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More bed bug stories, this time from Arzúa and Melide


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La Voz de Galicia had an article today about complaints about the albergue in Melide. "Pilgrims are complaining about the albergue in Melide" was the headline. This was also mentioned i this article from El Correo today that talks about the bed-bugs as well in these two places.

Towards the bottom you can read "Melide y Arzúa estaban muy mal" (The albergues in) "Melide and Arzúa were very bad" according to some pilgrims....

.. from what I have read in the forum, this also are things that I have heard form our members. Melide and Arzúa are not the best albergues out there... :? ... and that was before the bugs.

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The municipal albergue in Melide smelt almost toxic last year. The kitchen is grimy and it stinks of old oil and gas. There is so much black gungy-algae around the windows, showers and basins that it smells like a cesspit. We slept in the top floor room - a very long room that only has windows at each end so the air soon fouls up with wet socks, smelly shoes and heavy breathing. It was by far the worst albergue we slept in but, thank heavens, no bed-bugs at that time.
The CSJ guide book mentioned that the municipal albergue in Arzua was in a bad state so we didn't stay there.
Perhaps with the new 3 euro min charge, they could afford to get in a cleaning service to scrub them from top to bottom? They need an industrial disinfectant clean up.


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We stayed in the municipal albergue in Melide on 2 July this year. I was wary of even going there to look, as I knew I had read scathing things about it last year, but the other options in Melide seemed much more expensive. However, it did seem like they had cleaned up their act considerably from what I had read. It was quite crowded in the dorms, (and I encountered the earliest, most inconsiderate, long-winded, riser I met anywhere......), but it was clean. They gave out the new disposable sheets and pillow slips (that don't really stay on the beds..) that they seemed to be giving out in a lot of Galician albergues, and at that stage, bedbugs didn't seem to be an issue there for anyone. Perhaps they are more of a 'high summer' problem in general....

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