Sarah Gold

Hotel Jerome

  • Where:Aspen
  • Why:A long weekend of skiing (to take advantage of an epic 30-inch snow dump).
  • When:January 2014.
  • Who:Me and a small crew of powderhound friends
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Prospect, the Jerome’s restaurant, is locally famous for its hearty breakfasts. (Its refined evening dishes are top-notch, too.)

The in-house ski boutique, Gorsuch, rents gear to guests who need it, and sells gorgeous outerwear from designers like Moncler
and Bogner.

The first-floor ballroom, bookable for parties and events, has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the mountains—and, yeah, lots of antler action.

The bedroom in my one-bedroom, first-floor suite.

The façade of the hotel, whose original building dates to 1889.

The Living Room lounge, which fills every evening with après-mountain cocktail-sippers.

The eclectic décor—in the lobby and elsewhere—combines vintage mining-town ephemera with modern resort chic.

Highs & Lows

  • The staffers here—whose accents hail from places as far away as Australia and South Africa—are almost unbelievably helpful. When I caught a cold, I was, without asking, supplied with a daily-refilled humidifier for my room, cough drops from a nearby pharmacy, and a specially mixed whiskey-lemon morning toddy to bring with me on the ski slopes.

  • The onsite Auberge Spa offers the hands-down best winter treatment I’ve ever experienced: a High-Altitude Sports Recovery Massage with warming ginger oil. I left feeling invigorated yet completely relaxed—and without a residual trace of the sore legs I’d walked in with.

  • The breakfast menu at Prospect, deservedly hyped as the best in town, delivers lavish pre-mountain fuel: organic scrambled eggs with turkey-pistachio sausage, crispy multigrain waffles with lemon curd, house-smoked salmon, house-made granola.

  • Instead of a printed compendium, my room was equipped with a sleek desk-mounted iPad, which I could use to check the local weather, order room service, and read the day’s headlines.

  • Though it lends a certain sultry, sepia-toned ambience, the amber lighting throughout the hotel is uniformly dim. I found it hard to read the room-number plaques in the hallways—and a fellow guest one day asked me where the elevator was when he was standing right next to it.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Mini Bar

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 48/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Mining-town lodge turned chic, exclusive mountain retreat.

  • Vibe

    Super sporty, super friendly, and super affluent.

  • Location

    In the heart of downtown Aspen—i.e. a five-minute walk from every restaurant, club, and pricey designer boutique in town.

  • Rooms

    93

  • Music

    In the common areas: swing-era tunes from Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Inside the hotel cars waiting outside (which will shuttle you to the mountain during ski season): classic rock and reggae courtesy of the favorite local radio station, KSPN.

  • Year Opened

    Originally debuted in 1889; re-opened after its complete redesign in January 2013.

  • Designed By

    The hotel’s stem-to-stern renovation (done mostly during 2012) was done by Todd-Avery Lenahan—an Aspen regular whose TAL Studio has designed for properties including W and Shangri-La hotels.

  • Pool/Gym

    Outside, a heated, lounge-lined soaking pool; inside, a small fitness center. Access can also be arranged to the fabulous Aspen Club & Spa—a vast, state-of-the art facility where local Olympians train.

  • Restaurant

    Prospect, the casually elegant main dining room, serves upscale Rocky Mountain cuisine: mustard-crusted ruby trout, Colorado beef tartare, artisanal cheese and charcuterie boards.

  • Bar

    The Living Room, a firelit library-style lounge with Native American rugs and low-slung leather couches, is the place for après-ski cocktails like whiskey and rum toddies, and the “Aspen Crud”—a warming concoction of bourbon, vanilla tea, and cinnamon syrup. There’s also the venerable, much lower-key J-Bar, a beer-and-burger joint that was once the haunt of Hunter S. Thompson.

  • Children

    Bring ‘em! There’s tons of outdoor activities for kids in both winter (snowboarding, sleigh rides) and summer (rodeos, mountain biking). And there’s buttered noodles and chicken fingers on the restaurant menu.

  • Price

    Semi-exorbitant. But c’mon, this is Aspen!

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