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What’s Inside the Ice Hotel in Quebec City

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.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

One of the doors of Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Do you ever wonder how many snowflakes to build the Ice Hotel? 

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

An ice room and its ice hall inside the Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

There are 2,000,000 of 2,000,000,000 snowflakes! 

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Yes, that’s two million of two billion snowflakes!

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

I can’t really imagine if that number can be converted into my bank balance! 😀 

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

This is the busy Ice Bar. Your drinks are served in ice mug/glass, too.

The Ice Bar at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

The Ice Bar at the Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

The Ice Chandelier at the entrance hall is such a beauty! 

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

This is one of the portraits on the ice wall. 

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Looks like a frozen cave art?

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

This room is filled with bright moons.  

Luna - Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Luna – Ice Hotel in Quebec City / Hotel de Glace.

Revolution-themed suite room.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Revolution – Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

This Discobuzz suite room is good for those who love to party! 

Discobuzz - Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Discobuzz – Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Art and space in one room. 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

A room fit for a royal like you. 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

This bed has ice globes on its lower corners.  

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

View of the forest-themed room. 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Don’t you like that Chinese terracota ice sculpture serving you tea when you wake up in the morning? 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

This is my favorite room. So spacious, so bright and so pink! 😉 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Decor-less room but bright. And it looks lonely, too. 🙁 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

That hockey-inspired ice statue on top of your bed is pretty cool, eh? 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Behind this ice wall is the children’s playground slide. 

This is my favorite room. So spacious, bright and pink! ;)

This is my favorite room. So spacious, bright and pink! 😉

Literally, frozen in time. 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel in Quebec City is the only one in America. 

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

Ice Hotel / Hotel de Glace in Quebec City.

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.

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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.

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