Colorful colonial townhouses lining cobbled streets, leafy plazas ringing with bells from baroque churches – Puebla city feels quintessentially Mexican. There are excellent restaurants and a lively cultural scene – and it’s easy to reach (in about two hours from Mexico City international airport.) Yet, despite a wealth of handsome hotels – many sitting in palatial buildings – the city remains relatively peaceful. Come before it’s heaving with tourists.
Another superb example of design-inspired hotels from the Mexican Grupo Habita, La Purificadora is the height of sleekness and chic. Enjoy the 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 city views, while the hotel restaurant has traditional Poblano dishes served with flair.
Kitschy and colorful, this hotel has a pink courtyard, golden doors and over-the-top canopy beds with gold frames. It is located next to the Mesón Sacristía restaurant, a local favorite. The intimate setting of the hotel is balanced by its larger-than-life decorations and the hundreds of antiques scattered about the place. If nothing else, go for the color!
Alex Robinson contributed additional reporting to this article.