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






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.


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.

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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

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.

Hi Asghar,

Thank you for your comment. You are quite right and I will update the page accordingly.

We try very hard to ensure that our transcripts are accurate but occasionally errors creep through and then we are reliant on our users' powers of observation. Thank you for spotting this and letting us know.

The word 'plaque' does refer to a build-up of damaging material on teeth, as you say. It is also used to describe small stone, wood or metal tablets mounted on walls with information about, for example, historical places.


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The LearnEnglish Team