This review is an excerpt from author Zain Deane‘s upcoming book, Great Destinations: Mexico City, Puebla & Cuernavaca, published by Countryman Press
La Purificadora is my favorite hotel in Puebla, and among my favorites in Mexico, for a few reasons. For one, it is architecturally unique, a blend of minimalism, dramatic effect, rustic antiquity and modern chic. From the crumbling, exposed walls left over from colonial times, the M.C. Escher-like broad stairway and the bare coal fire-pits in the open-air lobby to the modern, creatively designed rooms, the hotel presents a delightful contrast. Even the colors show the dichotomy: earth tones and pure white mixed with plush purple couches. At night, candles and fires fill the hotel, throwing you further into the dual world of old and new.
The rooms maximize the given space and include flat-screen TVs, iPod stereos, sink-into-sleep beds, and contemporary décor. One of the coolest spots in Puebla is the upstairs bar and pool area. The pool, an open-air zero-level affair with a glass wall, offers you, the swimmer, spectacular views of the nearby Iglesia de San Francisco and offers those lounging around views of you, the swimmer. And the restaurant is one of the most innovative in the city, a must-visit if you like creative Mexican cuisine.
La Purificadora is a gem, and a hidden one at that. You’ll find no prominent signs above the door, and the hotel is tucked in a corner of town that is removed from the tourist bustle but still within the historic city center limits.