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The City of Vigan is one of the highlights of the Ilocos region and in the Philippines. It is the only UNESCO World Heritage City in the country. The city’s main draw is its well-preserved streets and structures. You can almost feel like you traveled back to Spanish Colonial times when you are in Vigan.
Walk through the historic streets made of cobblestones, you can even hop on a kalesa, a local version of a horse-drawn carriage, if you wish. Discover the merging of Chinese, Spanish, and Filipino cultures of the past at the interesting museums of the city.
For an even better experience in Vigan, make sure to choose the right hotel. There are accommodation options housed in restored traditional mansions or modern ones influenced by European architecture. Choose from our list of the 10 best hotels to stay in at Vigan:
10. Grandpa’s Inn & Restaurant
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A charming house in Vigan, Grandpa’s Inn & Restaurant is situated close to the Mestizo River. It’s only 120m from the famed Calle Crisologo and 220m from Plaza Burgos, which is one of the two major plazas in the city. The Syquia Mansion Museum is just 2 blocks down the road from the inn.
There are plenty of dining establishments within walking distance from Grandpa’s Inn & Restaurant. However, the inn has its own noteworthy restaurants. Indulge in sizzling delights at Uno Grille or sample local Ilocano delicacies at Kusina Felicitas and Cafe Uno.
Grandpa’s Inn & Restaurant offers different accommodation types for travelers. You can choose from family or economy rooms or one of their astonishing themed rooms. They have fascinating lodgings with antique displays as well as one-of-a-kind beds. There’s the kalesa bed complete with the overhead cover, inspired by the horse-drawn carriage, the kariton bed, fashioned from Filipino pushcarts, and the pasagad bed, influenced by the local version of a sled.
The hotel may be rustic but Grandpa’s Inn & Restaurant does not fall short on amenities. All rooms have air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs, and free WiFi. If you are looking to get gifts to take home, the in-house souvenir shop is across from the main building.
9. Hotel Lapira
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For modern accommodation in Vigan City, check out Hotel Lapira. This 3-star hotel is located on Burgos Street by the Govantes River. The National Museum of the Philippines and the Provincial Capitol are only 800m away while Plaza Salcedo, where the Dancing Fountain is located, is 1km away.
Hotel Lapira is also a good starting point for visiting attractions outside of Vigan City. The 16th-century Bantay Church in the neighboring town of Bantay is just 2km away. This church also has a historic bell tower that was used as a watchtower by Vigan during the Spanish Colonial era.
The 5-story Hotel Lapira features modern facilities and decor, including an elevator. The simple rooms are fitted with wooden furniture and equipped with essentials like flatscreen TVs, private bathrooms, and air-conditioners. Superior rooms and suites have additional amenities like a minibar and nook sofas. For groups and large families, dormitories with bunk beds are available.
Angkong Restaurant serves seafood dishes and Chinese delicacies. It also offers local favorites like the Ilocano longganisa for breakfast. Hotel Lapira has well-equipped meeting facilities, making it a viable option for business travelers. Complimentary WiFi is accessible throughout the entire building for the convenience of guests and visitors.
8. Hotel Felicidad
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The impressive Hotel Felicidad is the only heritage hotel in the city with its own convention center. It’s within easy walking distance from attractions like Plaza Burgos, which is 160m away, and Calle Crisologo, which is just a block away.
The 3-star Hotel Felicidad is housed in a building that dates back to 1918. The property is decorated with antiques and some suites even have authentic 18th-century 4-poster beds. The floors of some rooms are made with handsome hardwood like kamagong or narra. All room types at the hotel are fitted with 300 thread count premium linens, LED TV with cable channels, and safety deposit boxes.
Families or groups have the option to stay at Hotel Felicidad’s casas, which are 2-bedroom suites with kitchenettes and living areas. Group rooms offered conveniently come with two separate bathrooms. This heritage property comes with PWD-friendly facilities including an elevator plus it also has wheelchair access.
If you brought your own vehicle, Hotel Felicidad offers complimentary parking at a designated lot. A complimentary shuttle service is available to and from the parking area. Other facilities and services offered at the hotel include tea and coffee service at the Tea Room, a business center, and a sundry and a souvenir shop.
7. Hotel Veneto de Vigan
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Hotel Veneto de Vigan is a bed and breakfast that opened in 2014. The house, however, was constructed back in 1740. This ancestral home-turned-hotel has since been updated to suit today’s traveler.
All rooms at Hotel Veneto de Vigan have electronic door lock systems, WiFi, and flatscreen cable TVs. They also have coffee and tea facilities. The private bathrooms are modern and tiled plus have hot and cold showers. The hotel’s interiors evoke Filipino and Spanish design with floors and furniture made out of wood.
Hotel Veneto de Vigan is perfect for viewing the wonderful structures at Calle Crisologo as the well-known street is only 80m away. You are a short walk from local shops and restaurants of Vigan. Also nearby is St. Paul Cathedral, also known as Vigan Cathedral, which has an Earthquake Baroque architecture style.
For events, Hotel Veneto de Vigan has a grand and spacious function room. It also has a gated parking lot located within the premises. The onsite restaurant is where you can sample traditional Ilocano dishes like the Poqui-Poqui, which is made from eggs, tomatoes, and eggplants. The hotel also has its own bar that serves everything from whisky and vodka to wine and beer.
6. Vigan Plaza Hotel
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Vigan Plaza Hotel is one of the best places to start a walking tour of the city. The property is right at the end of Calle Crisologo and you can easily make your way down towards heritage houses. It’s also across from Plaza Burgos and only 200m away from the entrance of St. Paul Cathedral.
The hotel itself was a historic residence built in 1870. Vigan Plaza Hotel has then been able to combine the luxury of antiques with contemporary amenities to provide superb accommodation for travelers.
You can expect to find rooms with 4-poster beds or wooden bed frames, some of which have ornate headboards. Rooms and public areas either have wood or tile flooring or a combination of both. For groups and families, dormitories have 6 or 7 beds while the Governor Suite can accommodate up to 10 guests.
The casual Bigaa Restaurant offers imaginative meals that combine international delicacies with Filipino ingredients. You can find the all-time-favorite Ilocano lonnganisa in dishes like longganisa in a blanket, Vigan Salad, and pasta. They also have samplers so you can try out the region's best fares like the sinanglao, pinakbet, bagnet, and igado. Aside from a restaurant, Vigan Plaza Hotel also has an in-house bar.
5. Ciudad Fernandina Hotel
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Right in the heart of Vigan, Ciudad Fernandina Hotel allows you to reach the city’s attractions by simply walking. Calle Crisologo and its fascinating Spanish houses are only 50m away. You are also just 170m from the Crisologo Museum and 220m from the Syquia Mansion Museum.
Ciudad Fernandina Hotel is housed in one of the most interesting buildings in the city. This Colonial-style property was built in 1758 and is 1 of only 2 houses in Vigan to have a concrete grand staircase. The staircase is now topped off with narra and kamagong wood. The hotel’s interiors have been updated and feature a mix of Filipino and European style elements.
The 3-story Ciudad Fernandina Hotel is served by an elevator and features an airy, pleasant courtyard. This hotel also has an in-house spa where you can enjoy treatments like foot massages, perfect after long walking tours. Its restaurant, St. Martha’s Cafe serves an assortment of Filipino, Asian, and Western cuisine.
All accommodation types at Ciudad Fernandina Hotel have private, contemporary bathrooms. They have hot and cold showers, toiletries, and bidets. Rooms also have WiFi, safety deposit boxes, and flatscreen TVs. Groups or families may opt for the dormitory-style rooms that come with 3 bunk beds.
4. Casa Marita Vigan
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The location of Casa Marita Vigan along Burgos street makes it easy to access attractions like the city’s cultural quarter as well as the neighboring town of Bantay. The Ilocos Sur Provincial Capitol is just down the road while the National Museum of the Philippines is only 250m away. This hotel is about 1km from Calle Crisologo and 1.4km from Bantay Church Bell Tower.
The 3-story Casa Marita Vigan has an inviting facade, with cement balustrades and Capiz windows typical on Spanish Colonial houses. Traditional meets modern in this boutique hotel erected on top of a destroyed heritage home. The salvaged bricks from the old structure are incorporated into the new building.
Casa Marita Vigan’s aptly-named restaurant The Comedor, which is Spanish for dining room, features antique cabinets and plateras. It serves popular Ilocano dishes and continental breakfast as well.
All of the guestrooms at Casa Marita Vigan feature queen size beds with 10-inch mattresses and cotton linens with a 300 thread count. For an even more relaxing stay, rooms have air-conditioners and are thoughtfully fitted with heavy curtains. You will also find a minibar refrigerator and a 40-inch TV. The ensuite bathrooms are supplied with toiletries and are equipped with water heaters, bidets, and 2 showerheads.
3. Villa Angela Heritage House
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The remarkable Villa Angela Heritage House is set on a 2,000-square meter lot in Vigan. The original house was built during the 19th century and the country inn has been up and running since 1988. With impressively-preserved interiors, this grand house has even been used as a set for a historical film.
Highlights of Villa Angela Heritage House include its living room that features huge Capiz windows and traditional “lazy chairs” called the butaka. There are also antique jars, oil lamps, and even a giant harp that decorates the living area. The notable dining room has a bevy of antique chinaware and porcelain on display. However, the comedor’s centerpiece is a handsome 20-seater dining table made of Philippine mahogany.
Guestrooms at Villa Angela Heritage House are furnished with traditional 4-poster beds, classic armoires, and vanities. The ground floor of the building, which used to be a farm storage, is now converted to spacious dormitory rooms with wooden bunk beds. Some of the rooms on the 2nd floor of the building come with a veranda that offers views of the estate and street.
With expansive grounds, Villa Angela Heritage House is used for hosting events. It also has an onsite, gated parking area. You can expect local Ilocano meals for your breakfast, which are served at the house’s dining room.
2. Paradores de Vigan
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Paradores de Vigan is another modern accommodation in the city. It is located in the Vivere, the first condominium of Vigan. The 4-story building has 26 guestrooms spread across 2 floors, an atrium, and a gym. Its architectural style features Filipino and Spanish details, from the rounded window arches to the balustrade balconies.
The location of Paradores de Vigan is quite beneficial to business and leisure travelers. It allows quick access to both the new and old parts of the city. Calle Crisologo is only 100m away while Vigan Convention Center is 160m away. Arce Mansion, which allows visitors to rent out 1960s costumes and hold photoshoots, is 270m from the property. Shoppers will be delighted to find the busy Vigan Public Market only 450m away.
Paradores de Vigan offers tastefully furnished rooms and suites, the largest of which can accommodate a maximum of 8 people. It’s a perfect option for travelers who want to stay longer at Vigan as the rooms come with fully-equipped kitchens. It comes with a refrigerator and microwave as well as coffee and tea facilities.
All accommodation types have separate living and dining areas. The air-conditioned condotel rooms have TVs and safety deposit boxes. Bathrooms are installed with hot and cold showers and bidets plus come with toiletries.
1. Hotel Luna
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The 4-star Hotel Luna is the first museum hotel in the Philippines. It is home to precious art pieces, both contemporary and vintage, made by local artists. One of the focal points of the property is its elegant courtyard. It combines an opera balcony with a huge 3D mural, a staircase made of stone, and a glass elevator.
Hotel Luna also has a rare amenity that is barely found in most hotels in the heart of Vigan—a pool. Its outdoor swimming pool is also in its wonderful courtyard. Its restaurant serves Spanish-Filipino cuisine with an option for al fresco dining. The building also comes with a rooftop terrace that offers sweeping views of the city.
There are 53 air-conditioned rooms at the hotel that combine local art with modern amenities. Think lush rugs and bright Filipino paintings coupled with flatscreen TVs, orthopedic mattresses, and mini-refrigerators. It offers luxe accommodation types like its King Loft Suite that has a separate receiving area with a winding staircase that leads to the loft-style bedroom.
Hotel Luna may be an attraction in itself but it is also strategically-located to be close to major tourist sites of Vigan. Calle Crisologo is only 1 block from the property while the Syquia Mansion Museum is 190m away. The hotel is also within easy reach of local dining establishments and souvenir shops.
Escape to Vigan in Ilocos Sur
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The City of Vigan is truly an exceptional attraction in the Philippines you don’t want to miss out on. Although it’s a popular tourist spot in the Ilocos Region for day trips, it’s quite a special experience to be able to stay in Vigan for a night or two.
Despite endless modernization in the country and throughout the world, Vigan City, through tremendous efforts, remains a well-preserved nostalgia of a bygone era. It is a host of cultural and historical importance, a heritage site of Ilocanos and Filipinos.
Our top ten list of the best hotels in Vigan is a mix of contemporary and traditional accommodation. It is able to suit different preferences and also address the various needs of travelers. No matter what hotel you end up staying in, you can expect to receive unique Ilocano hospitality.
Check our recommended Ilocos itinerary to help you plan your trip.
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