We entered the hotel through two mysterious doors, decorated with reindeer skin and I literally felt as though I had entered into another realm. The grand halls were adorned with pillars of ice, and the walls were a thick, sparkling white. There were numerous passages leading to the rooms themselves and each one seemed to conjure up some new magical delight. There were two types of room available, the standard Ice Room and the Art Suites. The standard Ice Rooms were beautiful and at the centre of each lay a double bed made entirely of ice with a thick comfortable mattress and numerous reindeer hide to keep you warm and cosy during the night.
The stunning colours which were reflected from the surrounding ice were an experience in themselves and I longed to spend a night here for myself. After exploring the standard cold rooms, I ventured into the Art Suites and I was genuinely open-mouthed at what lay before me. Stunning ice sculptures of such detail were stylishly placed so that each room had a particular theme. Perhaps one of the most impressive was a large imposing face which appeared the moment you entered the room and was so lifelike that I almost expected it to greet me. In this particular room, the bed was placed inside an impressive arch carved into the wall, giving off a feeling of grandeur and majesty.
After exploring the IceHotel, I ventured across to the IceHotel365 which is a new concept introduced to allow guests to gain this surreal experience all year round. The newly structured building, which runs on solar power, contains both Art Suites and Deluxe Suites each individually themed with spectacular hand carved sculptures. As I walked down the hall and entered through each of the large black doors I genuinely felt as though I was taking part in an episode of the crystal maze for I had no idea as to what to expect on the other side. Each time I was both amazed and enthralled by what I beheld. Carved squid sculptures in a nautical-themed room were perhaps the most impressive, in what was ultimately a surreal and dream-like experience, one from which I didn’t want to awaken.
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Photography by Michael, Asaf Kliger and www.icehotel.com