La Purificadora (“The Purifier”) is named for the former industry in the building where this boutique hotel is housed. In the late 19th century, the site was a water-purification and ice factory. While the building underwent renovation, archaeologists found numerous pieces of glass dated to that period; many such artifacts were incorporated into the design of the hotel. Other quirky design details? Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta—famous for, among other things, his love of color—oversaw the project, with its black-and-white scheme. Most of the materials in the hotel, including stone, wood, onyx, and tiles, are native to or were made in Mexico. Rooms are somewhat spare, with no art or decorations to distract the eyes, but amenities and toiletries are first-rate, including L'occitane products.
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La Purificadora sits in a historic section of Puebla, right next to the San Francisco Church. Amazing city views beckon from the third-floor terrace. Also nearby is the city's convention center, so the area tends to be busy and, at times, quite noisy. Guests can walk several blocks to Puebla's main square, which is ringed with colonial-era buildings and churches, as well as popular restaurants and cafes. The city's excellent museums include a contemporary art museum, and many visitors enjoy browsing and buying traditional talavera ceramics. Of course, sampling Puebla's cuisine is a top priority, too; no visitor to Puebla should leave without trying mole poblano, an elaborate sauce that can contain two dozen or more ingredients and is often served with chicken.
Need to Know
Rooms: 26 rooms; from $113. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: “Honest contemporary Mexican” cuisine is served during breakfast, lunch, and dinner at communal tables in the hotel's on-site restaurant. The restaurant has a private "chef's table" that can be reserved for special occasions. Spa and gym details: The hotel has a spa, which offers massages and facials, plus a small gym. There is also a long lap pool on the terrace level.
Who it's for: Business travelers who want easy access to the convention center. Our favorite rooms: The Top Suite has its own private terrace and Jacuzzi. Noise complaints: Before booking, guests should find out whether the convention center is hosting any large events, as noise tends to drift into the hotel and has been the subject of repeated complaints. Also, guests should be aware that signage outside the hotel is poor, so it can be tricky to find.