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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 Hotel Jerome provides its guests the kind of service that used to be called "old world" service. Yet here it is being provided by a warm and friendly young staff who were, obviously: trained by hotel professionals.
The Hotel Jerome is unique and a wonderful experience. The Bar is a lot of fun! Our room was very spacious. All the staff are very friendly and work to make sure your stay is great. Louises in the J-Bar is fab!
A wonderful hotel with an original atmosphere. Totally european cosiness with a harmony in the design.
Even if you did not like it you had to respect the style and calmness
The rooms were spacious and with a red string back to the whole design theme without comprimising the quality of modern room facilities.
The staff made you fell at home or mayby more like a royality in the same second you step out of your car in front of the hotel.
A delight from when We arrived until our departure.