Thousands of tons of packed snow & carved ice form colorfully lit, glittering rooms at ice hotel with bar, café & outdoor hot tubs
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What You'll Get
Frozen Palace of Snow and Carved Ice
Evoking the mirage of an oasis in the desert, a citadel of ice rises from the snowy knolls north of Quebec City. Peaks, domes, and columns molded from 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow form an arctic castle with sparkling ice chandeliers and carved snow sculptures. The magnificent structure of the Hôtel de Glace is as intricate as a snowflake, yet also as ephemeral: by late March, the hotel closes its doors, and as spring announces the annual thaw, the frozen palace melts and vanishes.
Upon arrival, snowbound sojourners can sip welcome cocktails from custom carved ice blocks at the polished surface of the ice bar. Furnishings fashioned from monumental blocks of ice glimmer with kaleidoscopic hues as inset lighting colors it from within, and the glistening surface of the grand slide nearby suggests gleeful careening. Guided tours from noon to 5:30 p.m. reveal intricacies of the hotel's construction, such as the secret method of conniving Iceman to freeze unsuspecting credenzas. Outside, the Nordic Spa's hot tubs and sauna allow frames to soak in concentrated warmth as they send plumes of steam wafting toward the stars from 9 p.m. until 9 a.m.
After a training session on winter camping techniques, visitors enter standard guest rooms, which house ice-slab beds inside snow walls. Atop the frozen pedestal, wooden slats, a mattress, and Nordic sleeping bags certified for sub-arctic temperatures keep frames warm and dry. As sunrise transforms the hotel's exterior into a shell of glittering crystals, the Celsius Pavilion's restaurant caps the fantastical adventure with an American breakfast.
Charlesbourg, Quebec: Winter Wonderland Minutes from Old Quebec
Minutes to the south, the walled city of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, shelters cobbled streets, 17th-century colonial architecture, and specters of once-fashionable ruffles within its defensive ramparts. There, the neoclassical façade of Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame hides a soaring nave overflowing with gold molding.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 25, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Valid for travel between 1/6/12 and 3/25/12. Not valid 1/27/12-1/28/12, 2/3/12-2/4/12, or 2/10/12-2/11/12. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Subject to availability. 30-day cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 18 or older to consume alcohol. Credit card required at check-in. Valid only for a standard room. Taxes are not included in this Groupon. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.