A legendary resort modernized for a new era.
Hotel Jerome is an Aspen treasure. Built in 1889 during the town’s silver rush, it later became a haunt for midcentury Hollywood stars like Gary Cooper and Lana Turner, and Hunter S. Thompson, who treated the bar as a de facto office for so long that his memorial service was held on the property. But even the brightest stars need a makeover from time to time. Jerome’s came at the hands of Las Vegasbased TAL Studio, which, after the property was acquired by Auberge Resorts, imbued the 93 rooms in Westernstyle design: Leather writing tables, vintage chests, and burnishedleather bed frames now accompany the Rocky Mountain views. The property looked to the vibrant local arts community for contemporary works and archival photographs that channel the Old West, reproduced from Aspen Historical Society collections, to adorn the walls. The culinary offerings include the Living Room, for Americanstyle tapas and craft cocktails, and Prospect, which turns out refined comfort food classics such as beerbrined prime rib. Despite the updated sheen, some original elements—front desk, lobby fireplace—were preserved. The iconic JBar’s original Chippendale chinoiserie bar is still the place to catch a buzzy aprés scene and is signed by every bartender who manned the counter for over a century. The spa pays tribute to the mining town’s past, too. Here, therapies are inspired by natural healing methods practiced in the Roaring Fork Valley for generations—predating even the timehonored Jerome.