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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.


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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