Sex hotel facelift

The enticing façade, fresh from new paint.

UNLESS YOU’RE a relative stranger hereabouts you know I live next door to a sex motel, a fascinating neighbor.

It wasn’t there when we purchased the property and built the Hacienda 14 years back. There was a cow pasture next door where a lone cow lived and attracted flies.

About four years later, the construction crew arrived and started building the sex hotel. There are just eight rooms.

The hotel is part of a nationwide phenomenon called Hoteles de Paso, meaning “pass-by hotels.” These establishments are noted for their very low prices.

Our neighbor, for instance, charges the peso equivalent of about 10 dollars for eight hours; 14 dollars for 12 hours; and 22 dollars for a 24-hour stay, all taxes included.

Take that! Motel 6.

They are usually nicely appointed places with discreet parking. Three sorts of customers, basically. Single folks with nowhere else to get it on. Married folks who just want to have some “us” time away from the 12 children and Granny.

And anyone else who simply wants a nice, inexpensive place to bed down for the night, mostly travelers.

Not being on a major highway, we don’t get much No. 3 trade. It’s almost exclusively Nos. 1 and 2.

We were very apprehensive when the construction began because we thought the hotel would be a noisy neighbor.

Mexicans are noisy.

But no. It’s been tranquil these last 10 years, and the place even serves as a 24-hour guard service of sorts since it’s always open, and the office is out front.

The hotel has provided us with some entertainment over the years, as you might guess. If you walk out to the edge of the upstairs terraza and peer over, you’re looking directly into a couple of the bedrooms.

Toward the tail of the construction process, my wife and I crept over there one afternoon and slipped up the stairs of the back room. Very impressive, beautifully appointed, even with crown moulding. One of the rooms sports a jacuzzi.

But after a decade it began to look a bit scuzzy, and a week ago a couple of fellows showed up with paint and brushes.

Now it looks like it did on its debut day, a place you’d be proud to take your pants off to have a little fun.

26 thoughts on “Sex hotel facelift

  1. Oh, now, that’s snappy. Modern architecture with a fancy paint job. Do you know who owns it?


    1. Carole: Snappy indeed. You are right. And, yes, I do know who owns it. A local businessman who also owns a gas station right downtown and God knows what else. He has a reputation of being someone you don’t want to mess with, and he does look like someone of that sort. However, we’ve really never had any problem with him. Quite the contrary. The very few interactions we’ve had with him have been mostly positive. He does look like someone out of Central Casting though. He resembles the late, great, Mexican actor Emilio Fernández who was often cast in movies by Sam Peckinpah.


      1. I am a peaceful soul, so yes this past year has made me cry so much. I often wonder where this world is going, I have my first love for Europe and my second Mexico. Euros / Pesos. We now live a very financially balanced budget life, not like my very posh brothers. I do think they freak out that we do so with much less and when they do visit us they have a wonderful time. When we visit in your neck of the woods we will ask to rent your place in town and see what your world would share with us. For my husband Peter it is warmer weather than Vancouver, BC. His background story is a bit weird. Cheers, funny right now a fellow blogger “Bumfuzzle” is in your neck of the woods and we have seen your zocolo several times and it looks lovely.


        1. Shelagh: I went to Bumfuzzle for a peek. I’d never heard of it. There’s a photo of the missus and the kiddies. I remember seeing them walking around here. They look like Europeans. I chastised them for feeding the damn pigeons, which are a plague.

          Sure, come visit. Our Downtown Casita is available via AirBnB. There is a two-week minimum, however, so I hope you’re planning on being here that long.

          Don’t feed the pigeons!


    1. Ray: When the place was being built, I wondered why in the world he was building it here because I do not live on a major thoroughfare of any sort. I simply did not think he’d have any business, especially since there’s another hotel de paso on the main highway very near here.

      But it seems to be a going concern. The business is steady if rather slow, but it is steady. Especially on weekends.


  2. The word motel in Mexico is a pejorative word for many people. This is why you don’t see that many motels. Their key feature is privacy for their customers and their cars. Each room often has a private garage or parking space. As you noted, privacy is a rather rare commodity in Mexico.


  3. F and I stayed in such a place once, on a trip to Guanajuato in 2008 or thereabouts. Frankly, if he knew what kind of place it was, he said nothing. And I didn’t quite grasp it until we had settled in, and noticed the mirrors on the ceiling. But each room had its own garage, so the car wouldn’t be seen. And there was a sort of pass-through where the staff could sell you sodas or God-knows-what without you actually having to interact with them face-to-face. But the worst part? The place was TOTALLY infested with mosquitoes. They tortured us (mostly me) all night, and by morning I looked like I had a case of the measles. My face was covered with red dots.

    But as I recall, it was cheap, easy, and convenient. But I could have done without the mosquitoes.


    Kim G
    Where we TOTALLY miss Mexico.


    1. Kim: F knew what the place was, of course. All Mexicans know what they are, and the hotels are very common. Mosquitoes, eh? I imagine the hotel next door to us has that same problem because there are no screens on the windows. If we did not have screens on our house, we would be eaten alive most of the year. I even have screens on the top of the chimneys.

      I’ve stayed in one of those hotels just once, in Mexico City. It was very nice, very large room and sported a great jacuzzi. And it was dirt cheap. My wife and I stayed there around 2007 while we were fixing up our condo.

      Now what’s up with this “somewhere” business?

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  4. When entering or leaving Mexico on the bike, I get out of the midday sun and stay at these motels, even the garages are air-conditioned. The bike enjoys the cool rest also. They are clean, cool and a cheap resting spot.


    1. How right you are, Bob. But not all the garages are air-conditioned. The ones next door to me are not. That probably is more common in the beach areas you frequent during your visits.


  5. Some of the hoteles de paso go beyond basics in providing their guests with special (a-HEM) “amenities”. For example, some interesting varieties of what at first view might seem to be gymnastic equipment.

    We once stayed a night in the Hotel Cuore, in the Tlalpan area of Mexico City. There was an elevator in the main building. Nice lift for the older folks.There was more than enough “gym” equipment to provide an entertaining night for those so inclined.

    I recommend this experience to all expats at least once in a lifetime.

    Don Cuevas


      1. Our fifth floor room was huge; it had a wooden swing on chains, with a cutout seat in its own padded nook; a rather worn “pony of love” multi position “love seat”; a very capacious jacuzzi across from a transparent shower stall; and vertical as well as horizontal polished steel poles at the foot and the head of the bed. I understand that those are for guests who enjoy knots and rigging. Mood lighting controls at the bedside. More, but discretion and good taste inhibits further description.

        I think that the cost was $650 MXN., for an all night stay.

        By the way, the little restaurant, on the ground floor, cooked and served decent Mexican home cooking. We had both supper and breakfast there.
        The soups were highlights, the Milanesa the low point. Breakfast was o.k. But don’t make a special detour just to eat in the restaurant.

        Don Cuevas


          1. Thanks for that link. I’d forgotten about their web site. I’m amazed that the web site has an English version.

            Note that in the photo gallery, a photo inside a large parking garage. That’s undoubtedly dedicated to guests who are staying in the “torre”, which is in general more family oriented. But not entirely. Our racy room was in the torre.

            A low level “patio” holds the “villas”, which are individual love nests, each with its own garage.

            I note that in the photo gallery that they have downplayed, or totally eliminated any pictures of what I more accurately should have called “Adult Playground Equipment.”

            The Cuore is nice enough, but a bit worn and dowdy in some aspects. Other love hotels have exciting “themes” for all tastes.

            Don Cuevas


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