The Hotel Jerome is undergoing a remarkable transformation.
My wife and I stayed there during the last week in July. It was the second summer in a row in which we did so. The Jerome always has been known for its unique ambience, which combines the fabled history of the Old West with modern comforts and an unmatched level of service.
I have noted, however, that a few reviewers thought the ambience was too much 19th century and not enough 21st. In their view, the place seemed "old." I don't agree, but soon even those few will have no reason to complain. The Jerome closed at the end of July for a renovation. And I am pleased to be able to provide an early insight into the changes.
During our recent stay, we heard about the coming renovation and we noticed signs on a few doors saying that the rooms were not to be occupied because they were newly renovated as a test of the design. Guessing we had nothing to lose, we asked one of the staff if we could have a sneak peak. We were surprised when he said "Yes." He showed us a small suite and a single room.
The big challenge facing the Jerome, of course, was to retain the historical ambience of this gem of the Old West while adding modern amenities that offer luxury and the feeling of freshness and light. How do you reconcile old and new?
The Jerome and its designers have succeeded magnificently. The rooms are just beautiful. There is no other way to describe them. The heavy and dark brocades are a thing of the past. The wallpapers, tiles, flooring and linens are in fresh, bright and lively designs. They are light, and yet they are made to work perfectly with the substantial wood furnishings that are typical of the West. All the modern electrical and mechanical conveniences are there, too, and they are subtly blended in. And the rooms are as spacious as ever. The feeling definitely is "Old West," but it is clean and new Old West.
Aspen is a place where you want to spend time outdoors. That won't change. But these new rooms at the Jerome will definitely compete for a little more of your time and attention. You won't mind lingering a little longer in the morning and coming back a little sooner in the evening.
The Jerome will re-open in mid-December of this year, and we are looking forward to returning next summer. In addition to enjoying one of the new rooms, we look forward to the impeccable service of the staff--Justin and Leslie in food service, Katie and Missy at the front desk, and so many others whose names we don't recall but who have made our stays at the Jerome an outstanding experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly refurbished Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort recently received the "Hot New Hotel" from Travel & Leisure for its renovation. The Hotel Jerome's 93 guest rooms and suites have been beautifully redesigned incorporating the charm of the destination with modern amenities for a luxury traveler. Aspen's best new restaurant "Prospect" offers regional cuisine, the iconic J-Bar is a local watering hole serving lunch and dinner daily with classic American cuisine. The new Living Room lobby has been energized with a bar and stylish seating areas to relax and socialize. A new Auberge Spa offers treatments for guests that will soothe and pamper after a day on the slopes or a mountain adventure. Services include twice-daily maid service, nightly turn-down. Convenient local airport and downtown transportation is provided via chauffer-driven luxury SUV. Nestled in the heart of Aspen, this landmark hotel is just a ten-minute drive from the Aspen Airport, a 75-minute drive from Eagle County Airport and less than four hours from Denver International Airport. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Aspen
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