Review: Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado

By Jonathan Spira on 29 October 2018
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Opened in 1889, the Hotel Jerome was meant to set the standard for luxury hotels in the West. Built to rival the grand hotels of Europe in refinements and amenities, it was the first to have a lift, one of the first west of the Mississippi to have all-electric lighting, and it was a pioneer in offering indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water.

After the Second World War, the hotel was popular with the likes of John Wayne, Lana Turner, and Gary Cooper, among other celebrities although, as the hotel and city careened into the 1960s, time was not kind to the Jerome.

A major restoration in 1995 and two further efforts at the turn of the century restored the Jerome to its former glory. , Located on East Main Street in Aspen, the monolithic brick building is today on the National Register of Places and it is a popular gathering spot for locals and visitors alike.

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In 2012, the hotel’s owners brought in Auberge Resorts to manage the property, after an additional renovation project that revamped the guest rooms and added a new restaurant, a new lobby, and an Auberge Spa.

After a four-hour drive from Denver International Airport, we arrived at the Jerome just as dusk was falling, giving the brick a golden appearance in the fading light. A bellman greeted us warmly and assisted with bags, while another brought me to the reception desk, where the check-in formalities took mere seconds.

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