Very nice, clean, simple room. Gorgeous architecture and color!
Beautiful place with warm courtyards that will draw you in. Linger over breakfast at the on-site restuarant while you plan your walking tour. You will not be disappointed!
I originally heard about the hotel through www.luxurylink.com, where I noticed packages that included cooking lessons. I didn't purchase one of those packages, since I only wanted to stay for three days, so I booked directly on the www.mexicoboutiquehotels.com website.
I originally made reservations at the Meson Sacristia de Capuchinas (its sister property), but we were transferred to the Compania due to our request for two double beds. At first we were upset at the mix-up, but found later that the Compania was a perfect venue for us. We liked the historic decor and antique furnishings. Breakfast was included in the room rate, and the food at the hotel (we also ate one lunch and some dinner appetizers there) was top-notch. Often when locals would ask us where we were staying, as soon as we said "the Meson Sacristia de la Compania", the reaction was always "They have one of the best restaurants in Puebla."
We were very satisfied with our stay. The staff were all very nice and accomodating, even when we would knock on the big wooden door at 1:00am after a late night out.
It was a perfect place for our first visit to Puebla. I would definitely return and stay at either the Meson Sacristia de la Compania or its sister property, the Capuchinas.
* The food is INCREDIBLE here. The chalupas were the best I had, as were the guajolotes (little small sandwiches.) They also serve regional specialties such as mole poblana and some pumpkin-seed based dishes.
* Alejandro Ramos, the Saturday evening musician at the hotel, was so good that we stayed to watch his entire performance (9:00pm to about 11:15pm.) He played a great mixture of songs from the 60s/70s (think Beatles, Eagles, Santana and others) as well as modern Mexican songs. Very talented guitarist/singer. You must go hear him.
* The rooms were very comfortable. There are only 9 rooms on the property, giving it a very intimate feel. The doors were huge old wooden doors, with a HUGE iron key. Our room was furnished with antiques (which were also for sale) and included a full sitting area and balcony. We were greeted with a plate of regional sweets and confections and provided with bottled water every day. The staff went over and beyond, helping my travelmate with his purchase of a silver/tiled mirror from the public market (the hotel staff wrapped it in bubble wrap so he could transport it without breakage.) The ONLY thing that we noticed that could be a downside was the buzzing nightlife across from and around the hotel on Friday and Saturday nights. Great for people who want to partake in this (which we were). But don't worry, it's not so noisy on Sundays and other nights. Just close the balcony doors--there are double-paned glass doors to block the noise. If you wake up in the early morning and the noise has subsided, open the glass doors and awake to the cool air and relatively quiet sounds of the morning.
Another option right beside the budget Holiday Inn Express is the fancy Crown Plaza, part of the same hotel chain.
The hotel welcomes the guests with an impressive lobby... well, the rest you can also figure out.
I was also there for a couple of times looking for a restaurant and postal services.
Semana Santa and all the hotels are full . . . what do you do? Head for the center if you are looking for a single room. This place was reasonable (about $14) and it had its own bath as well as the advantage of being pretty quiet.
There are many other Hotels in this area (look for the big red "H" marking them - hard to miss!) They all seem reasonable.
Convenient to the Zocalo and restaurant La Fonda de Sta Clara
Fabulous stay. What else can I say? I was on a business trip of two weeks to Mexico and it was quite a good surprise to be in this hotel.
Very good service, very kind staff, taking care of every single detail of your pleasant stay...
I strongly suggest this hotel as your first option during a business trip.
It is not very good located if you intend to visit downtown Puebla.
This was the best place that we stayed in Mexico, as well as the most expensive, but it was worth it for a night. It is situated on the street right in back of the Zocalo, so it has access to everything within walking distance. The inn itself was lavish, with comfortable beds and air-conditioning, and all the little immenities that you would expect from Holiday Inn, such as a lounge and restaurant and heated pool.
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