Whether or not staying in a resort made fully out of ice and snow seems like a dream or a nightmare, there’s no denying that it’s a uncommon expertise. And whereas the unique ice resort opened in Sweden in 1989, you don’t must fly throughout the Atlantic to spend the evening surrounded by snow. North America’s solely ice resort is correct throughout the border in Canada, and it simply opened for the winter season.
The Hôtel de Glace outdoors Quebec Metropolis opened its doorways for the 2023 season on Jan. 4. It’s the solely place in North America the place visitors can sleep on a mattress product of ice surrounded by 4 partitions product of — you guessed it — ice and snow. Yearly the builders and designers select a theme and run with it — so when you can all the time count on to see big snow arches, crystal-clear ice sculptures, and ice chandeliers, the resort by no means seems precisely the identical.
Equally, in case you e-book a themed room it’s possible you’ll end up surrounded by mushrooms, flowers, and woodland creatures or beneath a Japanese-style pagoda — all carved out of the snow. Every room on the Hôtel de Glace is outfitted with Arctic sleeping baggage, and a few have roaring fireplaces and personal sizzling tubs and saunas — the right means to make sure that you’re additional heat earlier than you slip beneath the covers. In the meantime, all visitors have entry to the property’s “Nordic rest space,” an outside area with a sauna and sizzling tubs designed for stargazing.
The whole expertise kicks off with a welcome drink — served in a glass product of ice, after all. And from there, the ice theme continues with entry to the close by ice skating path, which is illuminated within the night, and as much as 24 slides and sledding hills. Within the night, you’ll be able to sip on a cocktail in a bar that’s -5 levels Fahrenheit.
And whereas we’d all prefer to assume we are able to fortunately sleep by way of the evening in a room product of ice, each reserving on the Hôtel de Glace comes with a backup plan: a room within the neighboring Hôtel Valcartier, a four-star property with limitless warmth and an on-site spa that gives a full thermal expertise.
The Hôtel de Glace opens in phases. The resort’s grand corridor, chapel, ice bar, terrace, and sizzling tub and sauna space opened on Jan. 4, whereas extra rooms and the ice workshop are set to open on Jan. 7. The whole construction, together with the Grand Slide, are scheduled to be accomplished by Jan. 16.
Each in a single day reserving on the Hôtel de Glace features a room for a similar evening on the Hôtel Valcartier (consider it as your Plan B), a welcome cocktail, and full entry to the new tubs, sauna, and ice skating path. Charges begin at $400. You can even go to the ice resort for the day with a move that begins at $25.