Every Tuesday, we work with the deep-thinkers over at SoulPancake to choose a TakePart story and discuss the Life’s Big Question it brings to mind. This week we look at concrete tubes as tourist destinations—a hotel in a hole. Look for this week's Big Question at the end of the story, then join the conversation!
And the list of freggin’ weird non-traditional vacation accommodations gets bigger by one.
Now, a popular Mexican tourist destination is offering budget vacationers the chance of a lifetime—to sleep inside a concrete tube.
Billed as an affordable way to visit the quaint, walkable town of Tepoztlan, the TuboHotel uses actual recycled concrete tubing for its rooms.
Each tube costs 500 pesos, or $43 per night. For that, travelers get a queen size bed, a window for protection, a curtain for privacy, and unlimited access to two on-site, private bathrooms.
The concrete pipes are situated in such a way that each has a panoramic view of the local mountain range, Sierra del Tepozteco, once described by the Los Angeles Times as appearing “to have been smuggled out of a Chinese landscape painting.”
While the hotel certainly deserves props for ingenuity, we’d be remiss if we didn’t toss two red flags onto the love-fest.
One: safety. Is a glass front door and a curtain enough to protect you from, well, anything? Sure, Tepoztlan, a town that time forgot, is far away from the violence at the U.S./Mexico border. One website even goes so far as to call it “one of the safest places in the world,” where even the pettiest of crimes are not tolerated. Still, for all intents and purposes, this is akin to camping outside.
Two: sustainability. Concrete is an energy vampire, its enormous, eco-unfriendly fangs responsible for a significant amount of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Yes, the hotel’s tubes are made from recycled concrete, but concrete is concrete is concrete.
Book your reservation at the TuboHotel here—or don’t. Your call.
This week's Big Question from the deep-thinkers at SoulPancake: Where's the strangest place you've ever laid your head?