Montreal's Ice Hotel features 10 rooms and 15 themed suites (we loved the look of last year's Cirque du Soleil and NASCAR styles) and also includes 5 igloos, should you be crazy enough to book one. Thermal sleeping bags that are said to withstand temps below -30F are provided, because you know, it will get freakin' cold out there, and you are technically sleeping on a block of ice, that is covered by a thin mattress. Now, we've heard people have stripped naked in these sleeping bags because they got so hot in them. We will say point blank--we don't believe those stories not one bit! Lucky there are some outdoor hot tubs in case you get a chill in your bones. But hit them early. Unforch they don't stay open until the wee hours (it gets dark, ya know) and they're a short walk back to the hotel and you'll just get cold again.
Anyway, this ice village has an ice bar (whiskey in a ice shot glass? très bon!), an ice restaurant with faux-fur pellets on the seats and serving juicy venison, and a beautiful and intricately designed ice chapel should you want to marry your ice, ice, baby. Yep. We went there.
Rates at InterContinental Montreal begin at 159 CAD ($160). Packages start around $500.
[Photo: InterContinental Hotels/Village Des Heiges]