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What to do about booking rooms...

greghiker

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2021
For those not knowing of how Covid is affecting our travels on the Camino... The Albergues if open can only take 50% occupancy. Same with the pensiones and hotels. We have been stopping one short of the major destination and varying out day of walking based on what we can book for a good night's sleep. Tonignt we sleep in 643 hostel... in Villateurta... a very clean, affordable place, 2 beds for 40 Euros, and an amazing Pilgrims meal (with wine) for 15 Euros each. Well worth the costs and stopping short of Estrella. (4 km away) We even had our laundry washed for free, and dried in our room. Quiet, peaceful with a pub nearby, this was the perfect stop after a hot, climbing day.
Before this we stayed in Uterga, ... before Puenta la Reina. It makes sense to alter your stops with the lack of available rooms... buen camino.
 
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alexwalker

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Yes, it is smart to stop in-between the places that all guidebooks recommend. Glad you had a good meal and wine: Makes a good ending of the day.

Buen Camino!
 

J Willhaus

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2016
@greghiker,
My husband is a pilgrim on the Meseta now and has had no trouble getting a bed with or without a reservation. If you look on the Gronze.com site (in Spanish, but your browser can translate to English if needed) it will show how many places are open ahead in each community and you can plan accordingly. Just divide the number of beds listed at each place in half for Covid limitations. The site is updated regularly and usually lists phone numbers and whether the albergue/hostal will take reservations. It often even lists a website or booking links.

I If you feel you must book, I recommend calling ahead or ask someone to do it for you if your Spanish is a concern. Sometimes it takes one or two tries if the hospitalero is cleaning and can't get to the phone right away, but reserving through websites like booking.com costs the hotel or albergue more. Also not all beds are available through Booking. com so even if the hotel or albergue is showing full on the their website, it is likely they may still have available beds if you call.

My husband, Phil, will be the hospitalero in Caldazilla de los Hermanillos at the municipal albergue beginning on Thursday this week. With Covid limitations the rooms will be two person rooms instead of four person rooms. We were hospitaleros in Estella a couple of years ago and I hope you get a few moments to explore the pretty little town as you move through. Buen Camino!
Janet
 
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bergmannfamily

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We are in Zubiri tonight. We are booking about five days ahead just to get private rooms. No problem so far trying to get the first choice.
 

lt56ny

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2021
For those not knowing of how Covid is affecting our travels on the Camino... The Albergues if open can only take 50% occupancy. Same with the pensiones and hotels. We have been stopping one short of the major destination and varying out day of walking based on what we can book for a good night's sleep. Tonignt we sleep in 643 hostel... in Villateurta... a very clean, affordable place, 2 beds for 40 Euros, and an amazing Pilgrims meal (with wine) for 15 Euros each. Well worth the costs and stopping short of Estrella. (4 km away) We even had our laundry washed for free, and dried in our room. Quiet, peaceful with a pub nearby, this was the perfect stop after a hot, climbing day.
Before this we stayed in Uterga, ... before Puenta la Reina. It makes sense to alter your stops with the lack of available rooms... buen camino.
Even sans COVID madness it is always a good idea to alter your stops and not sleep in "etapa" villages. Opens up a whole new camino world especially on busy caminos or if you walked previously and stopped in the traditional stages.
 
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The alberques I'm currently staying in are filling up more than 50 percent of the beds. I believe they can now go up to 75 percent. Last night was 7 out 10 in my room, tonight is 2 out of 3.

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To add to my previous message, the hospitaleros I have spoken to say reservations are needed in the classic stops with few beds (Hornillos, Terradillos). I'm mostly booking ahead because showing up early isn't a guarantee since so many are shipping luggage. I arrived in Hornillos before noon and the alberque I was staying at had huge pile of shipped bags.
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Cleigh

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2019
To add to my previous message, the hospitaleros I have spoken to say reservations are needed in the classic stops with few beds (Hornillos, Terradillos). I'm mostly booking ahead because showing up early isn't a guarantee since so many are shipping luggage. I arrived in Hornillos before noon and the alberque I was staying at had huge pile of shipped bags.
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Everyone is booking ahead. We are on the camino now and some have had troubles. Most are saying five days out you need to book. I agree the smaller villages have more room. 50% capacity and 30% in Glacia.
 

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