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Chillin' at the Ice Hotel Gets Cold But Never Old

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  Site Where: 143, route Duchesnay Pavillon Regie, Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, QC, Canada, G0A 3M0
February 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM | by | ()

Quebec's Ice Hotel hosted a Boots'n'All reviewer recently who smugly explained that she'd survived the cold better than most of the other guests. While we're sometimes not sure why people pay good money (up to $500) to sleep on a bed made of ice in the middle of winter, the idea is certainly novel enough to attract a decent amount of curious holidaymakers. How's this sound for a way to spend a night:

I opted for the dry sauna, wore my long johns under the fleece robe we'd been issued. I also took my outer clothes to warm them by the stove. I ran pell mell back to the room and stuffed the hot clothes down into the sleeping bag where they could warm my feet. I tied the neck muff of the sleeping bag around my neck, pulling up the hood with the built-in pillow, tied it so only my face was exposed to the night air. I was in a warm cocoon. Between me and the ice there was a piece of plywood and a thin foam mattress.

Yet somehow this place gets full fast. A nightclub and plenty of hot tubs are provided for enough strenuous activity to warm you up before you sleep, but snoozing on ice just doesn't seem like the most sensible thing to do. Didn't we strive to build all this great technology so we could be comfortable? But if you feel the need for a good chill-out, perhaps the Ice Hotel Quebec Canada is the right destination. It's open from January to early April so book fast.

[Photo:Happy Campers]

Related Stories:
· Quebec Ice Hotel Canada reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Ice Hotels: The Price of Cold [HotelChatter]
· Surviving a Night at Quebec's Ice Hotel [Boots'n'All]


Ice Hotels: The Price of Cold

December 29, 2003 at 3:16 PM | by | ()

In the midst of a pleasant North Eastern late December thaw one must pay homage to the Ice Hotels.  That's right some people will pay over $1,000 to spend three nights in an upscale freezer.  Expedia is featuring the Quebec Ice Hotel on its winter getaway page.  So what is the deal with these high-class igloos?

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