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Has anyone experienced difficulty booking at Roncevalles?

AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
They have sent me all the info that it costs 10 euro and want me to book by doing a bank transfer - I went into my bank today and Nat West wanted to charge me £22 for this service! A friend in France says she can do it online for me but it will cost £10 - any info on this please?
 

JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
They have sent me all the info that it costs 10 euro and want me to book by doing a bank transfer - I went into my bank today and Nat West wanted to charge me £22 for this service! A friend in France says she can do it online for me but it will cost £10 - any info on this please?
Annie,
It seems to me there is no need to book and there are some people more interested in your money than your welfare?
Perhaps you can save money by just pitching up at Roncevalles and trusting the advice of our good friends on this forum. If a booking is needed I have a problem:eek:
Buen Camino
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
There are 183 places which are grouped in sleek nooks of 4 within the monastery albergue and in season, ie now, many 'hidden' overflow spaces to use when necessary. You hardly need to book in advance!

MM
 

AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
There are 183 places which are grouped in sleek nooks of 4 within the monastery albergue and in season, ie now, many 'hidden' overflow spaces to use when necessary. You hardly need to book in advance!

MM
thank you guys I am just apprehensive what I have let myself in for! and just trying to be assured of a bed for the night!
 

AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
feel a bit of a baby here ! so want to succeed and get the first few days over with and find my confidence that I usually have! I do come from Devon and am a bit home spun!
 

AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
Annie,
It seems to me there is no need to book and there are some people more interested in your money than your welfare?
Perhaps you can save money by just pitching up at Roncevalles and trusting the advice of our good friends on this forum. If a booking is needed I have a problem:eek:
Buen Camino
thank you so for the reassurance
 

annakappa

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Part frances jun 07/rest frances may- jun 2008/Frances sept-oct 2009/ Sanabres Oct 2010/Frances sept-oct 2011/Aragones Sept-Oct 2012. Hospitalero Sept 2010, Amiga in Pilgrim's Office Oct 2013. Part Primitivo Oct 2013. Portugues from Porto June 2015.
There are always other possibilities: there are two hotels in Roncesvalles. Or you could walk just under 3 Kms more to go to a B&B inBurgete, should Roncesvalles be full to the hilt. Should this unwelcome situation present itself once you arrive in Roncesvalles, just make a call to on of the several B&B's in Burgete and explain that you will be there in less than an hour. Anne
 

CaminoKris2013

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2014)
All I can say is trust in the Camino. AnnieY, are you starting in Roncesvalle? Or SJPDP? I am starting in SJPDP and stopping at Orrisson. I figure that the morning I am walking to Roncesvalle, I will start no later than 8, and walking at a pace of 2.5 km/hr with 10 min breaks each hr I should make it in 6 hrs(2pm)...I have no fear that I won't get a bed. For those that may be walking directly (no stopover), even if in excellent shape wouldn't really get there much earlier.

Let go and let the Camino provide!


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AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
There are always other possibilities: there are two hotels in Roncesvalles. Or you could walk just under 3 Kms more to go to a B&B inBurgete, should Roncesvalles be full to the hilt. Should this unwelcome situation present itself once you arrive in Roncesvalles, just make a call to on of the several B&B's in Burgete and explain that you will be there in less than an hour. Anne
thank you Anne
 

AnnieY

AnnieY
Camino(s) past & future
September 2014
All I can say is trust in the Camino. AnnieY, are you starting in Roncesvalle? Or SJPDP? I am starting in SJPDP and stopping at Orrisson. I figure that the morning I am walking to Roncesvalle, I will start no later than 8, and walking at a pace of 2.5 km/hr with 10 min breaks each hr I should make it in 6 hrs(2pm)...I have no fear that I won't get a bed. For those that may be walking directly (no stopover), even if in excellent shape wouldn't really get there much earlier.

Let go and let the Camino provide!


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yes I am walking from SJPDP and stopping at Orrisson, how long do you reckon it would take you to there? yes need to find that trust just get the jitters about what I have taken on!
 

CaminoKris2013

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2014)
AnnieY, all I can say is I am not going rush thru this area. One of the reasons I am starting in SJPDP is because of the beautiful pictures I have seen of this area. It'll be around 15-16 km and with changes in elevation, I am hoping that by getting on the road by 8, I'll reach Roncesvalle around 2ish, hopefully walking between 2.5-3 per hour.


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cherrys

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept/Oct (2013), Finisterre/Muxia Oct (2013), Camino Frances and on to Finisterre Sept/Oct (2016)
AnnieY, all I can say is I am not going rush thru this area. One of the reasons I am starting in SJPDP is because of the beautiful pictures I have seen of this area. It'll be around 15-16 km and with changes in elevation, I am hoping that by getting on the road by 8, I'll reach Roncesvalle around 2ish, hopefully walking between 2.5-3 per hour.


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Hi - You're right - enjoy it! That time frame worked for me last September with no problem. And I think I was around #70 or 80 when I went to get a bed. Didn't hear of anyone not getting a bed even though some arrived very, very late due to bad thunderstorms late in the day. Personally I found the walk up to Orisson to be steeper and more tiring, so was glad I'd broken it into two sections.
 

daviddephillips

there are More than One Camino.
Camino(s) past & future
(2013) sept. finished.
2017 Camino Porta
we got in about 6pm (late) and the choices were in the basement. we slept outside in a tent on the courtyard. it was August so no big deal. ONLY drawback was other people who were much latter into the evening had no choice but to stay outside and it was always a constant stream of people rustling. The bikers shoes with cleats on the stone pavement. Yeah, i d get a reservation.
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
feel a bit of a baby here ! so want to succeed and get the first few days over with and find my confidence that I usually have! I do come from Devon and am a bit home spun!
Annie Y....there WILL be a bed for you there....your confidence WILL kick in, you will be OKAY......Buen Camino
 

woodswoman

Member
Honestly I would not bother. There are over 100 beds there. If the new building fills up you will get the opportunity to sleep in the old.
I totally agree. I slept in the old building with over 100 other people, and after the Pyrenees I was so damned tired I didn't care how many people were around me. And there are at least three other places, La Posada and two little hotels, I think, so I can't imagine you wouldn't get a bed. However, if you plan to stay in Zubiri the next night, I'd definitely reserve with one of the private Albergues. There was a GREAT shortage of beds in that town for some reason. And it was only a Tuesday!
 

Phillypilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
C F Sept.(2013) Camino de Madrid & Finisterre/Muxia Sept. (2014)
Finisterre/Muia June (2017).
There is also the option to pay for a bed at the Roncesvalles albergue through Paypal. I believe it is one or two Euros more. (There is an amount for Pilgrims without a reservation, a reservation amount and a Paypal amount). When communicating through email with them, just ask to pay through paypal for your reservation and they will send you a separate invoice for this. This option does not come up on it's own, one must ask to pay this way. I did do this last September. No need for a bank transfer (if you have a Paypal account that is). Needing a reservation is a separate issue, as others have said you probably do not need one.
 

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