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Albergue Guide With Ratings

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  1. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    BROWNCOUNTYBOB Well-Known Member

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    During our recent camino, the vast majority of pilgrims we saw used John Brierley's book. It provided us with essential information and I referred to it throughout each day. I also brought along the spreadsheet that listed albergues in each town, the number of beds, cost per bed, services in the albergue and services in each town (ATM, pharmacy, etc). This was also helpful - I found this on this website.

    A few European pilgrims we walked with used a reference guide on Albergues. I did not borrow the guide to see what information it contained, but based on conversations with other pilgrims it gave a more detailed review of albergues in each town throughout the Camino Frances and even rated albergues with stars. One pilgrim from Belgium said he will not stay in an albergue that is rated with less than three stars.

    If / when we walk the camino again, I'd love to bring along a albergue reference guide with ratings. Does anyone have more information on this?

    Bob
     
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    @BROWNCOUNTYBOB , Be careful with Albergue rating, I have been doing lots of research and to quote from a another forum "" Someone is touting albergues and skewing the ratings. For example over 55 raters have weighed in on Manjarin and it has nearly a five star rating. There are not 55 pilgrims a year stopping there, and there is no way it is five star. The latrine door is not even opaque!
    Jesus y Maria on the other hand has only 33 ratings, and it fills over 100 beds every night.
    I conclude that someone is cooking the books! Use the ratings cautiously. :wink: ""

    I have made up a list of Albergues compiled from pilgrims in this forum plus lots of research in Spanish forums ( I am fluent in Spanish ) I have tried to upload a Words file with no luck, I keep getting an ERROR message. if you PM me I can sent it to you via Email.
     
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    Also , if you have a smart phone, get the Apps for Gronze.com this has all the albergue Hostels, price etc, etc !
    the apps is in Spanish but easy to follow and understand !
     
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    I would also be a bit careful with ratings – Several reasons including the ones already mentioned, but also many Refugio’s are run by volunteer hospitalario’s who give up their time freely to look after Peregrino’s – So a guidebook (Or other source) who publicly run down their efforts is a real kick in the teeth for them.


    Different people have different expectations, and I’m afraid that all expectations aren’t realistic – Many Refugio’s are simple, but offer an inexpensive place for Peregrino’s to sleep and shouldn’t be compared to commercial hostels and given Trip Advisor style ratings.

    I remember on the Camino Aragon’s, we stayed at the beautiful Refugio at Arres – This was then being run by two lovely German ladies (Photo at http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/17dea7/ ) – They cooked us a wonderful evening meal, then the next morning there was also a breakfast, this was served at 7am and I remember one Peregrino (Who had just started his walk) asked if he could have is a little later as he didn’t want to get up so soon – We all had a good laugh about it, but I suppose his request would have been a reasonable one in most other types of accommodation – He was simply unaware, but an incident like this could easily end up as a poor “Rating” for a wonderful Refugio.



    Most Camino’s have accommodation lists available online - http://caminoteca.com/attachments/article/123/Albergues_Camino_Francés_2015.pdf is a good example for The Camino Frances – There are No Ratings, but there is a list of available facilities, so I would use something like this myself and just pick accommodation within my budget offering the facilities that I need.



    Good Luck and Buen Camino to One and All

    Rob
     
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    Rob
    I fully agree with your all your comments, I would only add, also consider using accommodation by word of mouth recommendation. I noticed when walking the camino, Pilgrims paying 4/5/6 Euros for accommodation and expecting 4/ 5 star service. But thats all part of the camino experience.

    Its not about Accommodation and Distance ,its about the sprit of the camino

    Ultreya! & Hope

    Raymond John
     
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    I think that in principle a ratings guide to albergues/refugios is not a healthy thing, spiritually speaking. Somewhere along The Way I read (or was told) "Pilgrims thank, Tourists demand". We peregrinos could do worse than Rest and be Thankful wherever and whenever we can lay our heads (though now I seem to remember that this was the name of the public house/inn kept by the last official hangman Albert Pierrepoint).
     
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    My memory betrays me... Pierrepoint's pub was Pity the Poor Struggler... Curioser and curiouser...o_O
     
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    Cornelius, I completely agree with your sentiments. The Camino is a Pilgrimage first and foremost and really the accommodations we find, choose or indeed have no choice in are just that , accommodations. As Forrest Gump said "life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you are going to get" And you will get the good, the bad and the indifferent. Isn't it all part of the rich fabric that is the Camino? Planning too much and getting picky about things I think is just not in the spirit of the Camino. I finished my Camino in mid Oct 2015 and the Albergues were a mixed bunch but add to that the people we met, the friends we made, the meals we shared and the wine we drank and I wouldn't change anything (well maybe the bedbugs in Foncebadon!! )We used Brierley as a general guide and mostly headed to the Municipales. Towards the end when it was busier and we were footsore and weary we did book ahead a bit at the private Albergues. I also acknowledge the contribution made by the Voluntarios and indeed the Municipales. I completely disagree with ratings and if people insist on doing it, for heaven's sake compare apples with apples. Finally a question to the person who refused to stay in anything but a 3 star Albergue; What are you doing a pilgrimage for? Would you not be better with a pre-booked hotel holiday?
    Buen Camino and God bless the Voluntarios.
     
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    Very interesting discussion, which I would not have predicted. The nature of my original question was that the majority of pilgrims are sincere and well meaning and would offer candid feedback regarding good and bad experiences. Before our camino, I took notes from a few threads regarding which albergues to stay in and which to avoid. In my mind, this is similar to Trip Advisor or Product Ratings on Amazon.com. I read these extensively before making a decision on travel, hotels or products. My wife and I stayed in albergues 32 nights. A few were exceptional - and as a few of you have commented, this was rarely based on the facilities - it was by the warm welcome of the staff. Likewise for the few that were borderline. So understanding that there is a downside to "ratings", has anyone seen a guidebook that provides these?

    Rob, we printed out the albergue list you referenced and found this to be invaluable to help us identify an albergue each day.

    Bob
     
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    I have to agree that the rating of Albergues is not really relevant. People's requirements vary and some cannot differentiate between want and need, so the same Albergue may be so differently rated.
     
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    Here is my list of Albergues recommended by previous Pilgrims , (special thanks to @highlander) , plus my own research and my experience back in 2014.
    I have tried in numerous occasions to create a short cut with no success , I have given up and I have just copy and paste my list

    Direccion = Address, Precio =Cost, Telefono= phone, Desayuno = breakfast

    St Jean Pied de Port
    Albergue Le Chemin vers l'Etoile,
    Address:
    Rue d'Espagne, 21
    Saint Jean Pied de Port
    Phone:00-33-559-37-20-71 / 00-33-670-20-82-13
    Web:www.pelerinage-saint-jacques-compostelle.com(link is external)
    Cost:16 euros

    Albergue Beilar
    This one is Highly recommended make sure you book well in Advance
    (they are closed for Winter but will open 16th March to 31st October , check web page )
    Address:
    Rue de la Citadelle, 40
    Saint Jean Pied de Port
    Phone:00-33-559-37-24-68
    Mail:info@beilari.info
    Web:www.beilari.info
    Cost:30 euros (dinner and breakfast)
    Booking


    Orisson
    Albergue De Orisson
    Cost:
    35 euros
    Mail:refuge.orisson@wanadoo.fr
    Web:www.refuge-orisson.com
    Needs reservationBooking

    Roncesvalles
    Albergue de peregrinos
    Mail:
    info@alberguederoncesvalles.com
    Web:www.alberguederoncesvalles.com
    Precio:10 euros

    Zubiri
    Albergue Rio Arga Ibaia

    Calle Puente la Rabia N 7, Zubir
    Price 15 euros
    Google for reservation

    Pamplona
    Albergue Jesus y Maria

    Dirección: Calle Compañía (muy cerca de la catedral)
    Localidad: Pamplona (Navarra)
    Teléfono de contacto: 948 22 26 44, 648 008 932
    Email:jesusymaria@aspacenavarra.org
    web:www.aspacenavarra.org

    Hostel Hemingway, Pamplona
    Dirección:C. Amaya, 26 1º Izq.
    Localidad:Pamplona
    Teléfono:948-98-38-84
    Mail:info@hostelhemingway.com
    Web:www.hostelhemingway.com(link is external)
    Booking
    Precio:Entre 13 y 17

    Puente la Reina
    Albergue El Jardín de Muruzábal,

    Dirección: C. Monteviejo, 21
    Localidad:Muruzábal
    Teléfono: 696-68-83-99
    Mail:eljardindemuruzabal@gmail.com
    Web:alberguejardindemuruzabal.com(link is external)
    Reserva por Internet:
    Booking
    Precio: 15 euros (incluye desayuno)

    Villatuerta
    Albergue La Casa Mágica,

    Dirección:C. Rebote, 5
    Localidad:Villatuerta
    Teléfono:948-53-60-95
    Mail:hola@lacasamagica.eu
    Web:www.alberguevillatuerta.com
    Precio:12 euros (30 euros con cena y desayuno)

    Estella
    Albergue Juvenil Oncineda

    Dirección: C. Monasterio de Irache, 11
    Localidad:Estella
    Teléfono: 948-55-50-22
    Mail:info@albergueestella.com
    Web:www.albergueestella.com(link is external)
    Internet:Booking

    Los Arcos
    Albergue Casa de la Abuela, Los Arcos

    Dirección: Plaza de la Fruta, 8
    Localidad:Los Arcos
    Teléfono: 630-61-07-21 / 948-64-02-50
    Mail:contacto@casadelaabuela.com
    Web:www.casadelaabuela.com(link is external)
    Precio: 10 euros

    Logroño
    Albergue parroquial Santiago El Real,
    Hihglander recommended

    Dirección:C. Barriocepo, 8
    Localidad:Logroño
    Teléfono:941-20-95-01
    Mail:info@santioagoelreal.org

    Albergue Santiago Apóstol, Logroño
    Dirección:
    C. Rua Vieja, 42
    Localidad:Logroño
    Teléfono:941-25-69-76 / 670-99-35-60
    Web:www.alberguelarioja.com(link is external)
    Reserva por Internet:
    Booking


    Albergue Check In Rioja, Logroño
    Recommended
    Dirección:C. Los Baños, 2
    Localidad:Logroño
    Teléfono:941-27-23-29
    Mail:info@checkinrioja.com
    Web:www.checkinrioja.com(link is external)
    Reserva por Internet:Booking

    Nájera
    Albergue Puerta Najera

    Dirección:C. Ribera del Najerilla, 1
    Localidad:Nájera
    Teléfono:941-36-23-17 / 683-61-68-94
    Mail:albergue@alberguedenajera.com
    Web:www.alberguedenajera.com(link is external)
    Precio:10-15 euros

    Grañón
    Albergue parroquial San Juan Bautista,

    Dirección:C. Mayor, 1
    Localidad:Grañón
    Precio : Donativo

    Belorado
    Albergue - Restaurante Cuatro Cantone
    Address: Calle Hipólito López Bernal, 10, 09250
    Belorado, Burgos, Spain
    Phone:+34 947 58 05 91
    Email:info@cuatrocantones.com

    Agés
    Albergue San Rafael,

    Dirección:C. Adobera, 18
    Localidad:Agés
    Teléfono:947-43-03-92 / 661-26-32-89
    Mail:alberguesanrafael2010@hotmail.com
    Web:www.actiweb.es
    Precio:10 euros

    Burgos
    Albergue El Camino de Santiago
    Address: Calle de Fernan Gonzalez, 28, 09003
    Burgos, Spain
    Phone:+34 947 26 83 86


    Castrojeriz
    Albergue Ultreia

    Dirección: C/ Real de Oriente, 77
    Castrojeriz (Burgos)
    Teléfono de contacto: 947 37 86 40
    Email:albergue.ultreia.castrojeriz@gmail.com
    Página web:www.facebook.com/albergueultreia.castrojeriz
    Privado
    Precio:9 euros / 12 euros con desayuno

    Boadilla del Camino
    Albergue En el Camino
    Dirección. Plaza del Rollo, s/n
    Localidad:Boadilla del Camino
    Teléfono:979-81-02-84 / 619-10-51-68
    Mail:boadillaman@hotmail.com
    Web:www.boadilladelcamino.com(link is external)
    Precio:7 euros

    Carrión de los Condes
    Albergue Parroquial de Santa María

    Dirección: C/ Clérigo Pastor, 31
    Localidad: Carrión de los Condes (Palencia)
    Teléfono de contacto: 979 88 07 68
    Email:viastellarum@gmail.com
    Página web:www.viastellarum-comunidadelaconversion.blogspot.com.es
    Precio 5 Euros

    Terradillos de los Templarios
    Albergue Los Templarios

    Dirección: Terradillos de Templarios
    Teléfono : 667 25 22 79
    Email:alberguelostemplarios@hotmail.com
    Página web:www.alberguelostemplarios.com,
    www.facebook.com/LosTemplariosAlbergue
    Privada

    Sahagún
    Albergue de las Madres Benedictinas
    Monasterio de Santa Cruz.
    C/ Antonio Nicolas, 40
    Sahagún (León)
    Phone 987 78 11 39
    Email:hospederiasantacruz@hotmail.es
    www.hospederiasantacruz.net
    Make sure you get your 1/2 way Compostela here if you start @SJPDP

    Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
    Albergue Vía Trajana

    Dirección:C. Mayor, 55
    Localidad:Calzadilla de los Hermanillos
    Teléfono:600-22-01-04 / 987-33-76-10
    Mail:info@albergueviatrajana.com
    Web:www.albergueviatrajana.com(link is external)
    Precio:15 euros

    Mansilla
    El Jardín del Camino, Mansilla de las Mulas

    Dirección:C. Camino de Santiago, 1
    Localidad:Mansilla de las Mulas
    Teléfono:987-31-02-32 / 600-47-15-97
    Mail:olgabrez@yahoo.es
    Precio:8 to 10 euros

    León
    Albergue-Residencia San Francisco de Asís, León

    Dirección:Av. Alcalde Miguel Castaños, 4
    Localidad:León
    Teléfono:987-21-50-60 / 637-43-98-48
    Mail:reservas.leon@alberguescapuchinos.org
    Precio:10 euros / 15 euros en hab. de 2 camas

    If you have no cash problems stay at the Parador de Leon ( the one shown in the Movie "The Way " )

    Mazarife
    Albergue San Antonio de Pádua

    Dirección:Camino León, 33
    Localidad:Villar de Mazarife
    Teléfono:987-39-01-92 / 687-30-06-66
    Mail:alberguesanantoniodepadua@hotmail.com

    Astorga
    Albergue de peregrinos Siervas de María,

    Dirección. Plaza San Francisco, 3
    Localidad:Astorga
    Teléfono:987-61-60-34 / 618-27-17-73
    Mail:asociacion@caminodesantiagoastorga.com
    Web:www.caminodesantiagoastorga.com
    Precio:5 euros
    Restaurant Casa Maragata( good ) near Albergue

    Albergue San Javier in Astorga. NOT recommended

    Rabanal
    Albergue Guacelmo

    Dirección, Plaza del Peregrino Julián Campo
    Localidad:Rabanal del Camino (León)
    Teléfono de contacto:987 63 16 47
    Email:r-wardens@csj.org.uk
    Página web:www.csj.org.uk-

    Molinaseca
    Albergue Santa Marina

    Dirección: Avenida Fraga Iribarne, s/n
    Localidad: Molinaseca
    Teléfono de contacto: 987 45 30 77, 615 302 390
    Email:alfredomolinaseca@hotmail.comPropiedad del albergue:
    Privado

    Villafranca del Bierzo
    Albergue de la Piedra,

    Dirección:C. Espíritu Santo, 14
    Localidad:Villafranca del Bierzo
    Teléfono:987-54-02-60 / 666-65-50-52
    Mail:amigos@alberguedelapiedra.com
    Web:www.alberguedelapiedra.com(link is external)
    Precio:8 eurosBooking

    Albergue Leo

    just opened in August 2014
    Dirección: C/ Ribadeo (Calle del Agua), 10
    Localidad: Villafranca del Bierzo (León)
    Teléfono de contacto: 987 54 26 58, 658 049 244
    Email:info@albergueleo.com
    Página web:www.albergueleo.com
    Privado

    Serria
    Albergue Monasterio de la Magdalena,

    Dirección:Av. La Merced, 60
    Teléfono:981-56-85-21 / 982-53-35-68
    Mail:sarria@alberguesdelcamino.com
    Web:www.alberguesdelcamino.com(link is external)
    Precio:10 euros


    Puertomarine
    Albergue PortoSantiago, Portomarín

    Dirección:C. Diputación, 8
    Localidad:Portomarín
    Teléfono:618-82-65-15
    Mail:info@albergueportosantiago.com
    Web:www.albergueportosantiago.com(link is external)
    Precio:10 euros

    Santiago
    Hospedería San Martín Pinario

    Dirección. Plaza de la Inmaculada, 3
    Localidad:Santiago de Compostela
    Teléfono:981-56-02-82
    Web:www.hsanmartinpinario.com(link is external)
    Localización:En el Casco Antiguo; Nextr to the cathedral.
    Precio :42 Euros

    There are other Albergues in Santiago that are cheaper , but this one seems to be liked, as it is very close to the Cathedral and possibly the last stop for the majority of Pilgrims
    Looking forward to further recommendations and or deletions

    Buen Camino
     
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    El Condor, thanks for taking the time to compile this nice directory. My wife and I stayed at many of the places you listed. Great that you've included a web link to many of the albergues. This will be a terrific reference list for many future pilgrims and memory link to those of us that stayed in these places. Muchas gracias! Bob
     
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  13. There is a little booklet of about 50 favorite albergues with sort of a rating system (shells) in the resource section of this website. I'm preparing an update so if you wait for a couple of weeks you'l have the 2016 version.
    Ton
     
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    Ton, yes, I'm very interested. I'm pretty sure my wife and I will walk the Camino again (ruta Frances) in 2017. My brother and his wife may join us.
     
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    i would like to have a current albergue rating list. i have some favorites but can always try new beds. darrell
     
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    I have to agree with El Condor and Devon Mike's opinions expressed last year. Rating albergues, rather like stars for hotels, seems very much at odds with the whole notion pilgrimage. For me it savours of the creeping commercialisation of the camino - or perhaps in the 21st century people are just softer!
     
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    On my 5 times on the camino I have stayed in both modern and modest accommodation.
    All have provided me with memories I won't forget.
     
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