I have walked 1.5 Caminos in the off-season (once in fall and once in spring) and so never reserved ahead. Next week I start with my wife, so thought it best to try and reserve. As we are in the U.S. we cannot reasonably call albergues to reserve ($3.00 a minute on our plan). I have had modest success going to websites (e.g. Suseia in Zubiri was EXCELLENT!) but others don't respond promptly (e.g. Orisson) or at all, (e.g. Paderborn in Pamplona where I have stayed and highly recommend.) Anyone have suggestions? Gracias y Buen Camino!