10 Best Hotel Fireplaces to Cozy Up to This Winter

(Photos courtesy of Langdon Hall, Gramercy Park Hotel, and Terranea Resort)

The weather outside may be frightful, but these hotel fireplaces are so delightful that you just may want to hit the road and check them out for yourself. Stay warm, friends.

  1. Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City—With a distinctive custom scent by Le Labo (juniper, sandalwood, cedar, and patchouli are just four of the 26 elements), Gramercy Park Hotel's lobby smells like the sexiest cabin you'll ever be lucky enough to set foot in. The space—a rustic-chic instaclassic dreamed up by eccentric artist Julian Schnabel—is a funky respite from the wintry city streets.
  2. Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA—What could be finer in January than a beautiful stone fire pit overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where you can sit and think about everyone turning into icicles elsewhere in the country? Not much, we're thinking. To get in on the fun, head to Nelson's, the bluff-top restaurant at this Los Angeles-adjacent resort—it's almost as popular with locals as with visitors.
  3. The Soho Hotel, London—The winding and colorful streets of the capital have their charm, but just as appealing is having a place to retreat to when the crowds and damp, dark winter weather get to be too much. The guests-only drawing room and library areas at this very chic, well-hidden retreat in the middle of one of the city's most enduring neighborhoods feature big, wood-burning fireplaces, comfortable and colorful décor, and a help-yourself honor bar. Who's up for whisky?
  4. The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, CA—Many a park can flourish a historical lodge of note, but none seem to outshine this grand hotel built nearly 90 years ago in one of the grandest national parks to grace the 50 states. Playing host to everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to the Shah of Iran, the hotel remains one of the American West's most-loved winter destinations; an evening by the stone fireplace in the hotel's Grand Lounge goes a long way toward explaining why.
  5. The Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC—For one of the biggest fireplaces you'll ever have the pleasure to warm up by, check into this nearly-century-old resort high above one of the South's most appealing small cities. Here, the twin stone beauties that bookend the hotel's rustic but elegant lobby are constructed not of mere stone, but rather boulders. Throw another 12-foot long on the fire!
  6. Winvian, Morris, CT—There's no fireplace shortage at this exclusive little hotel, hidden away on 113 acres in the Litchfield Hills. Everywhere you go—from your own whimsically designed guest cottage to the refined games lounge or the spa—it seems there's something to warm up next to. Our favorite, though, is housed in the hotel's restaurant; it doesn't get much more romantic than one of Chef Chris Eddy's very good dinners by a roaring fire in the historical front room.
  7. PUBLIC, Chicago—Windy City winters seem almost doable when you're cozied up to the library area's limestone beauty in this smart Gold Coast boutique hotel, a modern interpretation of a treasured Chicago classic, the Ambassador East. In the library (a loose reinterpretation of the old-school coffeehouses still lining the side streets of Vienna), guests can warm up with a full menu of pick-me-ups, which beans from roaster La Colombe.
  8. Langdon Hall, Ontario—This elegant country estate not far from Toronto transforms with the seasons. No matter the weather, its gorgeous English-style gardens still hold their charm, and the farm-to-table cooking in the restaurant (one of Canada's best) manages to inspire. In the winter, though, it's all about staying warm, whether it's next to the wood-burning fireplace in the handsome pub (where the lunches are excellent) or the fireplace in your well-appointed room.
  9. Viceroy, Snowmass, CO—One can barely move without bumping into another beautifully designed fireplace at this chic slopeside address just minutes from Aspen. From the lobby lounge to the hotel's Eight K restaurant (named for its altitude, so go easy on the very good cocktails) to your snug but handsome guest room, you're never too far from that comforting orange glow.
  10. The Lodge at Suncadia, Cascades, WA—Debuting shortly before everything went south economy-wise, the resort community of Suncadia has yet to make the big splash it's been after. Total bummer, because it is kind of a keeper. Located in a scenic spot east of the Cascades, this is an absolutely stunning place to watch winter happen. Be sure to slot in some time by the lobby fireplace, which sits next to giant picture windows with sweeping views of the mountains. (If you're very lucky, a big storm will close the road back to Seattle and you will just have to stay longer.)

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