13 April 2014

10 quirkiest hotels in Latin America

costa-rica-hotelThese aren’t features typically associated with hotels, but the most interesting places to stay in Latin America somehow make them work.
This group of hotels goes a few steps further than turndown service and a free breakfast lineup to make your stay memorable.
Tubohotel (Topoztlan, Mexico)
Modeled after the funky Dasparkhotel in Linz, Austria, the Tubohotel has transformed 20 concrete sewer pipes into minimalistic hotel rooms.
Artfully arranged in groups of three, the pipes are 8 feet wide and 11 feet long and outfitted with a queen-sized bed, desk light and fan.
Claustrophobic or amenities-driven travelers need not apply.
Tubohotel, Tlacaltipac Glorieta Kilometer 17 S/N, San Sebastian, Tepoztlan, Mexico; +52 739 395 3613; from $31 per night
Costa Verde (Quepos, Costa Rica)
In the dense forest along the western coast of Costa Rica lies the body of an old Boeing 727.
It’s not the ominous remains of a flight gone wrong, but rather a luxury hotel suite.
Dangling over the side of a hill amid a selection of more traditional accommodations, the fuselage of the vintage 1965 jetliner has been remade into a two-bedroom rental complete with dining area, sitting room and a small wooden deck for spotting the toucans, howler monkeys and other jungle creatures.
The fuselage that encases the two bedrooms of the “727 Fuselage Home” suite is intact.
Apart from the distinctive shape of the portholes and curved ceiling, however, the interior feels more woodsy bungalow than aircraft.
Costa Verde, about a half mile from entrance to Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos, Costa Rica; +506 2777 0584; 727 suite from $250 per night
Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort (Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico)
“Luxury cabin” sounds like an oxymoron, but not when you’re talking about the 20 designer shelters that make up this Baja California retreat.
Each sparse but chic unit includes king-size beds, ceiling fans and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The hotel is positioned among craggy terrain, so it blends in with the landscape of this fertile wine-growing region just 90 minutes south of San Diego.
Encuentro Guadalupe Antiresort Ctra. Tecate-Ensenada, kilometer 75, Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico; +52 646 155 2775; from $175 per night
Lapa’s Nest Tree House, Barrio Bonito, Costa Rica
With six stories, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms, Lapa’s Nest just might be the world’s coolest tree house.
Built 60 feet up around a towering guanacaste tree in the rainforest of remote southern Costa Rica, this arboreal perch offers guests unexpected luxuries like warm showers and air-conditioning, not to mention a bird’s-eye view of the native wildlife.
Lapa’s Nest Tree House, 13 kilometers north of Puerto Jimenez, Barrio Bonito, Costa Rica; +508 714 0622; from $1,850 per week
Unique Hotel (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Other than its name, what makes this hotel unique is its shape.
The work of Ruy Ohtake, one of Brazil’s most talented architects, it’s been said to resemble everything from a boat to a slice of watermelon, but the construction was simply an ingenious way to get around the city’s building-height codes.
Inside, it’s not all that different from any other upscale property, except perhaps for the rooms’ circular windows and an odd transparent, retractable wall between the bed and the bathroom.


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