The picturesque northwestern Luzon city of Vigan is a colonial treasure, highly recommended by WoWasis for her outstanding architecture. While there, we stayed at the Villa Angela, a wonderful rambling colonial house that’s been turned into an inn, and found an exceptional restaurant, Café Leona.
Villa Angela, on Quirino Boulevard, is within easy walking distance of everything you’ll want to see. It’s set back off the street, the sign is not easy to see, but it has a significant parking lot. Each room is full of antiquities, the small staff is friendly, and the rooms are inexpensive. They only have four or five rooms, so try to book in advance. There are places in Vigan that are more modern, but none have the charm and old-world elegance of Villa Angela. If you want a 4 star experience, this is not for you, but if you want to get a sense of what living in a colonial mansion is really like (with air conditioned rooms), you’ll love this experience.
26 Quirino Boulevard
The Café Leona, on Burgos Square, is located in the heart of Vigan, and serves a number of wonderful Ilocano dishes. Here is a great place to experiment at reasonable prices, with a friendly wait staff that is proficient at English, and always happy to answer questions about the local culture. Highly recommended.