I enjoyed my stay there in 2015, it was in August and the albergue was full. I was there very early, got a private tour by the monk who spoke english very well and was allowed to take photos inside the monastery. Vespers was a treat. Still I find 1 million Euros is a big chunk of money... where is all this money coming from all of a sudden?More here:
My night there, in November, 2017, was similar to both @JLWV's and @alansykes'. The place was very cold and damp (rather like Samos). I was alone in the albergue, so just piled on the blankets, and like JLWV went up the stairs to the very basic bathroom facilities. The highlight of my time there was not the albergue, but a tour of the monastery with an English-speaking monk and the chance to pray vespers with the community. I saw another woman in the chapel during vespers. She was not staying in the albergue and I understood that she had some kind of ongoing relationship with the monastery and was there for a retreat. I don't know if a female pilgrim passing through could have arranged the same. I am apprehensive about that albergue joining the Xunta organisation, with its institutional-style facilities and (to me, most of the time) indifferent hospitaleros. I fear the Xunta spending a million euros to destroy centuries of history, however uncomfortable.I was there in June 2016.
Very cold and wet.
Many pilgrims too, but as I got to the last visit tour, I also had the guide for mi alone.
May be there was some change between Laurie's passage and mine, as the access to the showers was only a stairs (very slipy) on the right side of the room. Very old fashion laundry
There was a small heated room for winter, on the left side when entering.
Liked the vespers
The hospitalero was from French speaking Belgium.
I noted that next to the monestry there was only one bar where to eat.