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crbonade

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Camino Primitivo (2022)
Hello everyone, it looks like I will finally get to do my Camino this fall! I am a miserably light sleeper (if there's one thing being in the army has taught me, its that shared accommodations are NOT for me), so I'm planning to reserve private rooms along the way. My planned stages are below, along with the hotels/albergues/etc. that I'm contemplating staying at.

Does anyone have any feedback/tips about any of these locations, or recommendations for other places to look into that have private (double) rooms? I'd prefer not to adjust the towns I'm staying in by more than a few KM, since some of the stages are already a bit long (I'll be able to take my time walking longer stages since I plan to book in advance, which helps since my time off work is limited).

Thanks in advance!


Walking DayStartStopHotelNotes
0MadridOviedoSoho OviedoTrain from Madrid to Oviedo
1OviedoGradoHotel ArecesNaranco World Heritage Churches (afternoon prior, or morning of start, depending on arrival time)
2GradoLa EspinaEl Texu
3La EspinaCampielloCasa Ricardo
4CampielloBerducedoCasa de Aldea Araceli
5BerducedoCastroHotel Rural Chao San Martín
6CastroComplejo "O Piñeiral", FonsagradaComplejo "O Piñeiral"
7Complejo "O Piñeiral", FonsagradaCastroverdePension Residencia CortesNeolithic stones along the way
8CastroverdeLugoHotel Mendez Nunez
9LugoA CovelaAlbergue A Nave or Casa da PonteDetour to Santa Eulalia. Roman Path at San Romao
10A CovelaBoenteAlbergue Boente
11BoenteO PedrouzoPension O Pedrouzo
12O PedrouzoSantiago de CompostelaCosta VellaPilgrim's Mass at 12pm/6:30pm (double-check times/location)
 
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Hi @crbonade

Lucky you heading to the Primitivo. Of the places you mentioned, in October 2019 we stayed in a private room in El Texu, Albergue Casa Ricardo, Albergue A Nave and Albergue Boente - and very happy with all of them. In El Texu and Albergue A Nave we had communal dinners.

We tend to stay in private rooms these days - but try to seek out Albergues that have both dormitories and private rooms to enjoy the company of other pilgrims. I’ve found there are quite a few of these on the Primitivo including all four above.

Hope you have a wonderful Camino 😎
 

crbonade

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Hi @crbonade

Lucky you heading to the Primitivo. Of the places you mentioned, in October 2019 we stayed in a private room in El Texu, Albergue Casa Ricardo, Albergue A Nave and Albergue Boente - and was very happy with all of them. In El Texu and Albergue A Nave we had lovely communal dinners.

We tend to stay in private rooms these days - but try to seek out Albergues that have both dormitories and private rooms to enjoy the company of other pilgrims. I’ve found there are quite a few of these on the Primitivo including all four above.

Hope you have a wonderful Camino 😎
Thank you! I tried to find a good amount of places that have both private rooms and dorms so my mom and I don't feel completely isolated from anyone else who's walking, glad to hear good things about some of the places I picked 😊
 

peregrina2000

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Does anyone have any feedback/tips about any of these locations, or recommendations for other places to look into that have private (double) rooms?


Hi, @crbonade, Good choices, IMO. There are cheaper options in non-albergue places in some of the towns, but you have probably seen those and have decided to go more upscale.

Oviedo — great location for your hotel.

Grado -- That must be a relatively new hotel. Much more upscale than what has been the go-to non-albergue option, the Hotel Auto Bar.

Berducedo - Casa Marqués has albergue and pensión rooms and may have more of the “pilgrim vibe.”

Castro — I’ve stayed here and it is kind of unusual, but it’s fine. Not a hotel in any common understanding of the word, you are essentially going to be in a bedroom of her house. It is clean. I would eat at the albergue that’s about a 2 minute walk.

Castroverde — I have stayed in the pensión. It is very basic, but clean and fine.

Ferreira — I’ve been in a private room in the Nave and in Casa do Ponte. There will be more pilgrims in the Nave, but the Casa do Ponte is charmig and the owners are very nice.

And definitely do not miss the bóveda of Santa Eulalia. I have been there three times now and it always is beathtaking.

Costa Vella was my go-to Santiago hotel till I learned about San Martín Pinario. Beautiful garden, lovely rooms in an old stone house.

Hoping you have a great Primitivo!
 

crbonade

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Camino Primitivo (2022)
Hi, @crbonade, Good choices, IMO. There are cheaper options in non-albergue places in some of the towns, but you have probably seen those and have decided to go more upscale.

Oviedo — great location for your hotel.

Grado -- That must be a relatively new hotel. Much more upscale than what has been the go-to non-albergue option, the Hotel Auto Bar.

Berducedo - Casa Marqués has albergue and pensión rooms and may have more of the “pilgrim vibe.”

Castro — I’ve stayed here and it is kind unusual, but it’s fine. Not a hotel in any common understanding of the word, you are essentially going to be in a bedroom of her house. It is clean. I would eat at the albergue that’s about a 2 minute walk.

Castroverde — I have stayed in the pensión. It is very basic, but clean and fine.

Ferreira — I’ve been in a private room in the Nave and in Casa do Ponte. There will be more pilgrims in the Nave, but the Casa do Ponte is charmig and the owners are very nice.

And definitely do not miss the bóveda of Santa Eulalia. I have been there three times now and it always is beathtaking.

Costa Vella was my go-to Santiago hotel till I learned about San Martín Pinario. Beautiful garden, lovely rooms in an old stone house.

Hoping you have a great Primitivo!
Yeah, having a 2nd person splitting the costs definitely gives me more options for more "upscale" places - not necessarily a must-have for me personally but I think my mom will be more comfortable/relaxed so willing to spend a little more for that.

For Castro, is Albergue Juvenil Castro where you're recommending for food?

I'll have to look into San Martin Pinario for SdC, thanks!
 
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peregrina2000

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For Castro, is Albergue Juvenil Castro where you're recommending for food?
Yes, their kitchen seemed to be open at all hours and the food looked good. Fresh.

If you get to Castro in time for a visit, I’d highly recommend going to the Castro (hill fort). The site itself was closed for repairs/conservation when I was there in September, but it has now opened. At least that’s what I see on the internet. The museum is small but very interesting, and just a stone’s throw from the place you are staying.
 

DonnaM

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2021
Hello everyone, it looks like I will finally get to do my Camino this fall! I am a miserably light sleeper (if there's one thing being in the army has taught me, its that shared accommodations are NOT for me), so I'm planning to reserve private rooms along the way. My planned stages are below, along with the hotels/albergues/etc. that I'm contemplating staying at.

Does anyone have any feedback/tips about any of these locations, or recommendations for other places to look into that have private (double) rooms? I'd prefer not to adjust the towns I'm staying in by more than a few KM, since some of the stages are already a bit long (I'll be able to take my time walking longer stages since I plan to book in advance, which helps since my time off work is limited).

Thanks in advance!


Walking DayStartStopHotelNotes
0MadridOviedoSoho OviedoTrain from Madrid to Oviedo
1OviedoGradoHotel ArecesNaranco World Heritage Churches (afternoon prior, or morning of start, depending on arrival time)
2GradoLa EspinaEl Texu
3La EspinaCampielloCasa Ricardo
4CampielloBerducedoCasa de Aldea Araceli
5BerducedoCastroHotel Rural Chao San Martín
6CastroComplejo "O Piñeiral", FonsagradaComplejo "O Piñeiral"
7Complejo "O Piñeiral", FonsagradaCastroverdePension Residencia CortesNeolithic stones along the way
8CastroverdeLugoHotel Mendez Nunez
9LugoA CovelaAlbergue A Nave or Casa da PonteDetour to Santa Eulalia. Roman Path at San Romao
10A CovelaBoenteAlbergue Boente
11BoenteO PedrouzoPension O Pedrouzo
12O PedrouzoSantiago de CompostelaCosta VellaPilgrim's Mass at 12pm/6:30pm (double-check times/location)
Hi, I did the Primitvo last September, I stayed at the Soho Oviedo, it was a cute hotel not far from the route...The Areces, small, clean and the owners were fab...the wife made great cake :), Casa deAldea in Berducedo...Stunning! Great food, great place, great hostess!, the hotel Mendez Nunez was ok but felt a little big and corporate compared to the others (for me). I feel your pain of being a light sleeper! Buen Camino, you will love it!
 
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@crbonade Just to add -

Oviedo is a wonderful town. I’ve visited four times (twice as a starting point for the Primitivo, once at the end of the Salvador, and another time en route from somewhere else). Always so enjoyable.

I see your itinerary and hope that the train schedule will allow you and your Mom at least a few hours after your arrival.

If you could manage a whole day, even better. 😎
 

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