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Alburgue Rojo Plata is not the same albergue, and not as nice. I stayed at Albergue Touristico Via de la Plata de Torremejia in 2013, but can't find out if it is open this year. I understand it was being sold. Has anyone walked past it?

I think it is also called Lastra Palace?
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In June the Albergue Turistico (Palacio de Lastra) was still closed and no sign of re-opening. Private Albergue Rojo Plata is narrow, dark and rather expensive (12 € night + 3 € breakfast). They also try to convince you to book half-board at their Restaurant (+10 €). But it is no good bargain. Better go to Restaurante Alameda, which offers an excellent "menu del día" for nearly the same price.
 
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In June the Albergue Turistico (Palacio de Lastra) was still closed and no sign of re-opening. Private Albergue Rojo Plata is narrow, dark and rather expensive (12 € night + 3 € breakfast). They also try to convince you to book half-board at their Restaurant (+10 €). But it is no good bargain. Better go to Restaurante Alameda, which offers an excellent "menu del día" for nearly the same price.

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Well, I'm sad the Albergue Touristico is closed. It was a lovely place to stay. So looks like Rojo Plata is the only other option for lodging?
 

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Well, I'm sad the Albergue Touristico is closed. It was a lovely place to stay. So looks like Rojo Plata is the only other option for lodging?

I haven’t been in Torremejía for several years, but I was lucky and stayed in another private albergue, which seems to be closed now since it is not listed on gronze. I remember that this other albergue, whose name I cannot remember, was the subject of a lot of vicious underhandedness, like little kids on bikes coming out to tell peregrinos not to go there, etc. I didn’t stay in the Rojo Plata, but went to see some friends there, and agree completely with @Via2010.

I have also stayed in the Hotel Milenium, which is still listed in gronze, and my guess is that it is not that much more expensive than the Rojo. I liked it, and the people who had taken it over were very nice and trying to make it.
 

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On my first VdlP, back in 2010, I had my worst ever meal at the Rojo Plata. A combination of dreadful, greasy food and surly service that convinced me, as it was still relatively early, to slog on to Mérida. Which was an astonishing delight, and well worth the extra hours.

I've been back through Torremejia twice since, most recently in 2017, and had a caña at the Rojo both times and didn't enjoy either; once staying in the excellent Lastra, despite an almost offensively hard sell from the Rojo, and once carrying on to Mérida. Never having stayed at the Rojo, I have no right to judge it, but its restaurant certainly didn't make me want to stay there.
 

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And a more general comment — what is it with Albergues Turísticos and Extremadura? There was also a BEAUTIFUL albergue turístico in an old olive oil “factory” outside Villafranca de los Barros. The place is called Almazara, and Gronze still has a dot to show where it is. The old olive oil press was there for viewing. I never stayed there, but took the small detour to see it once, and it was absolutely lovely. Too bad that these places are all closing.
 
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We stayed a few days ago at albergue Rojo Plata. It’s officially closed for renovacions. They are making more doble rooms. But we got the key from Cafe Bar Rojo. There was nothing to complain. No disturbing after working time.
And we took the menu at Bar Rojo. Nothing to complain, too. In that case, take the bed and menu, you get the breakfast free. Opening already 5.30.
We were four persons together.
 
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And a more general comment — what is it with Albergues Turísticos and Extremadura? There was also a BEAUTIFUL albergue turístico in an old olive oil “factory” outside Villafranca de los Barros. The place is called Almazara, and Gronze still has a dot to show where it is. The old olive oil press was there for viewing. I never stayed there, but took the small detour to see it once, and it was absolutely lovely. Too bad that these places are all closing.

Yesterday, I heard that Albergue Turistico was being taken over by the government? Could have just been gossip - but made sense as I believe it is a historic building?
 

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I think it has always been owned by the government, just licensed out to individuals. That is also true, I think, of the one that used to exist in Almazara, the one in Zafra, Fuente de Cantos, and a bunch of others I can't remember right now.
 

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As far as I am informed, all those albergue which formed part of the former turistic Alba Plata Project, i. e. Zafra, Fuente de Cantos, Almazara, Torremejía, Plasencia, Embalse de Alcantara, are owned by the government and licensed out to individuals by 10-year-contracts. If licensing is under litigation, the albergue will be closed. Sad thing, as most of the albergues were nice and well equipped, even though the situation of Almazara is inconvenient for the average walkers. They should probably use it for school-projects and leave only one room for pilgrims.
 

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I stayed in Torremejia earlier this year and Rojo Plata was the only Albergue. It’s not great, but it’s a bed for the night (the 👎 comentarios on Gronze are accurate). It seems a little crazy there is no other albergue, as it’s a fairly essential pilgrim stop (too far to walk all the way to Merida from the previous town) and beds are limited.
 
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We stayed at the Rojo Plata in early October, I didn’t find it bad at all. Showers were among the best we have had. Also thought the restaurant was quite good, had a lovely meal there.
 

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Maybe they have fixed the showers... I remember it being lovely and warm but I flooded the bathroom floor as something was leaking/blocked/broken 😬
 

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And a more general comment — what is it with Albergues Turísticos and Extremadura? There was also a BEAUTIFUL albergue turístico in an old olive oil “factory” outside Villafranca de los Barros. The place is called Almazara, and Gronze still has a dot to show where it is. The old olive oil press was there for viewing. I never stayed there, but took the small detour to see it once, and it was absolutely lovely. Too bad that these places are all closing.
Hi Laurie! This stunning albergue has been open again for a few weeks, apparently, stunning place, off the beaten track because there is nothing else around other than century old olive trees. The whole situation with albergues in Via de la Plata is discouraging, the result is there are fewer places, panic rules, and most people just book ahead, which turns the Camino pretty much in a hike walk.
The winner is always other private albergues. The situation is particularly bad in Torremejía, a pretty much compulsory stop for your average pilgrim, and in Fuente de Cantos.
 

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Hi Laurie! This stunning albergue has been open again for a few weeks, apparently, stunning place, off the beaten track because there is nothing else around other than century old olive trees. The whole situation with albergues in Via de la Plata is discouraging, the result is there are fewer places, panic rules, and most people just book ahead, which turns the Camino pretty much in a hike walk.
The winner is always other private albergues. The situation is particularly bad in Torremejía, a pretty much compulsory stop for your average pilgrim, and in Fuente de Cantos.

Wow, that is good to know. If you want some down time, sitting outside in olive groves, this would be a great place. http://www.albergueturisticolaalmazara.com/

Amancio, when I stopped there, a very popular local restaurant (from Villafranca, I think, but maybe from Zafra), had opened a nice restaurant there. Do you know if it’s still there? If not, people would have to bring food, because there is nothing in the vicinity.

Looking at stages, though, for the person who sticks with the “usual” stages, it is not in a great location — about 15 km from Zafra, so it would be a very short day.
 
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Another alternative in Torremejia is Hotel Milenium which has single rooms for €25.
 
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We're going to just make it a couple of short days and walk to Almendralejo (14k), then to Merida the next day (16k). We're not in a hurry so this will be fine.
 

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