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Eerily sculpted headboards adorn rooms at the Balea Lac Ice Hotel
It's been over a year since we last reported on an ice hotel, which we took as a sign that the kitschy travel trend had seen its final day pass. But rounding out this unusually mild winter season is news about the latest contender in (relatively) cheap and chilly accommodations: Romania.
The Balea Lac is one in a series of European icy lodgings that are rebuilt to compensate for melting and other seasonal changes. Temperatures inside top off at a spine-tingling 35 degrees Fahrenheit, though rest assured, every stay includes a "specialist sleeping bag" and some furs.
The Hotel Bellevue is that little round building
Here at HotelChatter, we frequently talk about hotels with unique pools, hotels that push the limits with luxurious service, and even hotels which claim to be "world's tallest" or "world's fanciest schmanciest," but today we're discussing something else entirely: a hotel precipitously perched atop a Swiss mountaintop.
Hotel Bellevue is literally tops; it calls the Swiss Alp Mount Pilatus home, and sits some 2,132m (7,000') high. Get your reservations for their 24 rooms in early, because this hotel is sought after for its ridiculously awe-inspiring views, plus it's only open from March until December.