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Favourite Francés albergue - quick vote!

What's your favourite CF albergue?


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  • Poll closed .

H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
So how about a little populist fun, not to be taken too seriously... a straw poll of everyone's one single favourite Camino Frances albergue.

I've put a few obvious options in to get us started. Hopefully it's possible to add other options. If not, then comment :)

Edit: seems you can't add you own options. That's a shame :(
Make a suggestion in the comments and add a LIKE to vote for the suggestion.
 
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H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
Hmm... is Casa Verde actually an albergue or just a watering hole? I thought of it cause it was on that BBC show ^^. Now I'm thinking ... wait, it wasn't actually an albergue 🤣
 

Raggy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
Ranking, based on 17,355 instances of feedback to the Gronze recommendation system during 2018:

Camino Francés:
1
.- Albergue de la Cofradía del Santo, Santo Domingo de la Calzada
2.- Albergue eclesial Espíritu Santo, Carrión de los Condes
3.- Albergue Seminario Menor, Santiago de Compostela
4.- Albergue Alea, Ponferrada
5.- Albergue de la fundación ANFAS, Estella
6.- Albergue Alfonso II El Casto, Melide
7.- Albergue parroquial Santa María, Carrión de los Condes
8.- Albergue Leo, Villafranca del Bierzo
9.- Albergue Gaia, Mansilla de las Mulas
10.- Albergue Edreira, O Pedrouzo (O Pino)
11.- Albergue San Miguel, Hospital de Órbigo
12.- Albergue parroquial Casa Rectoral, Bercianos del Real Camino

I wonder if people here agree. (I see a couple of anomalies in Gronze's VDLP rankings).
 

Mugatu

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, Finisterre, Muxia (2018)
Camino Frances or Norte (2019 , June 27-Aug 8)
It’s such a toss up between two on the list... since I could only pick one leaves me feeling torn...
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
La Finca in Población de Campos.


But from the list I'd say Casa Mágica or Orisson.
Yep, La Finca should be on the list.

I voted St Anton, but it was a tough call, there are some great albergues there! But St Anton just beat Granon for me.

There is one or two I have not stayed in yet. I'll have to go back and try them out!

Davey
 

RENSHAW

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
2/4 weeks every year on CF reaching Burgos or Leon. Hospitalero San Anton June 2016.
Too many to make a fair choice. The Parroquial or donativeo Albergues of Viana , Logrono , Granon , San Anton , Tosantos and Bercianos will always rank tops with me. Then what about the great facilities at the Azofra Municipal and Santo Domingo or the Quaint hospitable Acacia y Oretta , the mystic San Bol and Tomas's mountain top refugio. Just too many great albergues to choose from.
edit: Oops , lets not forget Boadilla En el Camino
 
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H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
Ranking, based on 17,355 instances of feedback to the Gronze recommendation system during 2018:

Camino Francés:
1
.- Albergue de la Cofradía del Santo, Santo Domingo de la Calzada
2.- Albergue eclesial Espíritu Santo, Carrión de los Condes
3.- Albergue Seminario Menor, Santiago de Compostela
4.- Albergue Alea, Ponferrada
5.- Albergue de la fundación ANFAS, Estella
6.- Albergue Alfonso II El Casto, Melide
7.- Albergue parroquial Santa María, Carrión de los Condes
8.- Albergue Leo, Villafranca del Bierzo
9.- Albergue Gaia, Mansilla de las Mulas
10.- Albergue Edreira, O Pedrouzo (O Pino)
11.- Albergue San Miguel, Hospital de Órbigo
12.- Albergue parroquial Casa Rectoral, Bercianos del Real Camino

I wonder if people here agree. (I see a couple of anomalies in Gronze's VDLP rankings).
I find these slightly curious ratings. Judging from the type of albergues the top five are, it seems these are being ranked on facilities a lot more than "camino magic"!
 

H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
Too many to make a fair choice. The Parroquial or donativeo Albergues of Viana , Logrono , Granon , San Anton , Tosantos and Bercianos will always rank tops with me. Then what about the great facilities at the Azofra Municipal and Santo Domingo or the Quaint hospitable Acacia y Oretta , the mystic San Bol and Tomas's mountain top refugio. Just too many great albergues to choose from.
edit: Oops , lets not forget Boadilla En el Camino
Yes, exactly. Far too many to narrow it down to just these few. It's my first poll and just for fun. I was hoping it would work like the facebook ones, where if your answer isn't on the list, you can add it on for others to vote for.
 
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
So how about a little populist fun, not to be taken too seriously... a straw poll of everyone's one single favourite Camino Frances albergue.

I've put a few obvious options in to get us started. Hopefully it's possible to add other options. If not, then comment :)

Edit: seems you can't add you own options. That's a shame :(
Make a suggestion in the comments and add a LIKE to vote for the suggestion.
Albergue Casa Nostra in Castrojeriz
 
Camino(s) past & future
May and October 2015
(2015 October)
June 2018 Portuguese
So how about a little populist fun, not to be taken too seriously... a straw poll of everyone's one single favourite Camino Frances albergue.

I've put a few obvious options in to get us started. Hopefully it's possible to add other options. If not, then comment :)

Edit: seems you can't add you own options. That's a shame :(
Make a suggestion in the comments and add a LIKE to vote for the suggestion.
Albergue Casa Nostra in Castrojeriz
 

RENSHAW

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
2/4 weeks every year on CF reaching Burgos or Leon. Hospitalero San Anton June 2016.
Jeepers!! Okay , as an absolute push .............you are wicked you know? Tomas and his Refugio on the mountain - no toilets no showers , bean stew , red wine , one hour of generator electricity. Snow . 4 blankets(no Bugs)
, coffee and biscuits for breaky. 2003:) right , that is my choice , I picked one.
 

SSojourn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Plan walk solo in April. SJP to St. James, Santiago
So how about a little populist fun, not to be taken too seriously... a straw poll of everyone's one single favourite Camino Frances albergue.

I've put a few obvious options in to get us started. Hopefully it's possible to add other options. If not, then comment :)

Edit: seems you can't add you own options. That's a shame :(
Make a suggestion in the comments and add a LIKE to vote for the suggestion.
Also # 2 Albergue in Villava, they have taken care of me and my torn tendons Left ankle for 4 days running. Would be my #1 but the sisters prayed for me to find my way, then I fell down their mountain, I will not ask why!
 

RENSHAW

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2003 CF Roncesvalles to Santiago
2/4 weeks every year on CF reaching Burgos or Leon. Hospitalero San Anton June 2016.
Years ago the Hospitalero in Tosantos took me to the clinic in Belarado , I had a chest infection - I had been coughing since Pamplona also at Estella during the same time before , The Hospitaleroes allowed me to stay an extra night and fed me a paella for lunch - we remember these things ;)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
It’s such a toss up between two on the list... since I could only pick one leaves me feeling torn...
This is most of us, from the sound of it.
So pleaaaasssse, @H Richards...can you change the poll so we can vote for two?
For me it's a toss-up: Zabaldika and Granon. I've never gotten to stay at San Anton or San Nicholas or Tosantos, but they sound really special, too.
Much of the comparison is between dissimilar albergues, though...old-style and special donativos are in there, as are commercial private places. It's like comparing bread to carrots. Both are good, but really different.

Edit...and...what bubbles up after posting that: what about the Co-fraternity albergue in Rabinal, the one also in La Faba, and San Nicholas in Ponferrada?
 
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H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
This is most of us, from the sound of it.
So pleaaaasssse, @H Richards...can you change the poll so we can vote for two?
For me it's a toss-up: Zabaldika and Granon. I've never gotten to stay at San Anton or San Nicholas or Tosantos, but they sound really special, too.
Much of the comparison is between dissimilar albergues, though...old-style and special donativos are in there, as are commercial private places. It's like comparing bread to carrots. Both are good, but really different.
Sure, done. God only knows what it will do the fairness of the stats though ;-)
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
Yay. Everybody, quick: go change your vote to add your # 2 favorite!
:cool:
Thanks, @H Richards...good clean fun and statistics always lie anyway. (They taught me that in grad school....;))
 

Raggy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
I find these slightly curious ratings. Judging from the type of albergues the top five are, it seems these are being ranked on facilities a lot more than "camino magic"!
The Gronze site only allows people to give a thumbs up or thumbs down rating of each albergue. You could be right that the scores correlate with albergues that have better facilities. We could also question whether the feedback collection method has some inherent bias (e.g. it doesn't capture as much feedback from old-school pilgrims who don't book ahead or select accommodations on the internet). So ... like all customer feedback, it's flawed but interesting.
 

timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
En El Camino in Boadilla. I would say it beats off all the competition 😉😉😉😉😉 But a close tie for number 2!!!!!!!!
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/Francés ('16)
Baztanés/Francés ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/?/Invierno ('19)
Roncesvalles beats Zabaldika???!
Sorry, but...No way.
I can only think the latter gets fewer votes than the others because most people sail by on their way to Pamplona.
Check it out...it's a gem of gems. 😇
 

SSojourn

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Plan walk solo in April. SJP to St. James, Santiago
The Gronze site only allows people to give a thumbs up or thumbs down rating of each albergue. You could be right that the scores correlate with albergues that have better facilities. We could also question whether the feedback collection method has some inherent bias (e.g. it doesn't capture as much feedback from old-school pilgrims who don't book ahead or select accommodations on the internet). So ... like all customer feedback, it's flawed but interesting.
I walk to the next Albergue, knock stay or move on. No prebooked for me. When I found Huerta closed a local walked me through town to a way to Villava-Atarrabia. The connection was espiritul!
 

ChicagoMike

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPP - Santiago (April-May 2014)
Albergue San Bol. It was the most isolated part of my Camino experience. Only 12 beds and in the middle of nowhere. The hospitalera served us a wonderful pallea. While I didn’t stay at Zalbadika, I did visit the church and that was another highlight. I was the only visitor in the church and had a beautiful conversation with Dona Carmen, a nun who greeted visitors. She told me of her years working in Africa and I shared with her my years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Past - Camino Frances April-May (2017)
Future - Camino Frances (Meseta) Madrid or Ingles (June 2019)
Ranking, based on 17,355 instances of feedback to the Gronze recommendation system during 2018:

Camino Francés:
1
.- Albergue de la Cofradía del Santo, Santo Domingo de la Calzada
2.- Albergue eclesial Espíritu Santo, Carrión de los Condes
3.- Albergue Seminario Menor, Santiago de Compostela
4.- Albergue Alea, Ponferrada
5.- Albergue de la fundación ANFAS, Estella
6.- Albergue Alfonso II El Casto, Melide
7.- Albergue parroquial Santa María, Carrión de los Condes
8.- Albergue Leo, Villafranca del Bierzo
9.- Albergue Gaia, Mansilla de las Mulas
10.- Albergue Edreira, O Pedrouzo (O Pino)
11.- Albergue San Miguel, Hospital de Órbigo
12.- Albergue parroquial Casa Rectoral, Bercianos del Real Camino

I wonder if people here agree. (I see a couple of anomalies in Gronze's VDLP rankings).
No. 8 - Albergue Leo - Villafranca del Bierzo. It's the standout in my humble opinion 😊
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
The only one on the list I disagree with is Orrison. It is good for where it is. It is very expensive, but hey, it is in France so ok. The dinner and atmosphere are great.

BUT those shower tokens? Not once have I had a shower with anything resembling warm water. And I actually paid for a token each time. It was not just me either.

That cuts it off from my top list - even though my No.1 fave St Anton has cold showers often, at least they are honest about it!

I see Granon is currently top, not surprised!

Davey
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
Burgos to Santiago, May 2019, D.V.
Albergue San Bol. It was the most isolated part of my Camino experience. Only 12 beds and in the middle of nowhere. The hospitalera served us a wonderful pallea. While I didn’t stay at Zalbadika, I did visit the church and that was another highlight. I was the only visitor in the church and had a beautiful conversation with Dona Carmen, a nun who greeted visitors. She told me of her years working in Africa and I shared with her my years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.
Heard very good things about San Bol yesterday.
 

H Richards

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
May/June 2017 Francés
Oct 2017 Le Puy / Francés (parts)
June/July 2018 Norte
Oct/Nov 2018 Francés
Oh late entry - Eunate, but it's closed now!😩😩😩
You can stay at Eunate? I thought there's just a church there.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(x4), Fisterra/Muxía(x2), VdlP, Jerusalem, VF, Walsingham,
C inglés. Next: Gd St Bernard to Rome

kleckam

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April '12, May '18
Too late for the survey, but my favorite is the Albergue de la Piedra in Villafranca del Bierzo ... http://alberguedelapiedra.com/ . I have stayed there on 2 separate Camino Frances journeys. It is a very special Albergue, run by a wonderful couple.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes to Burgos, Oct 2018
Burgos to Santiago, May 2019, D.V.
Wish
Too late for the survey, but my favorite is the Albergue de la Piedra in Villafranca del Bierzo ... http://alberguedelapiedra.com/ . I have stayed there on 2 separate Camino Frances journeys. It is a very special Albergue, run by a wonderful couple.
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Too late for the survey, but my favorite is the Albergue de la Piedra in Villafranca del Bierzo ... http://alberguedelapiedra.com/ . I have stayed there on 2 separate Camino Frances journeys. It is a very special Albergue, run by a wonderful couple.
Wish I had stayed there night before last. They only had the single with shared bath available so I opted for San Nicolás instead. What a mistake.
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 (Sept/Oct): CF: SJPdP-->Fisterra-->Muxia (solo)
2019 (late Sept): CF: SJPdP-->Leon (honeymoon!)
The only one on the list I disagree with is Orrison. It is good for where it is. It is very expensive, but hey, it is in France so ok. The dinner and atmosphere are great.

BUT those shower tokens? Not once have I had a shower with anything resembling warm water. And I actually paid for a token each time. It was not just me either.
Hmmm, interesting. I had a hot shower and the “tokens” lasted long enough to wash myself AND my clothes.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
I don't understand why the shower at Orisson is difficult. You get wet, the water turns off. You lather up, turn the water back on and rinse off. Not a problem at all and the water was hot.
Did not care for the lack of toilet seats here, so that is my only complaint about Orisson. The view here makes up for anything negative though.
 

timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
You can stay at Eunate? I thought there's just a church there.
The albergue closed about 9 years ago sadly. It was unique. The hospitaleros stayed for a year at a time, so it was both an albergue and a private family home. It's off the main track and so on the evening it's just you (about 12 guests - I don't think there were beds, just mattresses on the floor) and the couple. It was beyond wonderful. After supper we went to the church (which the hospitaleros used to look after) in the dark for night prayer. Still a stand out memory. 😁😢
 

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