Guests entering the Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada, are sure to get a chilly reception, but it is to be expected in a palatial building constructed entirely out of ice.
The magical castle-like lodge is built each year with a new themed design out of hundred of thousands of tons of ice and snow. When the frosty hotel opened its doors last month, kicking off it 13th season, guests were stunned by the wondrous icy architecture.
This year’s theme was inspired by Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, focusing on the natural beauty of the winter season.
The walls were meticulously crafted to transport visitors to a winter wonderland fit for an ice queen filled with ornate decor and sculpted furnishings, according to the site My Modern Met.
Due to its growing popularity among curious tourists eager to visit the splendid ice palace, spend the night, get a drink at the Ice Bar, or even tie the knot in its unique chapel, the hotel has expanded the number of rooms and suites to 44 from its previous 36.
Hôtel de Glace will remain open through March 24, offering packages ranging from $399.50 to $549.50 per person.
Photographer Xavier Dachez captured the breathtaking images of this year’s incarnation of the Ice Hotel.