Unusual Hotels: Palácio de Sal

You already know by now we love to travel. And we love unusual places.

The Salar de Uyuni is the largest and highest salt desert in the world. Located in southwestern Bolivia, this extensive plain land is the only bright spot that can be seen from space, it even served as a guide point for Apollo 11’s astronauts.

The whole place is, indeed, impressive. The plains are of lost sight of, the clear blue sky dazzles the vision, the islands of centennial cactus, the lagoons with pink flamingos and its inactive volcano. Everything is breathtaking.

Nature is impressive in this place, and it was also here that we found the equally impressive Hotel Palacio de Sal. Have you ever imagined being in a hotel where walls, beds, and ceilings are made of salt? It is in here, in this luxurious, warm and original place.

You can see it from space!

The Palacio de Sal – ‘Salt Palace’ – on the salt flats of Uyuni, is completely constructed from salt, including most of the furniture. There’s an impressive lobby, bar and 16 rooms with private bathrooms, central heating and electricity. The restaurant’s speciality? Salt chicken, naturally.

Dining at Palácio de Sal

Situated about 15 minutes by jeep from Ojos del Salar, the hotel looks like a spaceship in an aerial view. By the end of the day, when we reached this incredible place, it was already very cold outside, and upon entering we soon felt the warmth of a large torch lit very close to the reception.

This hotel is, without a doubt, an attraction in the middle of the Salar’s vastness. Divided into “4 wings”, each one has the representation and is themed on a different area of the Salar that we had seen in the throughout the day. The white plains, the train cemetery, the lagoons and the Dakar symbol are all represented, with an odd elegance and subtlety.

The brightness of the salt crystals is everywhere because everything is made of salt. However, it’s in the rooms that the biggest surprise happens, when we saw the ceiling of the igloo room with compact cubes of salt, separating us from the starry sky that the night brings. There are several types of rooms, all of them fascinating. With large glass facades and each one with a breathtaking view of the desert. We almost feel like to stay every night in a different room, so we could see the sunrise from that white plain in every way, in every perspective.

Salt ceiling in the igloo room. Breathtaking desert views.

Amazing or what?

 

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