In the Winter 2016 issue of Cigars & Leisure we talked about Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, the world’s northernmost ice hotel. Ice hotels may seem whimsical and unique but they’re actually popping up all over the world. Here are few of the world’s most interesting ice-themed hotels and bars that you can chill out in this winter:
Hôtel De Glace
Though Hôtel de Glace is only open January 4 through March 28, 2016, this is a must-visit winter attraction. Over a million people from around the world have visited since its opening in 2001. This hotel has 44 rooms and suites and has dazzling decor, including crystalline ice sculptures. This iced accommodation offers a “grand slide,” which is sure to appeal to kids of all ages. Being just 10 minutes from downtown Québec means it does lack some of the “wilderness appeal,” however.
Ice rooms with lighting replicating the Northern Lights, as well as traditional warm cabins for those who are not quite ready for the full ice hotel experience. Founded in 1989, ICEHOTEL is an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers. The walls, floors and ceilings of the hotel are treated as canvases by artists from all creative genres. The hotel melts during the spring each year so be sure to put it on your winter itinerary.
Frost Ice Loft
If you’re not sure if the full on stay in an ice hotel is for you, dip your toes into the world of frozen adventures by heading to here. At a brisk 21 degrees, guests of all ages can enjoy an ice lounge serving cocktails and local brews Frost Ice Loft is Boston’s most unique space for drinks and leisurely lounging. It’s New England’s only permanent indoor bar designed and furnished entirely of ice.
For more, check out Europe’s 5 best ski resorts.