Hotel Finds: Aspen, CO

There’s no shortage of luxury hotel accommodations in Aspen. And this season, many properties have been remodeled and updated to an even more opulent level. The caveat: Rates can be as knee-weakening and precipitous as a black-diamond-mogul-filled run! The good news: After ski-season, prices are gentler, with endless warm-weather activities to enjoy.

We’ve also listed lodging options for areas close to Aspen and the Palisade Wine Country -- recently named by TripAdvisor as one of the Top 10 Wine Destinations in the United States. Be sure to see this month’s Curious & Thirsty: Palisade Wines to find out more.

330 E. Main St.
Aspen, CO

The legendary Hotel Jerome, built in 1889.

Jerome Wheeler, original founder of the Hotel Jerome

The Wheeler Opera House

Walter Paepcke, founder of the Aspen Skiing Co., with his wife Elizabeth.

Lana Turner and her husband Lex Barker were among the early celebrities who discovered Aspen and the Hotel Jerome.

One of the newly-remodeled bars at the Jerome

No hotel in Aspen can match the historical presence of the Jerome. The original property was built in 1889 by Jerome Wheeler, a Macy’s Department Store executive who succumbed to Aspen’s mountain beauty. The infatuated Wheeler had Rocky Mountain High expectations as well. Nothing less than London’s Claridge and Paris’ George-V were the basis for his hotel blueprints. During the same period he built Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.

The opening for the Hotel Jerome was sensational. One of the first buildings in the West to have electricity, running water, steam heat and an elevator, the Jerome drew a posh crowd. A few years later, however, the Silver Boom collapsed and the Aspen population dwindled away. The one hotel that remained, however, was the Jerome.

Chef Rob Zack will oversee dining in both the J-Bar and the Living Room.

When war broke out in the 1940’s, the U.S. Army’s Tenth Mountain Division began training at Camp Hale. The Hotel Jerome quickly became a favorite for the soldiers, who would literally ski down to the hotel from their training exercises.

After the war, industrialist Walter Paepcke founded the Aspen Skiing Company and hired Austrian Bauhaus architect Herbert Bayer to renovate the neglected hotel. Celebrities of the day flocked to the property. Gary Cooper, Lana Turner and John Wayne helped to establish Aspen as a celebrity draw.

Now a member of the prestigious Auberge Resorts, the Hotel Jerome has been newly remodeled, while preserving the venerable site’s historical character. Architect Sarah Broughton, whose specialty is historic preservation, has returned the hotel lobby and atrium to the original layout. The beloved J-Bar, Aspen’s favorite watering hole, still has its treasured Chippendale chinoiserie bar. Chef Rob Zack is overseeing dining in both the J-Bar and the Living Room lobby restaurant.

The hotel’s 93 guest rooms have been beautifully upgraded and now feature contemporary artwork by regional artists, as well as archival pieces reproduced from Aspen Historical Society collections. An Auberge Spa offers a range of massages and skincare services.

So, a legend continues, with many new chapters to be added...

Beautifully upgraded rooms feature artwork by regional artists and archival reproductions from the Aspen HIstorical Society.

675 E. Durant Avenue
Aspen, CO

The Little Nell Hotel is located at the base of Aspen's main gondola.

Little Nell's Ski Concierges manage lift tickets, equipment rentals, lessons and boot warming.

Extraordinary views of Aspen Mountain from the guest rooms.

Rooms are spacious with fireplaces, dining nooks and large marble baths.

Located at the base of Aspen’s main gondola, Little Nell has one of the most enviable locations in the city -- truly a ski-in and ski-out property. More importantly, Ski Concierges manage everything: lift tickets, equipment rentals & storage, ski lessons and the all essential boot warming!!! Little Nell works hard to spoil their guests.

The newly-opened restaurant, Element 47, will charm visitors as well. For those who skipped geology class, element 47 is silver, and the restaurant is an homage to Aspen’s mining origins. Local produce and livestock, as well as sustainable seafood, are featured. The restaurant’s Wine Spectator Grand Award cellar continues to offer outstanding vintages.

Little Nell's terrace is as attractive in the summer as the winter.

For summer visitors, the hotel’s terrace dining is the most sought-after spot in Aspen. Dog lovers will be pleased to know that the four-legged family members are welcome and special menus are available for them too.

Rooms at Little Nell are especially notable, with fireplaces and sumptuous down comforters. Large marble baths are perfect for après-ski relaxing. A gym and pool are also on the property.

315 E. Dear Street
Aspen, CO

Ready for the holidays! The St. Regis Resort glitters at the base of Aspen Mountain.

The St. Regis collection of hotels excels in providing upscale, luxurious accommodations. The Aspen property is yet another stunning example. The 153 rooms and 26 suites feature enormous, leather-frame beds and plush throws. Glamorous bathrooms include towel warmers and Remedé toiletries. The newly remodeled lobby and library add to the chic interiors.

Particularly noteworthy this season: The St. Regis Aspen Resort has entered into an exclusive partnership with Food & Wine to showcase the magazine’s “Best New Chefs.” In this collaboration, up-and-coming culinary talent will create seasonally-paired dishes, exclusively available at the St. Regis. Food & Wine editorial experts will also develop customized wine and cocktail lists to coincide with the seasonally rotating menu.

Leather-frame beds and luxurious throws are features of the guest rooms.

In addition to innovative dining experiences, guests can enjoy one of the “World’s Best Spas.” Travel + Leisure named The Remedé one of the top ten spas in the world. With 15 treatment rooms, guests are assured of personalized service. Also unique, is an oxygen lounge to help visitors adjust to the high altitude.

The St. Regis has partnered with Food & Wine to showcase the magazine's "Best New Chefs" at the resort restaurant.

View of the lounge at the St. Regis.

An open fire pit in the hotel lobby.

233 West Main Street
Aspen, CO

The Innsbruck luxury apartments are within easy walking distance to Aspen's ski lifts, restaurants and shopping

Rooms are furnished with attractive leather furniture and fireplaces.

Kitchens are fully-equipped with granite-tooped bars and gourmet appliances.

A heated pool and cookout area are options in all seasons.

A perfect spot for vacationing families or couples, the Innsbruck condominiums provide spacious living areas with attractive leather furniture, accent pieces and gas fireplaces. Fully-equipped kitchens feature granite-topped bars and gourmet appliances. A washer and dryer is also available. Roomy closets accommodate sports equipment and have extra room for any new souvenirs.

A heated pool and cookout area offer entertainment options. The property is within easy walking distance of Aspen's ski lifts, restaurants and shopping. Staff at the Innsbruck are especially accommodating and helpful.

300 Carriage Way
Snowmass Village, CO

Stonebridge is tucked in a quiet corner of Snowmass.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Snowmass, the Stonebridge Inn is a welcome retreat. The property maintains 88 rooms, 5 suites and 28 condos -- all of which are nicely furnished.

The Artisan restaurant serves up fresh, seasonal dishes in an attractive dining room featuring spectacular views and a roaring fireplace. A full breakfast buffet is available, and guests have a pool, gym and laundry facilities at their disposal as well. The Stonebridge Inn is one of Aspen’s great values in lodging.

Rooms are comfortably furnished; 28 condos are available as well.

The Artisan restaurant serves up fresh, seasonal dishes and spectacular views.

526 Pine Street
Glenwood Springs, CO

The Hotel Colorado with festive holiday lights.

Teddy Bears originated at the Hotel Colorado.

Theodore Roosevelt - 26th U.S. president

Old fashioned comfort at the Hotel Colorado.

Legends coffee bar provides snacks. Barons Restaurant serves local Rainbow Trout and Denver Steak.

Glenwood Springs is located a relatively close 50 miles from Aspen, and many of the city’s residents commute daily to the ski area. Visitors have picked up on the option as well. In the process, they’ve discovered a vibrant community, with good shopping and dining, as well as the incomparably charming Hotel Colorado.

A National Historic Landmark, built in 1893, designs for the Colorado were based upon the Villa de Medici in Florence. Not surprisingly, the hotel quickly became known as the Grand Dame of the Rockies.

Drawn by therapeutic hot springs and hunting, many dignitaries and presidents visited the hotel. Theodore Roosevelt spent so much time at the property it came to be known as the “Little White House.” At this same time, the world’s most beloved stuffed toy was invented. If the stories are true, Hotel Colorado staff presented Roosevelt with a stuffed bear after an unsuccessful day of hunting. Roosevelt in turn, gave the toy to his daughter Alyce, who immediately called it “Teddy.”

Historical significance aside, the Hotel Colorado has spacious, comfortably furnished rooms with high-tech conveniences. Affordable suites with three or four beds are ideal for families. Baron’s Restaurant still serves the legendary local Rainbow Trout, Colorado Lamb and Denver Steak. And If you decide to sleep in one morning, instead of driving to Aspen, you can always catch an afternoon of skiing at nearby Sunlight Mountain.

777 Grande River Dr.
Palisade, CO

Spacious lobby entrance at Palisade's Wine County Inn

An outdoor terrace overlooks the vineyards. A fire pit takes the chill off cool evenings.

Located within a 20-acre vineyard facing the Palisade Bookcliffs, the Wine Country Inn provides a picture-perfect setting. With 80 rooms, 6 suites and many amenities, the property is easily the largest and most upscale lodging in the area.

An expansive lobby and broad terrace add to the hospitable atmosphere. A row of comfortable rockers provide an ideal spot for sipping during the daily wine tastings. Although some might argue that the fire pit or heated pool and hot tub are equally appealing.

Comfortable rockers provide an ideal spot for enjoying daily wine tastings.

The Tapestry Lounge serves tapas and a full dinner menu.

The Tapestry Lounge serves tapas and small plates that include Buffalo Sliders, Seared Ahi Tuna and Beef Skewers. A full dinner menu is also an option with Steaks, Salmon and Stuffed Pork Loin.

Guest rooms are quite large and include small refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots. Many rooms have private patios attached as well.

588 West 1st
Palisade, CO

The romantic Wine Valley Inn offers 4 guest rooms and a cottage suite.

Sweetly romantic, the Wine Valley Inn is a beautifully restored Victorian Bed & Breakfast. The wraparound porch provides a gracious dining space for the hearty homemade breakfasts served at the inn.

The 4 guest rooms have private bathrooms and features such as claw foot soaking tubs, canopy beds and robes. A two-room cottage suite has a refrigerator and microwave.

The property is located in the heart of tiny Palisade and within walking distance to the few, but tasty local cafes and shops.

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