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Hotel de Glace
Ranked #37 of 107 Hotels in Quebec City
Certificate of Excellence
Miami, Florida
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63 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Wow ... that was fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

My wife and I stayed here and absolutely loved the experience.

If you follow the instructions given you will stay plenty warm. Make sure to bring with you non-cotton underwear (such as a synthetic sports shirt, polar fleece, etc) and of course your bathing suit for the spa. Sitting in a hot spa in the chilling outdoors weather is really fun.

Just a "standard" room will do the trick since once you are all wrapped up in the sleeping bag, you will not see much anyway. The rooms are so quiet (walls are +-4ft thick we were told that the only thing you can hear is your heart beating ... amazing.

We are very glad to have experienced this unique place and highly recommend it to anyone who is a adventurous enough to sleep in an ice hotel. Be sure to check out the chapel ; its amazing!

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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28 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

Nothing here was overstated. No touristy degradations designed to make money. The design was not infected modern rooms with all the amenities the discerning guest expects. This, in every sense of the words, was an Ice Hotel. The entire building-every wall, every entrance, hallway, room, the chapel, the entire bar, the seats, were out of ice and snow. The rooms themselves had a thin but very comfortable mattress on top of a solid bed of ice with lighting built into the base that you can switch on and off. An information session teaches you how to sleep in the rooms-which include the use of a negative temperature sleeping bag, where to put belongings to prevent freezing, etc. This session is mandatory, even for locals because-as the guide Sophie put it-when sleeping in a hotel of solid ice, you have to forget everything you know about staying in a hotel. The only belongings you really want to bring in the room with you are your boots, snow gear, and whatever you want to sleep in (they recommend synthetics, we used under armor-style thermals) any electronics have to be kept in the bag with you, and the rest, except boots, goes into a waterproof bag. The bathrooms nearest the hotel are essentially heated port-o-johns, so use the ones in the celsius building instead. How was the sleep? Amazing. Seriously. It's expensive yes, but people who didn't think it was worth the money, probably didn't spend the money. It is SO worth it. (note: the address they have listed here is incorrect. It is at the old zoo this year, in Quebec City. Also city bus 801 goes nearly right there and is only 3.00 a ticket, saves a lot vs. the shuttle.)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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32 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

There were 4 couples that stayed in the Ice Hotel - if you do as they instruct, you are warm and in fact, they had to wake us up! It is really beautiful - a great one time experience! There are full locker rooms - which would have been good to know! There was only one bartender, and we kept her hopping. It was snowing in the morning, so beatiful! I think we would go back to visit, but I don't think I would stay again. They did have games and some activities - a scavanger hunt and ice carving - but not much else to do but check out the rooms and hang at the bar - and of course the suana and spas -

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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New York
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55 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

We still can't get over how this hotel was so close to town yet we felt transformed to a winter wonderland. We were never cold and over night guests have a "lobby" area to stay warm in with free wifi and coffee/tea/hot chocolate!! If you follow all instructions well, sleeping is rather comfortable. Our only issue was that it took us so long to get ready for bed that we only slept 4.5 hours. We were exhausted the next day. But still worth every minute and every dollar!!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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nj
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145 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We spent a night in the Ice Hotel in QC. It was amazing. We took the tour of the whole place and it was mind blowing how the hotel was made. So detailed and so well maintained. This hotel is built just for 3 months Jan-Mar. It was just a dreamland. Each suites were craved differently to perfection. We stayed in Bird's Eye suite which was so beautiful. They give you sleeping bags to sleep in and it is totally comfortable. The mattress is super comfortable. There is a jacuzzi with hot water under the star where you relax before going to bed and a sauna to use as well. So, you are warm enough before you go to sleep. The bar was so beautiful with lights and disco and alcohol served in glass made of ice. It was an experience of the life-time. Totally worth a visit!!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Boston
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34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Visited Hotel de Glace with my husband in mid-February 2012. I had researched the options before we went and decided not to stay the night there but to stay in Quebec City instead and just visit the ice hotel. I really think that is the way to go. We rented a car and drove out and spent as much time as we wanted walking around the property, taking pictures etc. The admission is good for 24 hrs meaning you can go back and take more pictures at night for different views :) I really think you need to rent a car b/c the shuttle or other transportation options seemed quite limited. Even without any clue of the Quebec area, driving there and back from the city was a breeze (<30 min). Overall we loved the ice hotel; very neat experience. I just don't think spending the money to stay the night there would be worth it to us - but visiting is great!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Richmond, VA
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2012

Our family of 4 spent a night in the Migration Suite and LOVED it! We were concerned about sleeping, but had no trouble at all. If you follow the instructions (hot tub, sauna, long underwear, sleeping bag) you will stay warm & cozy. The whole place is stunning. Sure you could just take a tour, but it's awesome to know that one of them is YOUR room and to get to see the buildings in the daytime & lit up at night, and both full of people and empty. The ice slides outside are great fun, especially at night when there are flashing lights and music playing. There was also live music when we were there. The kids (9 & 12-yr-old boys) loved the maple taffy (maple syrup mix poured onto snow then rolled onto a stick) and my husband and I were big fans of the maple whiskey served in an ice glass. It was an incredible experience!

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Hotel de Glace
Address: 9530, rue de la Faune, Quebec City, Quebec G1G 5H9, Canada
Location: Canada > Quebec > Quebec City
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Quebec City
#41 Romantic Hotel in Quebec City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel de Glace 3.5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at only 10 minutes from Québec City, the Hotel de Glace is open from January until March. Enter a magical world where snow and ice are transformed into fabulous decors. Come to live a magical night in one of the 36 rooms and suites. Enjoy a cocktail and relax in the exterior hot tubs and sauna. The Hôtel de Glace is a must see attraction to be discovered in family, in couple or between friends this winter! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
De Glace Hotel
Ice Hotel Quebec
Ice Canada Hotel
Ice Hotel Canada
Ice Hotel Montreal
Hotel De Glace Quebec/Quebec City

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