The Cosiest Hotels for Autumn

Published 25 August 2016

Angela Griffin

Angela Griffin

With the days getting shorter and the leaves flitting from brilliant reds to sparkling golds, what better way to warm your cockles than with a stay in a lovely cosy hotel? Spend your days lazing on a big squishy sofa, engulfed by blankets, with a hot chocolate or glass of red in one hand and a good book in the other. Or, after a hard day’s sightseeing, snuggle up for the evening in front of a crackling fire.

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec, Canada

Inside the historic walls of Old Québec stands the fairy-tale Château Frontenac, the world’s most photographed hotel. After undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2013, this 19th century castle is now elegant and tasteful, with chandeliers and wood panelling, not to mention sweeping views across the city from its hilltop position. Take afternoon tea in the stately Champlain Restaurant, adorned with comfy chairs, antique furnishings and a roaring log fire. Or you could catch some live jazz at the inviting St Laurent Bar, when you’re not busy exploring the leafy cobbled streets of Québec that is.

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Plaza Hotel, New York City

The Plaza Hotel, New York, USA

Escape the autumn chill at New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel, which provides each room with an iPad to enable guests to control the temperature at the touch of a screen. Although some rooms have fireplaces, a throwback to the original Beaux Arts décor, they are purely decorative. That doesn’t mean you can’t get cosy though – suites here have spacious lounges with plush velvet sofas, some overlooking Fifth Avenue, and bathrooms usually come with a deep tub, perfect for a soul-soothing bubble bath.

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Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Canada

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Canada

After a crisp autumn morning spent exploring the dense forests, shimmering glaciers and crystal clear mirror lakes of Jasper National Park, there’s no better way to warm up than with a steaming bowl of homemade soup, a slab of hot crusty bread and butter, and a log fire at this homely Rockies hotel. Bliss!

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Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Whistler, Canada

After a hard day’s fishing or hiking, the wooden interiors of this welcoming resort invite guests to pull up a chair by the open fire and linger over a relaxing meal. Soak up the atmosphere, and perhaps an aperitif or two, in the Sidecut Bar. Here you can while away the evening fireside, with a range of tasty cocktails, loose leaf teas and speciality coffees and cigars.

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Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, Banff, Canada

Nestled among the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by pristine wilderness, the Delta Royal Canadian Lodge in Banff is a popular choice for those disembarking from the famous Rocky Mountaineer train. The welcoming rooms, many with fireplaces, are decorated in soft, warm colours, with thick fluffy towels and downy duvets, perfect for a snuggly evening in. Downstairs, the lively Evergreen restaurant serves hearty Canadian fare including tomato soup with basil pesto cream, basil oil and Valbella double smoked bacon, followed by pan-seared Canadian elk medallions enhanced with a port wine and cherry sauce.

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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

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Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, USA

On a clifftop overlooking the Pacific Ocean stands the Post Ranch Inn, a dramatic yet romantic seaside getaway, with plenty of relaxation opportunities among the rugged coast and mountain scenery. You can really get away from it all here – there are purposefully no televisions, and most rooms are fitted with wood-burning fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling glass walls looking out to sea. Bath time is a delight – laze in a deep tub with a glass of bubbly, or wash away life’s stresses with a steamy walk-in power shower. The fabulous onsite restaurant, Sierra Mar, offers a tasty seasonal menu with wines to match.

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Eagle Mountain House, Jackson

Eagle Mountain House & Golf Club, Jackson, USA

With huge leather sofas, flowery curtains and bookcases crammed with leather-bound books, the Eagle Mountain House in Jackson is a real home away from home. Warm up in the brightly decorated rooms with their pretty views of the White Mountains, which turn gorgeous shades of red in the fall, or head to the cosy dining room and bar, offering a choice of freshly-made soups and satisfying winter warmers. Try the stomach-filling three-cheese mac and cheese, perfect for a cold autumn evening.

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Washington Mount Omni Hotel, USA

Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire, USA

Another base for exploring the White Mountains is the Bretton Woods in New Hampshire. Here the Omni Mount Washington Resort offers panoramic views from its luxurious four poster beds, some of which give way to a grand fireplace too. With a choice of six restaurants and bars, your best bet for a cosy evening in is Stickney’s, a pub-style steakhouse with a roaring log fire. Or perhaps you’d prefer The Cave, a prohibition-era speakeasy with stone walls and an extensive cocktail list.

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Maruyama Park, Kyoto, Japan

Hotel Chourakukan, Kyoto, Japan

Japan’s trees, bright pink during the spring cherry blossom season, turn delightful shades of deep scarlet and burgundy in the autumn. The practice of Momijigari (紅葉狩), or viewing the fall colours, is something of an institution in Japan, with the temples and gardens of Kyoto offering some of the best vantage points. To get you in the mood, the Hotel Chourakukan is a 19th century Meiji-era guesthouse next to Maruyama Park, a popular leaf-viewing spot. Here you’ll find chandeliered ceilings, complemented by a warming Jacuzzi bath and fireplace in every room. Tasty treats such as tarte tatin and French-style pastries are served in the adjoining café, and for overnight guests, nothing beats a nightcap by the fire.

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Crater Lodge, Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Tanzania

Even in Tanzania the evenings can get pretty chilly, so why not warm up with a stay at this sumptuous safari lodge on the rim of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater? One of Africa’s most luxurious lodges, it offers unrivalled views across the floor of this volcanic crater, a hunting ground for cheetah and leopard, where elephant, rhino and lions roam the plains. When not out wildlife watching, guests can curl up in their cosy rooms, filled with tasteful antiques, elaborately-framed mirrors and Persian rugs. Whisky and port sit in crystal decanters, while chandeliers, swish sofas and tasselled drapes add to the snug feel.

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