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The salt hotel

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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Task 1

Check your understanding: multiple choice




Language level

Advanced: C1


Yes. I would. Yes. I had.

It is wonderful to know that there is such a hotel in the world. I would like to visit the hotel and admire the scenery of the salt lake. However, I am concerned about the altitude sickness. I have been to Lasa, Tibet. High altitude can cause sickness because of the shortage of oxygen in the air that we breathe at the place. I wonder if there are sufficient medical facilities in the hotel in case of the altitude sickness. In Lasa, hospital and even coaches for the tourists are equipped with oxygen cylinders for the use of the tourists in case of need. Though I did not have altitude sickness in Lasa except for experiencing severe pain at the back of my head in one or two occasions, I still regard safety as the utmost important issue when we travel to places of high altitude.

I would like to visit because is an interesting site. I apreciatte the construction system and how use the salt for all elements necessarys for the hotel. Also, the situation is wonderfull and there is a lot of peace.

I would like to visit a hotel made out of salt, here in Egypt we have lakes of salt, I stayed before in an unusual hotel, it was in an island in the lake of salt.

This is awesome. I would like visit once in my life

I suppose that the salt around the world is the same (NaCl) Sodium chloride
But I shocked by the quantity .

I would like to visit an amazing place like that, but I have never stayed there. In my country, there are many beautiful places you guys have to visit. We have Bali Island, Lombok, Borobudur Temple, Raja Ampat and many more which have amazing landscape. I recommend you to visit Wonderful Indonesia :D

I have watched the video.But, I wonder how it looks alike. I never stay an unusal hotel. And l would like to trym

What an amazing place!There's something bewitching in it.

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.