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- Karen Brown's Recommendation:
Perhaps you have never heard of Tlaxcala—it isn’t well known as a tourist destination; but you should put it on your priority list of places to see. If you like colonial towns, you will be instantly captivated: Tlaxcala is a real jewel. Happily, it also has an excellent hotel, the Posada San Francisco, which exudes great old-world ambiance and charm. Its location is perfect, facing onto the gorgeous Plaza de la Constitución, one of the most beautiful in all of Mexico, and, in keeping with the other architectural masterpieces that line the square, the oldest sections of the Posada San Francisco date back to the 16th century. It is a two-story, handsome stone building with arched windows and doorway. Whereas the exterior has a somber appeal, as soon as you enter into the large lobby, formerly an interior courtyard, the mood changes to a joyous one with bright-yellow walls, a terracotta floor, a fountain, bouquets of flowers, and sun streaming in through a ceiling of stained glass. An arched passage leads to an inviting restaurant with dark-green wicker tables and chairs, bright-yellow table linens, yellow walls, and a skylight for its ceiling. (Another restaurant upstairs overlooks the plaza.) As you continue on, you come to a garden courtyard and a large swimming pool, around which you find most of the guestrooms. Rooms on the first floor have French doors opening to the pool area and those on the second floor have balconies.