Gallery: PHOTOS: Inhabitat Spends the Night in Quebec’s Hotel de Glace ...

Photo by Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat
 
Quebec City’s beautiful 2012 Hotel de Glace opened its doors for the first time last weekend, and Inhabitat was on hand to spend the night inside this frosty winter citadel! This year the ice hotel was designed around the theme of The Northern Quebec and was inspired by the art and culture of the First Nations. Read on for a first-hand look inside this incredible building made from ice and snow!

A visit to the Hotel de Glace is truly a magical experience. After the heated check-in pavilion, a path leads to the pointed arch complex made from snow and ice. Fur-covered wooden double doors welcome guests into each of the main halls, which are made from stacked crystalline ice blocks. Each hall is intricately decorated in both ice and snow carvings that include gorgeous sculptures, delicate furniture, wall friezes and heavily decorated archways.

The welcoming hall is flanked by an ice reception desk, complete with an ice lamp, phone and sign in book! Coyote benches line the room, which is set aglow by a giant ice crystal chandelier. Behind the chandelier, kids of all ages can take a ride down the ice slide or poke their heads through an icy fur-hooded body for a photo-op!

All photos by Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat

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  1. Lori Zimmer Lori Zimmer January 26, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I highly recommend the ice hotel for those who love outdoor adventure!

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