One Cool Trip: North America's Unique Ice Hotel

Hôtel de Glace • Québec, Canada

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Escape Kit

  • A One-Night Stay for Two in a Regular Room with Nordic Sleeping Bags, Sunday Through Fridays
  • Saturday Night Stays are Based on Availability for an Additional $50 Fee at Time of Booking
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Access to the Nordic Spa
  • Two Welcome Cocktails

The Destination
Situated just ten minutes from downtown Quebec City, Hôtel de Glace (pronounced oh-tel de glass) is North America's first ice hotel. The structure is a little different each year, but is made from 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice in a process that lasts a month. Upon arrival, take a seat on one of the frozen chairs at the ice bar, where hot chocolate, vodka, Quebec cider drinks, and other warm elixirs are on the menu. Be sure to pack a bathing suit along with your scarves and wool socks—you'll want to take advantage of the Nordic Relaxation Area, which features hot tubs and saunas under the stars. Not just for the offbeat adventure traveler, a night at the Hôtel de Glace is totally bucket-list worthy.

The Digs
No detail is spared when it comes to icy architecture and décor at this ice palace—archways and columns are carved into the four-feet-thick walls, and intricate frozen sculptures and friezes (no pun intended) are illuminated by colored lights. Snuggled up inside an Arctic sleeping bag atop a mattress, it'll seem crazy that the bed frame is actually made of ice. Never slept in an igloo before? No big deal. The staff here is anything but icy, and in addition to a pre-trip prep guide, the concierge gives plenty of heat-efficient tips upon arrival.

The Diversions
In the morning, a hot breakfast (and of course, a warm drink) await in the Celsius Pavillion. If you need to heat up, head indoors: Quebec City's cobbled streets boast delicious restaurants and museums, historic churches, spas, and theaters worth checking out.

  • "How many chances do you get to sleep in a hotel built completely of ice?" On a bed of ice, near a chandelier made of ice, after dancing in a disco made of ice, ice, ice?"

    -- Frommer's
  • "Fantastic, once in a lifetime experience. Highly recommended!"

    -- LivingSocial Member

Location

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    9530, rue de la Faune Québec, QC G1G 5H9
    877-505-0423 | get directions

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the fine print

  • Limit 1 voucher per reservation; vouchers cannot be combined to extend stay
  •  Only valid for stays between January 5 and March 23, 2014
  • Reservations required and subject to availability
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • You can modify your date of stay up to 30 days prior to your arrival. This is applicable for a night at the Hotel de Glace as well as other related activities. At all times, an administrative fee of $25CAD plus tax per person will be charged for modifying your stay. All modifications less than 30 days from your date of stay for the current season or any postponement of the following year is subject to a $175 CAD plus taxes per person. These changes will be processed to your account immediately and additional changes can be applicable; voucher subject to forfeiture
  • Voucher valid for up to 2 guests
  • Guests can arrive at the Hôtel de Glace at 3:00pm. Your room at the Hôtel de Glace will be available at 9 p.m. and will be yours until 8 a.m. the next day
  • Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking; subject to availability
  • Credit card information and photo ID is required at check-in; must be 18 or over to check-in
  • No smoking, no pets, no rollaway beds available
  • Taxes/resort fee not included; payable directly to the property at booking
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  •  Saturday nights, subject to availability upon paying an additional $50 to the property direct at time of booking
  • Blackout date(s): January 31, February 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16
  • Photo credit to © Xdachez.com or © Luc Rousseau
  • Other conditions apply • PROMOTIONAL VALUE EXPIRES ON March 23, 2014 • Enjoy By March 23, 2014
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