In the midst of Colorado’s mountains, Hotel Jerome has been an Aspen hotspot for 120 years. Even today, the property maintains its Victorian heritage in its 94 rooms and suites, combining Western design with classical elegance.
The most frequently requested rooms, we are told, are the Junior Suites, although the 725-square-foot One-Bedroom Suites are best for families. For larger groups, a 1,500-square-foot Two-Bedroom Suite is made available by merging a One-Bedroom Suite with a Junior Suite. Room No. 444 (a One-Bedroom Suite) is best for true mountain-lovers, with views of Red Mountain, Smuggler Mountain and Independence Pass. Room Nos. 119, 200, 204 and 304 have views of Aspen Mountain. Every bathroom has double sinks, and all Premier King Rooms and One-Bedroom Suites have Jacuzzi bathtubs—ideal for soaking sore muscles after a day on the slopes…or walking around downtown. (Hey, Prada shoes can pinch!)
Nice touch for furry friends: For a $75 one-time cleaning fee, guests may bring their pets to Hotel Jerome and receive a pet bed, pet bowls and a menu of pet-friendly room service meals called Scout’s Honor, named after a frequent canine guest.
The hotel’s restaurant, Jacob’s, serves contemporary American cuisine from local organic farms for breakfast, lunch and dinner (the lemon soufflé pancakes hit the spot, we are told). The restaurant is very popular with locals and guests alike, we hear, even though Aspen has a wealth of other restaurants to try. Cool Tip: During the summer months, fresh-air fans can dine alfresco on the Garden Terrace. The J-Bar is a fun and funky Western saloon with casual dining and popular drinks, including locally brewed beer and the Hotel Jerome signature drink—the Aspen Crud. Don’t be put off by the name—it’s a vanilla milkshake with bourbon, a tribute to a Prohibition Era treat. The J-Bar has a dedicated burger menu to customize each guest’s meal. The newly updated Library is the hotel’s most recent hotspot, with tapas-style dining and pre-Prohibition Era cocktails using freshly squeezed juices and molecular mixology. Reservations are recommended, but not required, for Garden Terrace at Jacob’s. The Library or J-Bar do not allow reservations.
There is plenty to do in Aspen that doesn’t involve skiing at all. Be sure to ask about golf, tennis, hot-air ballooning, river rafting, fly-fishing, horseback riding, bicycling, hiking, paragliding and environmental and wildlife tours. Aspen also has annual cultural and arts events like the Aspen Music Festival, Food and Wine Classic, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Aspen Ideas Festival and more.
And for those who want to shop—or window-shop—Hotel Jerome is less than five blocks away from Fendi, Prada, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Gucci and many other high-end retailers. (In-town transportation is provided to hotel guests based upon shuttle availability.)
|The hotel's facade lights up Aspen, where it’s provided lodging since 1889.|