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Poll Which accommodations do you primarily use?

Which (max two alternatives) accomodations do you primarily use on the camino?

  • Donativos

    Votes: 34 13.0%
  • Private albergues

    Votes: 141 54.0%
  • Municipal/associated albergues

    Votes: 123 47.1%
  • Casa Rurales

    Votes: 33 12.6%
  • Hostals

    Votes: 64 24.5%
  • Hotels

    Votes: 68 26.1%
  • Paradores

    Votes: 4 1.5%
  • Camping

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • Private homes

    Votes: 1 0.4%
  • Other accomodations

    Votes: 3 1.1%

  • Total voters
    261

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
This is a poll if you didn't get that from the prefix. You can answer in the poll or in the thread or both. The alternatives is probably not covering all alternatives or some of them is similar, but I did my best when finding the answer alternatives.

Which (max two alternatives per person) accommodations do you primarily use on the camino?
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Vote the two you use most. :)
Ok, but not sure because...First camino was mostly municiple albergues, 2nd munis and private albergues, 3rd added in casa rural and guest house, 4th all gites, 5th guesthouses and hotels. 6th coming up and will be a mixture of mostly hotels, a few private albergues, and an apartment.
 

jungleboy

Nick
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Personally, I don't really think that much about the type of albergue as defined in the poll (donativo, private, municipal). On my last two caminos (especially the last one, the Camino de Madrid), there was often only one choice of albergue. Looking back on the Madrid now, I think I stayed in all three types but I wasn't thinking about that at the time. If there's more than one choice, I pick the one that sounds the nicest, has the best facilities etc. I don't say, 'Well, this one's donativo and I prefer municipal so I'm not choosing it.'
 

Anamiri

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016, 2017, 2019 Camino Frances
I cant vote either, there are 5 for me as well. No I couldnt pick two. The problem with this as a poll is that the accommodation is always dictated by the size and facilities of a town, and when you get there. I don't set out looking a specific type of accommodation, it just happens along the Way.
But I do try to stay in my favourites if they are available.
 

Bala

Veteran member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances: SJPdP-Burgos, (2015); Burgos-Sarria (2018); Sarria-Santiago (2018).
Frances (2020)
I'm preference is parochials, but they're not even on the list.
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
I'm preference is parochials, but they're not even on the list.
I haven't heard of parochials. Can you describe more?

If a moderator sees this, please add it into the poll.
 

Telboyo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
I intend to leave the UK the day Before Brexit and walkMarch -April 2019 Camino Frances
I just used the first thing that caught my eye, I would stand outside the building and listen to see if I could hear my bed calling, if not I would go to the next place. So I stayed in all sorts of places. I did not realize there was a difference between municipal , private or parochial alberges.
 

Kathar1na

Member
Camino(s) past & future
To Santiago and beyond (from home; Voie de Tours; Camino Francés; Biskaya; Manche; Via Brabantica)
I haven't heard of parochials. Can you describe more?
https://www.caminoguidebook.com/on-the-way/accommodation is a good summary. Do people actually care or even notice who owns an albergue, whether it’s the municipality or the parish?

A main decision factor for choosing accommodation is the price for one night and perhaps the option of eating in-house. Another main factor is whether the albergue bed will be in a dormitory or in a private room.

A parador is nothing else than a hotel belonging to a particular chain. Hostal/hostales, casa rurales and small hotels is basically the same for me although I am aware of the fact that they belong to different tourism categories and this may make a difference for a longer stay but for one night, who cares, I don’t.
 
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Lindor

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting Camino 02/04/2020
Maybe a silly question, but how can you tell which type of alburgue is which from the outside? Do they say the price/type on a sign outside?
I will be travelling on a budget, so will hopefully be staying in whichever is the cheapest. I would rather not have to walk into a place, ask the price and then have to walk away if its out of my price range......
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Maybe a silly question, but how can you tell which type of alburgue is which from the outside? Do they say the price/type on a sign outside?
I will be travelling on a budget, so will hopefully be staying in whichever is the cheapest. I would rather not have to walk into a place, ask the price and then have to walk away if its out of my price range......
The best thing is to have a good guidebook or app that tells you the price/range. Also, if you start in Saint Jean Pied de Port they give you a free copy of a leaflet with all the albergues on the Camino Frances. And there is also https://www.gronze.com/ which states the prices also ... So, plenty of free information available ;-)

Buen Camino and welcome to the forum btw ;-)
SY
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
If you had the choice of any in 1 place which would be your first choice ! It’s not a trick IMHO.
Good question, but it's too hard for me to choose just "one" when I have many favorites after five different caminos! I would have to compile a whole list!
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
I primarily use three types of albergues because where may choose to sleep at night may not afford all three options. I usually go by the following: Donativos first, Municipals and then private. But this order can change based on cleanliness location etc. Years ago I remember it was Saturday afternoon and a friend had told me about this great albergue she was going to stay at again. I told her I would meet her there after she told me at lunch. I got there first and there was a nightclub across the street with the entrance no more than 6 or 7 meters from the entrance to the albergue. They were unloading band equipment. Obviously a live show that night. I never went in. Found another albergue 4 or 5 blocks away. Went back left a note for my friend (in an envelope that the owner of my albergue gave me and told her what I saw and where I was staying. It wasn't a great albergue but it was clean and the bed was fine so it was a really, really good albergue in my eyes. She came and we both had a great sleep. I heard from those who stayed at the first albergue. Their experience was no so great that night. So who knows where you will stay and how you will choose.
As I said before I also have my favorites and their are so really great places to stay based on the owner and their services but it always come down to the people who are sharing the room with you that night.
 

John R McLean

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Completed Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Portuguese from Porto (2017)
Iona-Rome-Jerusalem (2019-20)
Cheapest available or splurge when I needed it.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Wellllll....
Gee, it depends.
On the Frances, I do one thing, bit on less traveled caminos I do something else altogether. So I have way more than 2 answers.
So I voted as though it is a Frances-specific poll...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino June 2018 from Leon to SdC. Plan Frances 2022, Porto Central-Finisterre 2023, LePuy-SJ 2024
Main 2 are hostels and hotels. I travel with my wife and at our stage in life appreciate private facilities . Try to pick hostels and Albergues with best of both worlds with a combination of shared and private as mixing with fellow peregrinos as much as possible is an important part of the journey.
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), CP(13), CN(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18), VdlP(19)
I do not believe that anyone who has walked multiple Camino's can say they just used two options.

I recommend you downsize the options. The choices offered are a little too granular.

Donativo's could be included in the Municipal/Albergue category.
Paradores in the Hotels category ( there are not enough on any route to be a primary stop.)
Private homes, in most cases, would fall under private albergues and occasionally donativo.

Just my opinion.
Joe
 

Terry Callery

Chi Walker
Camino(s) past & future
"Portuguese Camino - In Search of the Infinite Moment" Amazon/Kindle books authored
"Slow Camino"
I avoid municipal albergues like the plague.
 

cher99840

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2017 Camino Frances SJPP-Santiago
2015 St. Olav's Way Oslo-Trondheim
2017 VdlP Seville-Merida
Private room, private bath is my goal. Not having to concern myself with disturbing others or being disturbed by them adds to my experience.
 

MikeJS

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (12), VdlP (16). Sureste/Invierno (17). Olvidado/San Salvador/Primitivo (19)
Whatever is available…..
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
I was going to check 6 of the choices, since I use them all, but only 2 choices were allowed. So, I didn't participate.
 

Pelen

Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF (2018 SJPdP-Logroño)
(2020 Logroño-)
why are you asking??
Because I feel it is interesting to see what kind of accommodation users on this forum prefers to use. Do others have the same thoughts as me? (It seems so).
I was going to check 6 of the choices, since I use them all, but only 2 choices were allowed. So, I didn't participate.
Choose the two you use most.
 

Bad Pilgrim

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Far too many...
Because I feel it is interesting to see what kind of accommodation users on this forum prefers to use. Do others have the same thoughts as me? (It seems so).
Choose the two you use most.
I don't mind the polls! They get me thinking and sort out my priorities :D!
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
I stay where I stop walking.

That said, I like places where there is a shared meal, and I like places run by volunteers as they are kinder (over all) than those whose welcome is simply a job. (Although, that's not always true.) I like staying in old buildings, but am glad for any roof over my head. --

I especially like that people of all incomes and from all over the world end up sharing a meal and sharing a room and talking in the albergues.
 

laineylainey

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
started in 2012, hooked ever since.
I see you have walked part of the Francés? Maybe your question is more directed towards that path where I believe there is lot of choice, but forgive me if I am wrong.
In other less walked routes the choices of where I can lay my head at night and have a meal can be more limited. These past 2 or 3 years I am more directed by the path to walk and I usually find the experience and enjoyment of the walk outweighs the accommodation.
 

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