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Lskeen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
“2019”
We’re planning to walk from Carria to Santiago this June. Being in our 50’s we don’t really want to stay in dormitory style accomodation. What are the other options please? I’ve had a small look around booking.com, are there any other apps/ websites that people use to book in English. Thanks
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hi, Lskeen, and welcome to the Forum :)

If you are using Booking.com it will give you a good overview of many lodging choices along that stretch of Camino Frances. Hotels, hostals, hostels, casa rurals, albergues with private rooms..... there are a lot of choices and price points. :)
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
More to come
Hi Lskeen!

Booking.com is one of the best ones to book accommodation in Spain. I sometimes use agoda.com as well because it gives me airline points, but Booking has a much larger range.

You may not need to worry about booking all the accommodation beforehand, usually just a day before is enough. So you can just see how your body feels on the day and book accordingly to the distance you want to walk.

Buen Camino!
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
Just one thing about booking.com. When you put in the name of the town it gives you listings for various places around the town generally, sometimes 15km away.
So check your own map to make sure they are actually on the Camino, not a long detour, or even another days walk away.
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Just one thing about booking.com. When you put in the name of the town it gives you listings for various places around the town generally, sometimes 15km away.
So check your own map to make sure they are actually on the Camino, not a long detour, or even another days walk away.
That is a really good point!!! One thing that will also help is to note in the lodging description that it states how far from the town's city center it is. Be sure to check it as it can list places, as Anamiri has noted, many km away.
 

C clearly

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
Being in our 50’s we don’t really want to stay in dormitory style accomodation.
Whatever your age, you should use whatever accommodation you enjoy and can afford. There is no ageism on the camino. Good advice above about using booking.com.
 

HeidiL

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2004-), Portugués, Madrid, 1/2 Plata, 1/8 Levante, 1/8 Lana, Augusta, hospitalera Grado.
hotels.com is also good and includes slightly pricier places as well, if you want to splurge - and you get a free room for every 10 nights paid for. Some, but not all, hotels are on both apps. There's also a "find special offers nearby" function if you just find yourself really tired of walking.

(If you use booking.com, make sure someone sends you the rebate link. Both you and they get 15 Euros the first time you use it...)
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
The advice above is very good. However, if Booking.com reports no rooms available for the dates you want, consider that they do not give ALL their rooms to Booking.com. They always hold some back for direct reservations, via their own website, email or phone reservations.

So, if Booking.com does not work. Go to Eroski.es or Gronze.com (Spanish only) to locate other properties in town, or the direct contact information for the place that did not work on Booking.com. Send them an email in Spanish (use Google Translate or the Bing Microsoft Translator to get close).

FYI Eroksi has a new smartphone app. It is available for iPhones on the Apple app store site... I just re-downloaded it from the US Apple app store... Search on Eroski. The result is Camino / Travel... It's free...

Once you DO get a reservation, SHOW UP. If your plans change, PLease contact the property and cancel the reservation, even if it costs you. If you are not going to use the room, another pilgrim is likely desperate to find a place. So, pay it forward.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
I plan to walk all camino commencing 3rd april
Hello - I am also interested in accommodation availability especially in Orisson - can anyone tell me what are the chances of getting in there on 3rd April - ????? It doesn`t seem possible to book on line and it`s a long climb/walk to roncesvalles - I am 72 years old so would like to do a slow pace Camino ? Thank you in advance for info
 
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria to Santiago 2014
Pamplona to Santiago 2017
Norte. 2018
Hello - I am also interested in accommodation availability especially in Orisson - can anyone tell me what are the chances of getting in there on 3rd April - ????? It doesn`t seem possible to book on line and it`s a long climb/walk to roncesvalles - I am 72 years old so would like to do a slow pace Camino ? Thank you in advance for info
You have to email Orisson directly
 

Joodle

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF May 10th- June 21st 2016
VDLP March-April 2017
CF coming up April-May
Hello - I am also interested in accommodation availability especially in Orisson - can anyone tell me what are the chances of getting in there on 3rd April - ????? It doesn`t seem possible to book on line and it`s a long climb/walk to roncesvalles - I am 72 years old so would like to do a slow pace Camino ? Thank you in advance for info[/QUOTE
This is the email you have to use to reach Orisson.
refuge.orisson@wanadoo.fr
It usually takes a couple weeks for them to get back to you, because it’s closed for winter. When you do hear something back, it will come from “Sarl Apathia” he will let you know if they have a bed for you. He will tell you that he will send you an invoice that you pay through PayPal make sure and watch your junk mail for replies too. It took me 2.5 weeks to hear back from them. Good luck.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
Another resource that has not yet been mentioned is the Only Pilgrims website (it’s not an app): http://onlypilgrims.com/
You can book in English by clicking the flag icon on the menu bar.
Many of the places that are bookable through Only Pilgrims have private rooms as well as hostel-type accommodations. As the site’s name shows, this is is booking for those who are traveling with a pilgrim credential. You prepay and show up. Easy. And Jesús, who handles issues (such as suggesting an alternative to a fully-booked albergue) is a pleasure to deal with.

Buen Camino,
Paul
 

davebugg

"When I Have Your Wounded" - Dustoff Motto
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
Hello - I am also interested in accommodation availability especially in Orisson - can anyone tell me what are the chances of getting in there on 3rd April - ????? It doesn`t seem possible to book on line and it`s a long climb/walk to roncesvalles - I am 72 years old so would like to do a slow pace Camino ? Thank you in advance for info
Hi, Maura, and welcome to the Forum....

You have other options if Orisson does not work out for you. You can walk to Orisson, then take a taxi or shuttle back down to St Jean Pied de Port to spend the night. The next morning, take the taxi or shuttle BACK to Orisson and continue walking from there.

So you would, in effect, spend two nights in SJPdP and have the opportunity to have more time to explore and enjoy that village. If using this method, you may also find that once you walk to Orisson, you want to take a break there and grab some food and drink, but then walk even further up the road. Again, taxi or shuttle back down to SJPdP when you decide you are done walking.

Personally, staying at Orisson is not to my taste as it is with many others. On the 2 Camino's where I walked all the way to Roncesvalles the first day, I stopped both times for a long break at Orisson, ate bocadilla and other goodies, had fresh orange juice and some other soft drinks and enjoyed a bit of relaxation and looked around the facilities.

If I was not feeling up to walking to Roncesvalles, I would personally opt to stay back in St Jean. But that is just me, and is just an example of why Orisson is not an only option if walking the Napoleon Route.

Here is a video I took of walking the entire route which was edited by John Sikora, and is a step by step look at walking this stage. BTW, John Sikora has an entire video series of walking Camino Frances Step-by-Step. Of course it is in a Hyperlapsed time frame so that rather than hours, each stage takes an average of 20 minutes to view. :)

 

Walking Lover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
We’re planning to walk from Carria to Santiago this June. Being in our 50’s we don’t really want to stay in dormitory style accomodation. What are the other options please? I’ve had a small look around booking.com, are there any other apps/ websites that people use to book in English. Thanks
Booking.com has never failed us.
 

mikebet

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPdP to Pamplona (2016); Baiona to Santiago (2018); Sarria to Santiago (2018)
Booking.com, Hotels.com, and direct contact have all worked for me without any disappointments. As someone has said, if Booking and Hotels show no vacancies direct contact with the property might still get you one.
 

Zoran K.

ZK1107
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances July 1st -29th (2018)
Camino Frances June 25th (2019)
We’re planning to walk from Carria to Santiago this June. Being in our 50’s we don’t really want to stay in dormitory style accomodation. What are the other options please? I’ve had a small look around booking.com, are there any other apps/ websites that people use to book in English. Thanks
I walked from SJPDP to SdC in July 2019 and stayed only in hotels where I had private room with private bathroom. It worked perfectly as I could fall in sleep without others noise and I enjoyed it very much to have my own space every day. The only thing you have to make sure with Booking.com is to choose places where cancellation is free of charge and make sure that distance from Camino path to the hotel is not to big.
 

jimmyc

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
I walked that route in June and always stayed in pensions or hostals. I never booked ahead and never ever had difficulty in finding accommodation. However, I would point out that I always started out early each morning and usually finished walking by about 2pm.
 

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