Today the Daily Mail runs a piece on Hotel de Sal Playa, a hotel in southwestern Bolivia that, as its name suggests, is made entirely of salt. According to travel site Amusing Planet, the 15-room hotel was built in 1993 by a “salt artisan” who crafted everything—structural walls, furniture, toilets, lighting, and so on—from salt blocks that need to be reinforced during the rainy season and a cement-like hybrid of salt and water. “[Guests] can’t get over the fact that everything is made out of salt and I’ve even seen a few people lick the furniture to make sure!” one tour guide enthused. As for the topography: Hotel de Sal Playa sits on Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat that contains more than half of the world’s lithium reserves: “vast expanses of salt lakes give the surreal impression of the earth meeting the sky,” the Daily Mail breathlessly explains. All that potential battery power—and for (approximately) $130 a night.
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