Ice Hotel, SnowCastle quote comparable room rates

NEW YORK -- Comparable in room rates and room temperatures, details about the Swedish Ice Hotel and Finnish SnowCastle and SnowHotel follow:

Ice Hotel

Situated on the bank of the Torne River, which supplies its building material, the Ice Hotel opens early this month and includes an Ice Chapel, an ice art exhibition hall and the famous Absolut Ice Bar.

Rates, including breakfast, are $83 per person per night for a standard room and $121 per person per night in one of the Ice Suites.

"Those are specially decorated by an ice artist," said Anja Kero, a member of the reception staff at the Ice Hotel, "so there will be ice sculptures and ice furniture inside the suite."

"Room temperature" here is about 23 degrees Farenheit.

Guests sleep in "very warm sleeping bags," Kero said, atop a mattress above a bed of ice. "You just wear long underwear and little hats" to bed, she said.

The Ice Hotel has 52 rooms this winter and is fully booked for New Year's Eve.

Last winter, the hotel stayed open until about mid-April, Kero said.

Commission on bed and breakfast is 10%.

For more information, contact the Jukkasjarvi Ice Hotel by phone, (011) 46-980 66-800; fax, (011) 46-980 66 890; e-mail, [email protected]; Web,

SnowCastle and Snow-Hotel

Opening Feb. 16, the SnowCastle in Kemi, on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia at the northern tip of the Baltic Sea, has welcomed more than 1.5 million guests since it debuted in the winter of 1996.

The SnowCastle concept is that of a family theme park made of (mostly) ice and snow.

Recreation activities include reindeer, snowmobile, husky and pony rides, ice climbing walls, a skating rink and children's skating school, and winter swimming through a hole in the ice.

There also are shops, several restaurants, a bar, a chapel and a Viking Spa, which guests of the SnowHotel may use free of charge.

The SnowHotel will have 19 rooms: one suite, one single, five doubles and 12 triples.

Rates are $85 per person per night for a room for one to three people and $213 per room per night for the suite for two.

Stays include breakfast and use of the sauna at Kemi's Hotel Merihovi, renovated in 1999 and described by the Finnish Tourist Board as "the best hotel in Kemi."

For more information, contact the SnowCastle; phone: (011) 35 816 259 502 or (011) 35 816 259 822; fax: (011) 35 816 259 708; e-mail: [email protected]; Web:

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