Here at Been-Seen, we’re pretty partial to the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia, and as result, you’ll find quite a few articles about them on the site. We’re also very keen on outlandish hotels, so you can imagine how happy we were to discover there are hotels made of salt in Uyuni.
The eerie lunar landscape is quite a tourist attraction, so it made sense to build hotels here. And it followed that they should be constructed from the most abundant natural resource locally available – salt.
One of them, the Palacio de Sal, or Salt Palace, was constructed out of a million salt bricks, in part no doubt as a gimmick. But it looks great.
It sounds austere, but the Salt Palace is actually pretty luxurious, boasting a bar which resembles the inside of an igloo, a restaurant serving up local specialty, Pollo a la Sal, and even a spa, with salt water plunge pools, naturally.
In addition to the Salt Palace, there are at least three other salt hotels in Uyuni: the Hotel de Sal or Hotel Cristal Samana; the Luna Salada; and the Playa Blanca. To be honest, it’s a little hard to tell which is which, so if you’re planning a trip, you might want to research this a little.
Whichever hotel you choose, though, bear one thing in mind: the views are like this. Oh, and don’t lick the walls – remember, they’re holding the roof up. RM