Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center: Reminiscent of old Spanish hacienda living

A world-class hotel with a convention center is the latest addition to Ilocos Norte’s flourishing tourism industry. Situated near the serene Paoay Lake and famous sand dunes of Ilocos, the Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center is an oasis away from the everyday trappings of urban living. Its charming and elegant modern Spanish hacienda architecture befits the old history of Ilocos dating back to the Spanish colonization.

Thumbs-up for a sparkling clean and relaxed environment.

Part of the hotel lobby

Twin  Room. Local abel Iloco blankets adorn the beds.

The Queen Room offers a splendid view of the swimming pool.

The Suite Room

The Suite Room is equipped with a bar.

It also offers the luxury of a king size bed…

and a private veranda.

The Suite Room’s bath

The Ayuyang Bar and Coffee Shop serves traditional and contemporary dishes.

Little Alexa’s pick — chocolate ice cream sundae.

My pick — Toblerone cocktail, a concoction of Bailey’s, Kahlua, honey and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. It was excellent!

Called the “Good Burger” because the burger patty is made from mushrooms. Really filling and pretty healthy. The service was great.

The inviting swimming pool…

lovely place to just chillax.

Equipped with up-to-date facilities ideal for large banquets, events and conferences, the hotel’s convention hall is able to sit 1,120 people theater style. Smaller function rooms can accommodate up to 150 participants classroom style.

A hacienda style, non-sectarian chapel can be used for intimate weddings.

For local residents, the hotel, managed by Paramount Property Management Company,  offers promo rates inclusive of a welcome drink, daily breakfast for 2 (hotel room), roundtrip transfers (hotel/airport/hotel), and complimentary bottled water. They also have dormitory rooms for smaller groups; dormitory rate is per person.

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Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center Brgy. 41 – Balacad, Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines Tel. No. (077) 670 8817 www.ilocosnortehotel.com

*Thank you to front desk officer Leo, who willingly toured me and Alexa around.
Top image from INHCC brochure
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8 thoughts on “Ilocos Norte Hotel and Convention Center: Reminiscent of old Spanish hacienda living

  1. This Hotel and Convention Center is one of the projects that Bongbong initiated and inherited by MMK for its eventual finish. Before it was built, some engineers would scornfully smile on the cost; hoteliers doubt its ROI, especially so because it was a loaned project. Still the project was pushed through. We hope it would truly generate revenues and be truly an asset, not just as an structure to see.

    • In tourism, a collective effort from the government, community and private sector is the strongest foundation. Enough of the “kanya-kanyang pa-pogi mentality”. If we persist with such thinking, including the crab mentality that is like cancer in a society, then we will always be the losers. How do we sell Ilocos Norte as a destination? That’s the bottomline. The private sector should also act. We are part of every government project. It is where our taxes go. After all, Ilocos Norte is truly marketable… “kumpletos recados”, so to speak.

      With a new leadership, we hope Ilocos Norte is in for the best.

  2. Yes, that’s a very plausible thing to do to help out tourism. But ordinary local folks like me cannot afford the cost to patronize the place. More so to those who do not have a nice car to travel to this hideaway. Parang nakakahiya na pupunta ka doon na naka-jeep or mortorcycle lang and indulge for a pitstop at the coffee shop or maybe for a night of fun at the bar & pool. For most of us, we could only help out in promoting the place to friends with flashy cars who has the money to spend. Still, the place is not (yet?) well-furnished with tourism amenities, unlike The Fort. It’s more of a hideaway convention center.

    • Hi, again, Asiong! I appreciate your concerns. We should pool together our resources in the best way we can. It could be blogging about Ilocos, it could also be just inviting people to check out beautiful destinations. If we are able to bring in the tourists, then there is a trickle down effect in the tourism industry. Kikita lahat from airline to bus companies down to the carabao-owner na pwedeng i-hire ng turista, or even the lowly sari-sari store that sells coke and bottled water.

      BTW, just like you, I don’t have a flashy car; my ride is a 1983 butas-butas na land cruiser (what I rode when we checked out the INHCC.) If tricycle lang ang available, I have no qualms riding it, as I always do; I ride the tricycle to Robinsons when I need to run an errand.

      Yes, I agree with you a hundred % that the INHCC shouldn’t be just a structure; there should be a ROI. And the government should be able to program something that will generate enough to pay all those debts.

      Thanks for voicing out!

  3. hi…I am on the process of scouting a venue for our tourism planning workshop, something that would be affordable, and convenient. Would you help me on this…do you recommend this place?

    • Yes, I recommend the place. I believe the INHCC offers great packages to choose from. It’s proximity to tourism spots like the legendary Paoay Lake, Balay ti Amianan, Northwestern Ecotourism Park and Botanic Gardens and Suba Beach and Sand Dunes makes it a wonderful choice. In fact, I was there the other day to try their food and I was satisfied with our order. I also learned they offer cheap buffet at 299/person for breakfast and same price for dinner.

      Depending on the budget, there are also other great venues within the city.

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