This place is really cool! I visited Tepoztlan with my boyfriend on a Sunday and Monday night in April, and arriving at the tubohotel really put a smile on our face. I'll mention all the good things first, with one or two slightly negatives remarks at the end.
Staff, cleanliness, comfort - absolutely great. We were the only guests on the night we arrived, but it seems like there is always someone on the premises and we felt very well taken care of. The staff is also quite friendly and accommodating. The rooms/tubes are immaculately clean (and the rooms are cleaned every day), the toilets/showers/sinks are in great condition, and the grounds are kept in very nice shape. The bed was really comfortable, though of course I guess the tubes would be a nightmare for those who have claustrophobia. :) The wireless works great outside but isn't very strong inside the tube (which wasn't really a big deal).
Location - it's not in the center of the town, and it's about a 20-30 minute walk to the main area. Taxis and collective buses are very easy to find. While not being right in the center of town can be a disadvantage, the advantage is that the tubohotel is very close to the bus station (5-7 minute walk) and it's very quiet at night, so easy to sleep.
Price - This really surprised me, it was 300 pesos per night plus tax - so about 360 pesos per night, per tube. That's more money than I paid to stay in the center of Mexico City in a hotel with a private bathroom. the upper tubes are an extra 100 pesos per night (only advantage of that is I guess more privacy, though wasn't really an issue for us), and Friday and Saturday nights the prices are double! 800 pesos per night to sleep in a tube seemed outrageous, but after talking to a few taxi drivers I came to realize that Tepoztlan is not a budget-friendly town in terms of lodging. apparently every weekend it gets insanely packed ... I'm glad I was there on a Sunday/Monday.
Lack of breakfast/coffee - this was the thing that really killed me. They have no juice, no food, no coffee at the tubohotel... and there's none nearby. the closest decent breakfast means walking down into the center of the town. Coffee addicts, pay attention to this! I would have given my right arm for a cup of coffee and a juice in the morning, and it really would be SO easy for the tubohotel to provide this service... why not just make the hours of 7am-10am breakfast time? Selling juice - even in bottles- would be really easy (they do sell water and soda), and just plug in a coffee maker, make a pot of coffee in the morning. Pick up a few croissants in town and sell them for a few hours. I really have no idea why, when the location of the hostel is so not-central, why on earth they wouldn't offer coffee/simple breakfast/juice in the morning. The main reason, besides my outright addiction to caffeine, is that without any kind of breakfast, the tubhohotel doesn't feel like a place where you can hang out and take it easy in the morning. My second morning there, I had spent the previous day climbing the pyramid and walking all over the place, so I would have loved to wake up, enjoy a cup of coffee under the beautiful palm trees, chat with my boyfriend at one of the very nice picnic tables, and maybe take a little sun before it gets too strong. instead my morning was very much up-shower-race into town for coffee.
anyway, you can tell I'm a bit of a coffee addict. if you aren't a breakfast person, you won't even notice this is missing. :)
I would have no problem recommending this place to anyone, with the caveats I mentioned above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tubohotel a hostel for young couples in an organic garden in Tepoztlan, Morelos. 20 Huge Tube-rooms, swimming pool, playground and shared bathrooms but with privacy. Free parking and WI-FI connection. A concept based on simplicity, cleanliness and contact with nature Tubohotel is pet friendly ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tubohotel Hotel Tepoztlan