This Bolivian Hotel is Made Entirely of Salt

Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Bolivia. Photo by Fritz Chávez on Unsplash

Some architects design hotels with brick. Others design theirs with metal and glass. But finding one that’s built with salt is pretty strange, but believe it or not, it can be found in Bolivia.

The Palacio de Sal hotel, located in Potosí, Bolivia, might not look like much from the outside, but it’s one of the world’s most fascinating places to stay due to the unique material used for its construction.

The current Palacio de Sal is the second iteration of the hotel, after degradation forced the first one to be demolished in 2002.

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Encontrar lujo en medio de la nada es toda una grata sorpresa, sobre todo al tener varios kilómetros de desierto por delante. El hotel palacio de sal, cumplió totalmente mis expectativas. Realmente es un lujo poder estar tan cerca del salar más grande del mundo en un lugar soñado, construido con bloques de sal, con hermosas esculturas, buena temperatura, espacios abiertos muy bien cuidados. Dispone una excelente piscina temperada, area de té para aquellos que por la altura necesiten hidratarse o beber infusiones de coca así como también servicio gratuito de oxígeno para quien lo necesite. Otros buenos puntos a favor son: la buena comida de su restaurante y la conectividad a internet. El punto a mejorar en mi opinión debe ser en la capacitación del área de servicio en el restaurante. Sin duda alguna un lugar para volver. Ph: @anamafotografias #bolivia #travel #uyuni #desierto #salar #viaje #hotel #places #southamerica #palaciodesal #canon_photos Finding luxury in the middle of nowhere is a pleasant surprise, especially when you have several kilometers of desert ahead. The hotel Palacio de Sal, fully met my expectations. It really is a luxury to be so close to the largest salt flat in the world in a dream place, built with blocks of salt, with beautiful sculptures, good temperature, well-kept open spaces. It has an excellent heated pool, tea area for those who, due to their height, need to hydrate or drink coca infusions as well as free oxygen service for those who need it. Other good points in favor are: the good food of the restaurant and the connectivity to the internet. The point to improve in my opinion should be in the training of the service area in the restaurant. Definitely a place to return.

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In 2007, however, the hotel was reopened at a new location in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni salt flat, which is the largest in the world.

While you might think that a simple rain storm could mean the complete loss of this hotel, the Salar de Uyuni salt flat is also located in one of the driest places in the world, ensuring its preservation and safety.

The hotel, as well as its furniture and sculptures, are made entirely from salt blocks that are sourced from the salt flat.

Curiously, the hotel has had to implement a rule prohibiting guests from licking the walls of the hotel in order to preserve the building’s structural integrity.

What do you think? Would you stay at this salty hotel, or is it just too strange for you?