We stayed on the Sunday night of the 2011 Family Day weekend. It was an 'interesting' once-in-a-lifetime experience. I have never done any camping before so this was my 1st overnight in a sleeping bag, let alone a -20 (?) degrees celcius sleeping bag.
The Ice Hotel area was very neat to explore, with lots of themed rooms with interesting ice sculptures. The bar area and chapel was also very well done but you've gotta love the cold to like this place enough to sleep there!
The introductory session was informative and helpful - it explained why we needed to change into our swimsuits, run out to the outdoor jacuzzi (rather fun), then get out of the hot water and run (not fun) to the outdoor sauna to dry out, then run back to the changing room (again not fun) to change into PJs before bed time (to increase one's body temperature before bunking down for the night).
We had a basic room. The mattress was not that uncomfortable and I liked the one candle which kept the room warmer - however, once it went out, you could really feel the cold. If I were to go again, I'd bring extra candles. It was a bit hard to get into the sleeping bag being a novice and feeling frozen while doing so, but we managed it. We slept until around 6am when I woke up and couldn't stand the cold anymore so we took the shuttle back to the hotel, where we slept some more. I really liked the 2 rooms package we got at the local Sheraton and having the choice of returning to the warm hotel nearby 24/7 if we so chose.
The ability to get tea, coffee or hot chocolate whenever we felt like it (included as part of our stay) was a great plus.
The absolute highlight of the trip were the friendly gentlemen who chauffeured us between the Sheraton and the Ice Hotel. In particular, Richard really made us feel comfortable and welcome when we first got there and throughout our stay.
Overall I would recommend this as a worthwhile once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'd not go back again since I have already done it once, but I'd recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at only 20 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 44 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