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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

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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

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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

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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!
 

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)
#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!
 

Ryan_StL

New Member
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.
 

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)
#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.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
#23
I like to book a couple of days ahead whilst on the Camino. However, I spend the entire year previous to my trip thinking about where I want to stay. I read many reviews, especially looking for recommendations in the blogs of other pilgrims. Now here is a big plea to bloggers: please, please, please give the full name of the hostel where you had a particularly good time. It is frustrating when people speak highly of a place and don't help others to find it!
 
#24
Has anyone had issues with booking.com - You make a reservation but when you show up it is missing? I am walking in June/July and have been researching a bit - want to prebook a few places just for ease of mind - first time traveling abroad, alone and thought it would be easier if I had a few places already lined up. My fear is I will book a place using booking.com then show up and they don't have record of it and I am screwed, in a foreign country, alone and having to figure things out - yep just a little anxious about this :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#25
Has anyone had issues with booking.com - You make a reservation but when you show up it is missing? I am walking in June/July and have been researching a bit - want to prebook a few places just for ease of mind - first time traveling abroad, alone and thought it would be easier if I had a few places already lined up. My fear is I will book a place using booking.com then show up and they don't have record of it and I am screwed, in a foreign country, alone and having to figure things out - yep just a little anxious about this :)
I haven't experienced showing up and not having a booking when I've booked through booking.com, but sometimes it has taken the staff a few minutes to locate it. If you are worried I think that Booking.com has an option to contact the property with any questions or special requests. You might use that feature to get in touch to confirm that you will be there, and the approximate time frame.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#27
Bookingdotcom has a very good app for a smartphone. Including a folder to keep your reservations.
Yes, that's one of the reasons that I like to use Booking.com. Lots of people suggest using Booking to find the hotels/albergues/pensiones, then book directly with the property because it can be cheaper, but I don't mind paying a little for the convenience of having all of my bookings in the same place on my phone. And sometimes I book places far ahead of time knowing that I might have to cancel the booking. It is much easier and quicker to cancel with Booking.com.
 

SabineP

Camino = Empathy + Compassion.
Camino(s) past & future
some and then more. see my signature.
#28
Yes, that's one of the reasons that I like to use Booking.com. Lots of people suggest using Booking to find the hotels/albergues/pensiones, then book directly with the property because it can be cheaper, but I don't mind paying a little for the convenience of having all of my bookings in the same place on my phone. And sometimes I book places far ahead of time knowing that I might have to cancel the booking. It is much easier and quicker to cancel with Booking.com.

I do both . Using booking and calling directly. In my experience the bigger chain hotels have the same deal as Booking. The smaller independent family hostal / casa rural is cheaper booking directly.
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#29
I do both . Using booking and calling directly. In my experience the bigger chain hotels have the same deal as Booking. The smaller independent family hostal / casa rural is cheaper booking directly.
The places that I know for sure that I will be at in the next day or two I'll call or email. But the places that I book weeks or month ahead I like to do on Booking. I actually had several reservations in Santiago and finjsterry this year, because I wasn't sure of exactly when I'd arrive.
 
Camino(s) past & future
2013 (Pamplona to Burgos)
2014 (Burgos to Villafranca del Bierzo)
2015 (Villafranca to Santiago)
2016 (Le Puy to Conques; SJPP To Pamplona)
#30
I have used Booking.com many, many times over the past 5 years with never a problem till this year. On arriving at Casa Grande in Alcuescar on VDLP, I had to search for the manager around town and then was told he had no record of my booking. I showed him the confirmation on my phone. It transpired that he had let my room to someone else. There was more to this story. His partner had gone off on holiday for Easter, leaving him to manage everything, including a night club. I later heard that Casa Grande was a complete shambles, dirty with unsafe wiring. The situation for me was saved when another pilgrim arrived, a Spanish man, who got the manager to drive both of us to the albergue at the monastery (Los Esclavos de Maria y los Pobres) where we were allocated the last 2 single rooms - a much better deal than Casa Grande would have been.
 

Madge464

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future: Camino Frances starting in Sept.(2018)
#31
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 the person that with my husband started in September and finished in October. We stayed in private rooms the whole time. I used a couple of different tools. We are fans of booking.com. We booked out our reservations two to three at a time if possible. We used John Brierley's Camino book. We would look at the suggested amount to walk each day, the terrain, and how we felt to make our daily picks for the next few days. Booking dot com did not fail us. We tried to plan where we were going to stay closest to the main square. This was usually where a church was. We also put in fro ensuite bathroom. This whole process did not work 100% of the time. Some towns did not use booking.com and we had to look at Alburgues that were listed for the town in Brierley's guide. We then called to make a reservation. We always parted one place for the next with a reservation as to where we were going. I have my credit card listed with Booking.com so they always took my reservation without a problem. I hope this helps.
 

Madge464

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future: Camino Frances starting in Sept.(2018)
#32
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.
I admire your fortitude! I thought I was so in shape for this. I started walking 8 months before I left. I am 66 and if I had of prebooked, I would of been taking taxis at certain parts to get to my booking as it was hard and we got really tired. I would of walked more hills and would of walked down more trails as opposed to sidewalks in town, hilly or not to prepare.
 
Camino(s) past & future
September (2019)
#33
I am the person that with my husband started in September and finished in October. We stayed in private rooms the whole time. I used a couple of different tools. We are fans of booking.com. We booked out our reservations two to three at a time if possible. We used John Brierley's Camino book. We would look at the suggested amount to walk each day, the terrain, and how we felt to make our daily picks for the next few days. Booking dot com did not fail us. We tried to plan where we were going to stay closest to the main square. This was usually where a church was. We also put in fro ensuite bathroom. This whole process did not work 100% of the time. Some towns did not use booking.com and we had to look at Alburgues that were listed for the town in Brierley's guide. We then called to make a reservation. We always parted one place for the next with a reservation as to where we were going. I have my credit card listed with Booking.com so they always took my reservation without a problem. I hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
September (2019)
#34
Wow! You found me! I found you! About how much should I budget for getting a room per day? Looking at comparing prices of on our own versus a tour company. Also how was the weather?
 

Madge464

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
future: Camino Frances starting in Sept.(2018)
#35
Hooray! We usually spent around E20 per person. There were three of us and usually our room averaged around E60.00 a night. It might be a little more for two as opposed to three. I came across listings that were more but really tried to stay in that range. The weather was great. We left on the 9th, stayed two days in Burgoes, Leon, and Pamplona. We usually hiked around 13 miles a day. We arrived in Santiago on the 19th of October. We had about four days of rain. The days start fairly cool and then got warm, sometimes very warm. Used sunscreen and a sleeveless quick dry shirt quite a few days. The weather changed as we got into October, colder. I did not bring a coat and so I was layering big time. I have some favorite clothing suggestions. feel free to ask me anything.
 

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