I’ve had my fill of mainstream hotels, with their weird green carpet, multi-coloured/multi-stained bedspreads and TV remotes screwed to the nightstand. Enough I say! I want something different.

I want an experience, not just a bed, and when I wake up in the morning…I want to feel glacier fresh.

Answering the call is the crystal palace known as the Hôtel de Glace in Quebec City.

The Ice Hotel is open from January 6th to March 25th, 2012, giving you the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful cities in North America, while experiencing truly unique, world class accommodation.

This amazing hotel is literally sculpted from ice, in its entirety; the structure, the beds, the cocktail glasses, even The Grand Ice Slide – which sounds like it would make the trip worthwhile all on its own.

The creative team behind the Hôtel de Glace have done a total redesign for this year’s construction. The theme this year, built into the hotel and featured in the suites, is biodiversity in all its forms.

“Guided by the echo of the new site, this artistic performance will offer the visitors various universe and habitats inspired by the cohabitation of all forms of life, stimulating at the same time a new vision of the notion of biodiversity,” says Serge Péloquin, Artistic Director.

Nestled in the pristine wilderness of one of Quebec’s loveliest parks, but located only ten minutes from the city centre, the hotel strikes the perfect balance between the beauty of winter in “la belle provence,” and the excitement and history of the capital.

While fabulous in the summer months, Quebec City is also a lively destination throughout the winter. You can plan your visit to coordinate with the internationally renowned Carnaval de Quebec (January 27-February 12) or the thrills of Red Bull Crashed Ice (March 20th). Introduce the kids to Bonhomme Carnaval himself, or watch adults hurtle down ice-covered hills on skates; who doesn’t love that?

Winter doesn’t have to mean hibernation, but if you’re going to hibernate, you might as well do it surrounded by the sculpted reliefs and diamond like sparkel of the Hôtel de Glace.  An accommodation definitely worth remembering – Jen R, Staff Writer


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