We did not say it. Estan Cabigas – the freelance photographer behind the prominent travel and photography blog, Langyaw.com – did in his review of The Carmen. In his post reviewing his stay at The Carmen Hotel – such post entitled “The best boutique hotel in Naga City” – Estan remarks on the feel of light and space in The Carmen. He had this to say about the room he stayed in:
Compared to the ones that I’ve been to in other hotels in Naga City, one thing that you can readily notice is how spacious it is. I was impressed staying at the Deluxe room with a pool view (at the back of the hotel). Either I turn on the lights or just open the curtains for natural light to come in. Its not stuffy and there isn’t a lot of little distractions. If I get to have my own space, I want it to be like The Carmen’s rooms.
And he also had this to say about the lobby:
I love the bright and airy as well as minimalist designed lobby that pleasantly welcomes guests. No stuffy space here.
Estan also writes about the food at Babà Social Dining such as the roasted pork bicol express, the crispy pata kare-kare, the danggit Bicol he had for breakfast, and The Carmen’s version of the popular local noodle dish, kinalas.
He also remarks on The Carmen’s great downtown location, particularly its being at the center of the action come September, during the Peñafrancia Festival festivities. The Carmen, located on Peñafrancia Avenue, gives guests a ringside seat to two major Peñafrancia Festival events, the Traslacion and the Fluvial Procession.
To read Estan Cabigas’ post, “The best boutique hotel in Naga City,” follow this link.