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Salty Dreams at Luna Salada Hotel

There are certain experiences that are unique to a given place in the world. Staying at a hotel made of salt is something that screams “Salar de Uyuni… Bolivia!” out loud. That’s why when we finally made it to the largest salt flat on earth, we couldn’t pass on the opportunity of enjoying some salty dreams. And that’s what we did at Luna Salada Hotel.

Sitting on top of a small hill, Luna Salada offers a great view over the salt flats

Sitting on top of a small hill, Luna Salada offers a great view over the salt flats

 

Hotel Luna Salada is about 30 minutes drive form the town of Uyuni itself, and it’s surrounded by nothing except nature. And by nature we mean barren landscape, just where the brownish land starts turning into white. If you walk for about 10 minutes from the hotel, you’d have entered the salt flats, an immense sea of white. This is actually the flattest place on earth and surprisingly enough it’s at quite high altitude, on a plateau about 3800m (aprox. 12500ft) high.

Being this such an unique place, it’s easy to understand how privileged the location of Luna Salada Hotel is. Not only the views over the salar are great, the architecture of the hotel makes sure you enjoy every second of this salty experience. The building is made of salt blocks and had salt flooring as well, and there are also panoramic windows all over the place.

Outdoor seating with view towards the salar

Outdoor seating with view towards the salar

Hammocks with a view

Hammocks with a view

 

The exception to the salt constructions are the bathrooms that are built with traditional and practical materials.

Inside the room: dressing area

Inside the room: dressing area

In the bathroom only the walls are made of salt bricks

In the bathroom only the walls are made of salt bricks

 

Be rest assured that the fact that the hotel is made of salt won’t compromise when it comes to comfort levels. There are even some new rooms only partially made of salt (the furniture is still made of salt but the floor is carpeted) in case you want something more in the middle.

Twin salt room

Twin salt room

 

As you’re surrounded by anything but salt, there is a restaurant serving breakfast and dinner buffets and a la carte lunches – and the food is not too salty!

Restaurant with a view over Salar de Uyuni

Restaurant with a view over Salar de Uyuni

 

It does get cold around here, but nothing more comforting than arriving to the hotel in the evening, after an excursion around the salar, to enter a cozy and heated place: there are heaters both in common areas and rooms and inviting seating areas with fireplace, making for a perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, chat or read a book.

Enjoying an evening by the fireplace

Enjoying an evening by the fireplace

One of the multiple salty areas to sit around

One of the multiple salty areas to sit around

Nice seating areas, where everyone can find their own spot!

Nice seating areas, where everyone can find their own spot!

 

There is WIFI in the hotel but the reception is really not reliable – in any case, this is probably not the place one comes to for an extended stay (there is nothing to do around here except enjoying the salar), so disconnecting from the world outside can turn out to be a good thing sometimes.

The semi-salt living room

The semi-salt living room

 

And if you need entertainment, there is a games’ room with pool, table tennis and table soccer available, as well as bike rental to enjoy during the day.

Games room - where Ashray kicked my ass at table tennis!

Games room – where Ashray kicked my ass at table tennis!

Souvenir shop inside Luna Salada

Souvenir shop inside Luna Salada

Sitting area by the games rooms

Sitting area by the games rooms

 

It’s in the middle of nowhere. But, sometimes, nowhere is just the place to be!

 

BOOK NOW! 

 

More info:
Luna Salada Hotel
reservas@lunasaladahotel.com.bo
Telf.: (591-2) 2713565 Int. 601
Cel.: (591) 71212007
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia


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8 Comments

  • Karthic Says

    quite interesting

  • wow, what an amazing place!

  • Pingback: 1 day in the largest salt flat on Earth: Salar de Uyuni | Backpack Me

  • Tim Says

    Thanks for your comprehensive post on the Luna Salada Hotel! We just booked our 2-night stay in April and are looking forward to this one-of-a-kind experience! Like you, my family and I are planning to do a one-day tour of the salt flats. Out of curiosity, did your tour company pick you up from the hotel or did you have to make your own way to Uyuni for the morning tour departure? If it was the latter, are taxis easy to call from the hotel?

    • Zara Says

      Hi Tim!
      We were picked up at the hotel itself in the same 4×4 vehicle we did the tour with! You don’t need to travel to Uyuni from the hotel… the hotel is IN Uyuni, in the very salt flats! Enjoy! ;)

      • Tim Says

        That totally makes sense. We read that that the hotel is located 27 km from downtown Uyuni, but it makes sense that the tour companies could just stop by the hotel on the way to salt flats. Did you book your tour at the hotel or would you recommend making the trek to downtown Uyuni to book in-person at a tour office?

  • Be Alejandro Says

    We are coming from La Paz. Going to Uyuni is via bus and arrival is at 7AM. How did you go to the hotel? Do you recommend staying for two nights or an overnight stay will do? What else can we do there aside from visiting the salt flats? Thanks in advance! :)

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