Spending the night in an ice hotel, where the temperature fluctuates between 23°-26°F, may not sound like a great idea. But believe it or not, people pay good money to have this experience and it does not disappoint. So put on your long johns, grab some hot chocolate and see what the first and only ice hotel in North America has to offer.
The ice hotel has a lifespan of 3 months, usually operating from January to March. The hotel is made of 30,000 tons of snow, 500 tons of ice and the walls are up to four feet thick.
Curious travelers can explore the hotel during the day, going in and out of each of the unique, individualized rooms. Tours are available that take you behind the scenes of the structure and show you exactly how this hotel is made.
Some rooms are plain and do not offer any extravagant designs. Others include fireplaces and have amazing sculptures around every corner.
The ice hotel has 51 double beds, all made of ice, followed by a solid wood base and comfortable mattress.
The ice hotel complex also has saunas, hot tubs and facilities for bathrooms, showers and food. As a hotel guest, you can access the hot tub/sauna facilitates (located outside of course) starting at 9pm. When you go to your room, you’ll find that a nordic sleeping bag, blanket and pillow have been delivered to your room. Two candles are lit and you’re told that if you leave them burning all night, it has the potential of keeping your room 1-2° warmer. But keep in mind, no matter how cold it is outside, your room will always be between 23°-26°F. The night we stayed in the ice hotel, the temperature was -8°F. No big deal.
Other facilities in the ice hotel include multiple bars, where you can drink out of glasses made of ice. There is also a chapel, where a number of weddings are performed every year.
A night in the HÔTEL DE GLACE should not be missed. It’s a great way to spice up a trip to Quebec City and it will likely be the most unique night of sleeping you’ve ever had.
Prices range from $758-928 (CAD) for 1 night (as of October 2016) for 2 people.
- A room at the Hôtel de Glace including the Nordic sleeping bag for the night
- A welcome cocktail served in an ice glass
- Access to Nordic area’s hot tubs and sauna under the stars
Go to http://www.hoteldeglace-canada.com for more information.