Ice-Cold Comfort

The living isn't exactly easy at Quebec City's Ice Hotel, but a night's stay on a bed of cold crystal can be a magical experience

You wouldn't book a room at Quebec City's Ice Hotel for its amenities. There are no minibars, no televisions, no phones--not even indoor bathrooms for that matter. Warmth? The temperature in each of the hotel's six guest rooms is about 25[degrees]F. In fact, the beds are made of ice. Jacques Desbois, founder and operator of the Ice Hotel, makes no bones about just what the place offers: "We're a thrill service," he says, "not a lodging service."

Yet when the Ice Hotel opened last month, the rooms were booked for weeks. Before the hotel closes at the end of March (what...

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