What do you normally look for in a hotel? A rooftop lounge? A full bar? A stocked mini-fridge? A full kitchen? All of these amenities are great, but if you don’t add an outdoor fire to that list, you’re missing out. One of the best perks of your hotel stay will be having access to an open fire.
Although not all hotels will offer an outdoor fire option because of fire codes, it’s possible to find if you ask. If you don’t find an outdoor chimenea, fire pit, or fireplace listed as an amenity, check the hotel’s website and look at the community spaces.
Once you find what you’re looking for, here are six reasons to book that room fast.
1. You can roast marshmallows or hotdogs with a chimenea
If you’re going on vacation with your family, you won’t be able to resist roasting marshmallows and hotdogs. There’s no need to find a barbecue if you’ve got a chimenea, also known as a fire pot.
A chimenea is perfect for roasting food you can put on a stick. Most styles have a door that opens and provides access to the flames inside. As long as the opening is big enough, you can roast just about anything on a stick.
2. You’ll feel like you’re on a real vacation
Booking a hotel room with any kind of outdoor fire will make you feel like you’re on a real vacation, even if you’re traveling for work or on a staycation. There’s something about having a warm fire that makes you feel like it’s okay to relax and unwind.
You’ll probably find the best fire pits at resorts. Many hotels across the world have outdoor fires available for guests as part of a community or poolside area in a large resort.
3. An outdoor fire is extra fun in the snow
When it’s snowing, there’s no good reason to spend time outside unless you have access to a fire of some kind. When you can sit around a fire, being surrounded by the snow can actually feel refreshing.
If you can find a hotel with an outdoor fire apparatus and an outdoor propane heater, that’s your ticket to a great vacation in the winter. You don’t want to be stuck inside the whole time, and an outdoor fire will give you a great reason to step outside.
4. An outdoor fire makes your hotel stay feel more luxurious
There’s nothing better than being surrounded by luxury while you’re on vacation. You can rent a luxurious hotel room with a full kitchen and mini bar, but it’s the décor that will make you feel luxurious.
Everywhere you look, you want to see things that make you feel luxurious. From high-quality, expensive sheets to modern art and a fire pit on your patio.
5. Watching a fire is a soothing way to end the night
No matter what you’re doing on your vacation – sightseeing, wandering, or working – watching a fire at the end of the night is a soothing experience. Even when you’ve hardly exerted any physical energy, the natural electromagnetic energy from the fire will make you feel calm, relaxed, and may even help you sleep better.
6. Relaxing in front of a fire is great way to enjoy a room service meal
When you get a room service meal, it’s tempting to just plop down on the bed and chow down. You can do that at home! If you’re getting room service, you’ll enjoy sitting outside by a fire while you eat your meal.
Eating by a fire is actually one of the best ways to bond with other people. Whether you’re on vacation with a friend, a lover, or your family, sharing meals around a fire will make your vacation more fun and memorable.
Make your next vacation a little warmer with a fire pit or chimenea
Some amenities are deal-breakers. For example, you’ll probably want room service, a jetted bathtub, 24-hour restaurant access, and a mini-fridge stocked with sodas and snacks. You should also consider adding an outdoor fire to your list of deal-breakers.
Having cold beverages and good snacks is great, but you’ll enjoy them even more if you can step out onto your patio area and enjoy them next to a warm fire.