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Mini creates hotel room from ice

By Tara Baukus Mello · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Posted: 6 am ET

cars-blog-IceHotel-BMWWhile spring has sprung in many parts of the U.S., winter is far from over in many of the northern states as well as in other parts of the world.

In Lapland, Sweden, the famed ICEHOTEL, completed with a Mini car-themed suite built by BMW's DesignworksUSA, will offer accommodations for at least the next month.

The ICEHOTEL, a hotel constructed entirely from ice, was first conceived and built in 1991 and has been designed and newly built each year ever since. This year, DesignworksUSA was one of the design teams invited to create a special suite within this unique hotel. The Mini Evolution deluxe suite is 445 square feet and features a private sauna as well as a heated relaxation area with its own bathroom. The use of a Mini Cooper Countryman is also included.

The Mini Evolution suite is one of two deluxe suites at this year's ICEHOTEL. There are also 13 art suites. Those who aren't hotel guests can take a guided tour of the ICEHOTEL during the day or visit the unique ICEBAR, where the glasses (and the bar) are made of ice and the dance floor is made of snow.

Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.

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