Monday, August 6, 2012

Fall in-love with Grandpa's Inn in Vigan City

I fell in love with Vigan immediately after setting my eyes on this particular inn -- one that exuded an old-fashioned attractiveness to it. On a cultural perspective, this beautiful lodge displayed classic and antique exteriors, and of decades old yet well-preserved items. It also had that vintage-y smell that was very welcoming to the senses. Rubel and I truly felt like we were being transported back in the 15th century (Spanish time), as we were witnessing all of these remarkable pieces that surrounded us. Grandpa's Inn instantly became our "home away from home." 


The hotel offered a wide range of rooms and packages, from which guests would surely commend on. We got ourselves a fan-cooled room that could accommodate two persons. The room was equipped with a comfy and well-cushioned bed, a pillow for each guest, a  blanket and some fresh towels. It also included a toilet, bath (no hot water), Cable TV and complimentary breakfast


The view from our room wasn't much as the only thing that we could see from our room was just a stretch of street, some houses and Grandpa's Inn's other restaurant (Cafe Uno). But the scenery became more interesting from our vantage point -- as seen from our capiz-embellished wooden window. It simply felt nostalgic!


Grandpa's Inn also depicted a museum-like aura to it, as it also boasted some of the most interesting keepsakes. From vintage telephones, clocks to musical instruments, the hotel definitely kept as in awe for the minutes that followed. 


Even the steep, wooden staircase gave me the shivers! I would always have to watch my every step whenever I would go down this flight of stairs. 


Even the hotel's signature restaurant, Kusina Felicitas offered some of the best Ilocano cuisines. From their prided Bagnet Sisig, Pinakbet and Vigan Longganisa -- one may rethink about never leaving the place for their food. Everything that we've ordered from the menu was affordable and tasty. Our choices were definitely cooked to perfection. It was quite a mouthwatering experience.


For the price of Php980.00 per night, our stay in Grandpa's Inn was certainly worth every cent. Not only was it strategically located to several of Vigan's famous sites (i.e. Burgos Museum, Crisologo Museum, Calle Crisologo, etc.), it was also a 7-10 minutes tricycle ride to the nearest bus terminal. What more can you ask for, right? 

So if you're looking for a place to stay in Vigan or planning on traveling to this renowned city (a UNESCO World Heritage site), then you should definitely book at Grandpa's Inn. You won't regret it! :)

Explore & Be Free!
Mai

60 comments:

Tin Zablan (straypusiket) said...

 I've been to this place 3 years ago and had lunch at their restaurant. Mukhang eerie yung rooms nila, how was your stay?

WANDER SHUGAH said...

would definitely try soon! Very nice place :)  and it doesnt look creepy ha~ <3 more vigan posts please? :P

Sean said...

thanks for this. my friends and i are planning to visit vigan soon. do they have airport pick-up and tour packages? thank you.

Mai_Flores said...

Hey Tin! Nothing was eerie about our room. It was actually quite cozy and quiet. :) The old feel to the room, given the vintage fixtures and all may somehow bring out that eerie side to it. But in all in all, the room was okay. Nothing spooky came our way naman.. hehe! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hehehe.. doesn't look creepy at all. Very vintage lang talaga ang dating! :) And more Vigan post? I have one more sis sa old post ko na..hehe! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hey Sean! :) I don't know about the airport pick-up. But I'm sure that they're offering tour packages. Although we didn't avail theirs anymore since we decided to just tour on our own accord. You can read my DIY Vigan Tour (cheaper alternative) post here: http://bit.ly/MoqLcA


When we visited Vigan, we arrived at the Laoag airport. Laoag airport offers a free shuttle ride to their city proper. Just ask to be dropped at the Partas Bus Station. From there, you can ride the bus going to Vigan (which can take more or less 2 hours). But if you want to save on time, you can always book a straight flight to Vigan. I think Seair has direct flights there. :)


Hope that helps! :)

Edmaration said...

Isa ka na sa mga travelers na nahumaling sa Grandpa's Inn, the most blog hotel in Vigan :)

Maraming PTB na ang nag-stay dito uincluding you, hehe. Glad you enjoyed it Mai! Take Care!

Mai_Flores said...

Hi Edmar! :) oo nga.. na-bilib talaga ako sa Grandpa's Inn! And you too ah.. talk to you soon! :) Hope you're doing well. :)

Franc Ramon said...

Your post made me remember my own love affair with Vigan and how long I've been away from Vigan. I really should find my way back to Vigan. I also love their delicacies like vigan longganisa, bagnet, calamay and chichacorn.

Pal Raine said...

Pinakbet is my fave. Love the place also not so creepy and love the ambiance.

Renz Bulseco said...

Wow, the hotel's eerily beautiful!!!!!!! Will stay there should I visit Vigan. :)

Ricky said...

Thank you for this info, Vigan is in my travel wishlist, I will surely stay in this place when I get there =)

RonLeyba said...

Thanks for the info about this hotel. A great one to stay. Looks clean!

Chef Jasper said...

it has this cozy feeling that makes you feel you're staying somewhere in another country

http://khakiness.blogspot.com said...

Fitting name for such an antique place. I'm amazed at how well the old pieces have been preserved. I'm not very comfortable with the brick walls, though, it feels eerie... But I love the door, the wide stairs, the windows, and the floor. This could be a great venue for a period photo shoot.

Les-Joey said...

Hopefully next summer vacation, our entire family can experience the beauty of Vigan

Demi Barbra Angeles said...

I love the vintage feel, but I can't stay at one kasi matatakutin ako :)

The food looks like to die for din ♥

Ana Karen said...

Vigan never fails to delight me.. even just in pics... it's like i love everything about this place...

tedclaudio said...

Grandpa's Inn seems to be a good choice for a place to stay while in Ilocos with its proximity to the popular attractions and the bus terminal.

Angie Vianzon said...

Vigan is indeed a nice place and syempre hindi papahuli ang masarap ng pagkain, hehe.

Teresa Gaudinez-Martinez said...

I have always loved old and old-styled houses and this hotel looks very beautiful. Hope to see it.

Rizza Javier said...

I'm sure my hubby would love this place too. Perhaps, he'd enjoy taking rustic photos more though...

ralph said...

the grandpa inn has a nostalgic ambiance, it's wooden ceiling and their windows just makes me reminded of my grandparents place in our province... missing it so much, since the house had been renovated and most of its major parts were changed. Yahweh bless.

Tess Chancellor said...

I miss the wooden step, my grandma's house used to have a wooden step and one wrong step ,you'll end up in an accident. I should visit this Inn, i love their collection of old stuff and the house itself.

Divine said...

Wow, mukhang maganda nga talaga sa Grandpa's! Thanks for the feedback. Will try my reservations now.

Itsberyllicious said...

great post mai! i'll certainly take note of this place when we visit vigan! :) rate is affordable and the place looks clean :)

Maria Gemma Defeo-Hilotin said...

I'll be visiting Vigan for sure! my brother and sis in law lives there! sarap ng foods!

Jem Alvarado said...

This place is unique and I think you will feel at home when you stay because you will be amused with so many interesting things inside :)

ventocoseuss said...

Hehehe.. The place may seem to be one of those horror movie houses. Hehe. But it seems nice. Well, Ilocos Sur is once of the places that I thiink are good to go to. And does not hurt to give it a try, eh? :)

Mai_Flores said...

Oh my, calamay! My boyfriend and I actually had a bad experience with the Calamay that he bought from this lady who got into our bus. My gosh.. we were already on our way to Pagudpud when our stomachs started acting up.. and the rest was history! :/

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, you will surely love Grandpa's Inn's Pinakbet -- the best version of it so far!

Mai_Flores said...

I know, right? :) You really should try them in the near future. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Do share us your Vigan trip soon! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Indeed! :)

Mai_Flores said...

It actually gave me that kind of feeling. :)

Mai_Flores said...

You're so right! A period photo shoot can definitely be done at Grandpa' Inn! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Oh your family will certainly enjoy Vigan! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Di naman nakakatakot sa Grandpa's Inn.. :)

Mai_Flores said...

I know! Same feeling here. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Definitely Ms. Tess! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Ay totoo yan! Grabe ang sarap ng Ilokano food. :)

Mai_Flores said...

You should plan a trip to Vigan soon, Teresa. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Hehehe.. I bet he'll love the food even more!

Mai_Flores said...

Really? That's a nice memory though. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Actually, the steps of Grandpa's Inn also has the same effect. :/

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, do visit Vigan soon dear! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Wow! Lucky for them.. I actually miss Vigan's food already. :)

Mai_Flores said...

You're certainly right about that. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Oh, it's not much of a horror-house-looking inn..hehe! You'll still enjoy the place. :)

mark pogi said...

It's rustic feel gives a unique experience itself. I'll keep this in mind when I go to Vigan someday.

Myk Malag said...

Cool, will try this place once headed up north... :D

lily said...

looks like a nice and affordable place to stay! How old is that Inn? :)

AJ said...

Really nice place. So invitingly quaint!

Mai_Flores said...

Okay. :)

Iris Siy said...

Sounds like a very charming place! :) Makes me want to take a trip back to Vigan soon!

Mai_Flores said...

You should visit this inn Sir Mark.. I'm sure, marami kang makukuhanang interesting subjects. :)

Mai_Flores said...

Alright! :)

Mai_Flores said...

Ay, that I don't know.. I would have to check their website for that.. hehe

Mai_Flores said...

It is! :)

Mai_Flores said...

You should! When was your last visit to Vigan? :)