Hotel Jerome Aspen
The Jerome dates from the days of the Wild West—1889, to be exact, when the co-owner of Macy's, Jerome B. Wheeler, settled in town, determined to raise its tone.
The hotel is still taking its style cues from that era, which is a good thing if you like cosy lounges with gas fires, crimson wallpaper, velvet couches, and crystal chandeliers.
The 92 rooms all have king-size beds with down comforters, oversize closets, and marble tubs. The hotel has a ski concierge who will dry boots and organize lift passes; the saloon-like J-Bar is the single most beloved après joint in Aspen, thick with bold-faced visitors replacing ski calories with bourbon-spiked milkshakes called Aspen Crud.
The outdoor hot tub with heated towel service is also a draw, but unlike the other two grande dames (Nell and St. Regis), the Jerome is set back a few blocks from the mountain.