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Private Rooms on Camino Frances

beerbaron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
240km in 2011, same again this year
#1
Good afternoon fellow pilgrims,

In August/September this year my wife and I are hoping to walk from St Jean to Logrono. I have completed these stages years ago but would like a little more comfort this time. Is it possible to find private rooms in all of the towns we would stop in? I know that Pamplona and Logrono will be OK but what about Roncevalles and Lassaroana?

Many thanks
 

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Sakami

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (April - May 2015)
#3
It will be the odd town between SJPP and Logroño in which a private room will not be available. Only a couple times on the CF, in the most out of the way places, did I find it necessary to sleep in a bunkhouse.

The booking.com app was invaluable for securing reservations ahead. Rarely did I reserve a room 24 hrs in advance, it being April and May, and often I was able to secure and confirm a room just minutes ahead.

Rooms with a private bath make lots of sense for a couple. Being able to shower in the morning was a habit for me. I also appreciated that most special of Camino luxuries; a bathtub!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
#4
A fine place to stay in Zubiri is the private albergue El Palo de Avellano located next to the church. Several small traditional stone structures have been nicely converted into the multilevel space. Private rooms are available as well as dorms. They also provide a delicious communal dinner as well as breakfast.

See more here in their web--
http://elpalodeavellano.com/es/el-palo-de-avellano/

Happy planning and Buen camino!
 

beerbaron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
240km in 2011, same again this year
#5
Thank you for all the kind and helpful responses. Had not considered stopping in Zubiri - the last time we walked onto Larrasoana but it was a bit of a dead town so that could be a good idea. The communal dorms in Larrasoana were also very poor standard!
 

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CF December 2017
#9
If it’s taking a reservation on booking.com then it’s open. All the Spaniards and Europeans were using Gronze.com. Private Albergues all had a double room. For 2 of us, it was perfect. 40 Euro a night, so 20 each. Sheets, your own shower. Things of beauty...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
Portugués / Mozárabe (2019)
#11
I've personally found Zubiri much nicer than Larrasoaña. There are several options there for private rooms. As Margaret mentioned, El Palo de Avellano is excellent.
I also stayed at and liked Zubiri. The river running through the village is really nice for swimming or just walking along the bank. We stayed at Albergue Rio Arga Ibaia (first on the left after you cross the bridge), which was a very nice, small private albergue with excellent facilities, although more expensive than most at €15/bed. They have private rooms too for the OP.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014)
Via Francigena - Lucca to Rome (2017)
Kumano Kodo (October/November 2018)
#12
Good afternoon fellow pilgrims,

In August/September this year my wife and I are hoping to walk from St Jean to Logrono. I have completed these stages years ago but would like a little more comfort this time. Is it possible to find private rooms in all of the towns we would stop in? I know that Pamplona and Logrono will be OK but what about Roncevalles and Lassaroana?

Many thanks
I don't know whether or not you were planning to stop for a night in Los Arcos on the way to Logrono, but if you are there's an excellent albergue there called Casa de la Abuela (where I stayed for a night) which has a couple of private rooms. Here's some links to the relevant parts of their website:
http://www.casadelaabuela.com/
http://www.casadelaabuela.com/Galeria.html
http://www.casadelaabuela.com/Servicios.html
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - April-June, 2016
Portuguese Lisbon-Santiago - October, 2017
#13
I have found Booking.com to be extremely helpful for finding accomodations of all kinds during Camino.
We've used booking.com often on 2 caminos, but a warning. Be sure to take a look at their map to see where the place is located. Their definition of what's available in a city is sometimes loose. We once found ourselves with a non-refundable reservation in a place 10 kms. off the Camino), and the owner would not pick us up. After much hassle we got the owner and booking.com to refund us. We eventually found that is was better to use booking to locate an accommodation, and then call them to reserve. We could then cancel if we needed to. On the Frances we were sometimes able to find accommodations in albergues that also had private rooms en suite. They were the best experiences because we could share in the communal meal.
 

davebugg

DustOff: "When I have your wounded."
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances...
Sept. 2017: SJPdP to Burgos
Sept./Oct. 2018: SJPdP to Santiago de Compostela
#14
We've used booking.com often on 2 caminos, but a warning. Be sure to take a look at their map to see where the place is located.
Yup. It always lists the distance from the desired location in the initial description, and that's the first thing I look for. I also think that you can set the distance parameters from, say, city center in order to see the closest lodgings in order of distance from set parameter.
 

zrexer

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014, 15 & 16 Camino Frances
2017 Camino Portuguese
2018 Camino Primitivo (Sept.)
#16
In April 2016 we walked from St. Jean to Burgos and found private rooms at every albergue we stopped at. We did not pre-book anything, but early April is still Camino low season.
August/September is Camino high season so pre-booking is not a bad idea.
Personally I like the flexibility of not pre- booking as we can stop earlier or walk longer depending on how we feel or if we find something of interest.
But for your time line I would pre-book.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (Oct 2017)
#17
We we wandering around Zubiri looking for a place to stay and a lovely little old lady appeared and offered us a nice private room in an apartment for a reasonable 30 euros. You might not want to leave things so much to chance, but...the Camino provides!
 

GaTeach

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning from SJPP on June 9, 2017
#18
We we wandering around Zubiri looking for a place to stay and a lovely little old lady appeared and offered us a nice private room in an apartment for a reasonable 30 euros. You might not want to leave things so much to chance, but...the Camino provides!
I love this story! I mostly stayed in private rooms, as well. Booking.com is excellent.

I remember walking down the mountain from the Cruz de Ferro into Molinaseca. There was a man on the bridge welcoming pilgrims. Turns out I was staying at his place that night. Hotel Casa san Nicolas. Oh wow. One of my most wonderful nights on the Camino. The food was amazing. So welcoming and after coming down that mountain....it was exactly what I needed. The Camino definitely provided for me that day. I also got to hear my favorite Belgian sing in the church there. :)
 

beerbaron

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
240km in 2011, same again this year
#20
Have got a few places researched and picked out now. Only have Estella, Pamplona and Logrono left. Trying to decide if we should stay in pilgrim places or spend the extra money and stay in some of the beautiful hotels in these cities!
 

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