We had a horrible experience at the Northern Camino, on the stage towards Guemes, Santander. It happened in the ALB€RGU€ D€ M€RU€LO. The place looks nice..That is out of question. It is very clean too..But, as an Albergue for Pilgrims they are taking advantage with the most sacred..The food, and this is vital for the pilgrim. In Northern Spain, you eat amazingly normally with a 10€ Menu. Or for a pilgrim, the places in each village or city do their best to to offer the pilgrim the best. BUT, in the Albergue de Meruelo, they didn’t get the concept. A watery pumpkin soup as a first dish, a “Paella” that according to my partner would need to be renamed..No fish or seafood whatsoever even though announced as a “Fish Paella” and with artificial flavoring. We thought that maybe the fish swam away and escaped knowing the hungry pilgrims were coming. And as a desert..A cheap yogurt from a discount supermarket. And after, when Miguel, the owner served his portion, the fish finally appeared in his plate. A shame. If you are in the Northern Camino, towards Guemes, hold on and continue..Or if you have to stay there, enjoy the place that is nice enough, but don’t throw your money away with their food..It is very sad that some people are considering Albergues de Peregrinos as a business taking advantage of something as vital as the food for a pilgrim.Simply avoid the place if possible..
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The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela