At the Dasparkhotel in Austria you can spend the night in a drainage pipe. But why settle for a drainage pipe hotel when you can stay in an entire drainage pipe resort? That’s what you’ll find at the Tubohotel in Tepoztlan, Mexico.
Considering they are made from recycled drainage pipes, the accommodations at the Tubohotel are luxurious. (“Luxurious” and “drainage pipe” being words rarely used in the same sentence.) Each “room” is fitted with a comfortable queen bed; the termic concrete pipe material keeps the interior a constant room temperature. On the Tubohotel grounds there’s also a swimming pool, free wireless internet and two well-kept bathhouses with private facilities.
All that’s surrounded by a peaceful orchard, in which the Tubohotel has set up a few picnic tables; they’ll provide grills if you’d like to cook some BBQ. At the time of writing a restaurant and bar on the grounds were under construction.
Most of the world’s unusual hotels charge a premium for their unusual-ness. Not so with the Tubohotel. At $500 pesos per night (or should we say, per pipe), the place is a great value. Though a stay here isn’t for everyone. Tubohotel’s drainage pipe abodes are barely tall enough to stand up in. (Just as well, as there’s almost no floor space to do the standing.) Storage space is limited to what fits under the bed.
As for room privacy—not so much. The curtain at the end of each room-tube is more effective at providing a screen for shadow puppet performances than it is at keeping strangers from seeing your in-pipe goings-on. The privacy cause isn’t helped by the arrangement of the pipes in the semi-circle facing each other.
Still, Spot Cool Stuff loves the Tubohotel. Its quirkiness is a perfect fit for Tepoztlan, an absolutely wonderful little town in the state of Morelos, a 45-minute drive and whole world away from Mexico City. Tepoztlan itself is rather off-beat, famous for its New Age vibe, UFO sightings, art scene and exotic ice cream flavors. And from the Tubohotel you can walk to it all—if you can drag yourself out of your concrete pipe.
Planning your stay
Which room? Most of the Tubohotel’s pipe-rooms are stacked in pyramids of three. For a bit more privacy and coolness ask to stay in one of the top pipes.
If you go: The same architectural firm that designed the Tubohotel also drew up the blueprints for the Cafe 5 eco-restaurant, also in Tepoztlan. The food (and coffee!) would be well worth the visit even if the cafe wasn’t as cool-looking as it is.
Family friendly? Not really. Children are allowed, but all the pipes have queen beds and the vibe is more adults.
For your video screen: stream it online ↔ Tepoztlan: A Defender of His People & The Language of the Seeds
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