We did a short side trip since we are already in the area of Plaza Burgos, infront of it is the Vigan Plaza Hotel, its one of the popular hotel here in Vigan, when we arrived there, they gave us a tour around the hotel and a chance to check out the rooms. They showed 3 kinds of rooms only, because the other rooms are occupied. They told us that they are always fully booked during summer season.
There are lots of hotels in Vigan, and very affordable, but I learned from the governor that they are planning to get more investors in order to build more hotels in Vigan. Because it is a popular tourist destination, many people come here through out the year to enjoy the vintage setting of Calle Crisologo and also enjoy the beach of Ilocos Norte.
Others say that Vigan is a main destination if you are in the North of Luzon, but the locals said that Vigan is just a side trip destination and most tourist stay in Ilocos Norte. From my observation coming from the comments of Gov. Singson of Ilocos Sur and Gov. Imee Marcos – both of them are wrong… people and tourist love to stay in both regions, because of the many sights to see and attractions. Its not important which of them will stay longer.
But for me.. Norte and Sur needs more hotel, especially with nice bed and affordable rates.
Okay, let’s check out the hotel.
Here’s the check in counter – no need to speak english… they can understand tagalog
Vigan Plaza Hotel shows its vintage setting, wait til you see the room and bed
Light lamp in the ceiling looks older than me. Hmmmm 100 years old ?
Colorful glass windows… looks like those colored etched window glass of a chuch.
For the vintage feeling……yellow lights again
I took a photo of their room rates - circa Feb 2013
I only showed here the room rates that are much more affordable, it’s a bit tempting to stay here when we are in Vigan, I want to extend my stay and just do a food trip in Calle Crisologo
single for 1 person – PHP 2300
double for 2 person – PHP 2600
double for 2 person – PHP 3100
Twin for 2 person – PHP 3100
Deluxe Rooms for 4 person – PHP 4200
Dorm A for 7 person – PHP 8000
Dorm B for 6 person – PHP 7000
If you are traveling in a group, I suggest get the Dorm A.
imagine staying in a hotel and paying 3k and that’s almost 3 days of stay if you are with other 6 person
check out the rooms and rates tru their website - http://www.viganplazahotel.com/roomrates.php
the brochure… I just forgot where I placed this at home hhahahaa. I’l update this post next time
A view away from the main door.
Fountain with no water effects
View from the ground floor, I’m glad there’s a garden in the middle and an open grounds
The Deluxe Room for 4 people
All rooms are with air conditioner, LCD TV with cable tv, nice bathroom, cabinet, telephone and electronic key card
There’s a restaurant below for hotel guest, they eat their breakfast here
At the 2nd floor, another nice lobby with open air setting
The lobby at the 2nd floor…all are vintage set
You noticed the bed ? yeah it’s a solid old wood…. it’s a vintage bed
and vintage mirror!!!
vintage cabinets and chairs…oh wow!!!
Btw I’m not sure if all of the fixtures are vintage…but it looks old and perfectly preserved.
Inside the bathroom
the toilet…and the bath tub at the left
photo op time!!!!!
I love this capiz style window.. old houses in the province still have this kind of sliding wooden window
How to go here in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
1. There are two travel options – ride the 8 hour bus from Manila to Ilocos Sur or ride the plane go Laoag City Airport in Ilocos Norte + 1 1/2 land travel to Vigan.
2. We went here via chartered plane of Gov. Chavit Singson, we landed at Vigan City airport, if you have a company trip and want to travel by air, you can try a chartered plane by Sea Air, just inquire to their office on how to get a chartered plane.
3. Air - Domestic flights leave Manila daily for Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, which is an hour and a half ride by bus or arranged vehicles to Vigan. The city can be reached from Laoag City via Partas Bus, Fariñas Transportation, Maria De Leon Bus Lines, RCJ Bus Lines, F. Franco Trans, and Florida Bus. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
4. By Land - The 408 km stretch from Manila to Vigan City is a comfortable eight-hour ride along the scenic Manila-Ilocos Highway. Air-conditioned Partas Bus, Dominion Bus, Aniceto Bus and Viron Transit ply the Manila-Vigan route regularly. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
5. Getting Around - The best way to explore Vigan is on foot; the city center is small and compact, yet full of excitement. Experience a calesa ride around Vigan at P150.00 per hour per carriage. – Via http://www.vigancity.gov.ph
6. If you are in Vigan City, there are lots of transportation, you can ride the tricycle or the “kalesa”, horse drawn carriage. The “kalesa” can be rented at Php 100 per hour.
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
For Schedules of City Events and Tours please contact the City Tourism Office. Tel No: (077) 722-8771,
Baluarte in Vigan City
Opens - 7am-6pm eve
ryday, entrance is free
Tel # 6377-722-7186
Historic Town of Vigan @ UNESCO
Established in the 16th century, Vigan is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Its architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and South-East Asia.
Vigan Plaza Hotel
Mena Crisologo Street, Brgy 2
Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Phone Numbers: +63 77 7221527, +63 77 6320317, +63 2 2461501
Fax Number: +63 2 2461501
* Thanks to Governor Chavit Singson for inviting us to tour around Vigan City
Read my complete Vigan travel blog series
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Discovering Vigan City - Ilocos Sur trip part 1