The Hotel de Glace is a fantastic experience. My husband and I stayed for a night, February 12th. We had booked a deluxe package with same night stay at the neighbouring Sheraton at Four Points with dinner and breakfast included. We decided to go all out and book a premium suite with fireplace and private hot tub/sauna. We were delighted with our suite #1, "Bubbles". It was by far the largest of the suites and closest to the permanent/heated building for guest use...very handy when you need to venture to your room wearing just your night clothes with jacket/boots etc.
The hotel itself is very different when viewed in the daytime versus nighttime. The evening lighting brings it to life. We arrived during the afteroon and had the opportunity to view the hotel during the daytime. We then attended the first information session for overnight guests at 6pm before retreating to the Sheraton for dinner and gathering our overnight clothes. The evening was packed with group games and ice carving and a delight to enjoy the hotel with less people around. Later we enjoyed our own private hot tub and sauna on one of the coldest evenings (-25C) so far that winter. Tip - put your robe and towel in the sauna whilst enjoying the hot tub...this way it will not get wet and frozen from the steam whilst hanging on the bannister of the hot tub! After you are done in the hot tub dry off in the sauna. Walking to and from the heated locker room area to the hot tub/sauna is really not that bad.
Follow the instructions from the information session and you will be toasty for the night. Though the fireplace does not heat the room (heat goes up the chimney), phsiologically it feels warmer. Keep the candle/s burning in your room to help remove the humidity. If you have extra clothes with you stuff them at the bottom of your sleeping bag. This way they will keep warm and you can grab them if you feel cold. If you would like more wood for your fireplace ask the staff at the overnight guest pavillion, they will ask how many logs you would like. My husband and I enjoyed a comfortable nights sleep. Though I usually feel the cold, I did not on this night and actually got a bit hot in the sleeping bag. Your ice hotel room is solely available to you from 9pm to 9am. We awoke around 7.30am and tried to take more pictures, though the camera lens fogged up from the humidity! It was significantly more humid in the morning! The arctic sleeping bags are fantastic. If you follow the recommendations for what to wear whilst sleeping and get into your sleeping bag quickly you will not be cold.
The experience of spending a night at the ice hotel is a once in a lifetime experience and one that both my husband and I would love to do again.
Having viewed all the rooms at the ice hotel it is definately advisable to book a 'themed' room/suite. The carvings on the wall/s really make the room come alive with character.
Later the following day we went dog sledding with 'Adventures Nord-Bec' which we booked direct with the company opting for the "Musher" 1.5 hour package. The package through the Ice Hotel is just for 1 hour. This was a wonderful end to a fantastic weekend which started in Quebec City at Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and visits to Winter Carnival.
- 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