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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

19-09-2011 Sewer Stay

Another eco-responsible hotel has sprouted up, but now 45 minutes south of Mexico City. Inspired by dasparkhotel which opened in Germany in 2006, the 20-room hotel called Tubohotel designed by architects T3arc has used waste material for construction. While dasparkhotel located in 2 parks in Austria and Germany set their accommodation in concrete pipes, Tubohotel has extended its concept by stacking pipes to form a second level accessed by a ladder. T3arc completed the project in three months, furnishing the

inside of the

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pipes with a queen-size bed, desk light, fan and under bed storage space. Unlike dasparkhotel which operates as a pay-as-you-wish system, Tubohotel’s premium features demand US$42 per night from budget travellers. The low price doesn’t allow for private bathroom facilities but there are two communal bathrooms onsite for guests.

Next trends: 'A Pipe to Crash', 'Urban Eco-Accomodation'

05-06-2008 Urban Eco-Accomodation

Even the

cityscapes you encounter while travelling can flash a little green, depending on your choice of accommodation. With more and more chain or boutique hotels focusing on sustainability and eco-friendliness, travelers can opt for the alternative to the old two minute showers and no heating. Now replete with anything from grey water recycling to solar showers, urban landscapes are coming alive with green fever.

 

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