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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Chow Down in Puebla

Taste tradition and innovation all at once in this food capital, where chefs bring haute techniques to Mexican cuisine.

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1. Where to Stay


El Sueño Hotel & Spa (left) features eclectic décor. The terrace at La Purificadora (right) sports a pool and lounge area.  

Rub shoulders with Mexico’s elite at La Purificadora (from $140), a fashionable property run by the company behind Mexico City’s buzzy hotel Condesa df. Built from the ruins of a water-purification plant, the building pairs factory aesthetics (reclaimed wood, loft-style ceilings) with modern luxuries like a rooftop pool.

Expand your art knowledge at El Sueño Hotel & Spa (from $133, breakfast included), where each of the thirteen high-ceilinged rooms is named for a female Mexican artist and decorated to evoke her spirit. The hot tub on top of this former eighteenth-century mansion offers a retreat from the frenetic streets of the centro historico.

Stay close to the massive central plaza at Hotel Provincia Express (from $33, breakfast included), a no-frills inn that’s outfitted with large quantities of Puebla’s brightly colored, intricately patterned talavera tile. The rooms are modest in size but immaculately maintained.


Published on Mar 3, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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