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Sleep In Recycled Concrete Tubes at Mexico’s Tubohotel

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  Site Where: Tlacaltipac Glorieta Km 17 S/N, San Sebastián, Tepoztlan, Mexico, 62520
February 6, 2013 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

We’ve shown you where to spend the night in a beer barrel (that’s Germany), and for today’s quirky hotel concept we’re heading to Mexico, where in the village of Tepoztlan, 45 minutes south of Mexico City, the hotel rooms in question are stacked – and recycled – concrete tubes.

Tubo-social, Tubo-cool, Tubo-hotel! – exclaims Tubohotel's website.

So what’s it all about, Alfie?

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Sleep in a Beer Barrel at This Quirky German B&B

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  Site Where: Schlichtenfelde, Ostbevern, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, 48346
January 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM | by | ()

We just caught wind of a bed & breakfast in northern Germany, via our friends at Psfk, where guests can tuck into 100 year old beer barrels come bedtime. As in, the barrel is the bed. Hm, now that's our kind of themed room!

The nameless hotel, listed on AirBnB, snagged a few extra-large barrels from the local Potts Naturpark Brauerei (established 1769) and creatively converted them into cozy double beds in its three "beer rooms." The brewery used the barrels to age and transport malt beer from the 19th century all the way until 1995. (They're so old, we bet you can still smell the hops!).

As if the beds weren't crazy enough, there's even an on-site beer barrel-turned-sauna. And of course, a cold brewski is offered as a nightcap. Each of the rooms is also tricked out with a 32 inch flatscreen, DVD player, free WiFi, and massage jet shower. Got the morning munchies? "Breakfast in barrel" is on tap for 20 euros per person.

Rates from $137 per night. To book, contact Dirk at Airbnb.com. Mini Cooper and Mediaeval themed rooms also available.

[Photo: AirBnB]

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Guess What, Greenies? We Spent the Night In An Earthship!

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  Site Where: 2 Earthship Way [map], Taos, New Mexico, United States, 87571
January 16, 2013 at 6:21 PM | by | ()

While UFO hunting and hot spring-hopping in Taos, New Mexico last week, we got to spend the night in an Earthship.

For all you non-hippies out there, Earthships are 100% sustainable, off-the-grid mansions made (almost) entirely out of recycled junk. We're talkin' old tires, beer cans, plastic bottles and mud. Admittedly, it doesn't sound all that glamorous at first, but for luxury- and nature- loving free spirits like us, this place is a desert paradise.

A 15 minute drive outside Taos, across the Rio Grande Gorge, the Earthship World Headquarters is the largest "biotecture" community (a.k.a alternative eco-suburb) of its kind on the planet. Set on a sprawling 640 acres, a handful of fully-furnished "demonstration" ships are available year-round for nightly rentals -- but, in the brochure's words, "this is not just a hotel." Well, obviously...

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More From the Royal Wedding Ripoffs Department

April 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM | by | ()

While hotels around the world go package mad for the Royal Wedding, Londoners are also trying to cash in on the nuptials by advertising their spare rooms, sofa beds and houses on sites such as gumtree, Airbnb and rent my house.

Even estate agents are listing rentals for that week whilst home owners jet off abroad on their holidays.

But if you’re thinking these alternatives will be cheaper than a hotel, think again. Some of them are charging a hefty price with one double room in a flatshare listed for £2,400 per week! For a room with shared bathroom? Royal Rip Off!

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Unoriginal Name, Unbeatable Wine Country Getaway

March 19, 2009 at 3:16 PM | by | ()

The “Ultimate California Wine Country Getaway” from BeautifulPlaces is the ultimate getaway, because after paying for it, you won’t be able to go on any other trips…ever.

BeautifulPlaces, a luxury travel agency that specializes in villa rentals in Napa and Sonoma, has created the Ultimate Culinary Getaway Package for a “once-in-a-lifetime wine country experience.”

You and up to nine of your nearest and dearest will stay for three days/four nights at Villa Carneros, a five-bedroom Sonoma estate surrounded by vineyards, and just minutes from the town of Sonoma itself. And just in case you were wondering, it is not related to the Carneros Inn.

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