Albergue Ave Fenix de Familia Jato in Villafranca del Bierzo

Albergue Ave Fenix de Familia Jato in Villafranca del Bierzo
Photo by MSPath from the forum.

Alternative private lodging in Villafranca del Bierzo

Number of beds  80
Cost of bed (€)  6
Included in price
Refuge facilities
(See key below)
 W, D, V, M8€, B2.5€, Cred
Telephone  987 542 655
Street Address  c/ Santiago, 10
Website or email address
 Key: Alt.=Alternative route;
B=bed breakfast;
W=Washing facilities;
D=Drying facilities;
V=Vending machine;
P=Picnic pack;
Download PDF with “All” albergues on the Camino Frances here.
The information listed above was accurate, but might since have changed. Please contribute with updates in this forum thread.

5 Replies to “Albergue Ave Fenix de Familia Jato in Villafranca del Bierzo”

  1. “Atmosphere! Atmosphere!” This private albergue which has evolved
    over 50 years of existence is VERY special. It is
    composed of an ad hoc series of volumes and levels surrounding an open
    courtyard. At the entrance is a small dining area; the kitchen is
    usually closed to pilgrims. Most other spaces are generally unheated
    dorms, but piles of blankets are provided. Toilets and showers are down
    flights of slippery stairs outside in the courtyard. New thermal heating
    on the roof provides hot water. Over recent years each time that I have
    stopped here some new ‘improvement’ has been begun, but not always

    Next door the doorway of a tiny 12th
    century chapel is known as the Puerta del Pardon. Medieval pilgrims who
    stopped here too sick to continue were pardoned with the same
    indulgences as in Santiago de Compostela.

  2. I wouldn’t recommend this place. Despite its ‘reputation’ for being a cool place to stay, it was dreadfully run down and the bathrooms were a disgrace. I’m not a ‘fussy’ person but this place was awful. In the dorms, the bunks were tightly packed together and the hospitalero was constantly drunk/off the planet on something! Give it a miss… definitely!

    1. AVOID – AVOID – AVOID !
      Filthy – run down – Bed bugs and more disturbing a drunk and highly aggressive Hospitalero Cook

      I surly confirm what Maureen is saying about the place!
      The hospitalero Cook was still so drunk in the morning that he had forgotten that I had placed a small food parcel with him in the evening before, because my wife needs a special diet! withnessed by the german Helper Kai , who was very helpfull and nice !
      Requesting the small parcel from him in the morning
      HE SHOUTED ON TOP OF HIS VOICE out out out.
      By humbling reminding him that he was the one who took the parcel for storage he manhandled me pushed me and boxed me to leave the restaurant !
      Undernormal circumstances this would have made me a police report !

      1. El hospitalero era yo. No estaba borracho.!Soy abstemio!. Eran las 6:30AM y aun no había abierto la puerta para dar el desayuno. Usted entró en la cocina cuando aun no estaban encendidas las luces del comedor. Fué usted muy maleducado y por eso le eche de alli. Después de abrir el comedor, vino su mujer con amabilidad a por el paquete, y con amabilidad se lo di.

        Hay peregrinos por los que merece la pena ser hospitalero, usted no es uno de ellos.

  3. It is a albergue a bit special, but it has its history and the hospitalero Jesus Jato is a legend with a long history. Here I leave one of your web pages, it is interesting to read.