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History of the hotel...

The Hotel Colonial de Puebla is located one block away from the Zocalo (main square) in the heart of the downtown historical district of Puebla, Mexico, a city part of UNESCO's World Heritage program because of its beautiful historic architecture.The hotel building has been on the city map since 1668.

History tells us this building was constructed by the Jesuits, after they built the Espíritu Santo church (La Compañía) and its college (Universidad Autonoma de Puebla), located right across the street.

From its construction to present, the building has had three different uses:

1.- Jesuit monastery until the end of the 18th Century.

2.- At the end of the 18th Century, the building was acquired by Mr. Covarrubias, a very important man in Puebla, to host important travelers on their way from Veracruz to Mexico City.

3.-Hotel and Restaurant from the middle of the 19th Century up to our days.

The building started life as a hotel under the name`"Hotel del Jardín". In 1930 the building was bought by the Del Campo family, who restored it and changed the name to Hotel Colonial.


Agustín del Puerto Barba (1886-1964)

 During the next 25 years six different businessmen administered the hotel (see note), until 1956 when Mr. Agustín del Puerto Barba (native of León, Spain) bought it and left the administration to his son Mr. Agustín del Puerto Bello.


Agustín del Puerto Bello (1927-1997)

Both the Del Puerto and Bello families are well versed in the hotel business, operating hotels in the Mexican States of Veracruz, Puebla and Oaxaca since the early 20th Century.


Salvador Ortiz de Montellano Murúa (1923-2001)

 In 1959, the administration of Hotel Colonial de Puebla switched hands to Mr. Salvador Ortiz de Montellano Murúa and his wife, Mrs. Maria Luisa del Puerto Bello, who with dedication to service and personal attention to details, transformed Hotel Colonial into a unique and charming place to stay in Puebla.


María Luisa del Puerto Bello (1926-1995)

At the present time, the hotel is owned by the company Hotel Colonial de Puebla, S.A. de C.V., and its tradition of personal attention and outstanding service is continued by the manager, Mrs. María Luisa Ortiz de Montellano del Puerto.

María Luisa Ortiz de Montellano del Puerto and Salvador Ortiz de Montellano Murúa.

Salvador Ortiz de Montellano Murúa and Javier Ortiz de Montellano del Puerto.

Hotel Colonial de Puebla is officially considered to be a three star hotel, but its reputation abroad is first class. During summer time, the hotel hosts several summer programs from American universities and colleges. In Autumn, Winter and Spring, groups of European tourists, primarily from France, arrive daily, and the hotel also hosts cultural programs for elderly American and Canadians.

The Hotel Colonial is known locally for its excellent cuisine, and recomended in almost every foreign tour guide. The "Mole Poblano" served every day in its dining rooms is reputed to be the best in the world.

The Hotel Colonial building is catalogued as an Historic Monument, because of its magnificent colonial architecture. The hotel elevator is one of the oldest working elevators in the country. A unique collection of portraits of Viceroyals of The New Spain Viceroyalty hangs on its walls, along with numerous works of art. Following its recent restoration, the hotel is a downtown showpiece.

The location of Hotel Colonial de Puebla, in the heart of the historic colonial district, is unbeatable. One block away are the Zocalo (main square), La Catedral (Cathedral) and the Plazuela de los Sapos (Square of The Toads). A few more blocks away are El Parián (handicrafts market), La Casa del Alfeñique (The house of meringue), El Barrio del Artista (The Artists Colony), the famous Capilla del Rosario (Rosary Chapel), the Amparo Museum and many other museums and places of interest.

 hotel photographs

 downtown map


4 Sur 105 - PUEBLA, PUE. 72000. MEXICO.

Tel: 52 (222) 246-4612 - Fax: 52 (222) 246-0818

Reservations (within Mexico): 01-800-013-0000