North / South America
The hotel where guests stay in recycled concrete drains
Oct, 18 2012
Pipe down! The hotel where guests stay in recycled concrete drains (and it only costs £20 a night).
If Bilbo Baggins was travelling around North America this is probably where he would stay.
This Mexican hotel offers tourists an eco-friendly experience with rooms made out of recycled industrial concrete storm drains and sewers.
Resembling a 21st century Hobbiton, the 20 tubes on offer at the TuboHotel come fitted with a comfy queen-sized bed, and a mountain view through the glass door.
Located outside the village of Tepozltan, about one hour from Mexico City, the TuboHotel opened in 2010.
Owner Robb Anderson said he stumbled upon the pipes by chance.
'The tubes were just lying there doing nothing so one day we asked if we could use them, they said yes so we decided to make a hotel,' he said.
Construction took three months and Mr Anderson says he is proud to offer a unique experience, adding that it was never about luxury.
'Our market is more the traveller and hostel style but we have all sorts of people coming here because it is so unusual.'
Guests can stay in their concrete cots for around £20-a-night in the week and £35 at weekends.
The facilities at the unusual hotel are basic but each tube comes with a bed, a night-lamp, fan and storage inside.
Despite being made from drainpipes, the hotel's toilets are in two separate bath houses nearby.
If tourists get bored of the basics, the TuboHotel offers cooking classes with a celebrity chef to add a bit of glam to the concrete.
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