Wednesday, March 23, 2016

One Night in Vigan

No matter how many times I've visited Vigan, each visit is always new and exciting, with always something new to experience, and new flavors to discover...


And even if my recent visit to Vigan was only for one night, it remained just as memorable as my previous trips. Vigan just never ceases to amaze...


A leisurely stroll along historic Calle Crisologo is always first on my list, and the first thing I do after arriving in Vigan. The famed cobblestone street, seemingly frozen in time, transports you back to the long bygone days of the Spanish colonial era, with each side of the street lined by vintage stone structures (for more on historic Calle Crisologo, see my previous posts here and its shifting colors throughout the day here). And no matter how many times I've walked Calle Crisologo, each time remains as fresh and exciting as the first.  


As the afternoon light slowly fades, historic Calle Crisologo presents yet another facet draped in the warm glow of the setting sun.


By early evening, Calle Crisologo's lights are turned on, revealing yet another side of the historic street's colorful and vibrant character.


At the central Town Plaza, one can find Vigan's traditional delicacies, ideal gifts to take home for friends and family (for more on Vigan's traditional delicacies, check out my post on my food blog here).



And when in Vigan, Hotel Luna is my preferred choice, by far one of the best hotels in historic Vigan (for more on Hotel Luna, see my previous post here and its equally impressive art collection). A hotel and museum with its extensive collection of local art, Hotel Luna is perhaps one of the most unique hotels not only Vigan, but in the entire country as well. There's no other hotel that lets you go up close to Juan Luna's The Mandolin Player in its gallery. And that's an experience in itself. 


The elegant and well appointed rooms at Hotel Luna combine both traditional and modern amenities, with its glass walls separating the spacious tub and bath. 


After long walks along Calle Crisologo, there's just nothing quite like a warm and soothing soak in the tub. 


Early the next morning, it was time to visit the new Hotel Luna Annex, mere blocks and an easy walk from the main building of Hotel Luna.


And just like Hotel Luna, the elegant and old-world look and charm is replicated in the new Hotel Luna Annex, with antique furniture, brick walls and columns lovingly preserved.


The Hotel Luna Annex also boasts of an impressive collection of local art, consistent with the theme and brand identity of Hotel Luna.


One last look at the new Hotel Luna Annex's art collection and it was time for a short walk back to Hotel Luna for an ice-cold beer. The next day, we head out for an hour's drive to Ilocos Sur's tranquil Sabangan Cove for yet another adventure...


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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