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Hi there, we use cookies to hostel your experience on our website. You can update your settings by clicking the Privacy policy unisex at the bottom of the unisex. Is this the uniwex and hostel what countries might this happen? In my experience, most hostels have segregated shower and bathroom facilities. In those hostels that do not, you'll usually have a great deal of privacy showers doors that lock or at minimum stalls that are very unisex. For example, some smaller hostels showers have a single shower stall room, which locks -- it's co-ed, hostel only one person can showers it at a time.
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Of course, with so many people staying in a single hostel, hot water can easily run out, so do expect some lukewarm showers, on occasion. To make sure you get a hot shower, either aim to shower first in the morning or in the afternoon after exploring, as these times are not popular. If a hot shower is important to you, check the reviews on HostelBookers or HostelWorld before you book to see if the showers are mentioned. Indeed, if all a hostel has to offer are cold showers, there'll be plenty of reviews complaining about them.

When nobody mentions the quality of the shower, it's most likely because they didn't have a problem with them. Not all bathrooms are created the same. Though hostel bathrooms can be quite nice, they can be visions from a circle of toilet hell, as well. How do you know what you will get?

Make sure to take a look at recent reviews. If the hostel bathrooms are disgusting, too few for the amount of people staying there, or lacking in hot water, there'll be plenty of travelers talking about it in their reviews. Anytime many people, especially of multiple cultural backgrounds, cohabit in the same water closet, things can get messy and unpleasant.

If everyone behaved this way, there would be no disgusting bathrooms. These are my five ultimate pet peeves when it comes to sharing a bathroom:. You'll most likely be bringing flip-flops along for the ride with you on your trip, so you'll be pleased to hear they have another use when it comes to hostel bathrooms. Make sure to bring flip-flops into the shared bathrooms and use them whenever having a shower. Sharing your bathroom with a dozen or more strangers sounds like a daunting prospect, but you'll be surprised by how normal it quickly becomes.

I completely agree. Things become normal. I'm sure more than one person on the Camino saw my butt - everybody's got one, so it's not a big deal.

RJM said:. Your girlfriend can rest easy as far as any uncomfortable scenarios encountered while walking the Camino. I've done multiple Caminos, stayed in a wide variety of albergues and such and never encountered an uncomfortable scenario.

That's walking with literally hundreds of fellow pilgrims from all demographics, countries and ages. I'm a middle-aged male, but no choirboy and nothing really shocks me, but I don't think I saw anything that would shock anybody. It's all cool. Really nothing that requires much adaptation. Colette Z Happy Pilgrim.

Colette Zaharie said:. Bicigrino52 New Member. AlwynWellington Veteran Member. I get it that this thread is about showering in "albergue". My "interesting" experiences ocurred in south west France and don't all relates to accomodation.

Three will suffice here to make my point. We discovered we were both early risers. A conversation sorted out the sequence without difficulty between us. Many days later I was in the Armangac region think better quality congac.

The public toilets to one side of the cathedral square were welome after my lunch. One door into a largish area with but one cubicle with a door quite a few paces to my right. No signs about gender outside or in. As I went to the cubicle there was a one metre high divider on my left and against the not too distant left wall beyond were two urinals, users of which would have their backs to those going to the cubicle.

Walking along a street in another smallish town a few days later I passed a pedestrian lane between buildings. Less than two metres down I noticed an alcove with unmistakable signage.

The alcove was deep enough so that the urinal "furniture" was only just just recessed into the wall of the host building and the sides of users were quite visible to any passers by who looked in that direction. As many posts above have noted, European usage can be quite different to that in English speaking countries. And where where putting coverings on table legs died out not too many generations ago.

Last edited: Feb 17, Isabelscotland New Member. Actually everyone, men and women, all take a communal shower together and share soap and towels. Some do have a "joint" shower room. BUT, of course the shower stalls are private and so is the throne where you do number 1 or number 2.

In cases where the shower room is semi co ed the potty room may be a stand alone room. Or closed door from the co ed area. The sinks for shaving, tooth brushing, etc are co ed in some places.

Some had mini shower rooms where you lock yourself in the shower room alone or with your friend if desired. Jacqueline17 New Member. Had a joint shower room with no separate cubicles or curtains in a private albergue in Requejada on the Camino del Norte. Last resort if it bothers you, wear your swimwear or shower in your underwear and then they're clean for the next day!

Pierre Julian Active Member. She made it sound The two stalls were separated by a wall and had privacy curtains. All other albergues I stayed in through out the rest of my camino were separated into mens and womens room with stalls.

If worried pay maybe 10 euros and stay in a private or church run albergue , some are fantastic some are basic but every one had walls and doors between showers on camino frances. I stayed at one municipal albergue and refused to have a shower , so dark I could not see properly but it did NOT look good at all , only really dodgy place I stayed at. Last edited: Feb 18, Isabelscotland said:. What load of rubbish I am a 71 year old lady who has completed two thirds of the camino and plan to complete this March.

What was meant I am sure was there are times when you share the same shower area but there are doors or pull over covers , so you need to plan your shower eg taking your clothe and towels into the shower area in a plastic bag. A bit of planning and common sense is needed, unfortunately i have never come across the opportunity to have a shower with lovely young man, but maybe there is time yet, I am sure he would get the biggest fright.

I am Scottish a prude nation but I have been in Norway and Denmark where people do enjoy saunas together, but alas not on the Camino. I'm cool regardless of the situation. I was just curious because my girlfriend was a little concerned about having to shower amongst a sausage fest.

Occasionally, will do a private albergues, but I wan't to keep it as authentic as possible and stay at municipal site. Thanks for replying. I really don't think that there's anything more "authentic" about municipals vs private albergues.

And you can encounter unisex or separate facilities in either. Also private albergues aren't necessarily nicer than municipals or parochials. I stayed in a few rather "rustic" private albergues. I also found the 'authentic' comment to be a curious one. Jeff Crawley Veteran Member. The municipal refugio in Palas de Rei had open shower cubicles with no curtains the last time I stayed there some time ago and a Norteamericana had thumb tacked Hombres and Mujeres signs on the co-ed toilets at each end of the dormitory which were promptly ignored by the Europeans.

As an elderly Irish lady said to me "A lady shouldn't show and a gentleman shouldn't look" Quite honestly after a hard day's hike I'd rather siesta no matter how nice the scenery. Anamiri Veteran Member. C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member. I've heard that some pilgrims have experienced private albergues that weren't up to snuff.

KatefromOz Member. JabbaPapa "True Pilgrim". Jeff Crawley said:. Palas de Rei was another town where my sister and I went to the bar rather than shower we seem to have frequented a lot of bars. There were a lot of European men at the municipal albergue, and we had no chance of trying to stop any one of them coming in while the other one showered. As the big dorm filled up we spread our stuff around and shut the door so it looked as though all 4 beds were taken.

Baaaaaad pilgrims. But the place was nowhere near full as it was mid-Nov. It was the last night the only bar at that time was open before it closed for the winter, so we not only showered but partied with the locals that evening. I would also just generally caution against getting caught up on what is and what is not an "authentic" Camino experience. Authenticity becomes really hard to pin down because everybody will have his or her own definition.

Just go and see how it all plays out. Stay home if you cannot interact in normal activities like shovering behind cover On the Camino, you are too tired in the afternoon to care for anything but getting that shower and then eat.

This is a constructed problem, not a real one. Get real! Thats why I have been walking all of these Caminos ManyMiles2Go Active Member. The albergue in Airexe had gender separate, but open shower rooms when we went in May have changed by now. Many places have a door into the shower room that you can lock, and have privacy.

Other places where all stalls, with doors. There was only 1 hostel where it was a big open room, it was in Prague. Some places time is not regulated, other places have pay showers about 1 euro for 5 min.

Most of them have individual showers but in most hostels in Luxembourg showers are communal. Communal showers also occur now and then in Germany an Scandinavia. So the best advice could be : try to overcome your shyness.

Communal showers as in open plan type showers are very few and far between in hostels. The All In Hostel in Berlin, and A Plus hostel in Prague have communal showers to name just two, according to some hostel review websites.

And the country has a very relaxed outlook on nudity. I would gladly take having to shower with 10 other people at the same time over the water saving showers that everywhere I stayed in Germany this time had!! Seriously, how do they expect anyone to get clean when you have to push the friggen faucet every 2 seconds!? Answer: maybe they dont [:-]. Yes me too. I have no problems and am not shy about using communal showers. Though without sounding sexist, unisex communal showers are a little more easier on the eye!

By the way when someone is comfortable to chenge in dorm I experienced that most of the others do the same. And I saw a lot of beautifull boys barely dressed or completed naked If you find this setup you can try to take shower in the early morning or wrap you towel on the door and change inside your wet shower stall but you can get crazy with this.

I suggest to try to be confortable and don't warry. I had many lovely and kindly chat with girls and boys while taking shower togher and watching eachother naked. It was too hot to wear tops or shorts in bed.

In the morning we had to strip naked to change, and did it when the guys were in the shower. The guys slept naked, so we saw a lot more of them than they saw of us, and yes, we looked at them. One of them spoke some English, and we plucked up the courage to sit up in bed and talk to him with our breasts bare, admiring his naked courage. We were very comfortable seeing the naked guys, and felt safe with them, eventually plucking up the courage to strip off fully and use the mixed showers but only with our three naked male bodyguards from our own room!

Next day they were leaving, so we would have an all female room for the night, but they were so nice to us that we decided, partly as a dare, to strip naked in front of them as they were leaving the room, smiled, gave each a kiss, and thanked them for being so respectful to us as women.

I like to sleep in a pair of shorts without my knickers during travel to minimize laundry, so when I wake up, I'll typically take off my shorts and quickly put on my knickers without bothering with hiding behind a towel, even if it's a mixed dorm.

Is this regarded as poor hostel dorm etiquette? I'm very shy but im very interested in seeing men in mixed showers. Although I'm not sure I'll have the guts to undress in front of them. Where are those hostels? What are there names and in what cities? Would it bother them if a female would check their junk out? The guys are generally quick to bathe so there is less of a rush for the bathroom.

When I first started travelling I would do all my changing in the bathroom and would look away when people were changing in front of me, but as I travelled more I got more comfortable with it.

These days I can sleep in a mixed dorm in a shirt and panties, and have no issue walking to the bathroom wearing that. Random women and men have watched me change and I've seen the same. I won't look away unless it's clear they are trying to be discreet. I've even had some lovely conversations showering naked next to guys in shared showers that carry on from us towelling dry and going back out into the dorm to change in front of one another.

Basically just do whatever you are comfortable with and try gauge the comfort of your dormmates. And yes I totally check out what guys are packing if they are open to displaying themselves. No need to make yourself or anyone else uncomfortable. My panties usually stay on until I am inside an all ladies shower room - I only make an exception for a man if he is fully naked.

If it was full nude mixed all the men with naked penises and no towels, and most women fully naked , then I would relax and take off my panties to change or shower like the other girls.

I have done this twice - once as a dare when three of us camped on a nudist campsite for a night, and the other time at a spa pool where it was nude swimming only and we had to take off our bikinis in a mixed locker room. Walking along a street in another smallish town a few days later I passed a pedestrian lane between buildings.

Less than two metres down I noticed an alcove with unmistakable signage. The alcove was deep enough so that the urinal "furniture" was only just just recessed into the wall of the host building and the sides of users were quite visible to any passers by who looked in that direction. As many posts above have noted, European usage can be quite different to that in English speaking countries.

And where where putting coverings on table legs died out not too many generations ago. Last edited: Feb 17, Isabelscotland New Member.

Actually everyone, men and women, all take a communal shower together and share soap and towels. Some do have a "joint" shower room. BUT, of course the shower stalls are private and so is the throne where you do number 1 or number 2.

In cases where the shower room is semi co ed the potty room may be a stand alone room. Or closed door from the co ed area. The sinks for shaving, tooth brushing, etc are co ed in some places. Some had mini shower rooms where you lock yourself in the shower room alone or with your friend if desired.

Jacqueline17 New Member. Had a joint shower room with no separate cubicles or curtains in a private albergue in Requejada on the Camino del Norte. Last resort if it bothers you, wear your swimwear or shower in your underwear and then they're clean for the next day! Pierre Julian Active Member. She made it sound The two stalls were separated by a wall and had privacy curtains. All other albergues I stayed in through out the rest of my camino were separated into mens and womens room with stalls.

If worried pay maybe 10 euros and stay in a private or church run albergue , some are fantastic some are basic but every one had walls and doors between showers on camino frances. I stayed at one municipal albergue and refused to have a shower , so dark I could not see properly but it did NOT look good at all , only really dodgy place I stayed at.

Last edited: Feb 18, Isabelscotland said:. What load of rubbish I am a 71 year old lady who has completed two thirds of the camino and plan to complete this March. What was meant I am sure was there are times when you share the same shower area but there are doors or pull over covers , so you need to plan your shower eg taking your clothe and towels into the shower area in a plastic bag.

A bit of planning and common sense is needed, unfortunately i have never come across the opportunity to have a shower with lovely young man, but maybe there is time yet, I am sure he would get the biggest fright. I am Scottish a prude nation but I have been in Norway and Denmark where people do enjoy saunas together, but alas not on the Camino. I'm cool regardless of the situation.

I was just curious because my girlfriend was a little concerned about having to shower amongst a sausage fest. Occasionally, will do a private albergues, but I wan't to keep it as authentic as possible and stay at municipal site. Thanks for replying. I really don't think that there's anything more "authentic" about municipals vs private albergues.

And you can encounter unisex or separate facilities in either. Also private albergues aren't necessarily nicer than municipals or parochials. I stayed in a few rather "rustic" private albergues. I also found the 'authentic' comment to be a curious one. Jeff Crawley Veteran Member. The municipal refugio in Palas de Rei had open shower cubicles with no curtains the last time I stayed there some time ago and a Norteamericana had thumb tacked Hombres and Mujeres signs on the co-ed toilets at each end of the dormitory which were promptly ignored by the Europeans.

As an elderly Irish lady said to me "A lady shouldn't show and a gentleman shouldn't look" Quite honestly after a hard day's hike I'd rather siesta no matter how nice the scenery. Anamiri Veteran Member. C clearly Veteran Member Donating Member. I've heard that some pilgrims have experienced private albergues that weren't up to snuff. KatefromOz Member. JabbaPapa "True Pilgrim". Jeff Crawley said:. Palas de Rei was another town where my sister and I went to the bar rather than shower we seem to have frequented a lot of bars.

There were a lot of European men at the municipal albergue, and we had no chance of trying to stop any one of them coming in while the other one showered. As the big dorm filled up we spread our stuff around and shut the door so it looked as though all 4 beds were taken. Baaaaaad pilgrims. But the place was nowhere near full as it was mid-Nov.

It was the last night the only bar at that time was open before it closed for the winter, so we not only showered but partied with the locals that evening.

I would also just generally caution against getting caught up on what is and what is not an "authentic" Camino experience. Authenticity becomes really hard to pin down because everybody will have his or her own definition.

Just go and see how it all plays out. Stay home if you cannot interact in normal activities like shovering behind cover On the Camino, you are too tired in the afternoon to care for anything but getting that shower and then eat. This is a constructed problem, not a real one.

Get real! Thats why I have been walking all of these Caminos ManyMiles2Go Active Member. The albergue in Airexe had gender separate, but open shower rooms when we went in May have changed by now. No worries, just like in the high school gym locker. GaryAus Member. I did a Winter Camino and generally most Albergues were closed. Of the Albergues I stayed at only Los Arcos had separate gender facilities.

Most Albergues had the bare mimimum open which meant a single shower block. Everyone was happy just to get a hot shower. Rep stravaiging offender Donating Member. Must say that I dislike the idea of being mugged far greater than the prospect of ending in a communal shower. I have yet to see mixed showering on the Camionos of Spain.! Maybe in my age it is not uncommon to have tried it, and survived unscathed. Maybe I have seen how exhausted everybody is at the end of a days walking that I cannot comprehend anything indecent about showering, whoever is standing nearby.

I think I could do a full monty in a running river anywhere, given a hot day, but then again I am Scandinavian! But I realise how in my line of work, when I have clients young people in the shower, and realise how reluctant they are to drop their trunks, as soap is unwelcome in the pool filters. They express real horror and this a new thing I must say I am more fear of a naked gun!! Frances May July2. An unnecessary argument developed on this thread, quite off-topic.

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