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January 25, 2012
From journal A Night at the Ice Hotel
January 25, 2006
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This was a magical adventure that was well worth the expense.
The hotel is situated in a tourist resort half an hour from Quebec City. There was amazing scenery. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to see it, and there are guided tours, or you can explore on your own. It is an absolute work of art!!! Due to constant changes in the weather conditions, there is always work being done, and it is fascinating to see the ice carvers/workers at their craft. The ice work is incredible.
There are two bars in the hotel, The Absolute, where only Absolute Vodka is served, and the N’Ice Club, for drinks and dancing. Your drinks are even served in ice glasses, which are a little difficult to hang on to with gloves, but it is a truly unique experience. The Chapel, located at the back of the hotel, is a beautiful little chapel. There were two weddings the weekend we were there. The main entrance and two halls were stunning. Elaborate ice carvings and sculptures were everywhere.
The rooms, ahhh, the rooms, each a gallery in itself. Each room had its own theme (Egyptian, Art Deco, etc.) and I was in awe of it all. We opted for a room with a fireplace, an extra $100 a night but worth it. The room was larger, closer to the hot tubs and washrooms, and had a more romantic mood. The fireplace is merely for ambiance, not for heat. Sleeping was not nearly as cold as I had expected it to be, and it was quite comfortable actually. The lodge (located up the stairs from the ice hotel) has lockers in the basement where you can keep your extra luggage and items you don’t want to keep out in the lower temperatures. The staff is quite informative and extremely helpful.
We opted for a package that included our meals at L’Auberge (The Inn), located at the resort. It is also well worth the expense. The food was fabulous, with a lot of local fare. My compliments to the chef and the staff, who are extremely friendly.
The only bad thing about the hotel, and it isn’t really bad, is your room accessibility. Since there are tours open to the public, you cannot go into your ice hotel room until 9pm and need to be out early in the morning. Completely understandable, but it would have been nice to spend a little more time alone in the hotel. There is plenty to do at and near the resort to keep you occupied (dog-sledding, tobogganing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing), but you need to book these events at the Aventure building or Auberge.
I would absolutely recommend this experience to everyone--I’ll never forget it. Their website is www.icehotel-canada.com. You can also find a link on Sepaq at www.sepaq.com, which lists all resorts and parks.
From journal Weekend Getaway to Quebec City and Ste. Catherine
December 2, 2001
From journal Quebec, The beautifull