Hotel Jerome, An Auberge Resort
What We Love
- Main Street location in the heart of downtown Aspen
- Updated amenities include a three-room subterranean spa, a new restaurant with killer meatballs, and a Ralph Lauren–esque après-ski spot
- Original details, such as the front desk, fireplace and tile floors, are still intact
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What To Know
- The hotel re-opened after a complete renovation in December 2012
- Aspen Mountain's Silver Queen ski lift is a six-block walk — or a free SUV ride — away
- A $33 resort fee will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout; includes parking and WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This Victorian hotel brought a touch of glamour to this rough-and-tumble mining town when it opened in 1889, and it sparkles even more today. A multimillion dollar 2012 renovation changed nearly everything — save the red brick façade, the beloved J-Bar and a handful of heritage pieces — but the overall effect is traditional. That huge portrait of Jerome P. Wheeler that resides over the refurbished wood and marble fireplace wasn’t there before — but it might have been. And modern artworks, such as The Water Boy, a rendering of the ghost said to haunt the hotel, blend seamlessly with antiques, including a vintage American flag and century-old mining helmets.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are refreshed, from the wood moldings down to the carpets, but they maintain a mining-era feel, thanks to old-fashioned luggage trunks that double as dressers, tweed wallpaper and burnished leather beds. Oil paintings of local scenery and black-and-white photos of Native American chiefs add a sense of place, and every room comes with all the necessary mod cons: iPads, Nespresso machines and flat-screen televisions discreetly hung in gold frames. The bathrooms, with double vanities, deep soaking tubs and separate showers, are palatial and come stocked with custom products infused with artemisia and black spruce.
The J-Bar, with its tin ceiling, Chippendale chinoiserie bar and saloon-like vibe, is Aspen’s favorite watering hole, and the place to go for a burger and a beer — or for the legendary Aspen Crud: five scoops of vanilla ice cream and three shots of bourbon whipped into a milkshake and served in a tin mug. For après-ski, the swanky but still casual Living Room steals a page from Ralph Lauren with plaid and paisley aplenty. Dominated by a vast pear mural, the cream-colored, 65-seat Prospect applies the farm-to-table ideology to hearty mountain grub, such as meatballs with polenta and Sunday gravy. There’s also a game room, with Yahtzee, Monopoly, an XBox360, PS3 and a decent-size gym on the second floor, plus a tiny but excellent spa in the basement.
In the Area
Matsuhisa Aspen, just across the street from the Jerome, has the best sushi in town, plus miso black cod and Chilean sea bass with black truffles. Book a table well in advance during peak season. The sleek, Bentel & Bentel–designed Element 47, the new restaurant at the Little Nell, pairs prettily plated locally grown fare (such as anjou pear agnolotti with Colorado Kobe) with a stellar wine list. Grab a seat at the kitchen bar to watch the action at the Chef’s Club, a collaboration of a rotating roster of chefs, Food & Wine and mixologist Jim Meehan. For strong margaritas, more than 100 tequilas and mezcals, and Latin dance parties, hit Jimmy’s. If you want to work for your calories, sign up for a ski tour out to Pine Creek Cookhouse for smoked trout, wild game and raclette.
How to Get There
The Jerome richly deserves the ratings it receives. The staff were uniformly friendly and professional through out our stay. Similarly, the restaurants at the Jerome served creative dishes that equaled or surpassed all of the restaurants we visited at Aspen (no easy feat). In short it would be difficult to find a something to criticize.
the Hotel has an excellent breakfast with lots of choices including eggs, and a good selection of fruits. the staff was always very helpful. the hotel is well-located downtown and near stops by the sky busses.
Everything at this hotel is top-notch, particularly the staff. From the front desk (especially Ryan) to the concierge (most especially Luke), the staff are there to serve and make you feel welcomed. The food at the bar restaurant was surprisingly good, and service there was excellent as well.
A particular shout out to Luke at the concierge. He was probably the most patient, attentive listener I have ever encountered, and his hiking suggestions were spot on.
Valet and the greeters at the front door were always pleasant and welcoming without being obsequious.
The room in the old wing was large with high ceilings and good lighting throughout. Nice Hermes amenities and thick towels. Super comfortable bed.
Ice-cold water available in the lobby throughout the day. It was also nice to be able to use stairs, rather than the elevator, to our second floor room.
Excellent location. In the center of town and walking distance to several local hikes as well.
My only complaint--and it's a minor one--the hallway lighting in the new wing is very dark. I guess they're trying to be authentic but it was much too dark and somewhat gloomy. Ok. And the resort fee is annoying as well. I just don't understand the point of these and wish that hotels would simply include them in the room rate.
That said, this is an excellent hotel and we'd stay here again without hesitation. I can't imagine going anywhere else.
This impressive building and resort hotel was featured on a walking tour I took today, where I marveled at the structure and learned a lot about its history. It was built in 1889 by the same Wheeler who built Aspen's famous Wheeler Opera House that same year, and featured the most modern appointments (hot and cold running water!), and one could stay here then for $3-$4 per night (but not now). During World War II, the owner graciously let soldiers of the famous 10th Mountain Division, training at nearby Camp Hale, sleep in the lobby, and some of them returned the favor by coming back to Aspen after the war to found its skiing industry. It was showing its age in 1946, when it was renovated, and was renovated again in 1985 to become a Victorian-style luxury resort and a premier place to stay in Aspen.
Our stay at Hotel Jerome was amazing!! From start to finish, we were very well taken care of and it was clear that every detail or need had been anticipated by the friendly and courteous staff! We loved every minute and did not want to leave.