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“Put this on your Bucket List!!! Hotel de Glace!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hotel de Glace

Hotel de Glace
9530, rue de la Faune, Quebec City, Quebec G1G 5H9, Canada
418.623.2888
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Ranked #13 of 118 Attractions in Quebec City
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Chill out at the Hotel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America, open January to March. It's made entirely of ice and snow. Explore the architectural marvel and its many rooms: Great Hall, chapel, ice slide and Ice Bar.
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“Put this on your Bucket List!!! Hotel de Glace!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Whether you stay overnight or just take a tour, a must see. The most beautiful ice designs and rooms you will ever see- plus a bar made totally of ice!

Visited February 2014
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“super cool (ha ha ha)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Worth the trip - don't think you need to stay over night.
did the behind the scenes tour (30) at 4pm- it was an hour, you don't really see much - but then again, it is super cold so you might not need more time. Included in the tour is a drink (up to 850)and you make an ice glass...so all in all - if you are going to have a drink any way - you might as well do this.

We waited for dark (almost dark) 7pm - to see the lights. It was confusing for the staff to understand what we meant when we were asking about the lights -because they are lights from within that are already on. Seems they would know what we meant, however. Anyway, glad we stayed for that - very pretty -only needed to stick around for 10 minutes (check sun down).

Wear GOOD SOCKS and heavy soled (warm) shoes/boots - you are walking on ice!

(we rented a car from montreal for the day - worth the trip, easy to get to)

Visited March 2014
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“One of a kind a MUST SEE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

One of a kind to see in your life time...you must see it to believe it, how its made is true art and skill.. just amazing piece of art. If you are in Quebec city in winter time...make sure to spare a couple hrs to see this magnificent piece of art. you will start your tour with a guide who will take you from one place to the other and explains the science behind building this hotel out of ice and snow.. you will have about 45 minutes on your own for taking pictures

Visited March 2014
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

The Hotel de Glace is definitely worth the visit if you're in Quebec City during the winter. Make sure you are there before the end of March when it closes. It can sometimes close a few weeks early due to weather. Make sure you take the behind the scenes tour which allows you to make your own ice cups, which is a great experience for kids. The tour is less than an hour, and to walk around only takes about 30 minutes to an hour. There are tons of ice sculptures to look at and there's an ice slide for the kids. However, other than that, some kids may get bored after a while. Make sure you dress warmly as it can still be cold even when you're inside the hotel. Otherwise a great attraction to visit!

Visited March 2014
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“Great place to visit with kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is an amazing place to visit, and well worth the time and money. Personally, I don't have an interest in the staying there, just visiting and exploring. We traveled as two families of four with two couples each with kids ranging from 8 to 12. After some research from website and other sources, here is what I found useful to know: if you are traveling as a group of 3 or 4 (or prefer flexibility) take a taxi. If you have the time, combine it with a stop at the Montmorency Falls, keep the cab and then stop at the Hotel de Glacé (more on this on a post I left on that attraction, same date). Visitors are allowed to have full access to all rooms from 10AM to 8PM. We did the family pass for $45/ family, and then chose to add $5 per child for the tube slide after we completed the tour (we bought the slide passes in the "Celsius" warming building later in case we ran out of time.) The English speaking tours run for about 30 minutes and start at the top of the hour - once you are in, it is free and gives some great explanation of the construction, and then guides to a sampling of the rooms. We ended up seeing most of the "suites" as each had its own theme with incredible carvings and ice-formed furniture. There is a small slide and mini-Everest display at the one end, and a wedding chapel at the other. In the middle is a bar area with three separate bars that serve throughout the day. Very cool and VERY cold. Dress warmly, wear long underwear and bring your big boots. It's cold. Totally worth it. There is a cafe/warming station ("Celsius") that has some chili, hot dogs, and a few other basics. It also sells the slide tickets if you or your kids want to jump on a tube and slide as long as you want. We left the kids to slide for an hour while we are chili in the warmth of the cafe. We ordered our taxi 20 minutes early by phone and the ride back to Chateau Frontenac was about $30 for a 20 minute ride.

Visited March 2014
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