La Purificadora Hotel
I was in the colonial city of Puebla, Mexico recently and I stayed at the much talked about La Purificadora Hotel (which means water purifier). It’s located downtown in the historic center next to the San Francisco church. At one time, the building was an old water purification center and it was remodeled by the renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. He retained some original elements, like stone aqueducts and crumbling walls, but added modern additions, like a glass-walled swimming pool and rooftop bar, which are both very cool — especially at night when the hotel feels more like a nightclub.
The problem I encountered was the poorly decorated rooms with cheap furnishings and little noise control. Music could be heard all through the night and it was like sleeping on top of a disco. But the public spaces are very well done and at any given time the hotel was filled with well-to-do professionals from Mexico City.
Currently there is no better hotel to stay at in Puebla, so if you go – take your ear plugs!