The "Hôtel de Glace," located 35 minutes from Quebec City, Canada, is possibly the single most stereotypically Canadian thing ever invented (yes, even more than maple syrup, poutine, and politeness). Literally translating to "Ice Hotel," its name pretty much prepares you for exactly what you're going to get: it's a hotel where the walls and rooms are made entirely out of ice!
If that sounds kind of lame, it's really not. The rooms are outfitted with some pretty gorgeous lighting, and the walls are covered with some pretty intricate ice sculptures and carvings. It even has full spa facilities and a sauna, which sounds like it's something you'd be more likely to see in a fantasy novel than anything in real life.
It's even insulated against the outdoor cold, maintaining a solid 26 degree Farenheit temperature, which adds to the experience and makes you all the more ready to cozy up with your partner while on a romantic getaway. If that wasn't enough for you, you can even rent a room with a fireplace!
Unfortunately, it seems that this particular perk has suddenly become a burden, as for the first time ever, the Ice Hotel has caught fire and needs to be closed for renovations. Seriously.
The hotel had only just opened for the season a week prior to the incident, where a couple reported the outbreak of a fire in their room. Fortunately, nobody was injured. In a statement released to Daily Hive, the hotel says:
“A small fire occurred at the Ice Hotel of Valcartier overnight on Monday, forcing the evacuation and temporary closure of the establishment. The fire began in a suite occupied by two customers. They were transported by ambulance and have been been discharged by medical authorities.”
As a result of damage caused by the fire, the hotel will be closed on January 9 and 10.
“The management of the Ice Hotel and the Calypso Valcartier group salutes the work of its staff and the first responders, who were quickly able to apply emergency measures. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our guests by this situation and we will do everything we can to reopen the Ice Hotel quickly,” said Ice Hotel manager, Jacques Desbois, in the release.
What do you think caused the Ice Hotel to light on fire? A fireplace quirk? Gasoline? Aliens?