“So glad we found this wonderful boutique hotel in the historic district”
Reviewed March 21, 2012
We use TripAdvisor for all our travel needs, and once again were not disappointed. Meson Sacristia de la Compania was a wonderful place to stay in the historic district of Puebla, only a couple of blocks from the zocalo (public square) and also a small outlet of the renowned Talavera Tile factory, a little cafe with great food and great service called Celia's Cafe, where you can also buy genuine Talavera pieces. But back to the hotel - we stayed in spacious Room 9 which was filled with antiques and also a comfortable bed and glassed-in shower with plenty of hot water and good pressure. The temperature was just right. Our room looked out over the enclosed court yard, protected from street noise, but convenient to the talented musical serenades that took place on Fri. and Sat. nights. Breakfast was included, and we had fresh-squeezed juice (try the orange mixed with nopal - incredible!), and other dishes like eggs with a sauce unique to Meson Sacristia, chilaquiles to die for, and even enchiladas if you have the appetite, and we did. The service was attentive, prompt and friendly. Our manager was kind enough to arrange a trip for us to the pyramid at Cholula which was very reasonably priced. Staff were always available, always friendly, and always helpful. Most spoke English and tolerated our pathetic Spanish with grace. They went out of their way to be helpful; for instance, I asked for a bottle of wine. Not only did they bring an excellent Mexican wine out, but they chilled it, brought it to our room, opened it, and poured it, for hardly any more than the cost of the wine. The food is genuine Pueblan fare - Pipian, mole, etc. We tried a couple of other places for dinner, but none beat the food at Meson Sacristia, so we had most of our meals there. This is not a hotel for people who need Marriott or Holiday Inn type predictability; it's a family owned place and reflects the personality of the owners, which is what we love. Be prepared to possibly hear some noise in the morning when the kitchen staff come in to start breakfast; but when you eat the delicious breakfast, you'll be glad they came in early. There are more expensive places to stay in Puebla, but none better. Our only regret was not signing up for the cooking school. We'll do that next time.
Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
“Amazingly beautiful city!”
Reviewed March 1, 2012
Fabulous cooking classes with an internationally known chef!
“Diamond in the Rough”
Reviewed January 5, 2012
Very charming AUTHENTIC hotel in historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Highlight was the 5 day cooking school starting at 10 AM daily. We loved the chef, Alonso, and his assistant Cinthia. We cooked authentic Puebla dishes, then enjoyed what we cooked for lunch. Extremely well organized with only fresh ingredients. Since most of us did not speak Spanish, Cinthias translations were great. I highly recommend the cooking school....lots of fun. Alonso and Cinthia also took our group to the local Market where we could purchase fresh produce. Mexican vanilla is the BEST! Many types of chiles sold, sugar cane, chocolate.
The hotel is extremely conveniently located to the Zocalo area (city square) so we could walk everywhere and felt extremely safe. Many good restaurants nearby. When we tired of spicy food we found a great pizza place, Vittorios, on the square. Shopping was wonderful for our group of 12. We walked to the Talavera Armando factory and had a tour. Talavera pottery is made in the same way as hundreds of years ago, each piece hand painted. I purchased several plates here. Don't miss shopping on the " candy street"....blocks of tiny candy shops that also sell Talavera plates, mugs, bowls. The yellow coconut macaroons are yummy.
The hotel staff was excellent and we enjoyed the meals served here. Breakfasts were great, service excellent. The lobby and rooms are furnished with antique pieces. Our room #1 was huge. Our king size bed was comfortable, unfortunately our son slept on a roll-away hard as a rock. Now for the bad.......our room was noisy from 7 AM to well past midnight! The kitchen is right below and you can't sleep for the clanging pots, stomping feet and loud music. All of the other rooms were ok for the rest of our family.....we had 5 rooms.
I would recommend this hotel if you want an authentic experience.
Reviewed December 30, 2011
We stayed at the meson sacrestia de la compania for one night, and we payed 120usd for the cajonera suite. A lot of money, but it looked great at the website. And we were not dissapointed. The people at the reception were very helpfull and nice. We were brought to the cajonera suite and it was really wow! A big room with bathroom, with a 'grand' feel. Nice decorated, just great. The whole hotel/ restaurant was really nice with great atmosphere. Unluckely for us the restaurant was closed at sunday nights so we didn't eat here, but we had breakfast, wich was ok. The bed was comfy and big, the room was clean and very big, the people were helpfull. I'm not sure how the rest of the rooms are, but i can definetly recommend the cajonera suite. The location is excellent, it was on a sunday so the antique market is just outside and brings a nice atmosphere to the town. Altough really busy! We had a wonderfull stay and worth the money.
Tittle: Lovely Hotel and Cooking School Vacation
Place: Las vegas, Nevada
I travel for a living and work in the tourism industry so when it comes to taking my own vacation I try to choose out of the ordinary destinations. I enjoy Mexico and cooking and after doing research I decided upon Meson Sacristia. During the planning process all of my e-mail correspondence and questions to the hotel were answered in a timely manner by Elisa.
Getting to Puebla is quite easy from the USA with Continental Airlines offering flights from Houston directly to the Puebla Airport. It is so much easier than flying into Mexico City. It was a rainy night when I arrived and I was met by the charming Gerardo who had been sent by the hotel to retrieve me. Upon arrival at the hotel I was greeted warmly by the staff and given a fruity welcome cocktail. Check in was fast and efficient.
The hotel has eight rooms and I was staying in Master Suite #1 Cajonera. My suite was large and filled with antiques. It was very clean and even had a coffee maker and a plate of typical sweets made in Puebla! I found the bed to be comfortable and the room had air conditioning and a ceiling fan. While it is not hot in Puebla in August, I did appreciate having the convenience of air conditioning. The bathroom was adequate and I never had problems with water pressure or hot water. Keep in mind that this is a 250 year old property and for me it was a very charming and comfortable place to stay. The location can't be beat and is within walking distance of all of the historic center of Puebla.
I had purchased a cooking school package at Meson Sacristia. Upon my arrival I was notified that Chef Alonso, who was to be teaching the cooking class, was ill. I was quite disappointed since my main purpose of choosing this hotel and location was to attend cooking classes. Lizbet, the Public Relations representative, was very helpful and understanding and offered me alternatives to cooking classes. The hotel can arrange; painting classes, Talavera pottery making classes, photography classes and in suite spa services. Lizbet worked with me and I decided upon a walking city tour, an in suite massage and two cooking classes and a market trip with a different chef.
My private cooking classes with Chef Saul and Lizbet were wonderful. I speak spanish fluently and enjoyed my interactions with the staff. Chef Saul stressed safety and techniques in addition to teaching me how to cook authentic Mexican cuisine. The classes were very worthwhile, fun and educational. I was presented with a certificate, apron and cookbook upon completion.
All breakfasts and several dinners were included in my package. The restaurant, which is in the courtyard of the hotel, served delicious meals. The waiters were very professional and attentive. If you go during August, this is the season of Chiles En Nogada, a very special regional dish. The restaurant does an outstanding job on this dish. There is live music in the courtyard on the weekends but I did not find this to be disruptive and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.
As a woman traveling alone, I felt that the hotel staff went out of its way to make sure I was safe and cared for during my stay. I spent one week at Mesone Sacristia and I really hated to leave and hope to return as soon as possible. Puebla is a wonderful place to get away and to holiday without the throngs of tourists. I highly recommend this hotel and destination.
Tittle:“nice little hotel with great restaurant and fabulous cooking class with the chef”
Place: Skagit valley, Washington
My husband signed us up a package at Mesones Sacristia including five days of cooking class,, city tour, six nights lodging and most of our meals. What a wonderful and diverse vacation in Puebla. Too bad that few Americans know about Puebla because we don't know what we're missing! It is also wonderful to be immersed in a Mexican city full of historical charm without being surrounded by all the rabble that tourist centers attract. The restaurant served great food every meal and by the end of the week we had tasted and learned to make a lot of the menu. The first day of class we made my favorite dish in Puebla: pollo pipian. I learned it wasn't hard to make. Three days later I had a new favorite dish: Mole poblana. Chef Alonso Hernandez is a great chef and a patient teacher with a gentle sense of humor. He accommodated my peanut allergy teaching alternative recipes so now i can eat the famous mole without problems. We also learned about vegetarian alternatives for the recipes. These are custom cooking classes par excellence. The hotel is charming and everyone working there was very helpful and accomodating. I recommend you go there and stay, and don't miss the cooking classes! We have 23 recipes to practice at home and when we perfect them, we'll be going back for more!
A friend and I just returned from a wonderful stay at Meson Sacristia in Puebla, Mexico. We purchased the amazingly reasonable 5 day cooking class package, which included airport transport, breakfast, daily cooking classes followed by a lunch of our labors, dinners at the hotel, a massage, free entrance to the Amparo museum, and tours of a local food market, Puebla City, and nearby Cholula.
The package can be purchased directly from the hotel website.
Puebla is a Colonial gem. Lively, safe, inexpensive, easy to navigate, and welcoming, with spectacular cathedrals, great shopping, and fantastic local cusine.
Meson Sacristia is a beautifully restored Colonial mansion in the historic center, within walking distance of all important sights. The rooms, which overlook the light-filled inner courtyard restaurant, are filled with antiques and original details. Ask for a room that opens onto the street, and you'll have a little balcony to step out on. The inner rooms are not as light and open, but have "port holes" of stained glass that open onto the courtyard and back of the hotel. Not a problem for me at all.
Without exception, the hotel staff were helpful and gracious. Rarely have I felt so well taken care of.
Chef Alonso and PR Assistant/translator Lizbeth were wonderful and patient teachers. The daily cooking classes were extremely well organized, stress-free, and fun. I've done my fare share of Mexican cooking at home, and have read a considerable amount about Mexican cuisine, but I did not find the classes overly elementary or complex - just right for a relaxing kitchen travel experience.
There are various cooking packages available, and Lizbet and the hotel staff are able to arrange a schedule to meet visitors' needs.
If you're considering Mexico as a travel destination, I highly recommend Puebla and Meson Sacristia. Gracias Lizbet and Alonso for an unforgettable vacation!
comentary:I second the course at Meson Sacristia de Compania in Puebla. We went in February. It was really affordable, around $1000 for two of us, including everything, hotel, meals, entirely private cooking class, etc for a whole week. It was really phenomenal. The hotel was gorgeous, our room was stunning, the service was amazing, and the food was excellent... Puebla is a very beautiful town, and there are many side trips to be had. It really was one of the best trips I've had...
Comentary:After living in Puebla for a year we took this course at the Meson Sacrisitia de la Compania because we wanted to do something special our last weekend. It was more money than we would usually spend on something but we really enjoyed it. In our three hour class we were the only people, and the teachers are both the restaurants main chef and an assistant who will translate if you want. We learned basic techniques for cooking on a comal and made chalupas with red and green salsas, mole poblano, and agua de jamaica. For what it's worth, I think that mole poblano is much more delicious than chiles en nogada!
Fecha: Tue, 3 Jun 2008
10:49:01 -0700 (PDT)
País: United States
We cannot express our gratitude enough for a
week in Puebla. Our entire experience was flawless
and beautiful, and it is not an exaggeration to say
that my feelings about Mexico have changed so much......I
cannot wait to return.
We are especially grateful to you for your
assistance with everything. You could not have been
more charming, helpful, organized, and lovely, and
your assistance was always available without being
pushy or forceful. THANK YOU!!!!
I will be happy to write about our experience on
Trip Advisor. Also, Elisa, I was serious about
promoting your cooking school to people I know in
Japan. I will be going to Japan in the fall and I
will talk about Mexico all the time! Perhaps someday
I can join with a japanese group and help with
translation, and I am
certain it would be a very good time for everyone.
If you come to San Francisco, please please let Alex
and I know.......We will treat you like a queen, and
do everything we can to make your trip here
interesting, fun, and memorable. And I am sure Alex
and I can cook you a fantastic dinner (not mexican
Fecha: Sat, 31 May
2008 11:59:39 -0500
Asunto: Re: Thank You Cooking Class!
País: United States
Buenos Dias Eisa
We really enjoyed the cooking class. I was a really
novice cook and have learned a lot from Chef Alongso.
Roger, too. The recipes are really good as they are
so efficiently organized and we have been shown step-by-step
so excellently by Chef and really well interpreted
by you. We are off to Singapore soon and will try
our hands at the recipes we learned when we get back
to Hawaii in July. We will send you the photos when
we have sorted them out. We took 6 gigabytes of
photos from Mexico!! . Don't forget to come visit us
Again, muchos gracias to Chef Alongso and you.
Keng and Roger.
Fecha: Tue, 25 Mar
2008 05:40:35 +0000
Asunto: RE: Thank You Cooking Class!
País: United States
Thank you for providing our group with such a
wonderful cooking experience at the Mesones
Sacristia kitchen. We appreciated that the cooking
lesson was well organized and professional. All our
students truly loved the experience. Several
students bought chocolate and jamaica flowers to
take home. The cooking lesson was a great
introduction to the fabulous cuisine of Puebla, MX.
Thank you again.
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