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“A night of luxury amongst the salt flats”

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Hotel Palacio de Sal
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Uyuni
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“A night of luxury amongst the salt flats”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We decided to treat ourselves a bit by staying here after a 3 day tour of the salt flats.

The hotel is beautiful, most things made out of salt but you don´t feel like you´re getting covered in the stuff just being there :) We arrived at about 7.30pm after a very cold tour in freak weather of snow(!) and were exhausted so it was a relief to be shown to a room which had a heater and a bed which had an electric blanket! The shower was piping hot which is, as always in south america, a wonderful luxury.

Breakfast was served whenever we wanted it to be (arranged the night before) and it was great. Quite a treat again - cereals, fruits, yogurts, 3 types of bread for toast, the choice of eggs or omlettes if wanted .... perfect. The staff were attentive and helpful. Wifi is available and works best near reception.

The only downside to the hotel is it´s location in relation to Uyuni - it is a good 40 minute drive away right at the beginning of the salar. As such, if travelling by taxis (as we were) it is expensive to get to! From 100-200bolivianos.

Overall though, this was a real treat to have in the middle of the craziness of Bolivia!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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mlqp, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de Sal, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
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Thank you very much for your comment and for choosing Palacio de Sal Hotel.

Best regards.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

This is a beautiful upmarket hotel just outside the village. There are lots of different areas to sit with log fires and also a room with a snooker table. Our room was nicely furnished.

However we had the buffet meal and the food was nearly cold. A couple of people in our group had upset stomachs including my husband which I feel may have been due to the food not being kept at a proper temperature. The drinks were overpriced and the water was expensive - as there was nowhere else to buy water we were a captive market.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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mlqp, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de Sal, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
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Thank you very much for your comment and for choosing Palacio de Sal Hotel.

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cambridge
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

Did the 3 day trip the wrong way round so 11 hours in jeep in day 1 which was exhausting after first flight from La Paz, night at Takya Desierto which was good, another day in the jeep then unprepossessing looking half under construction arrival at Pakacio de Sal and I was ready to be disappointed. Could not have been further from the truth. The interior is fantastic - beautifully done, staff were really friendly, room was great 137, bathroom a treat after the dust, food good and done with enthusiasm, lovely mixed clientele. Breakfast with fresh juices and omelettes made to order was fabulous. Really liked this place and recommend highly.

  • Stayed March 2013
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mlqp, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de Sal, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for your comment. It was a pleasure to offer you our services.

You are very welcome to come back to our hotel any time.

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Lucia Quesada
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

No one knew where it was. I spent an hour or so with the taxi driver trying to find it. The setting is fantastic, the theme is just carried throughout the building and it is just wonderful. The staff were very helpful. Unless you hired a guide you were left to your own transport arrangements

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
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mlqp, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de Sal, responded to this review, January 18, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you very much for you comment, it makes us to keep working hard to offer the best attention to our clients.

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Reviewed September 13, 2012

This was the highlight of our 3 day/2 night tour. I only wish we could have stayed here a second night to enjoy the hotel itself. The staff and service was excellent. They had a game room of darts, pool and some golf clubs that i can only assume is for hitting balls out on the salt flats. At night not only did we have electric heating pads for our bed but they have us hot water bottles to sleep with. They also had a rooftop area mostly indoors but a little outdoor viewing area as well. This would be a good place for families, friends or a couple.

Of course to prove that everything was made of salt we ,like probably hundreds (or thousands) of others, had to lick a few objects. The specifics of the room are simple but tastefully done. The bathroom/shower area is pretty large. I have nothing but good things to say. I will have to note though that because this was part of a tour I dont know how much we paid for a night here. I imagine because it is only 1 of 2 or 3 salt hotels that it wasnt cheap but whatever it was it was still worth it to stay here.

Room Tip: Stay here for 2 nights if your schedule allows it to relax and enjoy the salt flats and hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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mlqp, Gerente at Hotel Palacio de Sal, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
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Thank you very much for your comment and for choosing Palacio de Sal Hotel.

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Reviewed September 15, 2011

You have arrived in rural Bolivia and are staying in a hotel made of salt on the edge of the Salar, so European/USA '5 star' it isn't but that's all part of of the experience and we have to say that the Palacio did not disappoint.

We stayed overnight in the midst of winter but found our comfortable room had been heated up nicely prior to our arrival at midnight and there was an electric blanket on the bed for good measure. The hot water took a little while to arrive through the taps but that wasn't a problem.

Breakfast was continental style and you could eat as much or a little as you wished.

On our return from our trip on the Salar as darkness fell and the temperature dropped we were greeted with the welcome sight of roaring fires in the public rooms and plenty of hot tea available before dinner. There were a number of guests for dinner and we were treated to a theatrical display as our 7 hour salt-cooked chicken made it's appearence from the oven, and the meal matched the occasion.

To stay in a hotel made of salt was one of our many outstanding memories of Bolivia and one not to be missed. Our trip on a small part of the Salar was also spectacular and made all the more memorable due to the efforts of our driver Alex and guide Marcos.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

Some in Uyuni consider the Palacio de Sal a dream, others a folly, but to all it is unique. True to its description, the walls, ceilings, floors, and even some of the furniture (thankfully not the beds) is made of salt. It is beautiful and surreal. However, most of the hotel is currently under indefinite repairs and many of its amenities are not available including the spa, golf course, and swimming pool. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the hot water is reliable, no small feat in rural Bolivia. If you can get a room at the Palacio at a discount, it's worth a visit for the sheer novelty and to see the beauty of the hotel. If you expect luxury, though, you'll be disappointed.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Palacio de Sal
Address: Orillas Salar de Uyuni, Uyuni, Bolivia
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Location: Bolivia > Potosi Department > Uyuni
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Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Uyuni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Palacio de Sal 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Palacio de Sal is located on the banks of the majestic Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, just 25 km from the city of the same name, unique in its class for being entirely built with salt: walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, sculptures ... everything!. ... more   less 
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