Spectacular Hotel Fireplaces

Peter Cooper / Courtesy Destination Hotels & Resorts

Departures discovers nine stunning hotel hearths
that provide respite and restoration for the

Pa Bailey couldn’t have been more right in It’s a Wonderful Life when he said, “It’s
deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace.” It’s
no different when you’re at the mountaintops for ski season or just enjoying
time away from home during the chilly months. Curling up next to a classic stone
fireplace can be the perfect antidote for a long day of shopping, skiing and
sightseeing. And let’s face it: Sometimes spending a lazy afternoon fireside
with a good book and a cup of cocoa is the most anticipated part of a
traveler’s itinerary.

So we scoured the country to find hotels that offer not
just a roof and walls, but also decadent fireplaces to fend off the cold. Park
City’s hillside Washington School House hearth is filled with 18th-century
charm, while The Little Nell in Aspen features a double-sided fireplace built
with local stone. The crackling blaze of The Equinox in Manchester Village,
Vermont, is the fabled meeting place of the state’s Green Mountain Boys, and
over in New York’s East Village, an urban oasis awaits in the lobby of The Bowery
Hotel. And for a change of pace, soak up some southwestern warmth in front of
an ornate adobe-beehive fireplace at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona, or
next to the buffalo-adorned one at the Gage Hotel in Marathon, Texas. Here, a
menagerie of glowing hearths that would make Pa Bailey blush, from modern
architectural marvels to bastions of old-world glamour.