If staying in old houses is not your thing, then you'll definitely like Ciudad Fernandina. It's a new hotel which opened in March 2012. The place looks very modern classic with its neutral colors mixed with wood, glass, tiles and soft lighting. Ample light from outside comes through the windows of the lobby so it doesn't feel eerie at all. The staircase is grand and very good for taking photos. The hotel is clean and well-kept.
We got a family suite which consists of a junior suite and a deluxe room side by side, connected by what becomes a private foyer/receiving area, because there is one main door to access both rooms. The Junior Suite is big and can easily accommodate 2 extra beds. The Deluxe Room, however, is small and with 1 extra bed, you can no longer open the closet. The TV in the deluxe room is also smaller.
The beds are very comfortable. The air cons have no problem. The bathrooms are very modern-looking and you'll forget that you're in a heritage village. The only problem with the bathroom is that it's very difficult to mix the water in the shower to get to the right temperature level. It either gets too hot or too cold easily. For such an expensive hotel, I was also surprised that there were no slippers in the room. Neither was there any toothbrush or comb. If you call the front desk though and ask for a toothbrush, they will provide, so not a big deal.
Location is the best! Calle Crisologo, which is one of the main tourist attractions in Vigan, is just a few steps away from the hotel. Ciudad Fernandina has a quiet restaurant that serves an all day breakfast and a good selection of pasta and sandwiches. There is, however, a limited selection of main meals. I remember there was only 1 Filipino main dish on the menu. Dessert was also very limited. If you get hungry at night, they're open until 10 pm and provide room service until that time. During our stay though, there were at least 3 items on the menu that were out of stock, which was a bit disappointing.
Staff is very friendly and courteous. In the restaurant though, they would often forget who ordered what. For a group of 8 like ours, the orders got mixed up often.
Over-all, we love the hotel and would stay there again if we come back.
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