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Reserving Albergues...yes or no?

Belinda Lozano

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6/10/15
Hi there!

I hope someone with experience in walking the Camino Frances in June can help me. I'm going to start in Ponferrada on June 14 and was wondering if I need to make reservations now at albergues? Or can I just be a walk in? What should I do? I really want to listen to my body. I'm not sure if I'll do 10 miles or 12. I kinda wanted to be flexible about my walk.

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Belinda Lozano

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6/10/15
Then don't reserve. If you want to be sure to have a bed where you want, then reserving is a good idea. Just a day ahead will be enough. You cannot have total flexibility and total security. :)
Ok so it does get that crowded. If there's a chance I may not have a bed I'd rather reserve ahead of time then. I just don't know if I'll make the distance I planned for daily. My body can be unpredictable.
 

Belinda Lozano

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6/10/15
Ok so it does get that crowded. If there's a chance I may not have a bed I'd rather reserve ahead of time then. I just don't know if I'll make the distance I planned for daily. My body can be unpredictable.
What is the best way to make a reservation? Email? Online?
 
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Mark Lee

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No need to make reservations now at albergues. Like falcon said, if you have a phone and can call ahead when you know which town you are stopping in, sure, that's a good idea. Mind you the reservations are only available at the private albergues.
Also I do recommend a private albergue/hostel in Ponferrada. Albergue Alea. It's run by two gracious ladies. They have a website and I'm sure they take reservations.
 
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Heliman1965

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Hi Belinda,

I only ever book somewhere for the day I fly in and reach where I'm beginning my Camino. always nice to arrive with the peace of mind that you have a bed already arranged.

I always stay in hotels in the big cities for security and a treat... (each to their own)

Enjoy your planning :)
Buen Camino
Bryan
 

SYates

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... I'm going to start in Ponferrada on June 14 and was wondering if I need to make reservations now at albergues? Or can I just be a walk in? What should I do? I really want to listen to my body. I'm not sure if I'll do 10 miles or 12. I kinda wanted to be flexible about my walk. ...

Reserve your first night, especially if you arrive latish in the day and might be jet lagged.

Ok so it does get that crowded. If there's a chance I may not have a bed I'd rather reserve ahead of time then. I just don't know if I'll make the distance I planned for daily. My body can be unpredictable.

Just call ahead the same day, a few hours, just to check up on the situation.

What is the best way to make a reservation? Email? Online?

Phone!

Buen Camino! SY
 

Belinda Lozano

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Year of past OR future Camino
6/10/15
No need to make reservations now at albergues. Like falcon said, if you have a phone and can call ahead when you know which town you are stopping in, sure, that's a good idea. Mind you the reservations are only available at the private albergues.
Also I do recommend a private albergue/hostel in Ponferrada. Albergue Alea. It's run by two gracious ladies. They have a website and I'm sure they take reservations.
Thanks so much mark I will take your advice. Alea was the one I had chosen from my books and research. Thanks so much for your kindness!

Bel
 

Belinda Lozano

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Year of past OR future Camino
6/10/15
Reserve your first night, especially if you arrive latish in the day and might be jet lagged.



Just call ahead the same day, a few hours, just to check up on the situation.



Phone!

Buen Camino! SY
Thanks SY! I'll do just that! Can't wait!
 

november_moon

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We did a mix of reservations (made on the day) and just walk ins. If you are ok with maybe having to check a couple alberques, walk to the next town, perhaps not stay in an alberque but maybe a hostal or casa rural some nights, then no need to reserve - if you can be flexible, then you're fine. And like people have said, you can't reserve at municipal alberques anyway, only the private ones. But if you really want to stay at a specific place or really need that structure, then call ahead to reserve. From what I have heard from others, the real issues finding beds happen when people walk long distances each day so that they arrive in towns fairly late after most pilgrims have already gotten beds and those who really want to only stay in municipal alberques. If you aren't walking until late and you can be flexible, I think its fine not to reserve.

My strategy was to check my guide book to see what was coming up - which towns, about how many beds were listed in each town, how far apart the towns were - and come up with an idea of about where I might want to stop. If it looked like there was a lot of space in a particular town that I wanted to stop in, then I didn't reserve anything - or if there were several towns relatively close to one another and I didn't really care where I stopped, then I just went and figured I'd find something somewhere. But if options looked fairly limited or if I really wanted to stay at a particular place, then I called ahead (or in a couple cases, went online and reserved a hotel room as a splurge).
 
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movinmaggie

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Year of past OR future Camino
2015
I saw an earlier thread indicating there was a Guide to all the Albergues, making it easier to have info to phone ahead, BUT ….now I cannot find it. I know explicit publications cannot be stated in the threads, but if someone doesn't mind a personal contact, it would be helpful. Anyone?
 

C clearly

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I know explicit publications cannot be stated in the threads
I don't think this is true - people are naming publications and accommodation all the time. You are not supposed to advertise on the threads, but reviews are welcome. There are various published guides with phone numbers of many albergues, but there is no single "ONE" that is guaranteed to have them all. There is a list handed out at the pilgrim's office in St. Jean. There is also a list here on the forum site under Resources https://www.caminodesantiago.me/com...lbergues-on-the-camino-frances-in-one-pdf.10/
 

dariosilva

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2012, Portuguese 2015
I know of a pilgrim couple who did not call ahead. She was pregnant. When they got to their destination, they could not find a place. They ended up finding a place in a barn and slept with the cows and sheep. She had her baby there. I guess one can always find a place.
 
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NoQ

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I recently made reservations for every place I'll be stopping at for my summer Camino, though most are for hostales.

It has the benefit of giving you relaxed stages as you know you'll have a bed for you until a certain cut-off time. But it is very limiting too as it does not take into account days you'll be feeling full of energy and want to walk on and days you feel really tired or in pain with blisters etc so want a short stage.
 
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movinmaggie

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Year of past OR future Camino
2015
Thanks; I see there are several compilations now of guides to Albergues for Camino Frances. Would any seasoned pilgrims know which would be the most recent? I still cannot find the message I had first seen a a couple of weeks ago. Someone else had the same question and the responder alluded to a 'well known' Camino writer who had written a guide, but didn't want to break any rules, so suggested she send him a personal message so he could advise her where to find it - so I assumed it was something published and sold to the public. And good for him for wanting to do the right thing.
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
I know of a pilgrim couple who did not call ahead. She was pregnant. When they got to their destination, they could not find a place. They ended up finding a place in a barn and slept with the cows and sheep. She had her baby there. I guess one can always find a place.
Mind you that WAS at Christmastime and that's always a busy time in the hotel business . . . .
 

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