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“Overpriced admission, but worth seeing, anyway!”
Review of Hotel de Glace - CLOSED

Hotel de Glace
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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.
Andover, New Hampshire
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Overpriced admission, but worth seeing, anyway!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

First of all - we all enjoyed visiting the Hotel de Glace. It's undeniably beautiful, and the construction is amazing! I would recommend doing what we did - arrive in the late afternoon to catch some of the sun shining through the ice, and stay until twilight so to appreciate the lovely lighting. The artistry in the rooms is quite remarkable.
On the other hand - to charge over 50 dollars for a family to just walk around the place is excessive. Admission at half that cost would have been more reasonable for what one gets. I don't regret going, but also can't shake that the admission rates are a joke pulled on all us tourists!

Visited February 2013
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Quebec City, Canada
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Opening night”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

Went there for the opening night disco. The place is gorgeous, lots of interesting things to look at. I plan to return for a night stay, and to just hang out.

Visited January 2013
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Coomera, Australia
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Amazing Place”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This place is a must see on anyone's visit to Quebec. Open each winter with a different theme, it needs to be seen to be believed. We were amazed at the detail throughout the hotel & the accommodation rooms were incredible. Our favourite part by far though was the ice bar - what a cool place (pardon the pun). Great music pumping, lights continually changing & excellent vodka cocktails served from ice glasses - we could have stayed all night it was so much fun. We chose to walk around on our own & don't think we would have gotten anything more from a personalised (and more expensive) guided tour. We arrived on the first night of the season & whilst busy, was not overly crowded.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Marla Moo”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

We stayed at the Hotel de Glace on its first opening night of this season 5/1/2013. Only half of it was built and the big slide was unfinished yet we had paid the full (not cheap ) amount for 6 people to stay. We had booked one themed room with lots of carving for four people and one standard.The onsite staff are very friendly and helpful-we had a full on preparation talk on how to keep warm overnight in the provided single sleeping bags. Unfortunately despite being seasoned campers and following all instructions closely, four of our group were very cold and two chilly. The advised pre-bed hot tub and shower were not hot enough to get you really warm and there was only one small sauna seating 8 snuggly. If you need the loo in the night it involves a trek outdoors in -15C to the heated rescue building-surely an indoor connection could be built as there is no way you'd be warm by the time you return to your sleeping bag. The rescue centre "Celsius" is spartan in design and the changing rooms/showers are basic with insufficient facilities for a full hotel. We had to queue for a shower and the hotel was only half full.This is definitely an extreme form of "camping"-not at all a luxurious experience as the pictures or advertising suggest. The beds are a foam mattress with cover and matching pillows. The sleeping bag is placed on top of this so thankfully you are not sleeping on snow or ice.. The included dinner in the package was at the Four Seasons Sheriton- 5 minutes drive away- Ok food but nothing special or themed to a night in the Ice Hotel. An imaginative onsite building suitably Ice Hotel themed (at room temperature) would enhance the whole experience. We were not the only ones disappointed by the overnight stay. Many of the twenty odd guests had not slept and felt very cold and unhappy the next morning.
I would advise doing a late afternoon visit only . The rooms and carvings are wonderful to look at especially in the dark when they are lit up. The bar is fun and the guided tour very interesting.
As far as staying overnight they need to rethink the whole package or charge considerably less.

Visited January 2013
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BH
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“it's breathtaking, but freezing!”
Reviewed March 13, 2012

Really worth the visit, beautiful and inspiring. One of a kind!

Visited February 2012
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