Camino superfan Cathy Seitchik Diaz is currently walking the Camino Francés—for the fifth time in five years—with her partner David Stewart. She provides some useful tips which she would like to share to help pilgrims along the way. In this post, she describes methods of booking private rooms in advance by using Booking . com, calling, email or using WhatsApp. Even though they focus only on the Camino Francés, you will find some practical advice for any Camino route that you choose to walk.
Below is the first in a series of Cathy’s Camino Tips, fresh from the Way!
Booking Accommodations Along the Way
by Cathy Seitchik Diaz
We have learned that the Albergues, Hostals, Casa Rurales, Pensiones & Hotels use “Booking” for “some” of their “Rooms and Dorm Beds” because the Albergue needs to Pay Booking 15%. Often Booking says a place is Full but it is not.
I have a List of Places we have stayed at over the past 4 Caminos, with ALL of their Contact info.
– Hospitalero’s Name
First, I Email to Request a Reservation, since I have their Contact Info from our past Caminos.
Below is my Copy & Paste Email for each Place.
Hostal Burguete: Iñaki
UPDATE April 26, from Cathy on the Camino:
I met Cathy in spring 2015 when I first started to learn about the Camino de Santiago. She is truly passionate about it and loves to share tips and advice. Her detailed posts on her Facebook timeline showed a glimpse of what pilgrim life really entails—from camaraderie to injuries. I had the opportunity to interview her on a hike in Santa Cruz (see Pilgrim Interview: Cathy Seitchik Diaz).
In November 2015, Cathy and David came up to Oakland for a NorCal Chapter event, A Walk in the Redwoods.In January 2016, she and I organized the Santa Cruz Coastal Hike.
She even wrote a guest post, Walking the Camino as a Couple, for the February “Camino Love” feature. Needless to say, Cathy is a great peregrina friend and a trusted source of pilgrim knowledge.
They have shared the stages the Camino Francés—complete with daily distances, photos, observations and useful tips—in a four-part series:
- Camino Francés Part 1 – Days 1-12
- Camino Francés Part 2 – Days 13-23
- Camino Francés Part 3 – Days 24-33
- Camino Francés Part 4 – Days 34-40
Cathy is, quite possibly, the world’s happiest pilgrim!
Cathy was interviewed on the Camino Podcast for the series about Camino Francés. You can listen to Episode 15 below. In this episode, conversations center on the first six stages of Camino Francés. The episode starts with Cathy Diaz reflecting on the first part of her pilgrimage—St. Jean Pied de Port to Pamplona/Cizur Menor. Rebecca Gallo picks it up from there and talks about the stretch leading to Los Arcos.
You can find other Camino routes linked under the Route Reports drop-down menu, and on the Camino Routes page. If you would like to be a Route Reporter, contact me.
3 thoughts on “Cathy’s Camino Tips: Booking Accommodations”
Hi Cathy…I want to walk portuguese camino may 2020
….pls give me advice ..first time for me
Love Evelyn RSA…
Hi Evelyn, where do you start? Are you walking solo? I walked Camino Portugués central in 2016 and have a detailed report at https://thecaminoprovides.com/2016/07/28/my-camino-portugues-stages/
So inspiration, Laurie! Thank you for all this amazing information:)