Would you like to stay in a hotel made out of salt? Watch this video to find out more about this unusual hotel in Bolivia. 

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Would you like to visit a hotel made out of salt?

I would like to travel and experience new costumes and places, which are rather different from my country. So, I think this hotel made out of salt is interesting and healthy too, in some ways. In facts, I know that salt has got many positive properties, for example, because it may influence the functions of thyroid. Anyway, as this hotel appears, it is fascinating, both for the building, the handicrafts themselves and for the view: it has a wonderful, wide open place with great altitude.

Have you ever stayed in an unusual hotel? 

I cannot affirm that I have ever visited bizarre hotels. In Paris, I looked for some chains of hotels which offer a charming stay, considering they are ancient, French buildings, readapted to touristic purposes. The one I stayed then was a XIX century polytechnic college, and the building surrounded a courtyard, with a lovely garden, some tall trees and a fantastic little yard where having breakfast outside, at summertime. The hotel has got a gate, which preserves the privacy of the place from the nightlife of the Latin quarter. In my building there was not any lift, any TV, but there were fascinating little mansarded windows, viewing over the other ancient, classical Parisian buildings of the neighborhood. Next our hotel, along the street, there were bistrot, bookshops and houses where famous writers and popular singers used to live, such as Ernest Hemingway and Paul Verlaine. The atmosphere was really charming and it was possible to live as part of the city, hearing the sounds of restaurants and little coffee-houses where students and tourists as well were enjoyed their stays.

I have never stayed in an unusual hotel and I think I would really appreciate to have a night in such a strange place. I had already heard about icy hotel in the north of Europe, but never about salt hotel.

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What is the correct form in this sentence?

'Why haven't we been informed / weren't we informed about this earlier? We were only told about this two days ago', said Marjory Calder.

Hello minijack,

The best form here is the past simple, because of the word 'earlier'. Without 'earlier', which implies a time that is conceived of as distinct from now, the present perfect would also work, however.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

I did'nt even know that a pace like this exsists.
It reminds me the ice hotel in Finland.Awesome places to visit.

I was wondering when I watch the video that if the people who live there may have a high probability of suffering from thyroid problems, because I think salt is a major contributor to thyroid problems. Also, I believe the salt hotel would be a tranquil place because I didn't see many buildings or crowds near the hotel in the video. If I had a chance, I would like to try the salt hotel.

You probably mean Goiter as thyroid problems here. Well, but these conditions develop in inviroment with iodine deficiency, and have nothing to do with sodium chloride...

Very amazing video.
Thank you very much

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Here is Asghar.In Transcription I think you made a mistake.You wrote a word Plaque instead of Plug.Plaque has something to do with the teeth and not with the electrical tools.The man is using the word Plug not Plaque.Due to salt the Plugs will be damaged and need to be repaired.

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