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Accommodations in El Acebo de San Miguel

ScorpioGirl22

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Leon - Santiago -May 2023
Has anyone stayed at the Albergue Casa del Pererino or La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo? Or, perhaps both?
Right now I have the option to choose and I am trying to decide which place to stay at…..
I would appreciate any first hand knowledge.
 
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I stayed at La Rosa del Agua last summer (July). It was operated then by Michael, formerly from Florida, who has lived in Spain for the last 13 years or so, and decided a couple years ago to give a running a little pension and bar a go. He is a great guy, and totally oriented to pilgrim service and comfort. I came through again in late August, and there were a couple pilgrims who after staying there and meeting Michael decided to stay for a week or so and volunteer with him. In hindsight, I think I would have liked staying in Reigo de Ambrose, just over three kilometers past El Acebo.
 
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One of my favourite stops on the Camino. I walked from Rabanal del Camino in a snow storm in October 2020. Arrived at La Rosa del Agua to a warm welcome from Michael and his Irish colleague whose name I’ve forgotten. My room was warm and comfortable and the food was great. Would love to stay there again.
 
there is an albergue at the end of the village...I mean ALL the way to the end that was the best albergue on the entire trip. It was a newer build in 2017 and quite clean. They had a pool which was a huge bonus. If I do it again, I'm considering staying for a day to just rest up for the last days of the Camino.
 
there is an albergue at the end of the village...I mean ALL the way to the end that was the best albergue on the entire trip. It was a newer build in 2017 and quite clean. They had a pool which was a huge bonus. If I do it again, I'm considering staying for a day to just rest up for the last days of the Camino.
I hated that place, it reminded me of a Holiday Inn and whoever designed the shower set up has no clue how one takes a shower on the Camino unless they plan to do so fully dressed.
 
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I disliked it too. Had dirty sheets, you couldn’t sit up in bed, there was no place to put your packs as the room was packed with beds. So everyone had their stuff all over the floors Worst part was the walk to the women's WC. Walk down the hall. Go down a flight, go up a flight, down another hall. Seriously? Place is huge, they could easily put a WC for both sexes on the same floor.
I won’t stay there again
 
Has anyone stayed at the Albergue Casa del Pererino or La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo? Or, perhaps both?
Right now I have the option to choose and I am trying to decide which place to stay at…..
I would appreciate any first hand knowledge.
I stayed at La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo in late April 2022. It was a highlight of my pilgrimage. The host was super welcoming. The breakfast he fixed was hot, delicious and filling. The room was comfortable and clean. The "hippie" helpers were fascinating. I often wear the peach pit jewelry I bought there. It reminds me why we Camino. A definite will stay there again.
 
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Has anyone stayed at the Albergue Casa del Pererino or La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo? Or, perhaps both?
Right now I have the option to choose and I am trying to decide which place to stay at…..
I would appreciate any first hand knowledge.
My preference in Albergues has always been a waterproof roof, a clean bed and an, at least warm, shower. If you are going to complicate your planning beyond those criteria- good luck 😉
Tincatinker could not be more correct. May I add one suggestion that I live by. (I often do not get to take advantage of these fantastic albergues as I walk later in the year). When you see a Donativo or a albergue/refugio/monastario (especially those that offer communal meals), you will almost always have a most wonderful and warm pilgrim experience. I believe, my opinion of course, the true nature of camino shines here. Of course there are some poor ones and the possibility of a bad experience looms (not large), but that possibility looms at a 4 Seasons Hotel as well.
El Acebo is blessed with a wonderful parroquial albergue.
 
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This fall I had planned to stay at La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo based on good reviews. Out of concern of being caught w/o a bed in the small town, I made a reservation and even pre-paid for it. Unfortunately, two days before my arrival they sent an email cancelling my pre-paid reservation w/o explanation. I spoke to another familiar pilgrim walking in town who had also been bumped but she didn't even receive notification until her arrival. Fortunately, I was able to get a new reservation at Albergue La Casa del Peregrino. Initially, I was disappointed about the switch and not looking forward to my stay at bc it did indeed seem to have more of a hotel-vibe but I have to say it was a lovely surprise. I stayed in a private room so I cannot speak to the albergue-side experience but my single room w/bathroom was very comfortable and clean. The staff I encountered were kind and helpful. I had a very pleasant afternoon enjoying a beer/tapas with fellow pilgrims on the terrace over-looking the countryside and the next day's walk. Laundry machines and hand-wash/line-dry facilities were available. I did not take advantage of the opportunity, but I spoke with pilgrims who used the pool and massage facilities and were pleased. The communal dinner and breakfast were plentiful and delicious. I would stay there again.
 
Has anyone stayed at the Albergue Casa del Pererino or La Rosa del Agua in El Acebo? Or, perhaps both?
Right now I have the option to choose and I am trying to decide which place to stay at…..
I would appreciate any first hand knowledge.
Me and my wife stayed at La Rosa del Agua for two nights when travelling on holiday in 2021. The rooms are clean and very comfortable beds. The owner and his team are great hosts.
 
Before 2021, I would simply have a drink and stroll through El Acebo. However, in 2021, I needed to make an extra stop before Ponferrada in order to meet someone there the next day, so I stayed at the Albergue Casa Peregrino. I was incredibly satisfied with my stay, so I returned there again in 2022. I especially enjoyed the competent massage, the pool (although the water was too cold), a peaceful and relaxing drink at sunset, and a delicious dinner with a few glasses of wine. Since I stayed in private rooms both times, I am not familiar with the dormitory accommodations. However, the rooms were very comfortable and reasonably priced, with nice and clean bathrooms.
 
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The parroquial in El Acebo would be my first choice.

Stayed there once, what a warm welcome, and lovely communal dinner.

Stayed in the new one at the end of town once, too, but didn't like it at all - it didn't feel like a pilgrim place. Far too commercial and touristic for my liking. The pool is nice, though, I have to admit!
 
In easier past years I always stayed in the dorm of the popular local bar/restaurant, Meson El Acebo. Camino Real, 16. It had very good food and a simple albergue dorm upstairs. There were several bunks, 2 toilets/ 2 showers and plenty of blankets. This spot was always a most welcome stop in late autumn/winter when all else was closed.
 
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I stayed at the donativo parrochial albuerque Apóstal Santiago October 11, 2023. Housed in an older traditional building, it was small and simple but comfortable. The volunteer hospitaleras who were there at the time were lovely Spanish ladies. There were 22 beds available, but there no more than a dozen pilgrims there that night. According to multiple sources, there is dinner offered sometimes, but when I was there, it was breakfast only, and the only place to get dinner that night was the dining room at the “Holiday Inn” at the end of town, which was perfectly good (and was a great opportunity to see lots of familiar faces.)
 
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