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Curl up by the fireplace this winter in these cozy hotel suites around the country

We seek comfort when we travel, so when it's cold outside, resting fireside at the end (or beginning) of a long day is always appreciated. We found eight U.S. hotels that help us on our quest for warmth and luxury. Behold our favorite in-room fireplaces.


The Lowell in New York City is nestled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan — just minutes away from Central Park and luxury shopping but away from the downtown rush. The Lowell King and most of the suites have wood-burning fireplaces.

The Manhattan Suite is 1,000 square feet of coziness, with a traditional fireplace, two seating areas, two terraces, a king-size bed, a steam shower and a Jacuzzi tub. 

The Alexis Hotel, an esteemed Kimpton Hotel, is located in downtown Seattle — within walking distance of Pike Place Market, the waterfront and the art museum.

The Author's Suite is named accordingly, with bookshelves filled with a variety of classics, plus a wood-burning fireplace and a comfortable living area for resting and reading.

Bonus: The bathroom has a jetted bathtub.

Modern luxury often means modern technology, so indulge at the contemporary and swanky W Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Stay in the Extreme Wow suite and enjoy a virtual fireplace. That's right — you can keep your fire running all day and all night.

This sexy one-bedroom suite includes a spectacular view of the Washington Monument, a waterfall shower, and sleek lounge and dining areas. 

Taj Hotels are known for exquisite traditional yet luxurious accommodations. Taj Boston executive suites have a parlor room with a wood-burning fireplace — and a fireplace butler available to assist with starting the fire.

Although you'll pay a pretty penny for these digs, this hotel is in the heart of the city — with sweeping views of the Public Garden and proximity to shops, restaurants, art galleries and the theater district. 

No matter the city, the Waldorf Astoria always lives up to its prestigious name. And the Chicago locale is no exception. 

Many of the suites — including the Luxury, Gold Coast, Astoria, Presidential and Waldorf — have beautiful fireplaces that complement the soft colors of the elegant rooms. 

With a spa, restaurant, bar, cozy rooms and prime location, it's obvious why Travel + Leisure readers chose this hotel as No. 1 Large City Hotel in the Continental U.S in 2012.  

In a city of indulgences, you might as well go all out and stay at the Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, located within walking distance of the French Quarter and just a block away from Bourbon Street. 

After a day of eating and drinking, unwind in the Ritz-Carlton Suite with beautiful balcony views and a large living room with a fireplace. 

The dining area seats 10, so you can bring the party to your place. 

The White Swan Inn in San Francisco is a cozy, romantic bed-and-breakfast, located at the top of Nob Hill, close to the Powell Street Cable Car, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District and North Beach. 

If the traditional fireplaces in the deluxe king and deluxe guestrooms don't make you feel right at home, the complimentary newspapers and fresh-baked cookies certainly will. 

At the Little Nell in Aspen, you can ski in and ski out as you wish. But with luxury on this level, you'll be tempted to lounge about by the fireplace, enjoy a spa treatment and dine in at one of the two on-site restaurants. 

All of the rooms have fireplaces, so no matter how fancy you go — a standard room or a suite — you're guaranteed extra warmth and coziness.