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March 2018

Rosewood Puebla

Puebla, Mexico

The Rosewood marries the colonial charm of this historic Mexican city with contemporary comfort. Three 19th and 20th century buildings have been transformed into a luxurious, modern-art-filled compound surrounding an idyllic tree-shaded courtyard. Each of the 78 rooms and suites is unique, integrating restored architectural elements — stone walls, barrel-vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors — with touches such as local talavera tile and pottery as well as Mexican embroidery. The rooftop pool and bar offers commanding vistas of the city skyline and the mountains beyond, while the downstairs bar, Los Lavaderos, serves fine cocktails and elevated takes on Mexican street food (a tip from chef de cuisine Jonathan Alvarado: ask for the off-menu tlayuda, a Oaxacan flatbread with succulent marinated beef). A hand-hewn subterranean tunnel — part of a 500-year-old network that provided wealthy Poblanos an escape route during wartime — was also discovered during construction; ask a staff member for a peek. Doubles from $250—Jeff Chu

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