by Monica Parpal Stockbridge
Traveling in the winter can be challenging, especially when inclement weather is involved. Packing heavy winter boots, navigating snowy pathways with a wheeled suitcase, and making sure you don’t drop a glove in the process can all add an element of frustration to even the most picturesque winter scene. Luckily, Colorado is no stranger to a little snow. Chances are, you’re here now because of the opportunities wintertime in the Rockies can bring, from downhill skiing to snowshoeing to enjoying a Colorado-crafted whiskey around the fire. In fact, there are plenty of Colorado hotels where guests can get warm and cozy after a long day of travel or adventure. In case you need more incentive to travel in the winter, here are some of our favorite hotel fireplaces on Colorado’s Front Range.
The ART, A Hotel
This urban hotel positions guests perfectly for enjoying many intriguing museums, restaurants and historic buildings in the heart of Colorado’s capital. The hotel’s rooftop bar, the FIRE Terrace, is open throughout the year (weather permitting) and features an eye-catching central fire pit alongside private cabana fire pits which can be lit upon request.
1202 Broadway, Denver
Hotel Boulderado proffers Victorian charm and elegance just a block from Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. Inside, guests will find a historic fireplace decommissioned years ago and now purely for show near the building’s front desk. Directly behind it, the working gas fireplace in the lobby features original floor tile and updated brick as of 2017.
2115 13th Street, Boulder
The Renaissance Downtown Hotel
This award-winning hotel in the thick of downtown Denver is located in the former Colorado National Bank. Gawk at the murals of the American West by Colorado artist Allen Tupper True as you walk through the grand lobby toward the white brick fireplace. Withdraw a cocktail from the Teller Bar (the former bank teller stations) before landing fireside on a cowhide ottoman.
918 17th Street, Denver
St Julien Hotel & Spa
Soothe your soul at Boulder’s St Julien Hotel & Spa, whose friendly finesse is appreciated throughout Colorado and beyond. Live entertainment invigorates the terrace in the summer and enlivens the modern tea service each Saturday in winter and throughout the year. The grand lobby with its stunning two-sided fireplace is the perfect stop in between a morning snowshoe adventure and an afternoon of shopping.
900 Walnut Street, Boulder
If you’ve just stepped into the chill after a stirring performance of Anna Karenina or spent time singing along to Xanadu at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, then you’ll want to seek respite — and fast. Duck into Hotel Teatro and enter (stage right) into The Study, one of the coziest spots in town. Order a hot beverage or a barrel-aged cocktail and settle into a leather sofa by the fireplace, where large bookshelves and curious decor will warm you up in no time.
1100 14th Street, Denver
Kimpton Hotel Born
Conveniently located in the vibrant Union Station Neighborhood and transport hub, Kimpton Hotel Born offers an urban- and alpine-inspired escape from the hustle and bustle. Take refuge from the frigid cold and make yourself at home in the lobby of this boutique hotel, where warm wood tones, a blazing fireplace and plush seating make it a place you won’t want to leave.
1600 Wewatta Street, Denver
Those visiting the south side of the Front Range will cherish an experience at the Broadmoor, a AAA Five-Diamond resort known for its flawless service and unmatched amenities. Here, luxury and adventure coexist in seamless harmony. In the Broadmoor West complex, guests and visitors will find the gas fire pit adjacent to Bar del Lago. Open all year, the fire pit is popular with families — who enjoy s’mores by the fire — and overnight guests who may choose to trade Graham crackers for a glass of wine.
1 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs
If you love a little history, be sure to step inside the city’s oldest hotel. First opened in 1891, The Oxford exudes old-world panache, complete with antique furnishings and a classic sense of luxury. The lobby fireplace, with its grand wood filigree, is no small part of that history. In fact, this is the only wood-burning fireplace still allowed in downtown Denver. Whether or not you’re staying here, The Oxford is worth a visit just for a moment by the fire.
1600 17th Street, Denver
The Curtis, a Doubletree by Hilton
If you enjoy breathing in the cool winter air while feeling the warmth of a fire on your cheeks, then you’ll appreciate this downtown Denver hotel’s outdoor terrace fireplace. Just off the Four Square Ballroom — which by the way makes an ideal venue for a wedding location or reception — the fire pit at The Curtis is a little winter oasis with great downtown views.
1405 Curtis Street, Denver
Red Rocks Amphitheatre is best known as a summer concert destination, but there’s no reason not to check it out in winter when the snow muffles the acoustics and awards a stark contrast to the rust-colored topography. After exploring, check out the newly opened Origin Hotel, and grab a bite at Nomad Taqueria + Beer Garden, where an inside fireplace keeps the dining room toasty warm, and an outdoor fire pit makes for a perfect après-hike destination.
18485 West Colfax Avenue, Golden
The JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
Guests of the JW Marriot know they’re in for a treat when they book a stay at this elegant destination in the heart of Cherry Creek. This urban retreat has everything you need to recover from an active day of shopping or sightseeing, starting with the lobby fireplace where you can sink into a quiet, cozy armchair with a book or a magazine. In the mornings, it’s a perfect spot to enjoy coffee and the paper before starting the day. Feeling a little more social? Step onto the Social Fare patio and enjoy the popular fire pit, sure to warm you from the winter chill (and if that doesn’t quite do the trick, try it with again, this time with a martini).
150 Clayton Lane, Denver