Happy Friday readers. I’m feeling particularly Christmas-y this year! In honor, today’s Friday Fantasy is the Hotel-de-glace in Quebec, Canada. It’s a hotel made entirely of ice and snow. I know this building isn’t a house, nor is it old, but the form is an old one and I think this it’s just too neat not to mention!
First built in 2001, it was the first ice hotel in North America. Due to the fluctuation of air temperatures accompanying the changing of the seasons, the ice hotel melts every spring, only to be rebuilt bigger and better the next year. The original incarnation had 22 bedrooms when it was opened, while subsequent versions have grown each year to the present 85-bed accommodation. The hotel is built within a metal frame and takes more than 60 workers over a month and a half to build it.
The hotel not only houses guest rooms, but also has a chapel, a club (with an awesome slide) and a cafe. The beds are made of ice, but are covered with deer skins and mattresses, with sub-zero sleeping bags to cuddle up inside when you’re ready to call it a night. Don’t worry about sitting on a chilly commode, though. There are separate heated bathrooms with all of the conveniences the modern traveler has come to expect located in another structure. This grand hotel-castle is generally made up of countless arches (although it varies from season to season), and is reminiscent of the massive stone edifices of medieval Europe.
The Hotel-de-glace is a huge tourist destination for Quebec, so if you’re in the area around New Year’s, make sure you stop-by and enjoy a tour and a warm drink at this winter wonderland!
Photos below from style-designer, my motels and Wikipedia.
Well, I think this calls for some hot chocolate!
Have a great weekend!