Is there anything that signals winter like the crack of a log or the warmth of a cozy fire? Not to us, so now that Santa is safely away from the chimney, we’ve decided to have a look at hotels with really fantastic fireplaces. As you’ll see, hearths are far from the only thing these places do well.
Barvikah Hotel & Spa; Moscow, Russia
If this luxury hotel and spa are any indication, the dark days of Russia’s past are truly good and over. According to their website, Barvikha was established “to make sure that luxury was no longer on short supply” and it looks like they’re doing a darn good job of it.
Clift; San Francisco, California
How’s this for stylish: this Philippe Starck-designed luxury hotel not only boasts genuine Eames chairs, but a Salvador Dali coffee table (doesn’t everyone have one of those?). Be sure to check their website for specials like the “Silver Skates” package which includes ice skating tickets and skate rental.
Amsterdam American Hotel; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
While this hotel really hit its heyday in the 1920s, the building has was constructed in 1900 and the fireplace is far from its only architectural gem. Be sure to check out the breathtaking stained glass windows in the hotel’s famed Café Americain which is so popular with local artists and writers that it’s often referred to as “Amsterdam’s Living Room.”
Sky Hotel; Aspen, Colorado
Even in Aspen, it would be hard to find a more beautiful après-ski hang out than this place. Not only can you enjoy the fireplace in the lounge area, if you choose the “King Suite” you’ll even have one in your room.
Distrito Capital; Mexico City, Mexico
This super-chic but understated hotel really reflects Mexico’s emerging position as a modern travel destination. Not only is the interior design absolutely breathtaking, so are the stunning views it offers of Mexico City.
Hôtel St. Paul; Montreal, Canada
Are you an earth or a sky? You might want to give it some thought since all the rooms at this very chic hotel are classed (and decorated) as one or the other. Not surprisingly, it’s received several awards for both design and hospitality.
101 Hotel; Reykjavik, Iceland
With temperatures that often dip way below freezing, where you spend your time indoors is just as important as where you spend it out of doors. Luckily, 101 has everything from an in-house art gallery to a spa to keep you occupied when it just gets too cold to step out.
The Hotel Hershey; Hershey, Pennsylvania
The Hotel Hershey may have one of the best amenities we’ve ever heard of: a “Chocolate Spa.” Treatments include everything from a “Whipped Cocoa Bath” to a “Chocolate Bean Polish” to a “Chocolate Fondue Wrap.” It might also be one of the few hotels on the planet to offer falconry as an activity.
Loden Hotel; Vancouver, Canada
“Affordable elegance” might easily be the motto for this modern hotel situated in one of the city’s best neighborhoods. Among the many enticing amenities are heated bathroom floors, step-out patios, in-room yoga mats, and even a little Buddha you can take home with you.
Island Hotel; Newport Beach, California
While it seems almost impossible to trump the natural beauty that surrounds this hotel, the Island has just about done it. The very tastefully appointed suites here are equipped with everything from marble bathrooms to a pillow menu. There’s even an in-house dry cleaning service should you need a fluff and fold.
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