The Hilton Garden Inn Puebla Angelopolis offers 3.5 star accommodation from an upmarket neighborhood between the city and the cultural town of Cholula. The hotel is primarily aimed at business travelers, but is also a good pick for families with vehicles.
Located in the rapidly developing Angelopolis neighborhood, the Hilton offers a side of Puebla many travelers don’t see.
While downtown Puebla is a grid of colonial relics, Angelopolis is a sleek, modern business and university hub on the main highway between the city and nearby Cholula.
Speaking of which, the village of Cholula makes for a great day trip from the Hilton, especially on weekends.
The Hilton has all the bells and whistles of a hotel of this class. On site you’ll find a buffet breakfast, fitness center, outdoor pool, business center and 24-hour room service.
While the Hilton has a good selection of amenities and services, the one thing it lacks is easy access to public transport. From the hotel, you can drive the half hour to the city center or to Cholula. Take advantage of the free valet service.
The immediate surroundings of the Hilton include Angelopolis’ popular shopping and dining district. This includes Puebla’s largest mall, the Angelopolis Centro Commercial. The mall boasts over 78,000 square meters of luxury shopping.
The Hilton’s rooms are generally larger than you’d expect from a business-oriented hotel, though variety is fairly limited. Guests have consistently reported clean rooms and helpful staff.
Five room configurations are available, with three being variations on king bedroom setups. The smallest room is the single king bed, which comes with an en suite bathroom and writing desk.
For the smallest room in the hotel, it’s still fairly spacious at just over 30 square meters. If you need extra space though, consider opting for the bedroom suite, which is double the size.
If you’ve got an extra traveler, go for the third configuration, which comes with a sofa bed.
Though most rooms are aimed at single travelers/couples, the Hilton does have a handful of double rooms, which sleep up to four people. A mobility access double room is also available.
All rooms come with free high speed wifi, mp3 docking stations, refrigerators and safes. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided.
Bathrooms are stocked with all the standard toiletries, though in the past some guests have complained of shampoo and soap portions. If you run low, don’t be afraid to contact reception, who are happy to help. Otherwise, room cleaners come around each morning, and can likewise help you out if you need anything.
The Hilton’s on site restaurant, Villa Rica, is open from 1pm to 11pm. The restaurant specializes in seafood, and is definitely one of the better spots around Angelopolis for good fish. Live music is often played on weekends.
A fantastic buffet breakfast is open in the morning hours, though it’s generally not included in the room price.
Outside, you’ll find the pool, and opposite that there’s a small but fairly well-stocked fitness center.
A free valet service is offered to any travelers with cars. The 24-hour business center is always available for use by guests, and is perfect for meeting with local contacts. Room service is available 24 hours, and is both prompt and efficient.
The Hilton Garden Inn Puebla Angelopolis isn’t located in the center of Puebla.
Instead, it’s in the well-heeled neighborhood of Angelopolis, which is around half an hour by car from the historic center. The center is where you’ll find most of Puebla’s main attractions, such as the cathedral and most museums.
The payoff is that from the hotel, just 20 minutes in the other direction is Cholula, a cultural hub that’s home to arguably the world’s largest pyramid. The Great Pyramid of Cholula has an estimated mass that’s larger than even the Great Pyramid of Giza.
On weekends, the town is a hive of activity as day trippers from Puebla flood in to visit the pyramid and eat ice cream.
Angelopolis itself isn’t without its own attractions, including the International Museum of the Baroque, which is just minutes by foot from the hotel.
Around 10 minutes by car, the Angelopolis Centro Commercial is definitely worth visiting if you’re in the mood for some shopping, a coffee or just catch a movie at the cinema. Angelopolis is also a good location for upmarket shopping.
Its one big drawback is somewhat limited public transport, making the Hilton best suited to travelers with cars.
Hilton Garden Inn Angelopolis isn't close to the city center, but is ideal for travelers who are in Puebla on business or plan to get around because of the many services it has, space and quality of the rooms and services, and location.
Our son was able to walk freely around without getting in harms way or bothering other patrons, and we were able to position one of the two queen beds against a wall for him not to fall at night.
As for adults, we enjoyed all of the above, and found the buffet breakfast abundant with variety, and all of the hotel staff to be very friendly.