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#93336 - 07/06/14 09:39 AM Laundry on the Road
admiral44 Offline
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I wasn't sure where to put this post, so I put it here in the packing section.

While rambling about Spain for as many days as Mrs. 44 and I do, it becomes necessary to do laundry. This can be extremely inconvenient and/or expensive depending on the location. I have paid exorbitant amounts of cash to hotel laundry services because I wanted to spend my time exploring worthy sites as opposed to finding what in the USA we call a "laundromat." So, for example, in Barcelona, at Hotel Claris, the hotel washed and pressed my shirts and did a wonderful job, for a price.

However, as this journey continued, I had an entire carryon of laundry and thus did not want to pay a huge sum to have clean clothing. Hence, I did my research on line and found a place called "Coloda Express" in Santiago de Compostela. This turned out to be the perfect place. I toted a couple of bags of laundry over there and was met by a friendly guy who operated the place (which I think is a sort of franchise type of operation). While the machines are self explanatory, he helped me out. What a magnificent system. Seriously! These machines were built by electrolux and you don't have to add soap or softener, the machine does that. And it gets them CLEAN. Then the dryer for all of about 20 minutes. Fold on the table and you're all done. Total cost for 2 loads in the washing machine and one dryer, less than 20 euros. May seem a little expensive for those washing things at home or in the sink at the hotel, but downright cheap compared to 3 euros for each pair of socks at the hotel. And I must have clean socks for all the walking I do on these trips. Plus, there was the friendly chat with Mañuel, the operator of the place.

Therefore, if you're planning a long trip, don't take a huge suitcase. Just look for a place to get the laundry done, a place close to your hotel or on the way back and forth to a sight you want to see. Drop things off, pay a small fee, and be on your way. It saves you luggage space and hassles and makes the journey more fun.

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#93338 - 07/06/14 10:30 AM Re: Laundry on the Road [Re: admiral44]
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Having been faced with that particular headache too many times, a quick search turned up the following:

Yes, Colada Express is a franchise and they are all over Spain!!

Locations here:
http://www.coladaexpres.com/cerca.php
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#93340 - 07/06/14 03:54 PM Re: Laundry on the Road [Re: Puna]
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yes indeed more and more I have seen thoser around,there used to be a time they were none ::) now they are many.
time to do the dirty part ::)
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#93525 - 09/12/14 09:46 AM Re: Laundry on the Road [Re: pedmar]
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Loc: Hastings Old Town , England .
If in Madrid it's easy and fun ! I stayed for a total of about 8 weeks in hostales that , of course , didn't offer laundry services but there are plenty of of small , what we call in the UK , Laundrettes in Madrid . They are everywhere ! And it costs just a few Euros . I loved it because you go there and meet so many people .... You can , of course , just leave for the half an hour or so that the wash lasts and return to put your laundry into the dryer . And the one I used to use in Huertas offered an ironing servicing at very little charge . The little independant Lavaderias are excellent and a real experience smile Totally recommend them smile

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#93537 - 09/15/14 01:59 PM Re: Laundry on the Road [Re: steve robinson]
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Admiral, et.al, glad you found and liked the Colada Expres chain of laundromats in Santiago de Compostela.

As Puna mentions above, this is a chain of laundromats spreading far and wide and even I've used them for big items like comforters or heavy blankets. The outfit has big washers and big dryers and is pretty affordable, too. They're mostly in the big cities, however.

Saludos, MadridMan
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#95541 - 09/10/17 01:05 PM Re: Laundry on the Road [Re: admiral44]
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During this trip, so far I have used EcoLaundry in Oviedo. They have a very similar set up to the one at Colorado Express. The washing machines are great. The dispense detergent and softener automatically so you don't have to buy these things. The wash is good and the dry quick without baking your clothing. Will be looking for them as this trip continues. I only travel with carry on luggage, do not check any bags, so need to wash clothes several times during a long trip.

Saludos,

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