Calling all agua-loving babes: get ready to slip into your favourite We Are Handsome swimsuit again because weâ€™ve got some more rooftop pool BOOM. You know how much we love boutique hotels and La Purificadora Hotel could easily have us booking flights to Mexico faster than you can say margarita, por favor.
Located in the colonial city of Puebla, Mexico, the original 19th century building was once a water purifying factory. Even before it was to become a hotel, this place was already seeking purity and first class quality. From the outside, the most noticeable detail is the raw brick and stone, still in its original condition, but now mixed with glass, steel and aged timber for a contemporary contrast. Step inside, and the impressive architectural conversion continues. Columns made of stacked wood, an open-air lobby, onyx and custom floor tile, exposed stone and brick walls from the original construction. As well as innovative design, this place has all you could want in a boutique hotel; twenty-six spacious guest rooms, a restaurant, wine cellar, meeting rooms, a library, gym and spa, and of course, that stunning rooftop retreat with its elevated, 30-metre, sleek infinity-edge glass pool.
The man responsible for the conversion is renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. Usually known for using bright colours and shapes in his designs, this time he chose a minimalist look for La Purificadora. Perhaps he wanted to avoid unnecessary interior flair distracting from the buildingâ€™s impressive original features. And while some might find the austere colour palette a little cold and lacklustre (black, white and a few accents of royal purple, are the only colours youâ€™ll see) I actually believe itâ€™s the perfect â€œblank canvasâ€� to splash a bit of WAH-style colour into. Now donâ€™t be shy, WOW your breakfast buddies in The Kinaree Zipsuit and â€˜work it baby, work itâ€™ with a barely-there kaftan or denim shorts and an unbuttoned shirt. The amazing rooftop glass pool also demands your best poolside attire â€“ make a splash, and make it colourful.
Thereâ€™s a lot to learn and love about the city of Puebla (the talavera tiles, feasting on infamous dishes like mole poblano, the Battle of Puebla) not to mention the historical past of La Purificadora Hotel. Although itâ€™s often just a stopover on the road from Mexico City to Oaxac, this place is so much more than a luxurious layover; itâ€™s a destination on your Mexican itinerary in its own right. So by now youâ€™ve got the map out, planning your roadtrip across Me-hi-co, circling towns and wondering which ones to stop in and explore. But really, the only question on our lips is: any room in the car for us? Weâ€™ll get the first round of margaritaâ€™s.