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12 Hotel Fireplaces to Cozy Up to This Winter

Call us pyromaniacs if you must—but we're obsessed with crackling fires, so when it comes to home-away-from-home digs, this is a luxury we look for first. Here, 12 hotel fireplaces we wish we were curled up in front of now.

A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.

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The Ludlow, NYC

The Lower East Side’s sultry Ludlow Hotel boasts a knockout lobby moored by a cozy, open-flame fireplace. Subway tiled floors, plush leather couches, and saw blade chandeliers providing warm sepia lighting just further seal the deal. If you’re in the drinking mood, go for the hotel’s signature Grand Prix—a mix of Japanese whiskey, coconut vermouth, spices, and bitters—from the lobby bar.

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The Chedi Andermatt, Andermatt, Switzerland

As far as luxe ski chalets go, it’d be a real sin not to have a roaring fireplace. In the Swiss Alps, the East-meets-West Chedi Andermatt ups the après-ski ambiance in its Bar and Living Room restaurant with stylish, glass-enclosed fireplaces hugged by wraparound leather sofas; homey, pillow-dotted loungers; and velvety fur blankets.

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Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort, Aspen, Colorado

Hotel Jerome’s ‘Living Room’ is a Ralph Lauren ad come to life: demure plaid pillows meet a bright red Aztec-style carpet, while lantern light fixtures and built-in shelves lined with all sorts of vintage ephemera frame a glowing fire. If the Living Room is crowded, you’ll find an additional fireplace—a circa-1889 refurbished wood and marble number—presided over by a portrait of Jerome P. Wheeler himself in the lobby.

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Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

On the south west coast of Australia’s Kangaroo Island, this eco-chic lodge sits on a rugged cliff overlooking the harsh surf of the Southern Ocean. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the high-design, minimalist Great Room make way for views of the remote landscape while a suspended fireplace begs you to stay and drink it in awhile.

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Gstaad Palace, Gstaad, Switzerland

The Gstaad Palace has been an iconic landmark on the Swiss Alps scene since 1913, and the low-profile respite has maintained its allure ever since, hosting the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Paris Hilton. While rooms have their own private fires, the Palace Spa lounge has the most lusted-after, Swiss-style blaze cradled by comfy couches and a striking stone wall pieced together from local granite.

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andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Botswana

Hidden behind the untamed palms, knotted fig trees, and giant termite mounds of the Moremi Game Reserve wildness is the andBeyond Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge. Embracing nature with a curved wooden roof that seamlessly blends into its surroundings, common areas are dominated by wood-burning fireplaces and organic design that relies heavily on copper, wood, and lots of neutrals.

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Le M de Megève, Megève, France

Resting in the shadow of the Alps's highest mountain – Mont Blanc – the posh Le M de Megève welcomes skiers with an intimate lobby fire. The crackling stone hearth is outfitted with dual furry chairs (the type you’d go for at IKEA before realizing you couldn’t pull them off), wool throws, and rustic accents. To top it all off, the spot’s got a cheese cellar—so we’re beyond sold.

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The Bowery Hotel, NYC

The homey (also celeb-frequented) Lobby Bar and Lounge at this chic LES hotel invites guests in with the promise of a blazing fire, plush velvet couches, end-to-end Persian rugs, and classic spirits. The ornate decor is regal and relaxed at once, and while seats around the sandstone fireplace fill up fast, you can always grab a spot at the bar or on a church pew.

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The Sebastian – Vail, Colorado

Not your average ski lodge accommodations, the Sebastian – Vail has a vaulted atrium anchored by a modern (read: Lincoln Log-esque) fireplace. After a day on the slopes, hit the lobby for hot chocolate and cookies by the flames; it’s the only natural way to wind down the night.

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Calistoga Ranch, Calistoga, California

A luxe collection of woodsy Napa cottages simply wouldn’t be complete without a flame to sip your red by. At Calistoga Ranch, cedar-shingled suites rock floor-to-ceiling windows; rustic, rough-hewn wooden accents; and—the real showstopper—romantic outdoor living rooms with toasty fireplaces.

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Hotel La Jolla, Curio Collection by Hilton, La Jolla, California

Follow the torch-lit, palm-lined path of San Diego’s La Jolla Shores Drive and you’ll soon arrive at the boutique Hotel La Jolla. The boho stay is all surfer-meets-70s with half-moon couches and retro black and white shots lining the halls. Outside, at the Hiatus Poolside Bar, an enormous stone fireplace is flanked by woven low-slung couches, and a handful of modern coffee tables for holding the house-made potato chips you just can’t stop munching on.

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The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The second you walk into the Commons Hotel’s lobby, you’ll be taken by the sweeping 360-degree fire pit. Circled by a tufted leather lounge, the fireplace sits at the center of the library-themed space, surrounded by yellow high-back chairs, homages to the University of Minnesota, and a collection of globes.

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