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Palacio de Sal: The Hotel Made of Salt

If you were going to build a hotel, you'd probably use cement and steel. Maybe you'd make it out of brick and wood. Or, if you're Don Juan Quesada, you'd make a hotel entirely out of salt.

You'll find Palacio de Sal on the edge of the largest salt flat in the world. All 30 bedrooms, the walls, and even the furniture are made of salt. Not only that, you won't find much in the way of screws, nails, or cement either – they mortared the salt blocks together using salt water, and most of the rest is made of wooden panels.

It's Sal Good, Man

Located in Uyuni, Bolivia, Palacio de Sal is salt everything. Since building materials are hard to come by in Uyuni, the designer chose to go eco-friendly, using the salt surrounding the area. You can head to the dining room for some salt-heavy chef specials, or visit the salt water baths, dry sauna, and steam room for some relaxation. You can even hit the links at their nine-hole golf course, as long as you're fine with a green that's actually white (yes, it's salt, too).

Salt flats in Bolivia near the hotel.

Feeling Salty (In A Good Way!)

Palacio de Sal is 4,500 square feet and made from over a million 14-inch (35 cm) blocks of salt. The rooms look like they're salt-made igloos. Guests can't believe they're sitting in a salt chair or leaning against a salt wall, so they often try to lick the hotel. Management frowns on this, so there's a no-licking policy (seriously). You are encouraged to touch, however.

Now, if someone could just build a pepper hotel, we'd have a matching set.

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Written by Curiosity Staff July 2, 2017