Where to Stay in Puebla: Best Areas & safe Neighborhoods

In this guide we will be looking at where to stay in Puebla, the best areas to stay in Puebla  (include map and video), the best hotels in Puebla  for all budgets, and safest places.

Puebla de los Angeles, known as Puebla is the fourth largest city in Mexico. It is located in the south of Mexico, two hours drive from Mexico City, at the foot of Popocatepetl, one of Mexico’s highest volcanoes.

Puebla is generally a safe to visit. But as you travel to any city, you still want to be sensible and stay in the more populated areas where possible. Stick into central and tourist areas such as Centro Historico, you will be safe.

Where to stay in Puebla Mexico?

The best areas to stay in Puebla for tourists are Historico Centro, La Paz, Angelopolis, and Cholula. Puebla has a lot to offer in terms of history, culture, and cuisine, so no matter where you stay, you’re likely to have a memorable experience.

Centro Historico is the best area to stay in Puebla for first-timers. It is the heart of the city and has a widest range of accommodation, major attractions including the Puebla Cathedral and the Zócalo. The historic center also offers a lively atmosphere with plenty of restaurants and bars.

💖 Best Area for first-timers:Centro Historico
💎 Best luxury hotel:Hotel Andante
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Hotel Isabel 
💰 Best budget hotel:Hotel Sofia

Map of areas and neighborhoods to stay in Puebla:

5 Best areas to stay in Puebla for tourists:

1. Puebla Centro Historico

Centro Historico

Centro Historico is the historic center of the city and one of the best area in Puebla. Declared a Historic Monuments Zone by presidential decree in 1977, it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO 10 years later in 1987. Unfortunately, due to a number of earthquakes in recent years, many of the buildings have become damaged, although most do still remain standing.

Among the most popular buildings in the area, you have the stunning 16th to 17th-century Renaissance and Baroque buildings such as Puebla Cathedral, the Municipal Hall Of Puebla, Church of Santo Domingo, Templo de San Franciso, and Teatro Principal De Puebla.

Puebla’s cathedrallocated near the central square, is where you can find many colonial architecture houses, restaurants, and shops.

Parian Market is another of the cities most visited attractions. A large, traditional handicraft market, it hosts 112 stands, all featuring traditional Puebloan architecture.

Hosting galleries, artists, sculptors, and vendors selling pottery, leather, and jewelry, El Parian is a fabulous place to visit, whether you want to purchase a souvenir or some traditional products, or even if you simply want to look around and take in the atmosphere and architecture.

The Casa De La Cultura and the Maqueta Del Centro De Puebla are great places to learn about the area, while the Biblioteca Palafoxiana is a fabulous place to improve your knowledge in general, as it is recognized as the oldest library in the Americas, having first opened in 1646.

This area is home to Barrio del Artista – Artist’s Quarter, known for its arts and crafts, and Barrios De Los Sapos (aka the Alley of the Toads), which is famed for its brightly colored buildings, antique books, and famous Talavera pottery.

If you love museums, the Centro offers plenty of choices. You will find Museo Amparo (the Amparo Museum), Museo Casa del Mendrugo, Museo Regional De La Revolución Mexicana Casa De Los Hermanos Serdánm, and Museo Nacional De Los Ferrocarriles Mexicanos.

If you are hoping to get a true experience of what the city has been like for the last 500 years or so and want to be surrounded by its people and sample their traditional foods, drinks, and wares, this is definitely the place for you.

You must try local cuisines like cemitas (Mexican sandwiches), chalupas (thin, crunchy tortilla), tacos arabes (traditional Puebla dish), mole poblano (dark red-brown Puebla sauce made with ancho chiles and chocolate).

If you have a sweet tooth, head to the Calle del Dulce (Sweet Street), the three-block-long street is packed with shops that sell a wide variety of sugary treats.

Puebla Centro has a wide range of accommodations that suits all budget from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels.

Best places to stay in Puebla Centro Historico:

Hotel Isabel This 4-star mid-range hotel that has a 24-hour front desk, currency exchange, and air-conditioned rooms. It is close to Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Convention Centre and Amparo Museum.

Hotel Sofia This budget hotel close to Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla Convention Centre, and Amparo Museum. It offers a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk, and a shared lounge, and free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a wardrobe.

Hotel Santiago This 3-star hotel is close to  Puebla Convention Centre, Amparo Museum, and Paseo de San Francisco Shopping Mall. It offers rooms with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a private bathroom, a 24-hour front desk, a tour desk, and currency exchange for guests.

NH Puebla Centro Histórico This 4-star hotel is located just steps away from the magnificent Historical Center of Puebla, nominated “Cultural Heritage of Humanity”; also within walking distance from the downtown area, main shopping centers, and industrial parks of this colonial city.

See more: Best areas to Stay in Mexico City

2. Angelopolis

Angelopolis is a largely residential and commercial area within the city, covering 15 square kilometers. Considered one of the most modern areas in all of Mexico, as well as one of the most important in Puebla, it is largely inhabited by fairly wealthy residents and boasts a number of skyscrapers and expensive buildings.

It is well known internationally as it features 3 highly regarded universities: the Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey, Universidad Iberoamericana and Universidad Anahuac.

When you combine these with the number of privae schools and academies in the area, it makes Angelopolis a hub of learning and cultural enhancement.

Designer shopping malls, cultural spaces, lush parks, tourist attractions, service centers, and beautiful developments are abundant, making it a great choice for those looking to take a break with a little bit of class.

Angelopolis is home to Estrella de Puebla – Star of Puebla, the larg Ferris whee with stunning views of the volcanoes. It’s close to Angelópolis Lifestyle Center Mall and Parque del Arte.

The Estrella de Puebla is part of a complex that contain the Ecoparque Metropolitano, Paseo del Río Atoyac, Parque Lineal, Jardín del Arte, and the International Museum of the Baroque.

Nearby on the Vía Atlixcáyotl, you can find the Torre Natyv skyscraper and the Museo Internacional del Barroco, a Mexican museum dedicated to Baroque art.

Best Places to stay in Puebla in Angelopolis:

La Quinta by Wyndham Puebla Palmas Angelopolis is located opposite Puebla’s Angelopolis Shopping Mall. It has an indoor swimming pool, free WiFi, and free onsite parking. The restaurant offers panoramic city views. The hotel’s restaurant serves typical regional cuisine and offers spectacular views over the city of Puebla and the surrounding volcanoes.

Hilton Garden Inn Puebla Angelopolis features a year-round outdoor pool and fitness center, a seafood restaurant. This hotel is close to Museo Internacional del Barroco, Club de Golf la Vista, Centro Comercial Angelopolis, and La Estrella de Puebla.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Puebla Angelopolis, an IHG hotel is located 1.5 km from the Metropolitan Eco Park and just 5 km from the shopping mall. This hotel is 5 km from the Art Park and 15 minutes drive from Cholula’s Grand Pyramid. Puebla’s Zócalo Square is 8.6 km away and Hermanos Serdán International Airport is 37 km away.

3. Finsa

Located in the very northern section of the city, Finsa is a largely residential area. Featuring great public transport links back into the center of the city, this is an ideal location for visitors who would rather stay out of the hustle and bustle of the inner city for the duration of their trip, but still, want access to see the attractions when they choose.

The true selling point to Finsa is the local experience that it offers. With many of the bars, shops, and restaurants in the area run by and catering to locals, it gives you the opportunity to have a more authentic experience.

Best places to stay in Puebla in Finsa:

Marriott Puebla Hotel Meson del Angel 5-star hotel is set in a Mexican-style building, a short ride from The historic center of Puebla, Cholula, Las Fuentes Golf Course, and the Africam Safari Zoo.

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Puebla This 4-star hotel is located in Santa María Coronado, it has an on-site restaurant. Each guest room has a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine, a private bathroom, free toiletries, a hairdryer, and free wifi.

One Puebla FINSA  This 3-star hotel is located in Cuautlancingo, close to the FINSA and Bralemex industrial parks, the Volkswagen Industrial Plant, and Puebla International Airport. It features a 24-hour front desk, a shared lounge, a vending machine, free daily breakfast, pus free WiFi, and on-site parking.

City Express Junior Puebla FINSA This 3-star hotel is located 25 minutes drive from Puebla’s town center and it offers free breakfast and free Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast. It has comfortable rooms with a flat-screen cable TV, air conditioning, a shower, private bathrooms with free toiletries, and a desk.

4. San Andres Cholula

Located 12 km outside of Puebla, Cholula has similar tourist amenities in Puebla but Puebla is bigger and Cholula is cheaper, cleaner, and less crowded. San Andres Cholula is Magical Town that has two distinct selling points for visitors: its cultural and historical sites, and its festivals.

Its most famous sight is the Great Pyramid Of Cholula, known locally as Tlachihualtepetl, which translates to “made by hand mountain”. Standing 55 meters tall, at its base it features an area almost double that of the Great Pyramid Of Giza.

Built in prehistoric times and surrounded by smaller structures, including the Courtyard Of Altars, as well as murals and other items of historical significance, it is a fabulous destination for anyone interested in the ancient history and culture of the area.

In the city itself, a collection of small, colonial-era churches can also be found, allowing you to get a sense of how the area has changed throughout the centuries.

On the festival side of things, you have events held at numerous times throughout the year, where the city comes to life to celebrate and embrace their culture. Carnival, Vaniloquio, Holy Week, La Bajada, and the feast day of the Virgin Of The Remedies are the most important religious festivals, all taking great significance for the majority of residents.

Other points of interests in Cholula are The Sanctuary of the Virgen de los Remedios, Church of Santa María Tonantzintla, The San Pedro Cholula Market, Cholula Ethnobotanical Garden, and Talavera de la Reyna Cholula workshop.

If you are looking for a place to stay where you can have a unique cultural experience and explore some stunning historical locations, there simply isn’t a location in the city that comes anywhere near to rivaling San Andres Cholula.

Best places to stay in Puebla San Andres Cholula:

Collection O Las Iglesias is located within walking distance to the main square and many of the famous attractions offers 4-star accommodation in Cholula and have a restaurant, a bar, and a garden. All rooms boast a TV with cable channels and a private bathroom.

Hotel Real de Naturales has a restaurant, fitness center, a bar, and a shared lounge in Cholula. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has garden views, and guests can enjoy access to a garden and to a terrace. 

Hotel El Cristo is located in Cholula, 2.7 km from Plaza San Diego, Hotel El Cristo provides accommodation with a garden, free private parking, and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms.

5. La Paz

Located to the northwest of Centro Storico, La Paz is a largely residential, laid-back part of the city. Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is for its incredible gastronomical endeavors. A huge collection of trendy, high-end restaurants can be found here, offering some of the finest food in the city.

Cuisines such as Mexican, Japanese, Italian, French, American, and many others can all be found here, drawing visitors from all over the city to dine in its restaurants each night.

This not only gives you the opportunity to sample a huge range of expertly cooked foods, but you also have the chance to interact with a diverse range of people, getting a full experience of all corners of the city.

Food isn’t the only selling point to La Paz though, as there are a number of fabulous attractions in the area for tourists to enjoy during their stay.

For starters, you have the Fuente De Los Frailes, a gorgeous, sculpted fountain in the middle of a rotary. A beautiful location that shows of the architecture of the region, it is perhaps even better at night when it is illuminated from all sides.

The Iglesia Del Cielo is a beautiful church, featuring a stunning, bright white cupola, located on top of Cerro De La Paz hill. This is an ideal spot for visitors to learn a little about the culture and history of the area, as well as take in some amazing views of the city.

The neighboring Monumento A La Bandera features a huge Mexican flag set in a lush green park. Not only does this provide more culture and stunning views, but it also provides you with a pleasant location to take a relaxing stroll or sit down for a while.

Best places to stay in Puebla La Paz:

Hyatt Place La Paz is located 10 minutes’ drive from central La Paz, Baja California Sur. The hotel is modern and offers an outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. Set right across the Marina Puerta Cortes, the hotel enables guests access to play golf in the exclusive Golf Course in the exclusive El Cortes Gary Player Signature Golf Course.

Hotel Catedral La Paz Offering an outdoor pool and views of the city, this hotel is located in La Paz. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool and sun terrace, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar.

Pension Baja Paradise The place is like a boutique hotel hostel. It is located 5 minutes walking distance from the beach.

Check out my virtual tour about the best places to stay in Puebla in this video:

Where should I stay in Puebla for the first time?

Centro Historico is the best area to stay in Puebla for first-timers due to its prime location. If you book a hotel here, you will be located in the middle of the action, within easy access to tourist attractions and amenities.

What are the best areas to stay in Puebla?

Centro Historico, La Paz, Angelopolis, and Cholula are some of the best areas to stay in Puebla because they are the most popular neighborhoods for tourists.

How many days should I spend in Puebla?

It depends on your interests and travel plans, but 2-3 days is a good amount of time to explore Puebla’s colonial architecture, food, and culture.

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Overall, Centro Historico is the best area to stay in Puebla because it has a central location and it has a wide range of accommodation, restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as tourist attractions. If you stay here, you will be located in the middle of action!

About Author: Linda Smith

I'm Linda Smith, the Hotel Expert, an experienced travel blogger who passionate about traveling. I'm here to share with you all my travel experiences and tips. I cover a wide range of travel topics, specializing in sharing information about the best areas, neighborhoods, and hotels in each city. I hope all these things will make your travel easier.

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