Ice Hotel another name for Hotel de Glace, located in the vicinity of Quebec, Canada, is a marvellous hotel all carved out of snow. The Hotel is created on the site of Charlesbourg with the help of 50 to 60 workers every year starting from December. The time span of building, designing and crafting takes a month. There is a competition that is run by the administration of the hotel that decides the colourful designs, themes and carves. The students of architecture from different universities participate in the Ephemeral Architecture Contest and the contests will complete its 10 years in 2015.
Hotel de Glace is built by using 20,000 tons of artificial snow. The hotel has nearly 45 rooms. The Hotel other than rooms has a lounge, an ice bar, ice café, ice chapel, a grand slide and many other attractions. The size of the hotel depends on the change in design every year. The Ice Hotel is also provided with hot baths and indoor heated washrooms. At the entrance the door, the interior, the counter, walls everything is carved out of snow. The furniture, table’s chairs and even the serving glasses are made of ice.
The themes of Ice Hotel in 2015 for suites include jazz suite, hockey suite and many others. The overall theme for year 2015 is space and time. The artwork is vibrant and mind blowing and reveals different time spans. For 2015 this festivity of winters will melt away by March. Best time to visit the ice Hotel is in the month of February.
The experience of spending a night in Ice Hotel is very different and a bit challenging one for most of the tourists. A sleeping bag is provided to guests to sleep on a bed made of ice with a mattress and warm fur, mostly of deer on top. The sleeping bag can be used for a temperature up to -30. The experience is quite of an adventure as one has to cop up with the icy environment.
The Ice Hotel guests can get the paid services of guides in both French and English. The guests can also attend the Ice Workshop on selected days which provides them an opportunity of making ice glasses of their own. There are nominal charges to attend the workshop. The tour also provides the information behind the construction and theme chosen every year. The Google rating for the Ice Hotel is 4.5 stars. Although the experience of an Ice Hotel can be challenging for some, still the tourists love to visit it. It is referred as a small winter wonderland by most of the guests.