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Hotel Cristal Samana

Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Bolivia
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Ranked #6 of 10 hotels in Uyuni
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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New York
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153 reviews 153 reviews
57 hotel reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We stayed in Uyuni for two nights. The first night, we were at the Palacio de Sal. However, since they had a large group coming in the second night we were there, we had to move to the Cristal Samana. You can see my review of the Palacio de Sal and compare it to this one if you're trying to... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Currently hotel extensions under construction thus view and surroundings been loaded with construction items. Room was pretty but cold. Heater was been given on demand. Not enough space to place items - especially in the bathroom. Breakfast very poor. No fresh fruits. Some cheese. Instant coffee. Would expect a bit more. Service been helpful.

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Skien Norway
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59 reviews 59 reviews
46 hotel reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Formerly Hotel de Sal have now changed name. The concept is the same. Interesting and charming to live in between salt walls and floor by visting this lovely area. Big constructions in the area means a lot of garbage and mud around the hotel. We missed a descent outwards seating area, but imagine that this will be on place when... More

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Hamburg, Germany
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116 reviews 116 reviews
104 hotel reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

They gave us a room in the "new" section of the hotel which is still under construction. Since there are no phones you have to walk a long way back to reception. First we noticed there was no soap or shampoo. When staff arrived noone bothered to check what else was missing. We later noticed that there was no toilet... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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118 reviews 118 reviews
47 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Check in was ok. Water was cut off from the bathroom without warning and we weren't informed during check-in that water would be cut off either. We got a shock when water was cut off in the middle of bathing (and it was winter! imagine wet, cold and freezing in the bath stall). After 10 pm, all lights in the... More

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new jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We were looking forward to staying in a hotle "made out of salt" at the edge of the Salar de Uyuni. It was indeed a very interesting structure made to look like a winter scene with polar bears carved out of salt in the interior, which we found very strange as polar bears do not exist in that area of... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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62 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Having stayed in hotels all over the world, regretably our recent stay at this hotel was amongst our worst experiences ever. The hotel was booked for us as part of a 3 day Salar trip organised by Ruta Verde. On arrival at 4pm we were met with a grim faced woman with a terrible hacking cough who grimaced at us... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013 via mobile

Where to start? We booked to stay here as a treat as we were backpacking and fancied a bit of luxury. The rooms were beautiful and clean and the layout of the place is amazing. The breakfasts are great. But that's where it ends. We paid extra to have meals included but on the first night we were given toast... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

At the edge of the Salar de Uyuni sits an incredible salt block structure. We had no idea we were about to pass through the entrance doors into a "winter" wonderland. The floors are covered in salt crystals and the furniture is made from salt blocks including the bed bases. We visited in December and the interior was filled with... More

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Bellevue, Washington
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

My wife and I travelled to Bolivia on our honeymoon. We stayed at Cristal Samana for one night when we were at Uyuni. We were vegetarians and sadly they had no vegetarian food for dinner. Fortunately, we had some of our own ready-to-cook food which, after obtaining permission from the very friendly keeper/manager/whoeverHeWas, we used. It is great to see... More

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Address: Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Bolivia
Location: Bolivia > Potosi Department > Uyuni
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A modern building constructed entirely with blocks of salt extracted from the salt flats.Our 27 double, triple and family rooms, all in suite have hot water and heating all day long, which distinguishes our quality.If you're planing to visit Bolivia, you must come to Uyuni and enjoy the amazing experience of sleeping under the stars by the side of the salt flats. ... more   less 
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