and welcoming “Bed and Breakfast” hotel with six guest
rooms, located in the heart of Cholula, Puebla.
The Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA is located in a large and
elegant adobe home built in the 19th century, a few steps
from the Great Pyramid and the Royal Chapel. The old home
was lovingly restored, respecting the original architecture
while adapting it for today’s use. For two years, Puebla’s
artisans carved the stone and wood with traditional tools.
Two patios, adorned with limestone fountains, are the focal
points of the building.
The Patio of the Talavera Fountain is nestled around a
laurel tree, under the apex of a crystal pyramid. Breakfast
is served each morning under the tree branches and in the
afternoon, guests can enjoy a glass of wine on the
surrounding terraces. An antique grand piano, once played by
composers Agustin Lara and Pepe Guizar, is part of the
décor. Twenty-four unique 18th-century talavera tiles
decorate the fountain. The tiles were originally from a
Jesuit monastery in the city of Puebla.
The Patio of the Lion Fountain is a beautiful garden with a
pleasant central seating area, accessible by a wooden
footbridge. Most of the bedrooms and the library are
accessed through this patio, which is surrounded with a
Saint Thomas marble hallway, protected by a transparent
eave. On the south wall, a sculptured stairway accesses the
building’s roof garden, where there is a pool with
whirlpool, a wet sun-tanning area, a wooden terrace with a
huge flower box, and a small telescope. From the roof, there
is an exceptional view of all the important buildings in
Cholula, the Great Pyramid, the volcanoes, and at night, the
starry Cholula sky.
The guest rooms at the Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA conserve
their original high ceilings with wide beams, but under the
clay floors, hundreds of meters of hot water pipes meander,
which help maintain an even temperature ten months a year.
Although the thick adobe walls are natural thermal
insulation, each room has air conditioning for hot summer
days. The double-paned windows help with both acoustic and
thermal insulation, and wooden shutters permit the rooms to
be completely darkened. The bathrooms are modern, all with
bathtubs, sinks and marble floors.
Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA is a small architectural jewel
in Cholula, located a few steps from greater jewels like the
Great Pyramid of Quetzalcoatl, the Royal Chapel and the
Franciscan Convent San Gabriel.
Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA is not a conventional hotel,
but rather a place of lodging for those who travel leisurely
and know how to enjoy the simple and pleasant details of
life: a grand piano, a glass of wine, the silhouette of a
volcano, a fluffy bed, a warm bathtub and a gourmet
At Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA guests receive the personal
attention from the owner, Ms. Belem Ríos.
Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA closes during the second and
third week of July and from December 22 to January 3, every
Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA is a member of the World
Heritage Alliance and it is engaged in promoting and
maintaining the culture and historical wealth of the region.
As a member of the Alliance, Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA
promotes sustainable tourism by implementing the principles
of the alliance, participating in the qualification of the
personnel of the hotel, informing the guests on the sites
patrimony, supporting community development around World
Heritage sites. Furthermore, the hotel is encouraging the
employees to support the local community and the United
The hotel is
member of the distinguished group “Tesoros de Morelos”
(Treasures of Morelos.)
Estrella de Belem,
B&B & SPA has six guest rooms, called “Alcobas de los
Pintores" (Bedrooms of the Painters) named after six famous
painters whose works representing the "Adoration" are
reproduced in each room.
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 1:00 p.m.
Alcoba Andrea Mantegna:
This guest room was originally the kitchen of the house.
It has a queen bed. The oil painting over the bed is a copy
of “The Adoration of the Magi," painted by Andrea Mantegna
in 1500. It reflects the influence of the Venetian and
Alcoba Ghirlandaio - Domenico di Tommaso:
Originally the dining room of the house and its beautiful
French-style stucco ceiling has been preserved. From the
middle of the ceiling hangs a silver French chandelier with
eight lights. It has a king bed, a desk, a fireplace and a
large bathroom with a sunken double whirlpool bath and
separate shower besides of a small interior garden. The oil
painting that decorates the room is a copy of “The Adoration
of the Shepherds” by Ghirlandaio, painted for the Sassetti
Chapel in the Santa Trinita Church, in Florence.
Alcoba Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez:
This guest room was originally the boys’ bedroom, and has a
queen bed. A stone stairway leads to a loft, where there is
a sofa bed and a desk. The oil painting that decorates this
room is a copy of “The Adoration of the Magi” by Diego
Velazquez, dated 1619, and may have been painted for the
Novitiate of the Seville Jesuits.
Alcoba Giorgione - Giorgio da Caltelfranco:
Originally the girls’ bedroom, it has a queen bed and a
desk. The oil painting that decorates the room is a copy of
“The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Giorgione, which is
believed to have been painted prior to 1506.
Alcoba Bartolomé Esteban Murillo:
The former master bedroom of the house, and has a queen bed.
A stone stairway leads to a loft, where there is a sofa bed
and a desk. The oil painting that decorates the room is a
copy of “The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Esteban Murillo
Alcoba Pieter Bruegel, the Elder:
This alcoba was originally the living room of the house. It
has a king bed, desk, fireplace and large bathroom with a
sunken double whirlpool bath, separate shower and a small
interior garden. A stone stairway leads to a large loft,
where there is a sofa bed and a desk. The oil painting that
decorates the room is a copy of “The Adoration of Magi” by
Bruegel the Elder. “The Adoration of Magi” is an archetypal
image and has been extensively painted by artists of all
epochs and all styles. Nevertheless, only a few manage to
give it a new air.
All bedrooms offer the following services and amenities:
Air-conditioning, although the thick
walls of the hotel offer natural insulation
Bathrooms with shower and bathtub
Cable LCD televisions
High-speed Internet with Ethernet access
and wireless (WI-FI)
Noise-blocking windows and wooden
shutters that allow the room to be completely darkened
at any time of the day
The furniture is in a French country
style and is made of alder; a tree from the British
Isles that the Celts and Scots believed was sacred.
Two telephone lines with direct dialing
Smoking is not permitted in the “alcobas” and bathrooms,
although it is permitted in the public areas of the hotel.
Because the hotel is a peaceful place and has a roof-top
pool, Estrella de Belem, B&B & SPA does not accept children
under age 12. All guests under the age of 18 must be
accompanied by their parents and under their responsibility.
Estrella de Belem,
B&B & SPA is a “Bed and Breakfast” and does not have a
restaurant. A gourmet breakfast is daily served to the
guests in the Patio de la Talavera, under a crystal pyramid.
Gourmet breakfasts can be served from Monday to Friday, to
small groups (four to 12 persons) of non-guests. However,
appointments are need at least four days in advance.
The hotel has a
washing and a dryer machine for the use of the guests.
Outside dry cleaning services are available. During the
weekdays, clothing received in the morning is returned in
the evening. On the weekends, clothing is returned Monday
Estrella de Belem has a roof garden with a pool and a
whirlpool, wet sun-tanning area and terrace. The roof garden
has spectacular views of the Great Pyramid of Cholula, the
San Gabriel Convent and the volcanoes. The use of these
areas is free for guests.
In addition, the hotel offers, by pre-arranged appointment
and at an extra charge, massages, body treatments and
facials in a private cabin. If the guest desires, massages
and treatments can be given outdoors on the terrace.
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