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Staying in Albergues

Barney12

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Camino(s) past & future
2021
Hi there, just wondering.. if a day of rest is needed is it ok to stay more than one night in an albergue or is it best to perhaps move on to a private one? thanks!
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hi there, just wondering.. if a day of rest is needed is it ok to stay more than one night in an albergue or is it best to perhaps move on to a private one? thanks!
In general, municipal albergues won't allow you to stay more than one night, though they will make exceptions if you are sick or injured. Private albergues set their own rules, and many will let you stay more than one night. You can also get a private room in a hotel, hostal or pensión.
 

NorthernLight

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Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
In addition to what trecile says, if you want a rest day, it is more restful to have a private room so that you can sleep in and aren’t disturbed by the noise of others packing up and leaving.

Even private albergues need everyone out of the building for a while so they can clean.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
In addition to what trecile says, if you want a rest day, it is more restful to have a private room so that you can sleep in and aren’t disturbed by the noise of others packing up and leaving.
Absolutely!
 

Barney12

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2021
In general, municipal albergues won't allow you to stay more than one night, though they will make exceptions if you are sick or injured. Private albergues set their own rules, and many will let you stay more than one night. You can also get a private room in a hotel, hostal or pensión.
awesome! thanks for that... thinking this bod may not appreciate moving long distances each day!
 

c0484

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013
Hi there, just wondering.. if a day of rest is needed is it ok to stay more than one night in an albergue or is it best to perhaps move on to a private one? thanks!
It is okay to spend a second night in an albergue, however almost all of them require that you leave in the morning and come back at noon. Buen Camino!
 

lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Rather than taking full rest days I like to do two short days in a row, and it's nice if I stay in a private room the first day so that I can sleep in the second day.
I have been doing that the last couple of Caminos also. The only difference is when I do take a day or two half days I tend to hide in a private room and sleep. Usually I am asleep by 9 and I can still get up early the next day to arrive early on day two and vegetate some more. I have learned how to vegetate even in an albergue.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Rather than taking full rest days I like to do two short days in a row, and it's nice if I stay in a private room the first day so that I can sleep in the second day.
Yes, this is what I do as well.
 
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frances 1998, 2000, 2013
Any advice I am reading in the post is good advice and worthy of consideration.

Trecile is right, municipal albergues do not allow two days rest if it is not due to illness, but private ones do.

Among the private ones, there are some - I think not a few - that have one or more private rooms. To give an idea, in our albergue a person costs € 20 and two people € 28, it is a very similar price in all private, and half or less than a hostel or a hotel.

About the interior rules, in our hostel nobody has to leave the hostel in the morning because of the cleaning, we clean the rooms so that the person who is sick or resting (or simply leaving too late to wait for a train or a bus ) goes to the living room, to the kitchen or to the terrace. If somebody are in bed (people with gastroenteritis), we clean trying not to disturb, it is always possible to do the best for everyone. And I am sure that in any private hostel that has very good reviews on Google, they are also very attentive to all the needs of the pilgrims, whatever they are. Pilgrims frequently come to our albergue because they cannot be in the other albergues, even by taxi from a previous town, and it is exactly the same that they were in a municipal or were in a private - even nearby - with mediocre reviews. Therefore, a hostel with more than four stars in Google is a hostel that will give the pilgrim anything he needs, along the entire Camino de Santiago.

But attention, the official stars of the signs of the hostels do not mean anything with respect to the quality of the hostels, the only difference is that with two stars it has dining room service and with one no, otherwise it may happen that is better the one with one star

There are also hotels that are so special that they are very worthwhile and surpass everything that a good private albergue or hostal can give, such as the National Paradores, and paying five times more can be a very cheap price, for one unique pleasure.

We also recommend the Hotel San Zoilo, a beautiful cloister-museum in Carrión de los Condes, the next stop after Frómista, our city. If I were a pilgrim, without needing to save money or wanting to give myself a pleasure, I would sleep earlier in that hotel than in our albergue, sincerely (and logically, although our albergue is really nice valued).
 

Kevin Malinak

-kevin-
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, St Jean PdP, March 18 (2018)
We made every Sunday a rest day.... Which was a short distance... "half days", roughly 2 to 8 miles when we were averaging around 15. This truly felt as if we didn't walk at all that day. It was also to make sure we made it to Sunday Mass.
 


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