Puebla is the heart of colonial Mexico and has some of the country’s most incredible churches and the first library of the Americas. Just two hours from Mexico City, Puebla makes a great stop to or from the capital with many unique sights and regional delicacies. Here is a list of the town’s top 10 hotels, to assure you stay in style.
Marble, stone, white-washed walls and the strategic cactus placed among CasaReyna’s courtyard give weight to the building’s history, without overwhelming guests with an antique stuffiness that some colonial remodels have. The hotel’s room are spacious, well-appointed and light-filled and there’s plenty of indoor/outdoor space for enjoying Puebla’s mild climate. The hotel’s restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere, excellent regional favorites and a light breakfast with quirky muffins and sweetbreads that will delight you.
Another superb example of design-inspired hotels from Mexico’s Grupo Habita, La Purificadora is the height of sleekness and chic. Enjoy the spaciousness of the hotel’s space, as well as neutral-toned but richly decorated rooms and a see-through swimming pool akin to a human aquarium. The rooftop cocktail bar is a great place for views of the city, while the hotel restaurant has traditional Poblano dishes served with flair.
The biggest hotel on this list, the Presidente Intercontinental chain is known for upscale, understated hotels and outstanding customer service. This hotel is located a few kilometers out of town and is popular for weddings and large groups due to its expansive grounds. It offers a signature spa, a full fitness center and an outdoor pool. The downside? You have to pay for internet.
There are only three suites in this former monastic building in the heart of Puebla, but each is decorated to reflect the history and ambience of colonial Mexico. With antiques and warm architectural elements everywhere, the hotel is cozy and approachable and the entire house can be rented if you are coming with a family or a group of friends. The breakfast is solid and wide-ranging and the location is ideal for seeing Puebla.
Kitschy and colorful, Meson has a pink courtyard, golden doors and over-the-top canopy beds with gold frames. This tiny hotel is located next to the Meson Sacristia restaurant, a local favorite with visitors and residents alike. The hotel’s intimate setting is balanced by its larger-than-life decorations and the hundreds of antiques scattered about the place. If nothing else, go for the color!
El Sueño is great if you want to be in the middle of the action and within walking distance of all the major attractions downtown. The Hotel has baroque architecture and a touch of 1920s glamour – all in good taste but with a splash of extravagant color here and there. There is an onsite spa with jacuzzi, while the lounge has both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of snacks.
The newest addition to the Rosewood Group’s hotels, this is the height of no-nonsense elegance with a deep sense of place. The hotel is spread throughout several buildings circa 1800 and the property’s original chapel and ancient stone wash basins once used by the townspeople have been conserved. The hotel’s rooftop swimming pool has incredible views of the city, and its location – about a 15 minute walk from the center of town – adds a nice element of exclusive luxury to your stay.
The Hotel Andante has a kind of eclectic bohemian luxury centered around the life and times of 19 famous composers. Located right in the heart of downtown, it provides access to all the major tourist sites and has an onsite bistro with a range of international and Mexican dishes – named to go along with the hotel’s musical theme. There is also an onsite fitness center and massages available by appointment.
For an even more tranquil stay in the area, try the nearby town of Atlixco. The Mansion del Conde Hotel Boutique & Spa is a renovated mansion from the 17th century and, while feeling a tad more corporate than some of the other hotels we’ve mentioned, retains much of the era’s charm. Most of the rooms feature a view of the surrounding town or their delightful courtyard and staying in Atlixco will allow you to enjoy local sights you may have missed sticking with just Puebla.
Also in Atlixco, the Alquería de Carrión Hotel Boutique has a stately, yet deeply historic feel with several courtyards and an outdoor swimming pool. All the rooms are well equipped but if you can opt for the suite it’s worth it for the extra space. All rooms have fragrant shower gels and lotions and you will be welcomed with a drink and a snack upon arrival.