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Winters in NYC usually make me want to get away, and though my mind wanders to warmer climes, maybe the best plan is to embrace the season for its own particular magic and virtues. A trip to the Hôtel de Glace in Québec — the only hotel in America made entirely of ice and snow — seems like just the thing to change my tune.

ice hotel

Photo: Luc Rousseau

This Narnia-esque creation is 500 tons of ice and 1,500 tons of snow to be precise, yet it still has all the amenities you’d expect from a high-class hotel, and then some: theme suites, hot tubs and saunas, an ice bar, a café that can be turned into a chapel for weddings and even a “Grand Ice Slide” for kids and adults alike.

ice hotel

Photo: Luc Rousseau

Part of what makes the Hôtel de Glace so special and wintery (aside from the gorgeous, glacial decor, of course) is that it only runs until March 25. Now, if I could only get a guarantee that it would feel like spring by then…

9 Responses

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  2. Wendy Ford says:

    This is gorgeous and other than on Bond I have never seen anything like it. It is truely magnificent!

  3. Teresa Drelick says:

    Just thought I would let you know that you say " the only hotel in America made entirely of ice and snow" but Quebec is in Canada. :)

  4. Bogart says:

    I would love to see some hotels in paddington built like that. It's just a shame masterpieces like that have to melt away every summer.

  5. Seymour says:

    Whether it be in Paddington, London, or hotels at luton, an ice hotel would be a nice place to stay in. I can only wish they can come up with a way to keep the hotel standing indefinitely.

  6. Bill B. says:

    It has to stand -definitely! This is pretty tricky, though but me staying in this hotel? That would be the day! I stayed in of the hotels in luton, green park, london, etc. I think a normal room would do.

  7. Susan says:

    It would be great fs there was a hotel in victoria made of ice. It's just too bad that it'd melt as soon as winter was over, just like all the others.

  8. Sam Cassidy says:

    I know how some of you guys feel. It would be a whole lot better if there was a way to keep this hotel up and running all year – aside from building it at the poles, of course.

  9. Sam has a point. Why bother building an ice hotel somewhere it will eventually melt away? The idea is cute and all, but I think it would be much better the hotel were open every day of every year.

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