When you’re traveling, nothing will welcome you to your accommodations more than the right fireplace will. No matter what time of year you visit, a fireplace lends an air of warmth and relaxation that can’t be duplicated. Here are some of the world’s best hotel fireplaces for you to consider when planning your next vacation.
The Royalton, Manhattan, New York
The fireplace here is located in the hotel lobby, and stretches from floor to ceiling. It’s nestled in the center of a cozy seating area that contains leather sofas and chairs and leather-trimmed walls. This seating area makes the perfect spot for informal gatherings or simply cozying up with a good book after a long day of sightseeing.
Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach, California
This hotel contains a magnificent 400-year-old stone fireplace that has been imported from France. It contains tile inserts on the inside of the fireplace box, along with a massive stone mantel and elaborate hearth pillars. Situated in the middle of a room containing open beams and mahogany doors, this fireplace lends an Old World feel to what is otherwise a very modern establishment.
Hotel Crillon le Brave, Avignon in Provence, France
Another spectacular French fireplace can be found at the Hotel Crillon le Brave’s restaurant. This one is also a stone structure and has an oversized firebox and wide hearth. The stone in this fireplace has been allowed to age naturally, and makes the perfect focal point for the cozy restaurant, which offers plenty of tables situated in full view of the roaring fire.
Corinthia Hotel, London
You might be surprised to know that a London hotel offers a fireplace in its courtyard that is used year round. Plants and trees are strategically placed in this courtyard so as to offer a bit of privacy, while also softening the look of this structure somewhat. That makes it a perfect place for viewing the stars or sipping a cup of hot tea no matter what the weather outside is.
Old Swan and Minster Mill Hotel, Cotswolds, England
Many of the accommodations in the Cotswolds region of England have a cottage-like feel to them, and this hotel is no exception. Here, the fireplace presents a rather primitive feel, being recessed into the wall without a visible mantel being present. A cutout section just inside the fireplace provides a place for storing logs, while cooking utensils are hung from wire racks on the front of this structure.
Fairmont Heritage Place, San Francisco, California
This hotel is located in the Fisherman’s Wharf area, and contains a rooftop terrace with an open-air fireplace. Beneath this fireplace, faux wood tiles blend carefully with teak wood furniture to create very pleasing aesthetics. With this fireplace being easily accessible, you could just want to roast a few marshmallows or make some S’mores while you are sitting around it.
Hay-Adams Hotel, Washington, D.C.
This hotel offers fireplaces in a number of its rooms. The Presidential Suite, which overlooks the White House, comes with a gas corner fireplace, while the Interior View Room contains a Victorian-style wood burning one. Some of these suites also have meeting space available, and can contain either one or two bedrooms.
Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
This is another hotel that offers an open-air fireplace for year-round use. The one located in this hotel’s courtyard also provide a sweeping view of the Northstar slopes, and is a popular gathering spot for skiers to warm up in after spending some time on them. Rustic-looking Adirondack chairs encircle this fireplace, which is surrounded with recessed lighting that gives out a warm glow.
Seleni Suites, Greece
This hotel has one of the most unusual fireplaces found anywhere in the world, as it appears to actually be a wood stove that is suspended around four feet off of the ground. It contains a wide and narrow opening that allows the fire to be viewed easily from almost any angle. It is situated in the middle of a contemporary-style seating area that also contains a counter along one wall for enjoying snacks and beverages.
Wanosato, Takayama, Japan
The fireplace here is actually a communal wood-burning pit that is located in the center of the guesthouse. This pit is sunken in the middle, with seating benches located on all four sides around it. Ironically, this fireplace contains no chimney or flue, so the beams above it are well darkened with soot after years of almost continual use.
No matter where you decide to travel, you are bound to find a hotel with an intriguing fireplace to make your stay even cozier. Book a room at one of these locations or do some exploring on your own to find one that will make your vacation memorable.