Imagine a couple of Eskimos planning their destination wedding, do you think they'd choose warm or cold? And where do they hold the reception, back in their igloo or on a beach? The Hôtel de Glace seems like the perfect place for an enchanting fairytale wedding.
Once you check into this amazing hotel made of ice, yes ice, you embark on a once in a lifetime experience as well as an outrageous CHILLY adventure for your destination wedding. This stunning video of Hôtel de Glace has us imagining a Stark Wedding from Game of Thrones - dire wolf and all! We'd be ecstatic to cry "Winter Is Coming" if our destination wedding was at this unique location :)
Hôtel de Glace is located in the quaint and beautiful province of Québec, Canada. Quebec is known for its beauty and offers travelers historic and timeless buildings, wonderful shopping, and they host an annual ice festival that attracts thousands.
Hôtel de Glace has been called an igloo from guests who have not experienced it, but for those who have seen it and stayed in it, know that this 32,000 square foot structure of solid ice and snow is no igloo! This amazing life size ice sculpture is clearly an ice palace and a wonderful place to tie the knot! And to confirm your nuptials you can practice the Eskimo kiss to seal the deal.
The hotel is truly unique and caters to couples & weddings, especially the hotels' chapel that is simply gorgeous and one-of-a-kind. You will be in awe at the sight of the chapel - which is really made of NOTHING but frozen water and, to be exact, 15,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice. The ceilings are over 19 feet high, the walls are covered with original artwork, the furniture is carved out of ice blocks and the rooms and wedding chapel all designed and hand carved.
The Hôtel de Glace is open from January till March and has over 65,000 visitors each season and sells over 4,000 rooms in the short time it is open. Clearly this is one of the most unique and complex undertakings that any hotel has ever tried to achieve, as it takes approximately five weeks to erect this masterpiece of architecture and covers more than 32,000 square feet of ground.
It is the only ice hotel in America that is entirely made out of snow and ice, and it can accommodate 88 people per night. The designers strive to keep to the originality of this masterpiece each year by continually changing the design and décor of this piece of artwork to keep guests coming back year after year!
The Hôtel de Glace artisans modify and create new elements each year and always offer pure amazement of their finished product. Annually there is no exception to its size - there is always 36 wonderful rooms and theme suites, in addition to the Ice Café; the magnificent chapel where couples can take the icy plunge; an immense lobby with a candelabra lit by fiber optics; an interior courtyard that can hold 400 plus people; hot tubs and a sauna; functional fireplaces; and the majestic reception room named the Ice Bar where animated evenings come to life that will enthrall everyone for hours with entertainment.
Those who choose to stay overnight can enjoy the hotel package that includes an ice cocktail (served in a glass made of ice of course), a tour of the Hotel, your equipment for the night, access to the hot tubs and sauna, and your hot morning beverage and breakfast. This unique lodging experience offers guest a full array of winter activities including cross- country skiing, ice-skating, snowshoeing, dogsledding, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.
Guests who want to give it a go at this icy oasis are told in great detail how to prepare themselves for this once in a lifetime stay. Considering that winter in Quebec is very cold, (with the outside temperatures varying between -13F in February to 41F in March), appropriate clothing is necessary. You must layer yourself with three layers of synthetic or a mixture of wool and synthetic materials so your skin can breath, and be sure to have hats, gloves, and boots. If you are not so sure about sleeping on Ice, no need to fret, a comfortable bed is awaiting you.
The Hotel and its furniture are entirely made out of snow and ice, and the beds are too, however blocks of ice form the bed base, followed by a solid wood box-frame that provides the initial separation from the ice, and a thick foam mattress covered by a fleece sheet completes the bed. When the evening arrives, a warm and soft sleeping bag will be delivered to your room with a pillow.
Weddings are a common occurrence on the property and with the courtyard big enough to hold 400 people, the sky is the limit.