By Kat Tancock
There are hotels with quirks, and then there are hotels that are quirks, like the seasonal Hôtel de Glace (Ice Hotel) in Quebec City, originally inspired by a similar structure in Sweden.
Every December, once temperatures are consistently below freezing, about 30 production workers and 15 sculptors begin creation of the hotel—a process that takes six weeks in total and more than 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow. The opening night party takes place in late January, after which the hotel is equipped to welcome up to 88 guests in 36 rooms and theme suites. Highlights include hot tubs and a sauna under the stars, an Ice Bar that holds up to 400 people and an Ice Café with a capacity of 150 that can be used as a chapel for weddings.
Ready for a visit? Rates start at $219 per person, which includes access to the spas and sauna, breakfast and a welcome cocktail—as well as the “Nordic equipment” (a sleeping bag with a temperature rating of -15°C to -30°C, an isolating bed sheet and a pillow) that will keep you warm as you sleep. Not feeling brave enough? Drop by for a guided tour and a drink before heading back to your toasty warm hotel room—just don’t forget to wear a parka.Hôtel de Glace 9530, rue de la Faune, Québec, QC