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Pink Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:To celebrate life.
  • When:Day of the Dead, November 2018.
  • Who:With Gem&Bolt Mezcal friends and family.
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Pink Hotel Welcome to the Pink Hotel. We invite you to make yourself at home, and join us in a supernatural experience…

Welcome to the Pink Hotel. We invite you to make yourself at home, and join us in a supernatural experience…

Pink Hotel …where men can become flowers…

…where men can become flowers…

Pink Hotel …friends chat and sip mezcal all day long…

…friends chat and sip mezcal all day long…

Pink Hotel …and we dance from dusk to dawn to honor everything that was, everything that is, and everything that will be.

…and we dance from dusk to dawn to honor everything that was, everything that is, and everything that will be.

Pink Hotel The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is said to be Mexico’s most important celebration. In Oaxaca, all generations come together to pay respect to the dead and commemorate life. People build altars, gather in the streets, paint their faces, and go to the cemeteries to spend the night telling fun stories of those who passed, listening to music and sipping mezcal until sunrise.

The Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, is said to be Mexico’s most important celebration. In Oaxaca, all generations come together to pay respect to the dead and commemorate life. People build altars, gather in the streets, paint their faces, and go to the cemeteries to spend the night telling fun stories of those who passed, listening to music and sipping mezcal until sunrise.

Pink Hotel To host friends and family during the Muertos festivities, mezcal Gem&Bolt founders Adrina Drina and Elliott Coon took cover Casa Allende, a 20-room guest house in the heart of Oaxaca’s old town.

To host friends and family during the Muertos festivities, mezcal Gem&Bolt founders Adrina Drina and Elliott Coon took cover Casa Allende, a 20-room guest house in the heart of Oaxaca’s old town.

Pink Hotel Our Den Mother and Supreme Magic Maker Lauren Brand recruited a local team and, using hundreds of flowers, candles, and a few other magic touches – like changing all LED lights to a much softer glow bulbs she brought on her suitcase from Los Angeles –  transformed the house into the hauntingly luscious Pink Hotel.

Our Den Mother and Supreme Magic Maker Lauren Brand recruited a local team and, using hundreds of flowers, candles, and a few other magic touches – like changing all LED lights to a much softer glow bulbs she brought on her suitcase from Los Angeles – transformed the house into the hauntingly luscious Pink Hotel.

Pink Hotel Wes Anderson meets Melrose Place.

Wes Anderson meets Melrose Place.

Pink Hotel Codename revealed.

Codename revealed.

Pink Hotel The rooms are simple, comfortable and decorated with beautiful artworks. Detail of local ceramics in the kitchen.

The rooms are simple, comfortable and decorated with beautiful artworks. Detail of local ceramics in the kitchen.

Pink Hotel The common areas are filled with an incredible collection of art and
interesting objects, including more than forty different chess sets from all around the world.

The common areas are filled with an incredible collection of art and
interesting objects, including more than forty different chess sets from all around the world.

Pink Hotel Check-in.

Check-in.

Pink Hotel Make sure to pre-order Rudj and Barry for breakfast. Then head to
Santo Domingo church to admire the stunning ceilings.

Make sure to pre-order Rudj and Barry for breakfast. Then head to
Santo Domingo church to admire the stunning ceilings.

Pink Hotel Oaxaca streets covered with marigold flowers.

Oaxaca streets covered with marigold flowers.

Pink Hotel CELEBRATION IS CEREMORY!

CELEBRATION IS CEREMORY!

Pink Hotel Artist Carlito Dalceggio brought a large installation to Gem&Bolt’s party at Hacienda Xaagá, a historical site of Zapotec ruins.

Artist Carlito Dalceggio brought a large installation to Gem&Bolt’s party at Hacienda Xaagá, a historical site of Zapotec ruins.

Pink Hotel One of the beautiful reusable flasks guests were gifted at the party – and our huge VIVA! to an entirely plastic-free event.

One of the beautiful reusable flasks guests were gifted at the party – and our huge VIVA! to an entirely plastic-free event.

Pink Hotel Emerald green agave fields an hour outside Oaxaca Centro. Photo credit Kristina Bakrevski.

Emerald green agave fields an hour outside Oaxaca Centro. Photo credit Kristina Bakrevski.

Pink Hotel If we are meant to stock the altars with offers our ancestors would appreciate I bet ours were quite happy this time.

If we are meant to stock the altars with offers our ancestors would appreciate I bet ours were quite happy this time.

Highs & Lows

  • The amazing collection of art and paraphernalia would be already worth the visit.

  • It is located in the heart of Oaxaca’s old town, easy walk to attractions, restaurants, and markets.

  • All rooms overlook a lush and charming courtyard, creating a real sense of togetherness.

  • The bathrooms could use a renovation and the overall infrastructure needs some love.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Plastic Free

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 47/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Casa Allende is the official name, it is a family-owned fully staffed house that functions as a guest-house on their discretion and can be taken over for experiences like this

  • Vibe

    A portal to another dimension.

  • Location

    Central

  • Rooms

    20

  • Music

    We curated our own music, which was a mix of world sounds, classic and opera.

  • Year Opened

    The family started opening their doors to guests in 2014.

  • Designed By

    Based on the structure of what was convent many decades ago, the owners personally decorated the interiors, using a large part of their art collection.

  • Health & Wellness

    The pool is being repaired from the last earthquake. There is a gym right across the street.

  • Restaurant

    No, but the options of street food, markets, bars and restaurants just out of the door are endless.

  • Bar

    No

  • Minibar

    No mini bar in the rooms but all guests are welcome to use the house's kitchen.

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    From $100 / night per room, depends on the arrangement.

  • Tel.

    +51 1 (961) 225 4363

The food and handcraft markets

The food and handcraft markets

Centro Cultural Santo Domingo, Calle Macedonio Alcalá, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico

Centro Cultural Santo Domingo

Centro Cultural Santo Domingo

Los Danzantes, Calle Macedonio Alcalá, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, Oaxaca, Mexico

Pink Hotel

Pink Hotel

Calle de Mariano Abasolo 313, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca, Oax., Mexico

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