As winter closes in around the country, these hotels offer some of the most stunning and snuggle-worthy fireplaces to make even the worst weather not just tolerable, but maybe even desirable.
Photo courtesy of The Commons HotelThe Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Located on the University of Minnesota campus, The Commons Hotel offers a distinctly collegiate feel complete with a library and fireplace right in the hotel lobby. Guests of the self-described geek-chic property in Minneapolis will find themselves gathered around the large fire, reading a selection from the hotel's Book Butler or a novel plucked from nearby shelves.
Photo courtesy of Wentworth MansionWentworth Mansion, Charleston, South Carolina
Book a stay in the 1000-square-foot Grand Mansion Suite of the Wentworth Mansion in historic downtown Charleston to enjoy not one, but two floor-to-ceiling hand-carved marble gas fireplaces. Constructed in the late 1800's as the home of a wealthy cotton planter, the Wentworth Mansion now houses an inn and award-winning restaurant. The Grand Mansion Suite also features original Italian crystal chandeliers and Tiffany glass in its design.
Photo courtesy of Hotel HealdsburgHotel Healdsburg, Healdsburg, California
After biking the hills of Wine Country on a bike tour with Sonoma on a Bike or enjoying wine tastings at area vineyards, guests of the charming Hotel Healdsburg gather around the sleek, oversized sealed concrete fireplace in its lobby for one last toast of the day. An urban country inn located in Sonoma County, the hotel also offers a spa, garden pool and screened porch for warmer evenings.
Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchRitz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Take a seat by the uber-cool fireplace in the speakeasy-like cigar lounge at luxurious Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Located on Beaver Creek Mountain in the Rockies, the lounge offers cigar pairings with spirits, beer or wine, so you can relax and unwind fireside with breathtaking mountain vistas. If you're so inclined, you can even order a $2000 cigar.
Photo courtesy of Resort at Squaw CreekResort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California
At the Resort at Squaw Creek, guests will find one of the last remaining wood-burning fireplaces in a mountain resort. Inhale the fragrant scent of the fire and listen to the sounds of the wood popping as you take in the stunning view down Lake Tahoe's Olympic Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The ski-in, ski-out resort also has several other outdoor fireplaces, as well as many in rooms.
Photo courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua ChicagoRadisson Blu Aqua, Chicago, Illinois
There's plenty of room to find a spot next to this fireplace in Chicago that seems to stretch for blocks. Billed as the largest fireplace in a U.S. hotel lobby, this 50-foot long spectacle at the Radisson Blu Aqua Chicago is framed by an intricate Egyptian brass screen. Take a break from gazing at the fire for a gander across the way at the lobby's brick wall with backlit glass blocks, which are symbolic of the Chicago city lights as viewed from a distance.
Photo courtesy of Taj BostonTaj Boston, Boston, Massachusetts
At the Taj Boston hotel, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, you get not only your own fireplace, but your own fireplace butler. The Boston hotel's Fireplace Suites package gets you a suite with wood-burning fireplace and a butler who will light the fire built with your preferred wood. Choose from birch, cherry, oak or Taj blend, depending on the desired scent. (Supples for s'mores are also provided.)
Photo courtesy of Kalahari Resorts and ConventionsKalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania
You may feel like you've stepped onto the African continent after a glance at this ornate fireplace. While these "big five" fireplaces are a staple of all Kalahari Resorts, which are African-themed indoor waterparks and hotels, the Pocono Mountains' property boasts the grandest to date. See if you can spot all of the "big five" animals from Africa: lion, elephant, rhinocerous, leopard and cape buffalo (and even a giraffe thrown in for good measure). During the holidays, gather round the "big five" fire for story time.
Photo courtesy of Viceroy SnowmassViceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, Colorado
Kick off your skis and dust off the powder next to this sleek freestanding glass fireplace at the Viceroy Snowmass located in Base Village. Warm your aching muscles next to the fire in the lobby, which reflects the hotel's minimalist design that incorporates natural elements. Each of the property's 173 rooms also offers a personal gas fireplace made from glass and granite for private snuggling.
Photo courtesy of Renaissance New York 57 HotelRenaissance New York 57 Hotel, New York City, New York
Warm up next to a work of art at Renaissance New York 57 Hotel. This sculptural fireplace designed by Jordan Mozer contains tubes of individually hand-blown glass that surround the flames. The hotel, located on E. 57th Street in Manhattan, is the former residence of a 1920's fashion designer, and much of the property's design reflects that time period, while incorporating some modern touches.
Photo courtesy of American ClubAmerican Club, Kohler, Wisconsin
The Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond American Club hotel boasts a beautiful four-paneled glass fireplace in their Eau de vie Suite. No need to even get out of bed to enjoy this fireplace, which is located between the bedroom and bathroom. Surrounded by uniquely-designed state-of-the-art Kohler plumbing and an overflowing bath with chromatherapy, the fireplace takes center stage in this luxury suite.
Photo courtesy of Ocean HouseOcean House, Watch Hill, Rhode Island
Science tells us that a mug of hot cocoa tastes best consumed next to this stone gem at the Ocean House in Rhode Island. Watch the snowflakes fall outside while you stay snug and warm indoors next to this original 1895 fireplace. The resort also offers a selection of regional books to peruse, or try your hand at solving the hand-crafted wooden Stave puzzle as the embers burn down.
Photo courtesy of W MinneapolisW Minneapolis, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Rich marble and black rock are the hallmarks of this eye-catching, freestanding fireplace at the W Minneapolis, the city's first skyscraper. Featuring the building's original Art Deco design and surrounded by dark, edgy furnishings, including oversized leather armchairs, there's plenty of room to curl up with a glass of wine or good book on cold Minneapolis nights.
Photo courtesy of La Fonda on the PlazaLa Fonda on the Plaza, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Inside Santa Fe's most well-known and popular hotel, guests will find a Southwestern style hearth. La Fonda on the Plaza, located in the historic heart of the city and at the end of the legendary Santa Fe Trail, sits on the site of the town's first inn in 1607. Grab a margarita from the hotel lounge and grab your spot next to the roaring fire as folks have done since the current building's construction in 1922.