by Bryan Darrow | December 01, 2006

Mammut Snow Hotel
Cold comfort: A suite at the Mammut Snow Hotel

Travelers who never are satisfied with in-room air conditioning might want to try staying in a hotel built entirely of ice. Such properties are rebuilt more elaborately every year, as they melt every spring (tip: Shy away from booking too late in the year). And visitors need not worry about frostbite: Whether it’s reindeer skins or high-tech sleeping bags, these properties specialize in making a cold room cozy. Below are some of the genre’s latest and greatest.

Sweden’s original ICEHOTEL is located in the village of Jukkasjarvi. The 2007 model will offer 82 rooms, an ice church and an ice bar that serves only Absolut Vodka drinks. Nearby are two restaurants, 54 heated guest rooms (great for timid spouses), a sauna and three conference rooms, all of which are open year-round. (011) 46-980-66-800;

Built entirely from snow, Finland’s Mammut Snow Hotel is inside the huge SnowCastle. The property, to open in 2007, will feature 20 double rooms, three rooms for groups, an ice chapel and an ice restaurant. (011) 358-16-259-502;

Originally modeled after Sweden’s, the Quebec Ice Hotel will include 36 rooms, an ice chapel, two art galleries, an ice lounge, a club, an outdoor hot tub, a sauna and 10 nearby heated meeting rooms upon opening in 2007. (418) 875-4522;

In Norway, the Alta Igloo Hotel will be Europe’s northernmost ice hotel. The 2007 property plans to offer about 30 rooms, an ice chapel and an ice bar. (011) 47-784-333-78;