Clusters of rooms, some stacked in groups of three, are dotted around the grounds of the hotel, which took only three months to build from recycled construction tubes. Each tube contains a queen bed, storage, and not much more. Communal bathrooms (with private facilities) are available, as is a pool, with a restaurant and bar still to come.
Why visit, aside from the experience of the hotel itself? The village of Tepoztlan, according to the myth, is the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god widely-worshiped in ancient Mexico. Packages to learn the ins and outs of traditional Mexican cooking can be arranged, and there’s plenty of hiking to do – including up the mountain of Tepozteco, where the remains of an ancient temple can be found.
A cozy cylinder at Tubohotel starts from a very affordable 400 pesos ($32) for a ground floor tube, with an additional 100 pesos ($8) for a “top-floor” tube, accessible by a ladder.