One thing that’s in my bucket list is: sleep in the Ice Hotel.
I’ve been to two Ice Hotels already: one was in Montreal in 2013 and the other was in Quebec last weekend. I can’t afford to stay in there yet. As a poor backpacker and a solo traveler, I’ll skip that for now. I’ll stay there one day when I have someone to share the cost with me. And of course, to cuddle with. It’s cold, remember? Hahahaha…
The Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glacé) in Quebec City is a bit far—that is if you’re taking the 801 bus from the city centre. The bus ride, however, gives you a passing glimpse of the part of the city outside the Old Quebec (inside the fortress) where the concentration of tourist attractions are cramped.
This year, Hotel de Glacé is on its 15th year—and to celebrate, they chose Space-Time as the theme. Visitors will enjoy the past, present and future that are frozen in time. It has 44 rooms and each room has its own theme: Under the Sea, Polarity Reversal, Space Distortion, Revolution, Lunar, Gatsby, Tea Ceremony, Chivalry Combat, Discobuzz, Line National Park, Stasis, View Room, The Guardian of the Forest, Future Racine, Nedland Capsule, and Singularity.
Let me take you inside the Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace.
Do you ever wonder how many snowflakes to build the Ice Hotel?
There are 2,000,000 of 2,000,000,000 snowflakes!
Yes, that’s two million of two billion snowflakes!
I can’t really imagine if that number can be converted into my bank balance! 😀
This is the busy Ice Bar. Your drinks are served in ice mug/glass, too.
The Ice Chandelier at the entrance hall is such a beauty!
This is one of the portraits on the ice wall.
Looks like a frozen cave art?
This room is filled with bright moons.
Revolution-themed suite room.
This Discobuzz suite room is good for those who love to party!
Art and space in one room.
A room fit for a royal like you.
This bed has ice globes on its lower corners.
View of the forest-themed room.
Don’t you like that Chinese terracota ice sculpture serving you tea when you wake up in the morning?
This is my favorite room. So spacious, so bright and so pink! 😉
Decor-less room but bright. And it looks lonely, too. 🙁
That hockey-inspired ice statue on top of your bed is pretty cool, eh?
Behind this ice wall is the children’s playground slide.
Literally, frozen in time.
Ice Hotel in Quebec City is the only one in America.
If you are curious and want to experience it while it’s still winter (and freezing), the Ice Hotel is open until February 28. You can book here.
WHERE TO STAY IN QUEBEC CITY
If you are a backpacker and are looking for a good youth hostel in Quebec City, I’d recommend staying at the HI Quebec-Auberge Internationale de Quebec Hostel. It’s located right inside Old Quebec and walking distance to everything you want to see, do and eat in the city.