Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Carmen: Downtown Naga's Boutique Hotel

Finally, a boutique hotel in downtown Naga...

Since 2016, The Carmen Hotel in downtown Naga City offers visitors an elegant and comforting option for their travels down south. Highlighted by its sleek and modern exterior cladding designed to reflect the ebb and flow of the Naga River, The Carmen Hotel is strategically located along Penafrancia Avenue placing you right in the middle of it all, from downtown shops, restaurants, and tourist spots like Plaza Quince Martirez, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, and San Francisco Church. The Carmen Hotel is your address at the heart of Naga...

Inside the bright and spacious lobby, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring in natural light draping its interiors in a warm ethereal glow. Despite being in the center of Naga's business, commercial and cultural attractions, The Carmen Hotel is your personal and serene sanctuary ideal for both business or leisure.

A professionally operated full service hotel, The Carmen Hotel is committed to the highest standards of personalized service and hospitality with a warm and friendly staff. Your experience at The Carmen Hotel begins with a warm smile the moment you enter...

...linking a chain of memorable moments throughout your stay at Naga's premier downtown boutique hotel. And why not, The Carmen Hotel is your home away from home in Naga City. Plus, you get front row seats to the city's famous cultural and religious festivals. You know you're in the perfect spot during the celebrated month-long Penafrancia Festival where the Traslacion makes its way along Penafrancia Avenue right in front of the hotel. The Fluvial Procession held on the Naga River can also be viewed at the back of the hotel.

The Carmen Hotel offers 21 Superior, 18 Deluxe, and 6 Suites with each room designed for maximum comfort. From Superior Twin, Deluxe Twin, Deluxe King, and The Suite Room, The Carmen Hotel has the perfect accommodation to suit your needs or budget. All rooms are outfitted with all the conveniences expected by the modern traveler, from hot and cold showers and spacious bathrooms, toiletries and grooming necessities, a mini-refrigerator, an electronic safe, an iron and ironing board, extra pillows, a hair dryer, comfortable slippers, and coffee and tea-making facilities. And fast internet access too to keep you connected with the rest of the world.

Meanwhile, take a short walk along the main avenue and explore the city's local flavors. And the best way to start is a trip to the Naga City People's Mall, a local market offering a wide variety of regional produce...

...from an extensive selection of Dried Fish... the iconic Pili Nut for a taste of Bicolandia.

They say the best way to know a city is to sample what locals eat, and Naga City offers tasty surprises unique to the region, like the Toasted Siopao from Naga Garden Restaurant...

...or a hearty and comforting bowl of Kinalas from Aling Cely's Kinalasan. The local beef noodle dish is simmered for hours until the tender beef falls off from the bone, hence the name. The broth is richly flavored infused with the bold flavors of beef tempered with a generous serving of local chili for that soothing heat. No experience in Bicolandia is complete without some local chili.

Early the next day, more culinary treats await at The Carmen Hotel. The hotel's signature restaurant, Baba Social Dining, offers a daily breakfast buffet to get you on the right track. A cup of freshly brewed coffee or local artisan hot chocolate, fresh fruit juices, and a wide selection of breakfast favorites including local, regional and international dishes, starting the day right is easy at Baba Social Dining. Not to be missed are Baba Social Dining's International Cuisine Buffet for dinner every Sunday, their Four-Course Naga Special available daily except Sunday Dinner, and signature dishes like Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare, Open-Face Chicken Cordon Bleu, and Bulasing. 

Enjoy one last taste of Naga with Baba Social Dining's version of the local favorite, Kinalas, before the long bus ride home. The Carmen Hotel's version is much more refined, delivering the same rich broth with crunchy pork chicharon, fork-tender beef, and local chili adding layers of flavor with every sip. Definitely a must-try for breakfast at Baba Social Dining.

Genuine warmth and hospitality coupled with luxurious and comfortable amenities, The Carmen Hotel is your home away from home in Naga City. 

The Carmen is located at Penafrancia Avenue, Naga City, 4400 Camarines Sur or call (054) 472-5888 for inquiries and reservations. You can also visit their FB Page at

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