Santiago
Accommodation on the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Why do you stay in albergues?

Is it for the price? Is it because you like the bunks? Snoring? Shared bathrooms? Is it for the comradeship of other pilgrims? Penitence for past sins? I am curious why some people actually choose to stay in albergues even when they can easily afford other type accommodations.

Read all the interesting responses regarding why to stay in albergues in our Camino de Santiago forum.