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Pre-booking

Camino(s) past & future
September (2019)
#1
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#2
You can find lodgings for most towns on booking.com
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#3
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
To find that lady's posts is almost like searching for a needle in a haystack. Use Search function. Her nickname? Title of the thread? When was it posted? Any keywords?

otherwise you have all the basic info on accommodation along the CF here:
https://www.gronze.com/camino-frances

Or try Booking, Trivago etc.

Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#4
Hello, and welcome to the forum,

There are many threads describing whether, how and when to book hotels/hostales, so I don't think you need to find that particular person to get the information. Notice in the upper right of your screen, a Search function. Enter "hotel september" or "hostal hotel september" or "pre book september", etc. Just keep browsing and you'll find lots of information and opinions.

As @JillGat says, booking.com is a good tool, but 12 months in advance is a long time. Many people like to pre-book their first several nights (perhaps up to Pamplona), especially if they are starting on a weekend, and then do it only a day or 2 in advance.
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Burgos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2018)
#5
I prefer to book accommodation (not, please, pre-book, the prefix is tautologous (yes I am an old pedant)) and plan my Camino as much as possible. (It's the only thing that gets me through the British winter!)

I know that many others prefer just to see where the day takes them but, like you, I prefer to stay in hotels/hostals, in which case booking is strongly advised especially at busy times. I have done my fair share of youth hostel/dormitory sleeping and discovered many years ago that the annoying person who snores all night and keeps everyone else awake is usually me.

I use Gronze (in Spanish, but open it in Google Chrome and use the translate feature) and Godesalco (in English) to plan stages and to see what accommodation is available. Many hotels can be booked through Booking.com, but bear in mind that you will pay a small premium for this over the hotel's usual tariff and that many hotels do not release their availability until February/March each year in which case Booking.com will misleadingly list them as unavailable for the date you want.

It is often worth contacting the hotel direct, especially if you can speak a little Spanish or at least send an e-mail with the help of Google translate. You will usually get a better price. I don't usually bother with breakfasting where I am staying, (Spanish breakfast isn't exactly a gourmet feast) but find a cafe half an hour down the trail.

If you're beginning at St Jean Pied de Port, you will certainly need to book if you plan to end your first day at Orisson. If, like most people, you go over the Route Napoleon in one day, you have the choice of either staying at one of the small hotels at Roncesvalles or walking on for a further 30 min to Burguete where there are two good hotels.

Good luck and good planning!
 
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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
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VdlP (2020)
#6
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
I generally use Booking.com
But if you can speak some basic Spanish, just call them. I get the phone numbers from Gronze
You have time for a few lessons ;)
 

Madge464

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future: Camino Frances starting in Sept.(2018)
#7
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#8
I would recommend calling yourself or if you are staying at a friendly Spanish hotel etc hand them you phone and ask them to explain the situation & request a booking. If you are booking directly as a pilgrim there is often a reduced rate, where as if you go via Booking.com or similar yes you may get a reduced rate of the published rate but will not get any further pilgrim discount. Cheers
 

falcon269

no commercial interests
Camino(s) past & future
yes
#9
Almost all hostales and hoteles are listed on booking.com and other accommodation reservation sites. You can save wandering around town by using them. Reserving more than a day in advance will put a lot of unnecessary stress on your walk. You will be walking to reach a reservation rather than walking to enjoy the day. There are only two hotels in Roncesvalles, so you may want to book one of them after you book SJPdP.

Have fun!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Saint Jean to Santiago ( 2018)
#10
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
My daughter and I will be starting at the end of August 2019 in Saint Jean Pied de Port. We would like to stay mostly in hostels/hotels. Any advice on how to pre book for the first few nights? Also when I first looked at this forum I saw that a lady had posted about doing the Camino with her husband in the month of September and wanting to stay mostly in hotels. How can I find her? Brand new here! Thank you in advance!
I am on the Camino now and I prebooked every stop to Santiago before I left home through booking.com. I am so glad I did.
 
Camino(s) past & future
March-mid April 2017 first time
#12
Hi, Tomi.
I was planning our second trip second week of September 2019.
Starting from SJPP.
Found out hotel was nearly booked, you need only one room per night,
so using either booking or hotels.com I booked up to my third stage and found out that I could not book our flight, because it was to advanced, only we could book our flight 11 months prior to departure.
Canceling booking is easy.
A bit stressful, but prebooking I recommend, last Camino I booked three nights
ahead of the time worked well.
We stayed in hotel, some albergues have private room.
Good luck to find your accommodations, just in case bring your sleeping bag.
Buen Camino.
Cathy.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues (April 2019)
#13
I am leaving at the beginning of April and have pre-booked several places already, it kind of happened naturally and is a lot of fun. (Also considered it necessary for Santiago because I will be there over Easter)
With free cancellation everywhere and nothing to pay until a week before there is still plenty of juggling room if plans change (i.e. I am planning to walk coastal but if, for any reason, I later decide to walk central I can change this easily.
I like to read the reviews and have more freedom of choice to suit my budget. If I can't make the distance on the day I can catch a bus or taxi for the rest of the way if need be, I don't care, got nothing to prove.
Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#14
Hi, Tomi.
I was planning our second trip second week of September 2019.
Starting from SJPP.
Found out hotel was nearly booked, you need only one room per night,
so using either booking or hotels.com I booked up to my third stage and found out that I could not book our flight, because it was to advanced, only we could book our flight 11 months prior to departure.
Canceling booking is easy.
A bit stressful, but prebooking I recommend, last Camino I booked three nights
ahead of the time worked well.
We stayed in hotel, some albergues have private room.
Good luck to find your accommodations, just in case bring your sleeping bag.
Buen Camino.
Cathy.
I am confused about why one would book hotels a year in advance.
 
Camino(s) past & future
September (2019)
#15
Hi, Tomi.
I was planning our second trip second week of September 2019.
Starting from SJPP.
Found out hotel was nearly booked, you need only one room per night,
so using either booking or hotels.com I booked up to my third stage and found out that I could not book our flight, because it was to advanced, only we could book our flight 11 months prior to departure.
Canceling booking is easy.
A bit stressful, but prebooking I recommend, last Camino I booked three nights
ahead of the time worked well.
We stayed in hotel, some albergues have private room.
Good luck to find your accommodations, just in case bring your sleeping bag.
Buen Camino.
Cathy.
Thank you!
 
Camino(s) past & future
September 2013
October 2017
#17
I found that many hotels still have unbooked rooms. I didn’t book any in advance and still found a hotel to sleep in when I wanted one instead of an albergue.

The only one I booked in advance is Orisson because it’s the only one between SJPP and Roncesvalles, assuming you want to cut that day in half and not go all the way to Roncevalles on your first day.

And September is busy, but more so after Sarria.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances
SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia, May 2016
C. Frances, Sept 2017
Via de La Plata (spring, 2019)
#18
I guess I don't know about hotels. But when I walked CF in September, I never had trouble finding a nice hostal or private albergue booking one day in advance. Even after Sarria. What have others found with hotels? And do any of them really take reservations a year ahead?
 
Camino(s) past & future
March-mid April 2017 first time
#20
I am confused about why one would book hotels a year in advance.
Don’t get confused over the booking, extended winter escapes, yes do need a year advance, my place was booked thru the net and I was one step late to take
same place for the coming year’s winter months.
This time just out of curiosity check SJPP to start our Camino second week of September 2019, just few places left to book.
If we need to walk we will find the way. Get tickets booked first.
I guess I was to excited to go on a Camino trail again.
Cathy.
 

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