Places & Spaces: Tubohotel, Mexico

The Tubohotel in Mexico features salvaged concrete tubes as sleeping spaces.

If a cast-off, concrete tube measuring six by nine feet sounds like a cozy space rather than a claustrophobic one, then the Tubohotel is for you. Located in the artistic Pueblo Magico of Tepoztlan (it’s also one of the safest towns south of the border), in the mountains near Mexico City, this camp offers the chance to sleep in a two-story tube community set in an organic orchard. It was founded by bubbly celebrity chef Ana Garcia (the Mexican Rachael Ray), who offers culinary courses in her hacienda nearby.

Shaded by organic lime, avocado and guava trees, each of the 20 units are shielded from peeping tubists by curtains over its circular glass window/door. The tubes don’t come equipped with TVs, chairs, or “facilities,” but the trade off is you get to stay somewhere totally far-out and original.

Thanks to the thermic qualities of the concrete, tubes maintain their temperatures day and night.

Rates from $37, including tax and a fully rounded experience.

Photos: Tubohotel

Fiona Flores Watson

Fiona Flores Watson covers Places & Spaces for EcoSalon and currently resides in Seville, Spain.