La Praz: How many hotels have you stayed in? And what do you think the walls of those hotels are made of? Most of you would say that is a stupid question because what would walls be made of if not cement and rock, right? Well, for this hotel in Bolivia, that is not the case because the walls are made of… um, salt!
Bolivia’s salt hotel
The hotel, Palacio de Sal in Bolivia, has a unique structure because of the walls being made of salt. It is situated at an altitude of 12,000 feet and stands on a white expanse that looks like snow but is actually salt. In fact, everything from the floors to the walls to the sculptures in the hotel are made of salt.
The hotel was started by hotelier Juan Quesada Valda in 1998. It is not managed by his daughter Lucia Quesada, who recalls that the idea of this hotel was amusing and even doubtful to some people. She said that people told them, “You’re crazy, how can you build a hotel of salt? No one will go there”. However, the reality is far from that as the hotel is one of the most sought after by tourists.
Taste but don’t lick!
The hotel gives the customers a unique stay. They have stalactites in each room, which the customers can use to sample the salt. Media reports said that customers try licking the walls of the hotel just to check if they are made of salt. The hotel discourages licking the walls of the room to taste the salt as it could potentially harm the building structure.