For a little bit of history mixed in with luxury and great service, check in to the Hotel Jerome in downtown Aspen. Built during the height of the silver boom in 1889, the hotel is newly renovated, and remains an ideal place to call your Aspen home base.
Hotel Jerome’s recently upgraded guest rooms range from Deluxe and Premier King rooms to the grand Presidential Suite. All rooms feature soaking tubs with separate showers, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, complimentary Wi-Fi, electronic safe and comfy robes. Rates at the hotel start at $800 per night, and vary depending on type of room and time of year.
In winter, take advantage of the hotel’s in-house ski shop, operated by Gorsuch. Get gear essentials you forgot at home, and store your boots on warming racks, so they’ll be all dry in the morning. The store’s on-mountain ski storage costs $18 per day, but your gear can be moved between the four mountains (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass) without you having to lift a finger. The Hotel Jerome shuttle takes you anywhere within Aspen for no charge, while transportation to Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk costs $15 and getting to Snowmass costs $25. The concierge can easily help with lift tickets, and reserving at least seven days in advance means the tickets will be waiting for you when you check in.
In summer, go hiking, rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, or golfing in the area surrounding Aspen. You can also arrange to visit during one of the town’s many festivals, from Food & Wine to the Aspen Arts Festival, and more. The outdoor heated pool and two outdoor Jacuzzis allow you a convenient place to chill out après anything.
When you’re hungry, stop in at Prospect, an elegant restaurant with American bistro cuisine, or The Living Room, a cozy-yet-swanky spot for small plates and cocktails. But I admit that my favorite is the J-Bar, where you can order a refreshing (yet strange-sounding) Aspen Crud.
Article by Jill K. Robinson of Danger Jill Robinson. Photos courtesy of Hotel Jerome.
I was a guest of Aspen Skiing Company during my stay in Aspen.