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About Puebla

Puebla is known for traditional food, colourful pottery, friendly weather and colonial architecture. It is the fourth largest city in modern Mexico and was the first city built entirely by the Spanish colonisers. It is laid out in an orderly, planned way around the central squares of the old town, which is now UNESCO World Heritage Listed. This centre of 16th and 17th century treasures, shows a wonderful blending of European, American and Arabic design styles (which is found in many of the best places to stay in Puebla) - and the Arabic influence can be seen in many of the beautifully tiled walls.

Puebla's location, on the wonderfully named plain of Cuetlaxcoapan, which means 'where the serpents change their skin', is between two ancient indigenous settlements, Tlaxcla and Cholula, Cholula being the largest man-made monument ever constructed, so there's plenty to see around Puebla if you're interested in the indigenous culture.

What Not To Miss

  • The astoundingly ornate Rosary Chapel (Capilla del Rosario) is bound to take your breath away. The baroque interiors are simply stunning - be sure to remember your camera.
  • The Amparo Museum is the ideal spot for those wanting to learn all about the area's past, home to a wide variety of artefacts and artworks from pre-Columbian times.
  • You could also check out the Museo Internacional del Barroco, set in an architecturally fascinating building and with a number of exhibits on Baroque art, music, and more.
  • Take the family on a day out to Africam Safari and marvel at the exotic animals roaming freely in their natural habitat.

As always, be sure to book ahead if you want to guarantee yourself a room in one of the best places to stay in Puebla.

The best places to stay in Puebla

City Style

  • La Purificadora started life as a water factory and is now a stylish 26 room design hotel. The old facades and big, cavernous spaces are wonderfully combined with modern design and there's a great rooftop pool with city views, an excellent spa and a lively restaurant popular with the locals.
  • Set in a charming colonial townhouse, El Sueno Hotel & Spa boasts smart rooms from just £67 per night. Enjoy top-notch regional cuisine and make the most out of your location to see all that the city has to offer.

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Travel Information

  • There's never exactly a bad time to visit Puebla, though if you're looking for warm weather then consider coming in May - with an average daily temperature of 20°C.
  • Visitors can fly into Puebla International Airport (aka Hermanos Serdán International Airport), though if you're coming from further afield than North American you may need to fly into Mexico City International Airport, 125km northwest of Puebla.
  • Take the bus from the airport to Puebla, with the journey lasting approximately 2 hours.
  • British Airways and Aeromexico fly direct from Heathrow to Mexico City.
  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Holiday Autos.

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Best Hotels in Puebla

  • El Sueno Hotel & Spa 11 rooms from $86

    Puebla

    A chic family-run hotel located in a centuries-old Spanish Colonial townhouse. Individually styled rooms are packed full of character with bold colours, cast-iron beds and contemporary art. An atmospheric restaurant serves exemplary regional cuisine. Well located and priced. Highly recommended.

    City Style  -  A chic boutique hotel so well designed you'll be hard pushed to leave.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the impressive Puebla Cathedral.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • La Purificadora 26 rooms from $156

    Puebla

    This renovated former water factory pays homage to modern design at its best. Its alchemists combined the old and the new with strikingly chic effect. Original facades, sleek lines, and enormous spaces. The restaurant draws a lively crowd and the spa is spoiling.

    City Style  -  This edgy and achingly hip hotel is an architectural triumph, a sleek new incarnation of a 19th-century water purifying factory.
    Designer  -  Edgy hotel designed by Legorreta + Legorreta
    Swimming Pool  -  Glass sided rooftop pool with city views.
    Contemporary
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
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