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Kernel Philip

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Camino(s) past & future
Starting 10/25/2017
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!
 

TMcA

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona to Santiago (2013)
Le Puy to Pamplona in segments (2013 - 2016)
Pamplona to León
You can also buy credit on Skype and call albergues direct, taking account the time change from your home and the hours when they are open, for very low charges per minute. $10. might allow you to talk hours beyond what you'll spend making reservations.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
You can also call over wifi using the Viber app. You purchase Viber credits to make calls to landlines, and the cost is only 2¢ per minute. I bought $4.99 worth of credit before starting my caniniyabd and still have $3.64 left.
 

AlexanderAZ

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017 (Sept/Oct): CF: SJPdP-->Fisterra-->Muxia (solo)
2019 (late Sept): CF: SJPdP-->Leon (honeymoon!)
I have made two reservations already via WhatsApp. Places were very responsive.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
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!
Hola Phil - Oh and Happy 4th July.
Now for Orisson - I emailed them (in English and French - used Google Chrome to translate). I gave them my dates and they emailed me back an invoice - use Pay Pal. But, and this is a big but, you do need to give them 30+ days notice. Its not a really big establishment and they have not problem filling it. Also if they are busy, responding to emails at the end of the day may not be high on the priority list. Give them a few more days before sending a second request. Cheers
 
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked part of the Camino Frances and plan to start over in April 2018.
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!
I use hotels.com and booking.com. They are extremely convenient.
 

c0484

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
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!
You only need to worry about your first night. After that, make your reservations a day ahead. That has always worked for me.
 

Doogman

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Primitivo (September 2019)
You can also call over wifi using the Viber app. You purchase Viber credits to make calls to landlines, and the cost is only 2¢ per minute. I bought $4.99 worth of credit before starting my caniniyabd and still have $3.64 left.
Sorry if this is a really stupid question, but just to clarify, if you are calling over wifi using Viber, you can call a landline in Spain from either North America or from within Spain for $0.02/minute? That seems almost too good to be true.
 

Kernel Philip

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting 10/25/2017
Querido Peregrinos, Muchas Gracias a todos! I really appreciate your prompt and very helpful responses. davebugg's find of the Only Pilgrims website is fantastic and very convenient for the albergues they list. Also agree that What'sApp is a great idea for the albergues that have it. Is there a way to know who has WhatsApp by looking at the phone number, or do you need to be WhatsApp "friends" first? Viber App also looks like a great option for those of us w/o SIM cards. For the General Cause: While Orisson was a bit slow to respond, I succussfully made reservations via their website this week for July 10, and paid via PayPal (Thanks Saint Mike II). As for the need to book ahead, I am wondering if, alas, this is changing as the Camino becomes ever more popular. In my late October 2017 (SJPDP- Carrion de los Condes) walk I had absolutely no problem. In my walk early April 2019 (SJPDP-Santiago) certain stages were crowded to the point (e.g. Roncesvalle and Zubiri ) were completely full and pilgrims were turned away. One Brit who arrived later in the day found nothing in Zubiri or Larrasoana and slept under a bridge. And yet, for the most part all was well. Further on, there were days on the meseta when I walked hours without seeing anyone. I notice Thank you all again! My wife and I will be on the Camino next week! Buen Camino a todos! Kernel Philip
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Sorry if this is a really stupid question, but just to clarify, if you are calling over wifi using Viber, you can call a landline in Spain from either North America or from within Spain for $0.02/minute? That seems almost too good to be true.
It's true. In order to get that rate you need to buy a Viber credit "package". I usually purchase the $4.99 package. According to their website it looks like calls to European or North American countries are 1.9¢/minute or less.

 

Kernel Philip

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting 10/25/2017
Dear Trecile, Thank you for the Viber info. I just downloaded and purchased the 4.99 option. And glad to hear Lori has had good luck with Only Pilgrims.
 

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