Amazing Places

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.

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 hotel is salt everything. But what is the inspiration for such unique architecture you ask? You'll find Palacio de Sal on the edge of the Saylar de Uyuni - the largest salt flats in the world.

Left behind by prehistoric evaporated lakes, the Saylar de Uyuni stretches more than 4,086 square miles (10,583 square-kilometer) across the Altiplano and is covered by a thick layer of - you guessed it, a whole lot of salt. The entire area is known for being remarkably flat, with an altitude that varies by no more than a few feet all the way across. For this reason, when nearby lakes overflow during the rainy season a thin layer of water forms a mirror that perfectly reflects the bright blue sky and anything else on the flats.

Since building materials are hard to come by in Uyuni, the designer of Palace de Sal chose to go eco-friendly and make use of the soon-to-be hotel's surroundings. There was surely no shortage of salt in the area and so this impressive hotel's building materials were chosen.

Feeling Salty (In A Good Way!)

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).

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 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.

This Hotel Is Made Entirely of Salt

Written by Mike Epifani July 2, 2017

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