Creative accommodations? Environmentally friendly? Desirable tourist destination? Super affordable?? Check, check, check and check!! The new TuboHotel by T3arc in Tepoztlán, Mexico, is all this and more.
Inspired by the Das Parkhotel, the TuboHotel is a striking collection of modular rooms made of recycled concrete tubing that have been stacked in pyramids and scattered amongst orchards of limes, tecojotes, avocados, wild plums, oranges and guavas. Yet, unlike the ultra-private Das Parkhotel, these tubes feature glass openings, which provide access to the verdant view and allow sunlight to flood the space.
Each room contains a queen size bed, a desk light, a fan, towel racks and an under-the-bed storage area. Bathroom houses with private showers and toilets are available on the grounds. There's even the opportunity to take traditional Mexican cooking classes with local celebrity chef Ana Garcia (Mexico's own Rachel Ray).
All this, in Tepoztlan, Morelos, an off-the-beaten-track destination just one hour south of Mexico City that's known for its authentic Mexican village vibe, exotic ice cream flavors and the pyramid of El Tepozteco.
Oh, and remember the affordable part? Rates are just 500 pesos (that's $43 US dollars) a night!
• For more images and information on the project, visit Arch Daily | TuboHotel / T3arc.
• To make reservations, visit the (humorously laid-back ) Tubohotel website.
• To learn more about the culinary packages available, visit La Villa Bonita.