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  • At night in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, there is a unique hotel which redefines "red light district" as it glows red all evening long. The Reina Roja Hotel, named after an ancient Mayan princess whose corpse was found to have absorbed the red color inside her tomb, is a cross between a fetish hotel and a destination itself.

    Mannequins wearing spiky collars and black leather leotards, sit wide-legged inside metal cage balconies. There is also an industrial style roof garden on the property. When the sun goes down the red lights come on giving the mannequins a frightening, twisted look. Red was a sacred color to the ancient Mayans, and they used it to tint many of their pyramids as well as used it as a body paint.

    Because Playa Del Carmen is on the Riviera Maya; home of the Mayan culture, the hotel takes the ancient theme into the modern.

    What do I think? I think the hotel is both disturbing and beautiful.
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