My boyfriend surprised me with a stay at the ice hotel for my birthday and I loved every moment of it. The rooms were exquisitely done with snow carvings in the walls, ice tables and chairs, and of course - the ice beds. The bar was a lot of fun complete with drinks served in glasses made of ice and there was an ice slide that I was more then happy to try out 7 or 8 times.
You definitely need to set your expectations. You're sleeping in a hotel made of ice - it's going to be cold. Just dress appropriately, attend the "how to sleep in an ice hotel" session they provide, and take advantage of the hot tubs/sauna they have on site. I'll be honest, the hot tubs were more like warm tubs, but the sauna was hot. You'll learn that it's important to get your core temperature up as high as possible before you go to bed. If that doesn't work, make sure you bring along some body warmers to stick to yourself. And if all else fails, they have a common area in doors where you can go to warm up.
If you can hack cold weather I strongly encourage a stay here. If you can't, it's still a great place to go during the day just to see the amazing architecture of the building and have a drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at only 10 minutes from Québec City, the Hotel de Glace is open from January until March. Enter a magical world where snow and ice are transformed into fabulous decors. Come to live a magical night in one of the 36 rooms and suites. Enjoy a cocktail and relax in the exterior hot tubs and sauna. The Hôtel de Glace is a must see attraction to be discovered in family, in couple or between friends this winter! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Glace Hotel
- Ice Hotel Quebec
- Ice Canada Hotel
- Ice Hotel Canada
- Ice Hotel Montreal
- Hotel De Glace Quebec/Quebec City