Alojamiento Camino Portugues Oia is located near the highway in the town of Villadesuso, along the Way of Saint James. Here, you can get your pilgrim passport stamped. There is no grocery store nearby, but you can find various products at the gas station. There are also restaurants and bars of all kinds and price ranges nearby the accommodation.
Also nearby is the Glasgow hotel, but when I was looking for accommodation in Villadesuso, this hotel was not on the list. As it turned out later, there was a wedding at the hotel on that day and all rooms were booked for the guests.
This was my first experience of staying in a pilgrim hotel, so I was curious about how everything was organized here.
Check-in from 12:30, check-out by 9:30. At the reception, I was greeted by the administrator Pablo – he was very kind and helped me settle in and understand everything. Upon check-in, they provide a paper with the code for the entrance door to the hotel, the code for the key box of the room, the Wi-Fi password, and the check-out time.
Outdoor shoes – camino shoes should be left in a special locker, and in the albergue you should wear indoor shoes. I had special flip-flops.
At Alojamiento Camino Portugues Oia, there is a large common room on the first floor with bunk beds equipped with curtains. This room has a bathroom and toilet, and it also serves as a passage to the kitchen. I felt a bit uncomfortable walking through the dormitory to get to the kitchen. On the second floor, there are rooms for two, three, or four pilgrims, separately for women and men. There are toilets and bathrooms on both floors. Wi-fi is reliable throughout the hostel.
On the first floor, there is a terrace with tables and a place to hang laundry. On the second floor, there is also a terrace with tables, which offers a beautiful view of the ocean. It is especially enjoyable to be there in the evening during sunset.
Terrace on the second floor
View from the terrace of the ocean at sunset
In the lobby, there are vending machines for drinks and a coffee vending machine. Coffee costs 1 euro.
The hotel has washing and drying machines – the cost is 4 and 3 euros respectively. It’s very easy to use – you insert coins, put your items in the drum, select the program according to the instructions. The detergent is already inside the washing machine. I used the program for lightly soiled laundry at 40 degrees – the wash cycle lasted 43 minutes. On the dryer, I selected low temperature – after 45 minutes, I had wonderful clean, dry, and warm clothes.
In the kitchen, there is tableware, a stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, and a kettle without a lid. The problem with the lidless kettle is that if you try to pour boiling water from it, the steam will burn your hand.
I lived in a twin room with a private bathroom on the second floor. The room had two beds, a chair, wardrobes with shelves and hangers, two windows, one overlooking the sea, no TV in the room. The bathroom had a sink, toilet, and bathtub, with soap and shower gel provided. If you need a hairdryer, you have to go to the reception.
My room is quite lovely, I really like this blue and white color scheme.
View from the window of my room on the ocean was beautiful
The gas station is nearby – you can buy groceries here
Staying at Alojamiento Camino Portugues Oia felt like a vacation at a seaside retreat. Despite the occasional creaking of the house and the sound of wind at night, the overall experience was delightful. The administrator’s kindness, the cleanliness and comfort of the room, and the captivating ocean views all contributed to a memorable stay. It was truly an enchanting and fulfilling experience, making the stay at this pilgrim hotel an absolute joy.