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lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
I have noticed that some gites have private rooms for 2 in addition to rooms that sleep 4 or 6 or whatever. I am finding it somewhat difficult to find out how many bathrooms a particular gite might for the total guests, e.g., do some private rooms have private bathrooms (and how do you find out this info before planning to stay) and/or say, for example, the gite can house a total of 16 guests, and a have a total of two bathrooms, that would be quite different than if they have 3-4 bathrooms for that many guests. Any suggestions on how to find out about the number and availability of bathrooms? Merci.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Assume that they are all shared bathrooms and then be pleasantly surprised if you find the very rare en-suite one at a gite! It happens, but really really NOT often.
 

lbpierce

Linda Breen Pierce
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Thank you for your responses. I don't think I explained myself well. I don't mind sharing bathrooms, as long as there are a reasonable number of bathrooms for the number of pilgrims served. Do people have a general impression of whether there are long waits to use the shared bathrooms? Thanks!
 

TaijiPilgrim

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2011), Camino Frances (2015), Camino Ingles (2017), Camino Muxia (2017)
I walked the Le Puy to Cahors this May. With the exception of Pasturat on the Cele variant, I never felt I waited a long time to use facilities. The distance from bed to the facilities might be of concern if you need to get up in the night. Generally, gites had shared bathrooms. Sometimes, if I specifically booked a private room ahead, I had ensuite. This was often true if I booked a chambre d'hote.
 

Kitsambler

Jakobsweg Junkie
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy 2010-11, Prague 2012, Nuremberg 2013, Einsiedeln 2015, Geneva 2017-18
Do people have a general impression of whether there are long waits to use the shared bathrooms?
I don't recall seeing any en suite bathrooms on the Le Puy, except in hotels or private gite rooms. The chambre d'hotes had toilet/shower down the hall (often in separate enclosures) in a ratio of about one toilet per room and one shower per two rooms. Gites would have one toilet/shower down the hall per 4-6 people. If it's a larger establishment, with multiple floors, expect toilets/showers on each floor, in a ratio of approx one toilet per 6 and one shower per 8. Since the toilets are very often in separate enclosures from the showers, I don't recall having to wait more than a minute at most for a toilet. So it really hasn't been an issue.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I stayed in Gites large and small and never noticed a rivate bathrooms but never remember having a problem when I needed to go.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Walked April/May in France, so not as crowded as other times and never waited for a toilet or shower. However, there are so many variables here that the only true answer I can give is, “depends”!
 

Helen Aussie

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2017
Camino de Saint Jacques 2018
Bonjour. I walked from Le Puy to Pamplona in August last year. The only time this was a problem was in Ronsevalles where it was fully booked. I was put in a nearby building down from the church. The facilities were extremely poor with one shower for a huge number of people. The shower was very old and did not drain properly. Some gites did not have clothes washing facilities and I found a lot did not provide communal meals.
 

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