February 07, 2017

The Only Hotel-Museum in the Philippines: Hotel Luna

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  • It’s time for you to visit the only hotel-museum in the Philippines, and that is Hotel Luna.

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    Hotel Luna facade

    If Vigan had the accommodation to that can easily be tagged as the best and the most popular that would be Hotel Luna. This hotel was built in 1882 by an affluent man named Don Jose Florentino as a wedding gift for his daughter, Doña Carmen Florentino. His daughter’s husband remarried and had two daughters, one of which is Doña Mercedes Encarnacion who married Victorino Florentino that inherited the property. The property was sold before 1990 to Benigno Que to fulfill a request after years of passing the property to their heir.

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    La Mandolinera by Juan Luna (Year 1800)

    This same property is now Hotel Luna, which is rebuilt and restored to a first-class hotel property and is now the first museum hotel in Vigan City, Ilocos Sur. Hotel Luna is found along the heritage streets of Vigan. The hotel’s façade would tell you that it follows the architectural style of the other Spanish colonial establishments in Vigan. But once you enter inside, it’s like you’ve entered a new era where sophisticated Spanish interiors and stunning works of art welcome you through the hotel.

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    Gallery of artworks

    Hotel Luna’s interiors are filled with prestigious works of art by Master and National Artists such as sculptor Napoleon Abueva, painters Fernando Amorsolo and Vicente Manansala, master of contemporary Filipino Art Benedicto Cabrera, and of course, Juan Luna, one of the first recognized Filipino artists who is also an Ilocos native.

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    Bedroom

    The place will make you feel nostalgic as you roam around the place. It has this historical vibe that will really enchant you to traces of the old Ilocos without making you feel eerie. Hotel Luna houses 44 spacious guest rooms and 10 suite accommodation features that are well-crafted to still retain its Spanish-era look. Their rooms have state-of-the-art facilities such as room communication and entertainment system, safety-deposit box, bath products, and own private room balcony.

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    Pool area

    For the hotel services, they have concierge and touring services, in-room dining from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, a rooftop where you can see the Vigan skyline of houses where you can have some cocktail and film viewing, a pool, a 24-hour business center, laundry services, valet parking, and internet connection with public access. If you wish to go to the Hotel Luna Annex found just a street away from the main building, you can always ask the staff to help you through their hotel golf cart.

    Hotel Luna houses three dining places, which are Comedor, Chula Saloon Bar, and Azotea. Comedor is their all-day dining restaurant, Chula Saloon is their bar and lounge, and Azotea is their hangout place by the rooftop where one can do film viewing.

    What you should see in the Hotel is their gallery of famed artworks which were made by the artists mentioned above. These grand pieces are collected through MDS Foundation, and from the families of these artists, for they see the hotel’s vision of promoting Filipino heritage and culture through the arts. You can admire these paintings at the grand sala museum and see a piece of what Philippine art culture has to offer. This was made possible through designer and company head Eric Singson who also had a knack for anything artistic. And that’s how Hotel Luna was made exceptional.

    If you wish to see what art culture in the Philippines, Vigan’s heritage hotel, and how the era under the Spanish influence looks like, book a stay now at Hotel Luna and have an exceptional hotel experience.

    DETAILS

    Address: Delos Reyes cor. Gen. Luna St. Vigan City, Ilocos Sur

    TEL: (02) 584-4945

    Website: www.hotelluna.ph

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HotelLunaVigan (Hotel Luna)

     

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