10 Cozy Hotel Bars for Winter

(Photos courtesy of The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and Hotel Monteleone New Orleans)

Is it cold enough for you? Plummeting temperatures are a distant memory inside these excellent hotel bars that offer the perfect escape from chilly scenes of winter.

  • Bar Pleiades, The Surrey Hotel, New York City—One of the most charming bars in Manhattan happens to be tucked away inside one of the city's best boutique hotels. Skillfully made cocktails and solid snacks (you can tell that Daniel Boulud—one of New York's top chefs—is in charge here) complement the romantically lit space. It's the perfect place to warm up after a snowy walk in Central Park, just half a block away.
  • Roast, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit—Any winter gray is banished upon entering the lively, modern bar area at this locally adorned restaurant. Helmed by celeb chef Michael Symon, the bar faces the classic streetscape out on Washington Boulevard. A cool crowd of locals floods in toward the close of the workday for the very good cocktails and bar food. Head bartender Travis Fourmont recently won a national award for his innovative and delicious manhattan.


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?