Friday, August 22, 2014

History and Art: Vigan's Elegant Hotel Luna

The classic lines from Hispanic colonial and European design blend with modern architecture in a unique landmark like no other. The rich fusion of history, tradition, and art come together in the elegant Hotel Luna, the first museum hotel  in the country. 


Located at the heart of the historic district of Vigan, one of UNESCO's designated World Heritage Sites with its cobblestone streets and ancestral homes preserved since the Spanish colonial era, Hotel Luna is, in itself, an attraction. In Vigan, there really is nothing quite like Hotel Luna.


Built on the original two-storey structure of Don Jose Florentino's ancestral home completed way back  in 1882, the elegant Hotel Luna retains the sturdy stone and brick facade, painted in impeccable white, contrasting with the intricate wooden windows with native capiz shells for that unique old world charm.  


Behind the original structure is the new wing designed along classic European lines, maintaining the old world vibe, lined with an intricate wrought iron balcony finished with ornate copper designs. There is an unmistakable elegance about Hotel Luna, balanced by a rustic and homey vibe. With 54 well-appointed rooms, each with intricately designed border and ceiling details reminiscent of the Spanish colonial era and furnished with modern amenities, Hotel Luna has everything you need for a memorable stay in Vigan. 


Inspired by the national artist Juan Luna and one of the brightest historical figures of Ilocos, Hotel Luna continues the artist's passion for art with an impressive collection in its very own museum. The extensive collection includes original works from national artists including Juan Luna, Amorsolo, Manansala, Malang, Olazo, Alcuaz and Abueva as well as contemporary and local artists. Everywhere around the hotel, one can find different pieces prominently displayed, as each corner brings you up close to the hotel's art treasures.   


The view from the upper floors reveal more of Hotel Luna's classic lines, capped by an inviting pool for that invigorating morning or afternoon swim. 


The mural by local artist Rene Robles is a depiction of Vigan and her famous landmarks in a 3D sculpture of hammered brass, copper, and silver, and beside it, Hotel Luna's impressive all-glass elevator. It's this blend of art, Spanish colonial and modern architecture that give so much character to Hotel Luna, making it distinct and special.   


At Hotel Luna's museum, you can find the La Mandolinera (1883) by national artist Juan Luna along with other notable works of art. Just seeing the impressive art collection is an experience in  itself. And just around the corner from Hotel Luna is the famed cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo, lined with antique shops and preserved ancestral homes. After a short walk, and perhaps a ride in one of the many horse-drawn calesas, it's time to go back to Hotel Luna. And I always look forward to coming back to Hotel Luna.  

For more photos on Hotel Luna, check out my post on my other blog here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/08/side-views-elegant-fusion-of-history.html. To see more of Hotel Luna's impressive art collection, see my post here at http://dude4food.blogspot.com/2014/08/side-views-up-close-with-mandolin.html.

Hotel Luna is located at V. De Los Reyes corner General Luna Street, Vigan City or call +632-584-4945 for inquiries and reservations. You may also contact the Manila Sales Office located at 26 Tomas Morato Extension, Quezon City  or call +632-373-3333 local 201-204 or email sales.hotelluna@ahmgi.com or rsvn.hotelluna@ahmgi.com.

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