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Nestled in Bolivia, this fairytale hostel is made from natural materials and resources. With a great history to tell, we all need to have a look at this incredible hospitality design and incredible vision of the sculptor Martin Strätker and his incredible wife! Ready to have your idea of hospitality reinvented?
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Called Las Olas – The Waves, this hostel features sunny terraced gardens, solar water heaters, wood burners crafted from mud, and custom-made furniture in adobe suites. In conclusion, the place looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. And after a quick look, we decided it feels that way too.
With a pinch of Gaudi, the shelters are shaped like several animals. Tortoises, teepees, and snails, among other natural forms, Las Olas is easily spotted and as it’s built on a slope, each room has the privacy and the marvellous vies of the countryside. Crafted by local artisans, Marcelino Arias and Mario Mendoza, Martin’s designs represent his passion for organic architecture with no straight lines.
With a total of 21 rooms and 8 private shelters, the hot showers are courtesy of solar water heaters placed in the rooms! All the room are connected by terraced gardens with flourishing native species irrigated with the hotel’s filtered grey water. And if you are looking for a place to relax outside just get around to spend time on the hammocks, deck chairs, stone table and the fire pits!
Inspired by the round buildings that were popular among the ancient Chipaya culture, the hospitality design project of the room has all the good stuff. Flooded with natural light and custom-made furniture to adapt to the organic shapes, the shelters have all the comfort of a home.
According to the people stayed there, “Staying at Las Olas is an unforgettable experience. But the best thing (well, maybe not for the owners, but certainly for peace-loving guests) is the absence of hordes of tourists. This exceptional hotel reflects the bond between a German sculptor and a small group of local builders who learned from their differences and helped realize each other’s dreams.”
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